When The Drake’s Cape Cod Room was envisioned, prior to the 1933 World’s Fair, architect Benjamin Marshall and, at the time, unknown folk artist Peter Hunt set out to create a transformative East Coast atmosphere. Between Marshall and Hunt they created an urban hideaway where the atmosphere was fine, but not refined.
Over 80 years later everything remains as originally imagined by the two founding visionaries: the old-fashioned, faded, tavern signs; hanging lobster traps and chowder kettles. But, now, dozens of national culinary awards reside next to those curiosities.
Re-opening its doors on February 1, 2014 with renewed flooring, replacing the original 1930’s tiling, and a revamped menu to match – the Cape Cod has hit its stride once again. Chef Franco Diaz has flipped old favorites alongside innovative new creations. Cure your hankering for East Coast cuisine with The Drake’s signature Bookbinder Soup, Beer Battered Oysters, Prosciutto Wrapped Crispy White Fish Saltimbocca, or any one of the delicious Drake dining options.
Join us for dinner Wednesday through Sunday 5:30 PM to 10 PM.
The Drake Hotel is proud to present February’s Movie Monday classics in Palm Court. First, on February 10th at 7PM witness Scarlet Street. Watch as Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and Dan Duryea portray the story of a man going through a mid-life crisis only to be scorned by a woman who believed not in him, but in his presumed fortune. Then, on February 24th witness the ineffable silent film that started it all, Gold Rush. Charlie Chaplin plays the Lone Prospector who not only finds his fortune in the Klondike, but so much more.
Enjoy complimentary popcorn, a special menu and themed cocktails from 6PM-8:30PM. Movie Monday is always free and open to the public but reservations are highly recommended by calling 312.932.4619 or emailing.
February 10: Scarlet Street (1949) with Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett
February 24: The Gold Rush (1925) with Charlie Chaplin
March 10: My Favorite Brunette (1947) with Bob Hope & Dorothy Lamour
March 24: Meet John Doe (1941) Frank Capra’s film with Barbara Stanwyck
April 14: The Stranger (1946) an Orsen Welles film
April 28: Suddenly (1954) with Frank Sinatra & James Gleason
For almost 100 years The Drake has stood at the top of the Magnificent Mile as a pillar of high society. Built in 1920, The Drake Hotel was considered the most luxurious hotel in Chicago. Benjamin Marshall, the original architect, designed the grand dame of hotels with unusual magnificence – it was said there was nothing like it in appearance. Throughout the years, we’ve helped friends and family turn moments into memories, and memories into traditions. Everyone has their Drake story and with that, some have their Drake “souvenir”.
In the last century countless items from the Historic Landmark Property have gone missing. Understanding that our history is part of your history The Drake Hotel is giving guests the opportunity to Go Back in Time and Give Back the Crime with an official pardon. The stories, the memories and the items returned will all be on display – your story will live on within The Drake walls. For the next two months, items will be accepted by mail or in person and without guilt or suspicion—no questions asked. This amnesty program is in preparation for The Drake’s official history tour which will launch on April 1st. Please address your submissions to 140 East Walton Place, Chicago IL 60657, Attention: Marketing Department.
Famed as Chicago’s first resort hotel The Drake has been called “a city within a city”, offering every convenience without having to venture out into the cold. This winter warm-up with our Just Chillin’ Package and waste no time getting from your car into the warmth of The Drake Hotel with $20 valet parking, over 50% off regular pricing. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with deluxe accommodations and two Drake mugs filled with hot chocolate packets to get you going. You’ll also receive complimentary access to the fitness center to tone up for summer, and 25% off drinks and dining at any of our hotel outlets: Coq d’Or, Cape Cod, Drake Bros’, and Palm Court. With complimentary high-speed in-room Wi-Fi, you won’t have to worry about missing a thing out in the cold of the real world. Book your Chillcation getaway now through the end of April and wake up in the comfort of your home away from home.
Though tea has been popular since its introduction to Europe in the 17th century, it wasn’t until the 19th century that afternoon tea became a high society tradition. A common misconception is that The Drake Hotel has maintained “high tea” since it opened its doors nearly a century ago. In fact, The Drake has served “afternoon tea” since opening. “High tea”, coined in the Industrial Revolution, referred to working class families consuming their bread, butter, and tea at their high tables in their less affluent communities. Low tea, or the afternoon tea that is served at The Drake, consists of low tea tables, sweets and sandwiches—exactly the atmosphere the creator of afternoon tea time, Anna Maria Stanhope, the Duchess of Bedford, would have adored in the 1800’s.
The Drake's Palm Court has always hosted curious patrons from around the world who wanted to know more about the history of the famed tea room. Last year Palm Court, named one of the best locations for afternoon tea in the nation by Good Morning America, began "Historic Afternoon Tea" in an effort to inform loyal guests of its profound past.
This year the Palm Court will once again introduce "Historic Afternoon Tea". First, guests are invited to enjoy a leisurely lunch with traditional tea then they will be invited on a brief excursion through the hotel with one of The Drake's expert historians. The tea and tour starts at $35, tours are given at 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Reservations are highly recommended, call 312.932.4619 or email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com.
Martin Scorsese stated, “Film in the 20th century, it’s the American art form, like jazz.”
The Palm Court, long famed for introducing the nation’s next big jazz artist, will now bring back America’s most beloved entertainment: motion picture classics from the early to mid 20th century. Names that resonate through generations like Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and Audrey Hepburn will once again return to Chicago for Movie Mondays at The Drake Hotel. Fall back in time with a 40’s themed cocktail while gazing at Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in “His Girl Friday” January 13th or sip on a gin sour while watching Frank Capra’s suspense filled “Meet John Doe” with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
Films will be shown biweekly, the second and fourth Monday of every month. Please visit our entertainment page for a full schedule. Admission is always free, and complimentary popcorn will be served.
This year the Art Institute of Chicago proudly introduces the area’s leading chefs with their exhibition Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine. You are invited to feast your eyes on famed fare painted and sculpted by the world’s most prominent artists.
The Drake Hotel is aptly represented by nationally acclaimed Chef Franco Diaz whose mouthwatering recipe for “Turkey and Chanterelles” can be perused on the Art Institutes online cookbook while museum goers gaze at Norman Rockwell’s 1942 Freedom from Want. Exhibition curator Judith Barter truly brings the symbolism of cuisine within art and places the topic on the table.
The exhibition lasts through January 27th, 2014.
This May marks the one year anniversary of Coq d’Or’s official whiskey club. Membership will remain free throughout the inaugural year. However, in May, The Drake will institute a nominal membership fee to sign up. Join now at thedrakehotel.com.
The next quarterly event will be February 27th and will feature Scotch whisky—without the “e”. Historically, Scotch whisky was aged wooden barrels that were purchases from the British Isles. The intention of the barrels was to take the harsh edge off of the “fire water”. However, since these casks had been used prior to the whisky being poured they began to take on the flavor of the previous liquid—giving the whisky a “finish”.
Popular finishes included whiskies that came from sherry and port casks. Through the centuries, however, many other types of used casks have been experimented with, such as Bourbon, Madeira, Sauternes, Cognac and others.
This February Coq d’Or will present three examples of these finishes using the classic Glenmorangie single malt scotch, but finished in three different casks, port, sherry and sauternes. See if you can taste the difference by signing up for Whiskey Club now and emailing Nora.Heneghan@hilton.com your RSVP.
Almost 75 years after the introduction of “The Drake” sign to the Chicago skyline, the iconic neon piping is being hauled away. Licensed by the EPA, Olympic Signs of Lombard will properly recycle the used neon materials. Post disposal, Olympic signs will then install environmentally friendly Sloan LED lighting to illuminate the Lake Shore Drive landmark.
The appearance of the iconic 20-foot sign will not drastically change—though the conservation of energy, the safety of the material, and the longevity of the bulbs will grossly increase. The one-of-a-kind original design, created by Olympic Signs, follows The Drake Hotel’s initiative to create a greener Chicago. The Drake Hotel has always been an example of fine hospitality, behind the scenes The Drake is also a model waste-reducing facility.
The Drake Hotel, a leader in hospitality , strives to be a pioneer for green initiatives in the city. Every outlet within the hotel boasts sustainable, locally farmed items on the menu and uses only 100% recyclable napkins. Water consumption at The Drake has decreased by 250,000 gallons every year due to conscientious clients choosing to launder their linens every third day, rather than every day. The hotel then donates all gently used linens and toiletries to non-profits and shelters in the area. The Drake Hotel only uses sustainable, locally farmed items and all waste is reduced, reused or recycled.
While “The Drake” sign will still light the Second City’s skyline The Drake hotel will continue to light a greener path towards environmentally friendly hospitality.