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History ofHilton 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

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1989 - present

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Kitty O'Sheas in history

In 1986 after a historic $180 million renovation, Hilton Chicago created an authentic Irish bar experience like no other in Chicago.

To ensure that the Irish experience was as authentic as possible, the hotel brought over 13 staff members from Ireland to staff almost all the front-of-house positions, including bartenders, servers, and management positions. Many of those opening crew members at Kitty’s still work for Hilton.

After 35 years, Kitty O’Sheas remains the finest place to welcome all travelers searching for the perfect pint. Many of the traditional Irish dishes are still on the menu, along with some new favorites.

Hotel History Wall

A Rich History

Discover the renowned past of our historic hotel. Take a tour through the classic Grand Ballroom and the authentic Normandie Lounge and learn about the famous guests and movies that were filmed here.

Hilton Chicago at present

With 1,544 guest rooms and suites, 235,000 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.

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