Tis’ The Season To Be Home For The Holidays At The Drake Hotel

October 21, 2015

CHICAGO – Oct. 20, 2015 – Tis’ the season to settle into your home away from home and let your holidays begin at The Drake Hotel in Chicago.

“When you walk into this landmark hotel, from the dazzling décor and joyful staff to the entertaining events, you are immediately filled with the warmth and light of the holiday spirit,” said Damien McArdle, general manager, The Drake.  “Holidays at The Drake are a Chicago institution, a ritual where families take comfort in our hotel and make memories to last a lifetime,” said McArdle.

The Chillcation. The carriage rides. The carolers. The feasts. The parade. The parties.  Whether you are looking to chill for a weekend getaway and go shopping, linger over the legendary afternoon tea while listening to holiday tunes, sit front and center to view the Magnificent Mile Festival of the Lights parade, indulge in the lavish Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts or revel in New Year’s Eve scene, one thing is for sure, The Drake is the place to get into the holiday spirit with the following experiences:


Guests will have warm smiles and big savings with more than $75 in added value, including more than 50 percent off parking, 25 percent off dining and more with this package.    

DRAKE BROS.The Drake’s signature restaurant overlooking Michigan Avenue and Oak Street Beach provides the perfect setting for many upcoming holiday events, including:

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Saturday, November 21, 2015   
5-7:30 p.m.
Adults $89.00 / Children $35.00

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 26, 2015 
12-7 p.m. with seatings every half hour
Adults $79.00 / Children $35.00

Brunch with Santa

Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20, 2015  
12-4 p.m. with seatings every half hour
Adults $75.00 / Children $35.00

Christmas Eve Buffet

Thursday, December 24, 2015
1-7 p.m. with seatings every half hour
Adults $79.00 / Children $35.00

Christmas Dinner

Friday, December 25, 2015
12-7 p.m. with seatings every half hour

Adults $89.00 / Children $35.00

PALM COURT At this grandiose floral and fountain reception lounge, located in the upper-lobby, guests can enjoy the holiday season with its world-renowned afternoon tea and entertainment.

Mad Hatter Tea

Sunday, November 1, 2015
1-4:30 p.m.
Adults $50.00 / Children $25.00
Reservations at 312.932.4619

Holiday Tea

Friday, November 20, 2015 until Sunday, January 3, 2016 
11 a.m-5 p.m. 
Adults $45.00 / Children $22.00
Live Harpist and Carolers on select days

New Year’s Eve Black Tie Affair

Thursday, December 31, 2015
One seating 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
$195.00 per person

CAPE COD ROOM – Guests can find old-world, charm come alive for the holidays at this New England-style restaurant located on hotel’s Oak Street entrance at the Arcade level.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 26, 2015    
3:30-9 p.m.
Prix fixe menu
Adults $92.00 / Children $35.00

Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 24, 2015|
1-7 p.m.
Prix fixe menu
Adults $98.00 / Children $35.00

New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2015
5-10 p.m.
Prix fixe menu and a champagne toast
$125.00 per person

GOLD COAST BALLROOM The hotel’s opulent ballroom overlooks the Chicago Lakefront, showcasing a beautiful winter backdrop for the following occasions:

Thanksgiving Day Brunch

Thursday, November 26, 2015 
11 a.m.-5 p.m. seatings every half hour
Adults $109.00 / Children $30.00

Annual Chicago Scene New Year’s Eve Party

Thursday, December 31, 2015

General Admission Hours: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
V.I.P. Hours: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Pricing starts at $125.00


For more information visit http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/holiday-menus. To make a reservation, please call 312.932.4619 or email hotelthedrake@gmail.comMedia can access additional information about The Drake Hotel at news.hilton.com/drake.

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 http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/palm-court and to make a reservation call 312-932-4619 or send an email to make your reservation.

Media can access additional information about The Drake Hotel at news.hilton.com/drake.

Gen Jazz

September 09, 2014

Drake Hotel has partnered with the Jazz Institute in presenting NextGenJazz 2014, a special event connecting new audiences to emerging artists and offering a unqiue venue for Chicago’s talented young performers. Please join us in welcoming Quentin Coaxum, a talented trumpeter with a unique voice and a passion for jazz music; his performances blend the essence of many genres including soul, alternative, hip hop, R & B, and jazz.  

NextGenJazz will be in the Palm Court on Thursday, September 4th from 7pm-11pm. To make a reservation, please call 312.932.4619.

Poetry Night

June 05, 2014

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. 

Movie Monday in June

June 05, 2014

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.

Palm Court Night Life

April 29, 2014

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.​

Next Generation Jazz

April 29, 2014

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.

Spring Brunches

April 10, 2014

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

February 02, 2014

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.

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 thedrakehotel.com/dining for details.