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  • RSNA 2018
  • Tours and Events

  • RSNA has teamed up with Hosts Chicago, a Hosts Global Alliance Member, and Bloomingdale’s, to offer exciting ways to experience Chicago during your stay for RSNA 2017. Enjoy the sounds of music, view architectural wonders, explore unique neighborhoods, learn a new cooking technique, and more.

    Advance registration for tours and events is now closed.

    To purchase a ticket for a tour on site, please visit a tours desk located at:

    Palmer House Hilton Hotel - 6th Floor
    Saturday, November 25 – Wednesday, November 29
    7:30 AM – 6 PM

    McCormick Place, Grand Concourse - Level 3, Lobby
    Saturday, November 25 – Wednesday, November 29
    9 AM – 6 PM

    1-847-996-5862 (Outside of the U.S. and Canada)
    8 AM – 5 PM Chicago Time

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    Chicago Symphony Orchestra Presents Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna
    3:00 PM | $85
    In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians from Innsbruck to Vienna. He gave specific instructions that there were to be six boys among his musicians. For want of a foundation charter, historians have settled on 1498 as the official foundation date of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and - in consequence - the Vienna Boys Choir. Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Wiener Sängerknaben maintain the tradition of the imperial musicians: as Hofmusikkapelle they provide the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna's Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498.

    The Vienna Boys Choir brings the sounds of the holidays to Symphony Center. Enjoy this enchanting afternoon of popular folk songs, classical masterpieces and beloved holiday favorites, perfect for the whole family.

    Theater tickets must be picked up at the Palmer House tour desk. Transportation to the Symphony Center is not included.

    The Pearl Fishers Opera
    7:30 PM | $140
    For sheer exotic beauty, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers has few rivals in the entire repertoire. The opera’s famed duet for tenor and baritone is a soaring melody that has turned countless opera newcomers into ecstatic fans. Bizet (who composed this work 12 years before Carmen) transports us to Ceylon, where two devoted friends find themselves in love with the same woman, an entrancingly beautiful priestess, Leïla. From its leading men and leading lady, The Pearl Fishers demands the ultimate in vocal beauty and elegance to do justice to this sweepingly romantic drama.

    Theater tickets must be picked up at the Palmer House tour desk. Transportation to the Lyric Opera is not included.



    Chicago City Highlights with Willis Tower Skydeck
    8:30 AM | $67 (French)
    9:30 AM | $67 (English)

    Chicago is a city of surprises, experience the glimmering lakefront to its outdoor museum of architecture in this great city on a three-hour tour. An expert guide will provide a wealth of knowledge on Chicago’s Gold Coast, Museum Campus, Michigan Avenue’s “The Magnificent Mile”, Merchandise Mart and more. Visit the site where the Great Chicago Fire started and hear how this sparked a great urban growth spurt. Guests will also be treated with a stop at the Willis Tower Skydeck (formerly the Sears Tower), the best view in Chicago! On a clear day you can see up to 40-50 miles away, making Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana all visible!

    Die Walkure Opera
    1 PM | $150
    After the triumph of Das Rheingold in 2016/17, Lyric continues the thrilling journey through Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle with Die Walküre. This is the most deeply moving and romantic of all the Ring operas. Its riveting, devastating drama involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter. Every character is unforgettable—valiant Siegmund and Sieglinde, headstrong Brünnhilde and mighty, tortured Wotan, determined Fricka and vengeful Hunding. Wagner’s music drama burns itself on our memories, exciting us with the emotional intensity of its lyrical outbursts and its incredible power and majesty.

    Theater tickets must be picked up at the Palmer House tour desk. Transportation to the Lyric Opera is not included.

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra Presents Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert
    3 PM | $140
    Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Its music director since 2010 is Riccardo Muti, one of the preeminent conductors of our day. Pierre Boulez is the CSO’s Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus; Yo-Yo Ma is the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant. Mason Bates and Anna Clyne are the CSO’s Mead Composers-in-Residence.

    The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

    Theater tickets must be picked up at the Palmer House tour desk. Transportation to the Symphony Center is not included. 



    Millennium Park Walking Tour
    8:30 AM | $35 (Spanish)
    9 AM | $35 (French)
    9:30 AM | $35 (English)
    Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. A guided tour will take you through the park that features the work of world-renowned architects, planners, artists and designers. Learn how top architects, artists and engineers collaborated with Chicago’s movers and shakers to transform an ugly railway and surface parking lot into a park that has become the envy of cities across the globe.  Understand the inspiration behind Anish Kapoor’s huge, reflective Cloud Gate sculpture (nicknamed the “Bean”); Jaume Plensa’s ever-changing, high-tech Crown Fountain; and Frank Gehry’s exuberant, sculptural Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion and BP Bridge.  Discover the many ways Kathryn Gustafson’s Lurie Garden symbolizes Chicago history and more!

    Bloomingdale's Fashion Presentation with Light Breakfast
    9 AM | $76
    Enjoy breakfast and an exclusive fashion presentation by Marian Goodman, Bloomingale's Executive Vice President of Shopping Services. Ms. Goodman will demonstrate how to translate the looks on the runway to your closet and will feature the latest in fashion from our top designers. Ippolita will be dressing the models in beautiful gold, silver and gemstone jewelry. Your morning will start off with a champagne breakfast on the third floor. Each person in attendance will be entered into a raffle to win one of the following confirmed raffle prizes: Gift Basket from Clarins, One of a kind Ippolita scarf and hand painted stationary, Karen Millen Clutch and Whistles Clutch. Value of raffle items range from $200-$2,000. Event will be held prior to store opening. Each attendee will receive a reusable gift bag with 15% savings certificate and gift.

    Transportation to Bloomingdale’s is not included. Event is held at 900 N. Michigan, The New View on 3. Receive a complimentary gift bag for attending this Bloomingdale’s event.

    Chicago "L" and Wicker Park Neighborhood Experience
    10:30 AM | $85
    One of Chicago's creative epicenters lies just outside downtown Chicago in Wicker Park and Bucktown. These synonymous neighborhoods are famous for live music and nightlife, chef-driven restaurants and countless art galleries — many housed within the Flat Iron Arts Building. If you have an acute knowledge of craft cocktails or an affinity for coffee, plus want to sift through records or thrifted threads, there's no better area to sip and shop in the country.

    Along North, Division, Milwaukee and Damen Avenues, you will find an unbelievable blend of vintage shops amid independently-owned boutiques touting fashions for both men and women, and luxury home goods and beauty products. On the same blocks are nationally-recognized names in fashion, and a mix of major retail chains that have also set up shop to satisfy the on-trend crowds.

    An expert tour guide will take you on the CTA Blue Line from The Loop up to Wicker Park. Spend the day exploring this cultural and historical neighborhood, including such landmarks as the Flatiron Arts Building, and cultural attractions as the Jackson Junge Gallery. Throughout the tour, stop at signature Chicago hotspots like Big Star Taco for one of their signature shrimp or steak tacos, as well as a sweet stop at Stans Donuts and Coffee for such creations as a Maple Bacon donuts.

    Devil in the White City
    1 PM | $68
    The exclusive Devil in the White City Tour delves into the history, mystery, murder, and mayhem that surrounded the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 -- especially the dark deeds carried out by American serial killer, H.H. Holmes. During the World's Fair, Holmes operated the infamous "Murder Castle," where he dispatched an unknown number of victims in particularly gruesome fashion. This tour takes visitors on a trip back in time to the glory days of the Fair and to visit the places where Holmes sought out his victims and a glimpse of remaining elements of the spectacular Fairgrounds! Take an inside look at the life and times of Chicago's preeminent residents in 1893, the places they lived and worked, such as the famous Stockyards District. Explore remnants of what the world saw when it came to the Windy City, including renowned buildings designed by Daniel Burnham, creator of the Exposition. See the Japanese Gardens, the Museum of Science and Industry (the Fair's only remaining original pavilion), and more. Visitors can expect to experience the dark contrast between the deeds carried out by one of America's most famous killers and the bright gleam of hope that was offered by the "White City”.

    Bloomingdale's Culinary Event with Guest Chef
    1 PM | $80
    Visit Bloomingdale's Home & Furniture Store and enjoy a demonstration with the Executive Chef from Eddie V’s, located just steps away from the Bloomingdale’s Fashion Store. He will demonstrate how to make select items from their Fall menu, and show a few tricks and insight for shopping for perfect ingredients. Each dish will be paired with wine from their restaurant. Each registered guest will receive a Bloomingdale's reusable bag and a $25 gift card for attending this event.

    Transportation to Bloomingdale’s is not included. Event is held at Home & Furniture Store, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Demonstration Kitchen on 1.  

    Second City with Chicago Pizza
    5 PM | $158
    Are you ready for a night of laughter and an authentic Chicago meal? Start your evening with some famous deep dish pizza and one of the city’s oldest and most famous pizzerias. You'll be treated to a wide variety of pies and the cash bar will have the drinks on demand. After dinner, it’s time to laugh as you head to Second City to experience a comedic performance that will have your eyes watering and your stomachs aching. Join us for a feat at The Second City! This comedy club is a famous North American institution for stand-up comedy. Legendary alumni who began their careers in Chicago at The Second City include Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner. The main stage is the perfect spot to be entertained by some of the most talented improvisational actors around! Be on the lookout, you may even see a performance from the next comedic legend to be!

    Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks
    7:30 PM | $145
    Make your way to the United Center to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks as they take on the Anaheim Ducks.

    One of the “Original Six” National Hockey League teams, the Blackhawks are not only a historic institution to the city but have become a major NHL powerhouse in recent years. Having won three Stanley Cup championships in the last seven seasons, they have continuously proven to be an unstoppable force in professional hockey.

    You’ll be sure to enjoy a fast paced game where hopefully you’ll be screaming “GOAL” as the Blackhawks win!

    Tickets must be picked up at the Palmer House tour desk. Transportation to United Center is not included.   



    Frank Lloyd Wright Experience
    8:30 AM | $85
    Journey to nearby suburban neighborhood Oak Park, where Frank Lloyd Wright’s legend began. During a 45-minute tour through his home and studio, an expert docent will recount the story of Wright’s work and life in Oak Park, the location where he and his family spent the first 20 years of his career, from 1889-1909. You will have the chance to learn more about Wright’s famous “Prairie style” architecture and the meaning behind it. After leaving the artist’s home and studio, your docent will take you on a relaxing stroll through the neighborhood’s Historic District. The district boasts 25 other Wright buildings – the world’s largest concentration of Wright-designed structures!

    Architectural Walking Tour
    8:30 AM | $35 (English)
    9 AM | $35 (French)
    9:30 AM | $35 (Spanish)
    Are you tired of seeing Chicago through the windows of buses, trains and boats? Then it’s time to stretch your legs, grab a camera, and set off by foot to experience Chicago’s greatest landmarks! Your expert guide will cut this magnificent city down to size and keep you on your toes during an exciting two and a half hour walk through the Loop. Noteworthy structures and significant landmarks by William LeBaron Jenney, Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham and Harry Weese will be discussed, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rookery lobby, and the magnificent Harold Washington Library. You will learn fascinating history and tidbits about the showcased art and architecture.

    Holiday Lights Trolley Tour
    5:30 PM | $48
    Kick off the holiday season with an entertaining two hour lightly narrated tour aboard a famous Chicago Trolley. Sing carols as your holiday trolley sleigh ride whisks you amongst the festive lights and enchanting sights of wintertime in Chicago including The Magnificent Mile, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows, and Buckingham Fountain. We'll also make the following stops to capture the essence of the season.
    Christkindlmarket - A traditional German American Holiday Market with distinctive crafts, artistic glass creations, delicious sweets, holiday food and drinks.
    Sprinkles Cupcakes – located off Chicago’s historic Magnificent Mile between Michigan Avenue and Rush Street, Sprinkles Cupcakes offer a modern take to a sweet American classic

    Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns
    7:00 PM | $110
    Witness the non-stop action inside the United Center as the Chicago Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns. The only NBA franchise to win multiple championships and never lose in NBA Finals, the Bulls are a “can’t miss” experience when visiting The Windy City. Watch as they dunk, pass and score while thousands of fans cheer them on to victory! 

    Tickets must be picked up at the Palmer House tour desk. Transportation to the United Center is not included.
    Tickets are located in the 100 level seats.

    Broadway in Chicago Presents Hamilton
    7:30 PM | $153
    Broadway In Chicago offers the most exciting shows in Chicago's bustling Downtown Theater District. On the stages of the Oriental Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Bank of America Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre and the Broadway Playhouse, you will discover theater productions direct from Broadway and world premieres of productions destined for Broadway.

    Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. 

    Theater tickets must be picked up at the Palmer House tour desk. Transportation to the PrivateBank Theater is not included.



    Chicago Sculpture Walking Tour
    8:30 AM | $35 (Spanish)
    9 AM | $35 (English)
    9:30 AM | $35 (French)
    Take in Chicago’s vast array of beautiful public art on display 365 days a year. Chicago has become a “sculpture gallery” displaying works by many world-renowned artists. The city’s collection of outdoor sculpture is as distinguished as its world-class architecture. However, public art in Chicago far exceeds sculptures installed in the downtown area. Encompassing all areas of the visual arts, it is exhibited in municipal buildings and neighborhoods citywide. Discover the changing relationships between architecture and sculpture and learn how artists and architects collaborate in creating successful public art.

    Shopping at Aurora Outlet Mall
    9 AM | $50
    Chicago Premium Outlets is more than just a great collection of the finest designer labels and brands, it's Chicagoland's discount shopping destination. Include a shopping stop during your next trip to Chicago. Located just west of Chicago, it is a bargain hunter's haven. Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Elie Tahari, Gap Outlet, Giorgio Armani, J.Crew, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sony, Theory, Vera Bradley and more. West of Chicago.

    Broadway in Chicago Presents Escape to Margaritaville
    7:30 PM | $110
    Broadway In Chicago offers the most exciting shows in Chicago's bustling Downtown Theater District. On the stages of the Oriental Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Bank of America Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre and the Broadway Playhouse, you will discover theater productions direct from Broadway and world premieres of productions destined for Broadway.

    Escape to Margaritaville: More than a musical. It’s a way of life.

    Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of.

    Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.

    Theater tickets must be picked up at the Palmer House tour desk. Transportation to the Oriental Theater is not included.

    Broadway in Chicago Presents White Christmas
    7:30 PM | $95
    The uplifting story and beloved songs of Bing Crosby' movie White Christmas have been enjoyed by families for generations. Now, you can continue the timeless tradition with your family at this glorious and exciting live production!

    A stage adaptation of the classic film, Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies, formerly old war comrades, who are tasked with staging a winter pageant in a picturesque but struggling Vermont inn owned by their old commanding officer - and find their perfect matches in the bargain. Will they be able to pull off the ultimate Christmas miracle and save the show? Well yeah, but in this case the fun is in following them on their marvellous, adventure-filled journey!

    Irving Berlin's White Christmas is a merry and bright Broadway experience full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is The Ocean and the iconic favorite White Christmas. Seriously recommended if you are lacking the holiday spirit, this should restore you faster than a pumpkin-spiced latte.

    Theater tickets must be picked up at the Palmer House tour desk. Transportation to the Cadillac Palace Theater is not included.