Bridget Gleeson writer + illustrator

Bridget Gleeson

Last-minute hits: the Windy City » Palmer House

This glamorous hotel had its grand opening 12 (or 13?) days before the great Chicago fire. (As my sister Liz would say, ‘what a bust!’) After it was rebuilt, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde slept here and Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra performed in the dining room.