The Drake Hotel’s celebrated Palm Court venue and the LYRIC Foundation will host “Open Verses Expressions and Rhymes (O.V.E.R)” on June 8th, from 6PM—9PM, in support of LYRIC’s Violence Prevention Festival.
The cocktail gala will feature an open mic for approximately 10 poets to perform and a special arrangement by host K Love. There will be live entertainment and a singular spoken-word contest at the close of the evening. The evening will introduce a Poetry Night menu including a $15 appetizer and cocktail special, and $5 local beers.
The Lyric Foundation is dedicated to helping youth make their mark on society by fostering young innovators through educational programs in both academia and creative arts. With a message of hope and encouragement by promoting self-esteem and self-empowerment the Lyric Foundation brings a new outlook to those who exist on the fringe of society.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the LYRIC Foundation. Guests of The Drake gain free entry to the event by presenting a Drake Hotel room key.
This month, dodge the heat and relax in the Palm Court as Classic Movie Mondays continue. On June 9th see French playboy Michel Marnet and American tourist Terry McKay fall in love aboard a ship in “Love Affair” (1939). On June 23rd, sit back and enjoy a timeless every-man-for-himeself thriller, “And Then There Were None,” (1945) as ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to be mysteriously killed off one-by-one.
Movie Monday is free and open to the public. Enjoy a themed movie menu including 1940’s cocktails and candy bars. Complimentary popcorn will be served. For more information or to reserve your table email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com or call 312.932.4619.
In Cooperation with Tangoche and V1-5
Salsa is a stylized Cuban dance that began in New York City nearly half a century ago. For the first time, on Wednesday, May 14th, from 8 PM—11PM The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court will transform into the capital of Chicago’s salsa scene with help from V1-5. For beginners, show up early for a one hour tutorial on the fundamentals of salsa at 7 PM. Complimentary and open to the public, Palm Court will also offer wine and beer specials for dancers to stay hydrated throughout the night. For reservations email or call 312.932.4619.
Conversely Palm Court will host an older, more intimate dance, the Tango on May 29th through Tangoche. From 7:30 PM—11 PM, for $25, guests are greeted with a complimentary drink, invited to take part in a 45 minute lesson followed by three hours of Tango. Palm Court will offer a $15 cocktail and appetizer special for participants and live entertainment throughout the night. Reservations are recommended please call Tangoche at 773.220.8918.
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.
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.
FashionBar Chicago presents the first annual Fall/Winter Women’s Wear Fashion Show, exclusively showcasing designer collections for 2014, in The Drake’s Palm Court on February 13th. The show will feature twelve piece collections from five of Chicago’s emerging and talented fashion designers: Gabrielle Zwick of Gabrielle Zwick Designs, Sarah Fitzgerald of Sugarcoma Clothing, Satoko Mizuno, Apolinar Castillo of Apolinar Castillo Designs, and Prina Bagia of PRIN. Doors open at 6:30, tickets are available here.
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 thedrakehotel.com/dining for details.
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
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.