Afterschool Matters Afternoon Tea Competition

August 07, 2013

The Drake Team was delighted to participate in the judging of After School Matters Beginner & Advanced Culinary Program Competition on August 1st at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  The Afterschool Matters Culinary Program helps kids find and discover their talents for future employment. 

Student chefs were asked to create a dining experience themed around Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel.  80 students, that have a passion for the culinary world, were tasked to create their own scones, pastries and tea sandwiches.  Students then presented their culinary creations to the judges where they were then scored on table display, presentation and service. 

The Drake is thrilled to welcome the Beginner & Advanced  winning teams to The Drake to take  learn more about the culinary world with our Sous Chef, Christina Schubert, as well as enjoy the experience of Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court.

2012 NextGenJazz Series: Thursdays in Palm Court

February 21, 2012

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.” This is a Free event. Contact Email Phone (312) 932-4327 Website Venue The Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Place Chicago, IL


July 13, 2011

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.