Lady Bug Bash

June 04, 2014

Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund will be hosting its 4th Annual Ladybug Bash on June 12, 2014 at the iconic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago! The event promises an extraordinary night of pure delight, featuring Ladybug cocktails, dinner, dancing, raffles, live and silent auctions, as well as an array of celebrity appearances.

The gala kicks off at 7PM at the Drake Hotel at 140 East Walton Place. General admission tickets cost $100 or purchase VIP tickets for $150.Tables of six or eight can be reserved for $580 and $780.

The Ladybug Bash is the annual event where money is raised to fund national projects. This year, an additional goal of The Bash is to raise enough to give a grant to further pediatric cancer research.Each fund is dedicated in the name of a local child battling cancer with the goal of helping all children and families at that hospital. At The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, the namesake of Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund is a young Chicago girl who was diagnosed with cancer at the tender age of 17 months old. After undergoing over two years of aggressive daily chemotherapy treatment, Atia is now six years old and in full remission.  

Celebrity guests coming include Project Ladybug founder Dina Manzo, from the Real Housewives of New Jersey; Matt Forte, Running Back for the Chicago Bears; Tommie Harris, former Defensive Tackle for the Chicago Bears; and Meg Caswell, from HGTV.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit Project Lady Bug or email Christina Isherwood.

Coq d'Or Summer Menu

April 10, 2014

Coq d'Or has a delightfully decadent new menu inspired by summer staples. Nothing says fun in the sun like bacon bratwurst, bourbon BBQ chicken wings, BBQ pork ribs, and of course, the Coq d’Or burger. But, what would a relaxed day on the lakeshore be without a proper dessert and for that, Coq d’or has an array: locally sourced gelato and sorbets, caramel popcorn sundaes, and deconstructed s’mores are just a few of the plentiful summer sweets offered daily.

As the weather warms, the new eats and sweets in Coq d’Or are sure put you in the summer spirit.

Admin Day

March 11, 2014

Administrative Professionals' Day dates back to 1952 with the purpose of recognizing skill, loyalty, efficiency in the workplace and to call attention to favorable publicity towards an administrative career. In honor of properly celebrating the people behind the scenes who contribute to Chicago’s successes, The Drake Hotel has organized an Administrative Professionals' Day luncheon on April 23rd.

For $50, organizations can send their colleagues in administrative rolls to The Drake for a three course, prix fixe luncheon of world renowned culinary cuisine by Chef Franco Diaz. Attendees will also have the chance to win prizes sponsored by ZED451, Skybox on Shefield, Eataly, Fadó, Wrigley Rooftops, and Wendella Boat Tours.

For details and tickets please contact Shaun Rajah. Surprise your co-worker with a day at The Drake. 

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.


January 07, 2014

Famed as Chicago’s first resort hotel The Drake has been called “a city within a city”, offering every convenience without having to venture out into the cold.  This winter  warm-up with our Just Chillin’ Package and waste no time getting from your car into the warmth of The Drake Hotel with $20 valet parking, over 50% off regular pricing.  Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with deluxe accommodations and two Drake mugs filled with hot chocolate packets to get you going.  You’ll also receive complimentary access to the fitness center to tone up for summer, and 25% off drinks and dining at any of our hotel outlets: Coq d’Or, Cape Cod, Drake Bros’, and Palm Court. With complimentary high-speed in-room Wi-Fi, you won’t have to worry about missing a thing out in the cold of the real world.  Book your Chillcation getaway now through the end of April and wake up in the comfort of your home away from home. 

Cool Chicago

June 08, 2011

2011 has brought Chicago its fair share of unpredictable weather. From the February blizzard to June’s record breaking heat, one wonders, is there anything you can count on to always hit the spot…..? Answer:  Yes, Chicago, yes there is. Snow, meet heat… Today we bring you a Real Chicago experience submitted by Maura, a Chicago native, who’s seen her fair share of unpredictability related to this great city, but can always count on her favorite summer hotspot to open its windows every May, just in time for the summer heat. Nothing says real authentic Italian ice quite like Mario’s Italian Ice on Taylor Street. The ingredients are simple but deliver some of the best taking Italian ices- fresh fruit, ice, sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel and bits of real fruit. Known for its old-school charm, Mario’s opened its doors (well, technically its widows) in 1954. It is wedged between two buildings and is easily missed if you aren’t familiar with the stand. However, once you have gone to Mario’s once you will be a lifelong customer. From the first visit, you can feel the history that surrounds this stand. When Mario’s first opened, there were many other stands just like it throughout the neighborhood. This gem has had a successful run and is one of the only remaining stands left. The exterior is painted green, white and red and although not fancy, its simplicity is what’s made the place a charmer for over fifty years. Mario’s offers authentic, inexpensive and refreshing treats. They have vast array of flavor offerings, including the traditional lemon, cantaloupe, cherry and my personal favorite, watermelon.  If Italian ice isn’t your favorite, Mario’s also offers snow cones, fresh lemonade, lupini beans, seeds and nuts. People from all over the Chicago area come out daily to experience Mario’s Italian ice. The lines tend to be long at certain times of the day but don’t let that discourage you from experiencing one of Chicago’s most authentic Italian ice stands. Mario’s traditional and homemade flavors make this a Chicago favorite. Whether you choose to order one of their famous Italian ices or a simple snow cone, you won’t be sorry. The eye-catching stand, unique and delicious flavors and warm staff remind you of all that represents “Real Chicago”. While serving hundreds of customers daily, Mario’s still makes everyone feel like they are family. Visit Mario’s at: 1068 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607. Hours are 11 a.m.-midnight from early May to September 15th.