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
Though tea has been popular since its introduction to Europe in the 17th century, it wasn’t until the 19th century that afternoon tea became a high society tradition. A common misconception is that The Drake Hotel has maintained “high tea” since it opened its doors nearly a century ago. In fact, The Drake has served “afternoon tea” since opening. “High tea”, coined in the Industrial Revolution, referred to working class families consuming their bread, butter, and tea at their high tables in their less affluent communities. Low tea, or the afternoon tea that is served at The Drake, consists of low tea tables, sweets and sandwiches—exactly the atmosphere the creator of afternoon tea time, Anna Maria Stanhope, the Duchess of Bedford, would have adored in the 1800’s.
The Drake's Palm Court has always hosted curious patrons from around the world who wanted to know more about the history of the famed tea room. Last year Palm Court, named one of the best locations for afternoon tea in the nation by Good Morning America, began "Historic Afternoon Tea" in an effort to inform loyal guests of its profound past.
This year the Palm Court will once again introduce "Historic Afternoon Tea". First, guests are invited to enjoy a leisurely lunch with traditional tea then they will be invited on a brief excursion through the hotel with one of The Drake's expert historians. The tea and tour starts at $35, tours are given at 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Reservations are highly recommended, call 312.932.4619 or email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com.
Martin Scorsese stated, “Film in the 20th century, it’s the American art form, like jazz.”
The Palm Court, long famed for introducing the nation’s next big jazz artist, will now bring back America’s most beloved entertainment: motion picture classics from the early to mid 20th century. Names that resonate through generations like Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and Audrey Hepburn will once again return to Chicago for Movie Mondays at The Drake Hotel. Fall back in time with a 40’s themed cocktail while gazing at Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in “His Girl Friday” January 13th or sip on a gin sour while watching Frank Capra’s suspense filled “Meet John Doe” with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
Films will be shown biweekly, the second and fourth Monday of every month. Please visit our entertainment page for a full schedule. Admission is always free, and complimentary popcorn will be served.
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.