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.
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.
This May marks the one year anniversary of Coq d’Or’s official whiskey club. Membership will remain free throughout the inaugural year. However, in May, The Drake will institute a nominal membership fee to sign up. Join now at thedrakehotel.com.
The next quarterly event will be February 27th and will feature Scotch whisky—without the “e”. Historically, Scotch whisky was aged wooden barrels that were purchases from the British Isles. The intention of the barrels was to take the harsh edge off of the “fire water”. However, since these casks had been used prior to the whisky being poured they began to take on the flavor of the previous liquid—giving the whisky a “finish”.
Popular finishes included whiskies that came from sherry and port casks. Through the centuries, however, many other types of used casks have been experimented with, such as Bourbon, Madeira, Sauternes, Cognac and others.
This February Coq d’Or will present three examples of these finishes using the classic Glenmorangie single malt scotch, but finished in three different casks, port, sherry and sauternes. See if you can taste the difference by signing up for Whiskey Club now and emailing Nora.Heneghan@hilton.com your RSVP.
Nestled right outside metro Chicago, this stop boasts breathtaking scenery and an unbelievable array of unique and exquisite flowers. With over 24 gardens and 385 acres, you are bound to discover something new each time you visit. Adding to the charm of this Real Chicago scenic sanctuary is the fact that it can be visited year-round. For with every season you’re offered a new bloom of extraordinarily distinctive sights, sounds, and smells.
This Real Chicago experience was submitted by Caroline, a Chicago native and busy professional. She has found this oasis to be the perfect escape from her hectic life and loves spending afternoons taking in the sunshine and natural beauty. Caroline states, “The Chicago Botanical Gardens are truly a Real Chicago experience. The peaceful environment will captivate you for hours at a time and your farewell will leave you anticipating your next visit.”
The Chicago Botanical Gardens opened to the public in 1971 with a mission to promote enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants and the natural world. It is one of the most visited public gardens in the United States with approximately 760,000 visitors each year. With so much to see and smell, it is no wonder that so many people visit each year. The gardens encompass 9,000 different varieties of plants, ponds and waterfalls, you are sure to find a spot that will become your new retreat.
The official start of summer is less than a week away and this plant museum is the perfect place to spend a warm, sunny afternoon. Be sure to check out the Heritage Garden, the Sensory Garden and the Waterfall Garden as those are some of Caroline’s must see gardens.
Visit The Chicago Botanical Gardens at: 100 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from June 5 through September 5. Admission is free but parking varies between $7 to $60 depending on the day and size of vehicle.
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.