Nightmare on Walton

October 01, 2015

CHICAGO – October 1st, 2015 – No tricks, just treats! Celebrate the season in haute Halloween style at the “haunted” hotel on Walton Place, The Drake Hotel. The annual Nightmare on Walton is a month-long series of spooky, sophisticated soirees held in the devilishly decked-out Palm Court.

The madness commences when The Drake Hotel scares everyone silly with chilling Classic Movie Monday's leading up to Halloween week when the traditional Afternoon Tea service is haunted, the Masquerade Ball is mysterious and magnificent and the Monster Bash is boo-tiful and make-believe.

Classic Movie Monday’s:  Oct. 12-26, 2015. Chilling, themed movies projected in the Palm Court at 7:00 p.m. with a signature menu and popcorn (available with purchase of any beverage). Open to the public. Reservations are recommended.

Oct. 12, 2015: “The Gorilla” (1939)

Oct. 19, 2015: “Phantom of the Opera” (1925)

Oct. 26, 2015: “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

Spook-Tea & Tour:   Oct. 26-30, 2015.  Sip if you dare. The Palm Court puts a Halloween twist on traditional Afternoon Tea with a week-long "Spook-Tea."  For those a little more daring, a Haunted Tea & Tour package will be available to include ghostly tales of The Drake Hotel’s past.

Oct. 26: 2:30 p.m. seating and 4:00 p.m. tour 
Oct. 27: 1:00 p.m. seating with 2:30 p.m. tour 
Oct. 28: 1:00 p.m. seating with 2:30 p.m. tour, 2:30 p.m. seating with 4:00 p.m. tour 
Oct. 29: 1:00 p.m. seating with 2:30 p.m. tour, 2:30 p.m. seating with 4:00 p.m. tour 
Oct. 30: 1:00 p.m. seating with 2:30 p.m. tour, 2:30 p.m. seating with 4:00 p.m. tour 

Masquerade Ball: Oct. 30, 2015 – 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Diamonds are a ghoul’s best friend. The Drake Hotel has a tradition for throwing luxurious masquerade balls, complete with haute couture fashion, history and mystery. The Drake Hotel continues the grand tradition in the Palm Court with the annual Masquerade Ball, featuring live entertainment by the Flat Cats. Come dressed to impress in haute masquerade fashion. Prizes will be awarded to the best male and female masque. 

Monster Bash: Oct. 31, 2015 – 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Turn make-believe into believe. Come dressed to impress in a haute couture costume, haute enough to win the prize for best male and female costumes. Dance the night away with the mad scientist, DJ Mike, who rises to perform his own dance music, while guests imbibe on the Witches’ Brew and Spooky Sangrias.  

For more information visit The Drake Hotel website at and to make a reservation call 312-932-4619 or send an email to make your reservation.

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Mother's Day 2014

April 29, 2014

A Century of Celebrating Mom

On this 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, The Drake Hotel has incorporated the celebration of Mother’s throughout the hotel. The traditional Gold Coast Brunch will be held from 9:30 AM through 3 PM with seatings every 30 minutes (adults: $110, children: $45). The Gold Coast Brunch will feature delectable delights by Executive Chef Franco Diaz and will be accompanied by the smooth stylings of the Elaine Dame Jazz Trio. A children’s room will also be available with a theater, balloon specialist, caricature artist, and face painter. Make your reservation today and ask about our exclusive $99 Mother's Day Weekend room rate and Gold Coast Brunch Package. To make reservations email or call 312.932.4302.  

The historic Palm Court will host a Mother’s Day Tea from 11 AM – 5 PM.  Mother’s will be greeted with a complimentary gift bag and rose, and welcomed to a complimentary massage from Mario Tricoci at a first come, first serve basis from 12 PM – 4 PM. Treat your mother to an afternoon of pampering, make your reservations for Palm Court today online, by emailing, or by calling 312.932.4619​.

St. Patrick's Day

March 11, 2014

Slàinte mhath! 

Once again The Drake Hotel will celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most recognized patron saint and what’s a feast without traditional Irish food and drink?

From March 14th through St. Paddy’s The Drake will offer five themed cocktails and Shepard’s Pie. Try an “Irish Daisy” made with Irish Mist, Triple Sec and sour, or a “Shamrock” with Jameson, Kahlua, and Irish Cream or stick with a classic Smithwicks.

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Visit The Drake’s dining page for our restaurant options.

Valentine’s SerendipiTea

February 04, 2014

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent annually. This year, be original and proclaim your love over the tried and true tradition of Afternoon Tea. The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court will continue to proudly serve up the world’s most fashionable and fragrant teas in an atmosphere fit for a queen. However, for the weekend of February 14th through the 16th, champagne and a lovely array of Valentine’s desserts will be added to the traditional tea menu. The Palm Court provides the perfect atmosphere to celebrate friendship, family and love.

Tea starts at $40. Reservations are recommended, please visit for details.

Drake Hotel Lobby Gets Frosted

November 30, 2011
For us, going to the Drake in Chicago was coming home for the holidays…

With the the kitchen as their workshop, spatulas and mixers their tools, Drake Hotel chefs and students from the French Pastry Sch0ol worked tirelessly this season to create a holiday display that makes our visitors drool. So what to your wondering eyes should appear when you enter into the magical atmosphere? A gingerbread village scene, an edible winter wondrous holiday dream. During the Magnificent Mile's Festival of Lights Drake staff revealed the stately gingerbread village where toy locomotives circle through tunnels and bridges of chocolate, marzipan and wondrous sweets. Stained glass windows made of sugar, ice-cream cone snowcapped pillars, and old fashioned Necco® candy roof tiles are among the edible details four building snowed-in village. Executive Chef Baasim Zafar remarks that it’s “one of the most detailed gingerbread villages I’ve ever seen. Our team and the students from the French Pastry School did a spectacular job.” Textured exterior walls, frosting evergreen trees throughout and crystal glossed sugar snow are just some of the details that Pastry Chef Christina Schubert was adamant about including to make this a truly, one of a kind, gingerbread village.