The Palmer House in Chicago is my favorite hotel - EVER! What a story this historic hotel tells - It is the history of modern Chicago with lots of famous people from the late 19th century - worthy of a tv series! The lobby is second to none in beauty, famous restaurants, great bars with friendly staff. The rooms are beautifully appointed - wonderfully quiet sleeping floors. Enough cannot be said about the location - A block from the Art Institute and Milennium Park. Theaters are walkable distance and every kind of ethnic restaurant you can think of, plus State Street shopping at the old Marshall Field and Company department store along with all kinds of well known and specialty stores.
We stayed at the Silversmith for three nights- it was an excellent location to catch the subway and/or a cab. Walking distance to Millennium Park and other great attractions. Very comfortable beds, very clean.