Kick Off to the Jazz Festival with the Annual Jazz Club Tour

August 07, 2013

The kick off to Chicago Jazz Festival starts with the Annual Jazz Club Tour on Wednesday, August 28  from 6PM to midnight.  The Jazz Club Tour, sponsored by The Drake Hotel, takes its patrons for a ride to venerable jazz clubs, small joints, and community centers throughout Chicago.  Explore and enjoy the longstanding bebop traditions of the Jazz Showcase in the South Loop, the upscale environs of The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court and Coq d’Or, and everything in between. 

Jazz Club Tour participants buy a promotion button which grants access to all participating clubs and trolley transportation between clubs.  General admission is $25 in advance and $35 at the doors.  Advance tickets are available on line at beginning July 15 and at participating clubs beginning August 1.  The Drake Hotel will feature bands in both Palm Court and the more intimate Coq d’Or, in additional to providing special signature drinks and menus for the occasion.

The Jazz Club Tour is one of the best nights in Chicago Jazz.  It’s a perfect get together with jazz fans across the city and a gives you a chance to enjoy one of the most vibrant jazz scenes in the nation.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at The Drake Hotel.

Masters of Design and Post-Baccalaureate Fashion Show 2013

April 30, 2013

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and The Drake Hotel's Palm Court are pleased to present the Masters of Design and Post-Baccalaureate 2013 Fashion Show on Wednesday, May 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a cocktail hour and the show begins at 8 p.m. Forgoing the traditional runway show in favor of a more dynamic in-the-round presentation, models on elevated platforms will present three to five looks from each of the 12 designers in a display created around the Palm Court fountain. For tickets, visit The 12 student designers represent two degrees offered through SAIC’s Fashion, Body and Garment program. Collections by Master of Design students demonstrate the culmination of technical skills and conceptual themes cultivated throughout the curriculum. Designs by Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students expand on one of two themes—sustainability and historical costumes—explored through semester-long studios.

ChicagoStyle Wedding Photo Shoot

April 02, 2013
Romance, power, beauty and desire converge at the ChicagoStyle Wedding magazine bridal fashion shoot at The Drake. The Drake Hotel recently hosted ChicagoStyle Weddings for a photo shoot highlighting bridal trend fashion for an upcoming issue of the magazine.  The photo shoot was inspired by the romantic pairing of The Drake’s old Hollywood glamour and latest sensual looks in bridal fashion.  Several local salons, stylists, and makeup artists will be showcased in the 2013 July issue showcasing the favorite looks. The eight gowns featured in the ChicagoStyle Weddings July fashion spread vary from a classic ball gowns to form fitting sheath gowns. Specifically, some of the gowns display soft colors, the most recent look coming off the runway with a light ombre, which has become increasingly popular. Ombre is a French term that represents the appearance of tones, with colors graduating from light to dark. It’s a simple concept but with a dramatic, romantic impression, which explains the ombre wedding trend and pairs well with the theme of the ChicagoStyle Wedding shoot. These looks were completed with current makeup and hairstyles trends to match. One hairstyle featured at the shoot was the incorporation of simplistic braids into the style, which was inspired from the red carpets of this year. 2013 most sought after bridal looks can be found in the upcoming issue of ChicagoStyle Weddings, coming out July 2013.

A Gold Coast Easter Brunch

April 02, 2013

Easter egg hunts, floral dresses, and smiling faces were all present at The Drake Hotel's annual Gold Coast brunch. The affair provided friends and family an opportunity to enjoy each other without the worry of cooking and cleaning up. The adjacent children's room was also a success, where parents could let their sugar filled children play and laugh with the Easter Bunny, a balloon artist and other activities. "The goal of our Easter Brunch is to provide an event that is relaxing for our guests but also very memorable," commented Ann O'Riordan, Director of Catering. If you missed out on the Easter Brunch, you can still make reservations for our Gold Coast Mother's Day Brunch!

Play and Stay when you Explore with our New Legos Package

April 02, 2013

Create family fun at The Drake while exploring the Magnificent Mile Lego store. Imagine the endless possibilities with our Lego family fun package which features our deluxe accommodations, a personalized welcome letter, fresh baked cookies and milk at turn down service, a voucher for a special Roy Rodgers beverage in any of our restaurants, breakfast in Drake Bros' and a $50 gift card to the Lego store. Book now and create your family fun this summer at The Drake while exploring the Lego store and all of the Magnificent Mile!

NextGenJazz Series Back to Showcase New Voices in Chicago Jazz

March 04, 2013

After a landmark 2012 season, the Jazz Institute of Chicago and The Drake Hotel are continuing their partnership to present NextGenJazz, a six-concert jazz series at The Drake Hotel. Beginning April 2013, on the first three Thursdays of April, May, June, July, September and October, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., some of Chicago's best new jazz artists lead trios in the elegant and classic Palm Court.  Free and open to the public, the 2013 series kicks off with Makaya McCraven on April 4, 11 and 18. Unlike the early days of jazz, places where young musicians can perform in residence are few and far between.  The NextGenJazz partnership with The Drake provides a great opportunity for the Jazz Institute to connect new audiences to emerging artists and a unique venue for Chicago’s talented young performers to hone their craft.   "We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with The Drake Hotel and are excited to invite new audiences to discover Chicago’s emerging jazz artists at the Palm Court. The Drake provides a unique backdrop, where elegance blends with innovation," says Lauren Deutsch, Jazz Institute of Chicago executive director. The series reflects the Jazz Institute’s commitment to supporting new artists who represent the next evolution of the art form, and enables The Drake to engage with the community as well as provide guests new, interesting entertainment.  "The Drake is, and has been for decades, an integral part of the Chicago community,” says Stefan Gruvberger, hotel manager at The Drake Hotel. “We look forward to continuing our involvement with the city through partnerships with organizations like the Jazz Institute of Chicago and are excited to offer our guests entertainment that is truly Chicago.” For reservations, please contact Shaun Rajah at or call 312-932-4619. A complete 2013 schedule follows.  Schedules and artists are subject to change.  For the most recent information, visit or NextGen Jazz 2013 – Season Schedule April 4, 11, 18 - Makaya McCraven Trio Drummer and producer, Makaya McCraven has quickly established himself as one of the city’s first-call sidemen, thanks to his innate musicality and ceaseless invention. A young veteran who has spent years developing his artistry, working with jazz legends and hip-hop pioneers, McCraven now ushers in a new era of jazz with his peers, bringing fresh sound to venerated traditions. May 2, 9, 16 - Marquis Hill Trio A well-known name on the Chicago Jazz scene, trumpeter Marquis Hill has toured the U.S. and abroad with Dee Alexander, Ernest Dawkins and Willierm Delsifort, and leads his own group the Marquis Hill Black-tet.  With a distinctly clean, clear approach, Hill helps define the sound of Chicago's new generation of jazz artists. He released his debut album “New Gospel” in 2011, and recently released his sophomore album “Sounds of the City” to critical acclaim. June 6, 13, 20 - Junius Paul Trio An established electric and acoustic bassist, Junius Paul combines a variety of genres including jazz, hip-hop, house music, funk, classical and gospel. A multifaceted local, national and international performer, Paul is always in high demand, sharing the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Donald Byrd, Fred Anderson, Nona Hendryx and Chico DeBarge.  He has performed at festivals in England, France, Austria, Ghana, Italy, and Brazil.   July 4, 11, 18 - Christopher McBride Trio Raised in a household filled with the sounds of gospel, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, soca, dancehall, world, and R&B, saxophonist Christopher McBride has shared his musical gift with audiences across the globe.  McBride has performed in Ireland, England, Scotland, China, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain sharing the stage with musical greats including Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, 88 Keys and Milton Mustafa. September 5, 12, 19 - Katie Ernst Trio An accomplished musician and vocalist, bassist Katie Ernst has impressed audiences nationwide with her multifaceted performances. Ernst has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Naperville Jazz Festival, and numerous jazz clubs throughout the East Coast and the Midwest. In 2007, she received a coveted Downbeat Award for her singing and was featured in Downbeat Magazine's June issue. October 3, 10, 17- Rajiv Halim Trio Up and coming saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator Rajiv Halim, took a non-traditional path toward his musical passion. Studying music at Gallery 37 and winning multiple competitions, he initially began his secondary education as a chemical engineering student.  After careful consideration, he revisited and embraced his musical curiosity, expanding his formal education in jazz studies. Halim has performed with Von Freeman, Orbert Davis, Ari Brown, Nicole Mitchell, Maggie Brown, Ernie Adams, Stewart Miller, as well as leading his own groups. About the Jazz Institute of Chicago Founded in 1969, the Jazz Institute of Chicago presents and preserves jazz by nurturing new talent, sustaining active artists, providing educational opportunities, encouraging the creation of new work and making jazz available for all. For more information, visit

And the Oscar Goes To...

February 21, 2013

It’s almost that time when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous Oscars ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in filmmaking. The Oscars reward the previous year’s greatest cinema achievements as determined by some of the world’s most accomplished motion picture artists and professionals. Awards are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in up to 25 categories. In celebration of the crown jewel award of the evening, the Best Picture category, Coq d’Or has created three special cocktails inspired by some of the nominees. These special cocktails will be offered in Coq d’Or the weekend of the Oscars, Friday, February 22 through Sunday, February 24, 2013 only. The following are the “translations” between the drink specials and the movies themselves: Zero Dark Worthy: Vodka, Cherry Brandy, Dark Crème de Cacao. This cocktail references the film “Zero Dark Thirty.” The title refers to the time of day, zero dark thirty which is 12:30 a.m. in military-speak, when the a key operation in Pakistan occurred in the film. As homage, a dark colored, “heavier” martini has been created. Silver Tequila Playbook: Sauza Hornitos Silver tequila, Licor 43 and grapefruit juice. “Silver Linings Playbook,” a film depicting a bi-polar man trying to put his life back together after release from a mental hospital, is highlighted with this drink. The film culminates in a quirky dance competition football bet that can only be seen to be believed. A cocktail with a little racy (tequila) and spicy (Licor 43) was created to complement the themes of the film. Beasts of the Southern Drink: Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, Wilderberry Liqueur, splash of soda. This drink brings light to the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” where a community of people barely subsisting in Louisiana with little infrastructure have a solid sense of community and joy. This cocktail reflects the film by showcasing a strong backbone (Jim Beam Devil’s Cut) balanced by the sweetness (Wilderberry Liqueur) of the characters connections to each other.

Real Romance at The Drake this Valentine's Day

January 03, 2013

The Drake Hotel has an option for all types of romancing this Valentine's Day. The historic, cozy Cape Cod offers an intimate dining experience on Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, through Feb. 16, 2013. A $60 per person tasting menu will be offered, in addition to the restaurant's regular menu. For reservations, call 1 312 787 2200 or visit Cape Cod Valentine's Day Menu If an exclusive, intimate dinner is more appealing, The Drake's private Club International is opening its doors this Valentine's Day to non-members for a special dinner. A $75 per person menu will be offered, in addition to the club's regular menu. For reservations, call 312 787 2200 or visit Club International Valentine's Day Menu Palm Court will have a special themed tea on Valentine's Day, February 14 through February 17, 2013. This afternoon tea will be $38 for adults and $20 for children and will serve themed pastries and Rose Champagne (for an additional $8). For reservations or further information, please contact Shaun Rajah at 312.932.4619 Looking for something a bit more out of the ordinary? Forget Feb. 14 and come see "Deep Love" Cabaret performed by Chicago Gay Men's Chorus (CGMC) in the Palm Court on Feb. 7, 2013. The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents "Deep Love," an unforgettable night of the best of Broadway, the American songbook and cabaret. It's romantic, fun and maybe just a little bit naughty. "Deep Love" Features 18 members of the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, under the musical direction of nominated musical director James Morehead. Tickets begin at just $35 and can be bought at beginning Jan. 7, 2013. Wherever the romance starts, dinner or a show, complete the romantic evening with a stay in one of our deluxe accommodations or even upgrade to the Romance Package, which includes sparkling wine with your arrival and breakfast before your departure. Find more information at Whatever the taste may be, The Drake Hotel offers romance for all.

Two New Afternoon Tea Offerings in the Palm Court

January 03, 2013
A Historic Afternoon Tea The Drake Hotel introduces its very own "History Tea" in the famous Palm Court where guests will not only enjoy an assortment of tea sandwiches, pastries and scones with traditional accompaniments, but also a tour through 91 years of Drake history. Tea Sommelier, Shaun Rajah, will be available to enlighten guests with the history of afternoon tea, a tradition at The Drake Hotel for many years. The History Tea is available Monday through Friday, February 1 to March 31, 2013 with seatings from noon to 4 p.m. Three guided tours will take place during this time, revealing to guests secrets of The Drake such as the story of the Lady in Red or to tell the tale of when Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe carved their initials in the Cape Cod bar. The anecdotes enable The Drake to come alive in the imaginations of the guests and they begin to realize how The Drake has come to solidify its reputation as a unique Chicago original, becoming the icon it is today.

Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate at Afternoon Tea The Drake Hotel also offers an exclusive "Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate" tea, available January 2013, Monday through Friday. This weekday special gives guests a chance to take a break from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy a cup of tea in the company of friends. This exclusive afternoon tea provides guests with the customary afternoon tea service in the serene Palm Court atmosphere. Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate Afternoon Tea Information

The History Tea and the Relaxation tea are both $30 per person, a special only offered for these teas. For reservations or further information, please contact Shaun Rajah at +1 312 932 4619 or