Black and White Exterior City shot

History of

Hilton Chicago

On May 2, 1927, Hilton Chicago (originally the Stevens Hotel) opened its doors as the largest hotel in the world with 3,000 guest rooms, 27 chair barber shop, a pharmacy, a candy shop, a five-lane bowling alley, 1,200 seat movie theatre and an 18 hole miniature golf course atop the hotel.

The hotel has been meticulously redesigned and restored in a way that preserves the magnificence of its early 20th Century style while incorporating all of the 21st Century conveniences the guests expect.

Celebrating 95 years

Black and White Exterior City shot

1927

Old image of Conrad Hilton outside hotel

1946

Black and White Ice skaters

1948

Black and white image of Queen Elizabeth

1959

Black and white image of people on roof with video camera

1989 - present

Black and White Picture of Personnel at the Hotel

Kitty O'Sheas in history

Hotel History Wall

Self-guided history tours

Hilton Chicago at present

With 1,544 guest rooms and suites, 234,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, a full menu of amenities, exceptional dining options, and an ideal location in downtown Chicago, the hotel is both accommodating and convenient.

Hilton Chicago is a member of Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America.

Vertical view of the Hilton Chicago Exterior
  1. Locations/
  2. USA/
  3. Illinois/
  4. Chicago Hotels/
  5. Hilton Chicago/
  6. History