The Drake Hotel is proud to present February’s Movie Monday classics in Palm Court. First, on February 10th at 7PM witness Scarlet Street. Watchas 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.
Coming Soon: 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:TheStranger (1946) an OrsenWelles film April 28:Suddenly (1954) with Frank Sinatra & James Gleason
The Drake Hotel and Palm Court are excited to Partner with the Jazz Institute of Chicago and Chicago Jazz Magazine to bring you NextGenJazz- The Series:
Drake Hotel partners with Jazz Institute of Chicago to showcase young talent on Chicago jazz scene Beginning March 1, 2012, the Drake Hotel , 140 E. Walton, will host a dynamic young lineup of Chicago jazz talent on the first three Thursdays of each month through May. Presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago and Chicago Jazz Magazine, the NextGenJazz series provides jazz trios with a three-week engagement at the Drake Hotel’s Palm Court. There is no cover charge. The Jazz Institute of Chicago has a longstanding history of programming and presenting world-class jazz concerts at no cost including the Chicago Jazz Festival, JazzCity, and Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz concert series. The NextGenJazz series will continue this tradition while appealing to new and younger audiences. “The Jazz Institute is pleased to partner with the Drake Hotel in bringing attention to the new jazz voices in town,” says Lauren Deutsch, executive director of the Jazz Institute of Chicago. “The artists featured in NextGenJazz are on the cutting edge of jazz in Chicago, and we are excited about introducing them to new audiences at one of the city’s iconic hotels.”
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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.
October 04, 2011Some may not get the reference to the Rice Aroni jingle in today's Real Chicago blog title... however if you're keen to old jingles from the mid-90s-- you know this tune is referencing a "San Francisco Treat..." But, let this be known.....you don't have to be in San Francisco to experience this Chicago treat. While it may have originated in that famed West Coast inclined town, we here in Chicago made it more than transportation--- we made it an itinerary item for your next vacation..... Elizabeth brings us her Real Chicago experience not to be missed in this week's Real Chicago Blog:
Ever wonder how “the windy city” received its name Chicago, or how the street with the infamous “Magnificent Mile” received the name of Michigan Avenue? Well, you can find these answers out and many more fun facts, while cruising around the beautiful city some of us are lucky to call home, Chicago. The Hop on Hop Off Chicago Trolley Tours takes you around 13 miles of the historical, and architectural streets of the city of Chicago. Sit back, relax, sip on a locally Chicago brewed 312, and let these old-fashioned San Francisco style trolleys show and teach you things even Chicago natives never knew!The experience I had on the trolley ride was with 12 of my fondest co-workers, playing hooky, eh hem ...I mean “training” one lovely Wednesday afternoon. We started the tour at the tip top of the Mangificent Mile, and made our way South down Lakeshore Drive taking in the views of the lake and Navy Pier on a beautiful fall afternoon, then took a turn West bound and drove down Michigan Avenue, then making our way South to The Financial District, and topped off the tour with amazing city/water views from Solidarity Road, while receiving a crash course on the history of Chicago. On the tour, while enjoying the views of amazing architecture, public art, hotels, restaurants, Willis Tower, and more we learned many educational facts about Chicago from a quite entertaining retired teacher as our guide. Here are a few of the fun tid bits we learned on the tour….Now I won’t give them all away, because you will need to learn for yourself on a trolley tour adventure!Chicago Fun Facts:
Chicago Tribune Building, a Chicago Landmark, has labeled stones from landmark buildings from all 50 states and all over the world, to include The Great Wall of China, the White House, as well as The original Twin Towers.
[Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, Chicago, August 19, 2009 /Image & Artwork: designslinger
Why this Real Chicago experience has not come up until now is absurd. Absolutely absurd. Architecture is an integral part of this city; an integral part of its history, its development, its beauty. And when you see it all from the breezy bright white seat of a boat that cruises along the Chicago River and out beyond the shores of Lake Michigan, there's no doubt this city's skyline will leave more than an impression-- it'll leave you with an education- a Real Chicago experience not to be missed. Today's Real Chicago recap is provided by the voice of one of our team members, a resident of Chicago and Michigan native, Haley:
One of my favorite “Real Chicago” experiences is the Chicago Architecture Boat Tour. Whenever I have friends, family or clients in town I often recommend this tour. But it isn’t only for tourists. As a new resident of Chicago, there is still so much I want to learn about this great city- and the Architecture tour was a great place to start. The tour starts on the river right near the Wrigley Building, first you go west where you get the history behind Chicago’s studded skyline. The tour guides explain the history of the Merchandise Mart, the Willis Tower, Navy Pier, Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Lyric Opera, 333 W. Wacker, Marina City and my personal favorite, the United building. Over 50 buildings are featured on the tour. The boat then turns around and takes you down the river into Lake Michigan. From here you can see Chicago’s great skyline together in all of its glory. You also get a fun story about the lighthouse located off of Oak Street Beach- Residents lived in the lighthouse in exchange for caring for the premises and a nominal fee of $10 dollars a month (I think I can’t remember exactly how much) until the 1960’s. It was then that after a wild night of partying out on the pier that caused some complaints from residents on shore. Unfortunately after that, the privilege was revoked, and there are no longer tenants of the lighthouse. Crazy Hippies! There are tons of great things to do in Chicago, and this is one of my favorites. So put on your fall jackets and spend one of our last sunny days learning a little bit more about the city you love.
With the implementation of this blog only a few months ago, it was a passion of ours to be a go-to-guide to all things Real Chicago- from the perspective of those who live Real Chicago each and every day. In its evolution over these past few months we have realized that, just as important to us as the "Real Chicago" experience of the"Real Chicagoian" is, in fact, the memories made by visitors from around the country and our surrounding neighborhoods-- memories made when they visit this city and experience its magic. The memories experienced by Real People in Chicago = Real Chicago... and we want to hear these stories. We want to share these stories!! These stories are what epitomize the concept of Real Chicago--- and with that idea in mind we've created, via this blog, a Real Chicago, Real People series. Of course we will continue to include the "insider's scoop" per concierge recommendations, resident references, and staff picks- but we'd like to expand upon the quandary- "What does Real Chicago mean to you?" We start off with a recent email submitted to The Drake Hotel for inclusion in the Real Chicago Blog. This email encompasses the essence of all the things we want our visitors to feel when they come to Chicago, not just The Drake Hotel. Although it's hard to fathom that summer has unofficially ended with the conclusion of Labor Day weekend, it's even harder to contemplate the approach of the upcoming season. Some may think winter=snow, ice, cold....
We here at The Drake think Holidays--- the cheer of the holidays--- the cheer of family and friends, and the warmth one feels when they see a familiar face in an
oh so familiar place.
September 4, 2011
My real Chicago Experience is traveling to The Drake in December to celebrate the holiday season. Taking a four hour train ride in to embrace the Big City, the Windy City, with beautiful holiday storefronts and tree lined streets decorated with white lights. Shopping on Michigan Avenue, hoping to find that perfect gift.
In recent years, we walked arm in arm to stave off the gusts of wind and stay upright in slush filled streets. We found special moments purchasing gifts we hoped would bring joy to others. When age dictated we were no longer able to wander the streets of Chicago, we shopped in the gift store on the lower level of The Drake. A store filled with all kinds of treasures. Who needed to fight the snow, cold and crowds, when we could marvel at items there for hours? One year we purchased a Mark Roberts "Peppermint Elf". Every holiday season our elf decorated the kitchen, keeping watch over our confections. That year we were sure we had found the treasure from the trip, and indeed I thought we had, until I took my mother's picture in front of old St. Nick and his reindeer located just off the lobby. What a lovely picture! It became her photo Christmas card, sent so all could see our fun filled journey.
Years of memories - the Dickens Carolers, the beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby with presents nestled below, the train set running for hours. How we enjoyed sitting in the lobby watching the guests come and go. I wonder how many other mothers and daughters have made this trip, able to create wonderful memories while staying at The Drake?
For us, going to the Drake in Chicago was coming home for the holidays...
Sadly, in July, my mother passed at the age of 88. This year I hope to start a new tradition and celebrate the holiday season with my brother's family at the Drake. I look forward to sharing with my niece and nephew the fun that exists there; shopping, taking afternoon tea, seeing the beautiful holiday decorations, attending the Nutcracker ballet and enjoying a special evening at the Drake. I will miss my Mom, but I know she will be there with us in spirit and in every story I tell them.
Thank you, Julie, for your contribution and taking our visitors on a warm and inviting walk through your Real Chicago memory. We hope this post inspires more people to submit their Real Chicago experience for inclusion in our Real Chicago ~ Real People Blog series- for every moment in this city is someone's Real Chicago memory. Share yours. To submit your memory for inclusion in the Real Chicago, Real People blog series, please email us your story. Your memory will be included in the blog that same week and your name will be entered into a drawing for a one night stay at The Drake Hotel. *Drawing to occur once The Drake receives 100 entries.
August 18, 2011It’s a bird, it’s a plane…. It’s right outside our windows this weekend!
The Chicago Air & Water Show has quickly become the one of the oldest and largest free admission air and water exhibit in the United States. Over 2 million people will be blown away by the show this weekend and will most definitely inspire the Red Baron in all of us.
Commencing in 1959 as the “Lakeshore Park Air and Water Show”, the event has surely grown into a mind-blowing weekend. For 53 years, these daredevils have performed at North Avenue Beach and along the lakefront for millions upon millions of spectators- astounded always by the sights and sounds of air and watercraft.
Headlining this year will be the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs and my personal favorite, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights. These Golden Knights bravely jump out of a plane 12,500 feet above the ground and race to North Avenue Beach at speeds of 120 miles per hour!
Whether you prefer witnessing pilots maneuver small planes in tight circles, hearing the load roar of a B57, or simply enjoying the fresh air along Chicago’s scenic lakefront, this annual event is by far a Real Chicago occasion. Be sure to get to the beach early and save yourself a spot because it will get very crowded.
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What do Sixteen Candles, Home Alone, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles have in common?
Besides being four of the most iconic and widely known movies, they were all directed by the legendary John Hughes.
John Hughes and his family moved from Detroit to Chicago when he was 13 years old and from then on, his love of Chicago blossomed.
During the early 80s, while working as a script doctor and rewriter, he realized he could write better movies than the ones he was working on. After that, the rest was history.
Sixteen Candles was his directorial debut and instantaneously won praise. The string of movies that followed were just as successful and throughout time have remained classics.
Hughes made it a point to shoot most of his movies in Chicago because of his love for this great city. He has been quoted as saying, “Chicago is what I am”. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off really showcased just how much Chicago meant to him. The film was his love letter to the city and included famous landmarks like Wrigley Field and the Sears Tower. Hughes said, “I really wanted to capture as much of Chicago as I could. Not just in the architecture and landscape, but in the spirit”. John Hughes passed away in August of 2009 but his films have not been forgotten.
Tonight the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center is hosting their Free Movie Tuesdays and will be showing John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles. The movie will be shown in the Peter Pan tent and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The theater opens at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 7 pm. However the best part is that it’s absolutely free!
Tonight is the perfect time to enjoy the last few weeks of summer we have left. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
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Each month the Drake Hotel hosts Cocktails4Causes in the Palm Court, which is a charity cocktail event that helps raise awareness for an organization. Last night, we were honored to work with Linda Zagar to help promote the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Linda lost her brother, Lew, in August of 2009 to Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). AML a form of cancer that affects your myeloid line of blood cells and only has a 34% survival rate. Linda has devoted her life to raise awareness and funds for this dreadful disease so no one has to go through what her brother did.
There were free hors d’oeuvres and 50% of the bar tab went directly back to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We are so pleased with the number of people who attended last night’s Cocktails4Causes and a thanks to Linda for shedding light on this disease.
We hope to see you all next month for August’s Cocktails4Causes.
It is hard to believe that one of the oldest zoological gardens in the country can be found just mere minutes from the downtown area of Chicago. Lincoln Park Zoo, an essential element of the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood, has remained a popular Chicago attraction for its astounding range of animals but most importantly because it is one of the last free admission zoos remaining in the country. Founded in 1868, this 1,200 acre zoo welcomes more than 3 million visitors each year looking to marvel at the world-class animals. The intimate atmosphere is the perfect place to spend an afternoon walking along the tree-lined paths, visiting the lovely flowering gardens and, of course, stimulating those calf muscles with a scenic paddle boat ride on beautiful waters. But we can’t forget about the animals, of course! With about 80 different mammals, ranging from polar bears and lions to African Apes, all furry friends can be found at the famous Regenstein Center. If you’re a fan of the cold-blooded creatures, don’t miss the reptiles, amphibians and 70 different species of snakes as they crawl and slither behind glass barricades. And if you simply relish in the sweet sounds of a summertime chirp, the McCormick Bird house won’t disappoint as it houses over 75 different species of birds. Want something more down to earth? The Blum-Kovler Penguin-Seabird House is the haven for the vast array of aquatic birds. Needless to say, if you’re an animal lover you’ll be able to make a day of this Real Chicago spot. If you love nature, the park’s trails provide a fine escape from the human filled sidewalks of the downtown area. A short twenty minute leisurely walk from The Drake, down the historic street of Inner Lakeshore Drive, this oasis is a must-see when you’re staying downtown. Lincoln Park Zoo is open 365 days a year and hours vary depending on the season. This a prime place to spend an afternoon and starting this Friday, today, Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting their annual “Jammin’ at the Zoo”. OneRepublic and Jason Reeves will be performing at the “wildest concert in town” and all proceeds will be used to support the programs and animals at the zoo. Lincoln Park Zoo is located at 2200 North Cannon Drive Chicago, IL 60614 Be sure to read our blog for other great Real Chicago ideas from the Drake Hotel. Ready to come? Book your hotel room in Chicago at the Drake Hotel.