A quick trip to Chicago to see art, three shows at the Art Institute and one at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The fourth show was a complete surprise-one of photographs at the Palmer House. These photos are not in the lobby or in any of the public areas, they are in the hallways on the guest room floors. It was a very pleasant surprise to see these beautiful black and white photos of people who performed at the Empire Room, supper club in the Palmer House from 1933 to 1970.
The Empire Room is still off the lobby of the hotel, but it is no longer a night club. One of nights we were there, there was a private event, a gathering of people honoring Ozzie Guillen, former manager of the Chicago White Sox. The days of celebrity entertainment in a night club are over at the Palmer House–now they play much larger venues. The stars live on, in the halls of the hotel, greeting guests as they walk from the elevator lobby to their rooms.