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Which historic hotel is credited for inventing the brownie for the 1893 World's Fair?

If you guessed The Palmer House Hilton (1871) in Chicago, Illinois, you guessed correctly! As President of the Board of Lady Managers for the Columbian Exposition World’s Fair in Chicago, Bertha Palmer charged the pastry chef at the time to create something different. She requested a confection that was smaller than a cake, while still retaining cake-like qualities. The result: the brownie. The first brownies featured an apricot glaze and walnuts, and they are still being made at the hotel according to the original recipe.

A 25-story Beaux Arts marvel situated in Chicago's iconic Loop District, The Palmer House is the longest continually operating hotel in the United States, boasting a vibrant heritage and renowned service. Originally built as a wedding present for Bertha Honore by her groom, Potter Palmer, The Palmer House Hilton is a historic city-center landmark with a legacy of romance. Guests are treated to the ultimate experience in luxury from the moment they arrive, with a two-story, gilded lobby with a formal staircase, marble-topped tables, velvet seating, and a ceiling mural depicting Greek mythology.

The epitome of a grand hotel, The Palmer House boasts 1,641 guestrooms, including 177 Executive rooms and 53 suites, over 130,000 sq ft of meeting and event space, and a variety of facilities and services to accommodate the unique needs of every guest. Situated within walking distance of the theater district, Art Institute, famed Magnificent Mile, and within one mile of Lake Michigan, The Palmer House is the ideal destination for a Chicago vacation, wedding, or meeting, offering the best of elegant accommodations, unrivaled hospitality, and a celebrated history.

Learn more about The Palmer House Hilton and book your next visit!

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