CHICAGO – August 20, 2015 – The Drake Hotel in Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Hewitt as the new director of sales & marketing. Effective August 31, 2015, Hewitt will lead the sales and marketing efforts for the 535-room hotel set in the Gold Coast neighborhood along The Magnificent Mile and recognized by the Historic Hotels of America®.
As Director of Sales & Marketing, Hewitt will be responsible for leading the development and execution of strategic sales and marketing plans in the hotel’s continuing effort to deliver outstanding guest service and financial profitability. Hewitt joins the hotel's executive committee with an extensive sales and marketing background and will report to Damien McArdle, general manager, The Drake Hotel.
Hewitt has accumulated more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and earned degrees in Hotel & Restaurant Management and Business from the University of Wisconsin Stout and in the Culinary Arts from Joliet Junior College. “Hewitt has significant experience in the hospitality industry with a concentration in sales & marketing and we believe his innovative and results-oriented leadership approach will be essential to the ongoing success of The Drake Hotel,” said McArdle.
Most recently as the Regional Director of Marketing for the Pyramid Hotel Group, Hewitt provided sales support and oversight for three hotels in the portfolio including Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood Luxury brands. Throughout Hewitt’s hospitality career, he has managed convention, business and leisure markets in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. In the Chicago Metropolitan area, Hewitt has served in senior sales and marketing management positions for upscale properties, including Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown and suburban four-star executive business hotels near Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, the Wyndham Lisle/Naperville and the Stouffer Hotels in Chicago and in Oak Brook. As well, Hewitt has managed the daily sales activity for hotels in premiere meeting and convention destinations, such as Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Chicago, the Hyatt Regency Suites Northwest Atlanta and in Cincinnati, the Hyatt Regency and the Omni Netherland Plaza, one of the Historic Hotels of America®.
Hewitt actively participates in Choose Chicago, the official destination marketing organization for Chicago, Illinois and the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), an initiative of the Convention Industry Council that promotes development and implementation of industry-wide accepted practices to create and enhance efficiency throughout the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.
A native of Chicago, Hewitt resides in Naperville with his wife of 29 years (Carol), their son (Ryan), daughter (Melanie) and two pug dogs (Ollie & Buster). He is an avid traveler and frequents the Great Smoky Mountains to partake in adventurous activities like boating and hiking. In his leisure time, Hewitt enjoys the sport of watching the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs and sporting a nine-iron at the golf course. Home is where the heart is for Hewitt, whether he is entertaining with fine wine or winding down from his restoration hardware projects. Going above and beyond to help others in need, Hewitt volunteers with the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
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Located on the Magnificent Mile, just steps away from this summer’s newest attraction, The Drake Hotel and 360 Chicago are partnering to offer guests a chance to see the Windy City like you’ve never seen it before with our ROOM AND A 360 View Package. This package offers the best views, best location, and best observation deck – making it a must-see experience for summer. This REAL CHICAGO™ experience includes two adult tickets to 360 Chicago, complimentary self parking, and deluxe accommodations.
Visit The Drake’s Packages Page for terms and conditions or call toll free reservations at 800.553.7253.
Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund will be hosting its 4th Annual Ladybug Bash on June 12, 2014 at the iconic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago! The event promises an extraordinary night of pure delight, featuring Ladybug cocktails, dinner, dancing, raffles, live and silent auctions, as well as an array of celebrity appearances.
The gala kicks off at 7PM at the Drake Hotel at 140 East Walton Place. General admission tickets cost $100 or purchase VIP tickets for $150.Tables of six or eight can be reserved for $580 and $780.
The Ladybug Bash is the annual event where money is raised to fund national projects. This year, an additional goal of The Bash is to raise enough to give a grant to further pediatric cancer research.Each fund is dedicated in the name of a local child battling cancer with the goal of helping all children and families at that hospital. At The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, the namesake of Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund is a young Chicago girl who was diagnosed with cancer at the tender age of 17 months old. After undergoing over two years of aggressive daily chemotherapy treatment, Atia is now six years old and in full remission.
Celebrity guests coming include Project Ladybug founder Dina Manzo, from the Real Housewives of New Jersey; Matt Forte, Running Back for the Chicago Bears; Tommie Harris, former Defensive Tackle for the Chicago Bears; and Meg Caswell, from HGTV.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit Project Lady Bug or email Christina Isherwood.
The month of May for NextGenJazz’s Palm Court series will feature Gustavo Cortiñas Fouilloux: jazz drummer, composer, and educator. Born and raised in Mexico City, Gustavo began drumming at ten years old. Fouilloux, who recently completed a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at Northwestern University, began his career in New Orleans. There he studied with some of the city’s finest musicians and jazz icons: Wayne Maureau, Johnny Vidacovich, John Mahoney, and Roy McGrath.
Fouilloux will grace The Drake’s Palm Court with his Next Generation Jazz musical panache, performing 7 PM – 11 PM, the first three Thursdays of May. While reservations are not required they are encouraged: email, call 312.932.4619, or visit thedrakehotel.com for details.
Coq d'Or has a delightfully decadent new menu inspired by summer staples. Nothing says fun in the sun like bacon bratwurst, bourbon BBQ chicken wings, BBQ pork ribs, and of course, the Coq d’Or burger. But, what would a relaxed day on the lakeshore be without a proper dessert and for that, Coq d’or has an array: locally sourced gelato and sorbets, caramel popcorn sundaes, and deconstructed s’mores are just a few of the plentiful summer sweets offered daily.
As the weather warms, the new eats and sweets in Coq d’Or are sure put you in the summer spirit.
According to Stanford University Professor Carl Degler we can thank WWII for “Brunch.” In 1980 Degler was quoted in the Chicago Tribune stating, “After World War II, large numbers of American married women entered the workforce for the first time. Married women needed a relief on Sunday, too, thus the rise in popularity of Sunday brunch eaten out.” Coincidentally, every year since WWII The Drake has offered Easter, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving brunches.
Because Easter and Mother’s Day are a mere three weeks away from one another The Drake will offer a 10% discount with the purchase of both events. This spring, join us for traditional holiday brunches in our Gold Coast Ballroom, complete with elaborate dishes, live entertainment, and a kids’ room filled with festive activities. Both brunches begin at 9:30 AM with seatings every half an hour through 3 PM.
For more information visit thedrakehotel.com, email Shaun Rajah, or call 312.932.4525.
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 this spring. Please address your submissions to 140 East Walton Place, Chicago IL 60611, 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.