Administrative Professionals’ Day

April 10, 2014

From 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM give the generous gift of lunch, luxury and lady luck. Administrative Professionals’ Day is April 23rd and this year The Drake will host a $50 luxury lakeside luncheon with a three course prix fixe meal and the chance to win prizes from ZED451, Fadó, Wendella Boat Tours, Skybox on Sheffield, Eataly, and Wrigley Rooftops.

There’s no better way to show gratitude towards your administration than to treat your personnel to a couple hours of personal pampering by The Drake Hotel. For more information and tickets email Shaun Rajah or call 312.932.4525.


Spring Brunches

April 10, 2014

According to Stanford University Professor Carl Degler we can thank WWII for “Brunch.” In 1980 Degler was quoted in the Chicago Tribune stating, “After World War II, large numbers of American married women entered the workforce for the first time. Married women needed a relief on Sunday, too, thus the rise in popularity of Sunday brunch eaten out.” Coincidentally, every year since WWII The Drake has offered Easter, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving brunches.

Because Easter and Mother’s Day are a mere three weeks away from one another The Drake will offer a 10% discount with the purchase of both events. This spring, join us for traditional holiday brunches in our Gold Coast Ballroom, complete with elaborate dishes, live entertainment, and a kids’ room filled with festive activities. Both brunches begin at 9:30 AM with seatings every half an hour through 3 PM.

For more information visit, email Shaun Rajah, or call 312.932.4525.

Earth Hour

March 11, 2014

March 29th, The Drake Hotel will go above and beyond in its commitment to going green. Every year hotels in Chicago participate in Earth hour: shutting off electronics and extra efforts toward using public transportation from 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM.

This year The Drake will not only turn off its signature skyline sign, it will dim all public lights and every one of our restaurants will serve dinner by candlelight. Come sip literal green cocktails while going figuratively green. For our fine restaurant options please visit the dining page.

Easter Brunch

March 11, 2014

Easter at The Drake starts promptly at 9:30 AM, April 20th. Guests may make reservations for any 30 minute interval for brunch until 3 PM. Seating is limited, reservations can be made through Open Table for Palm Court, or through the operators for Gold Coast seating: 312.787.2200.

As part of our Drake tradition, a children’s room will be available with a theater, balloon specialist, caricature artist, and face painter. For children there will also be an hourly Easter egg hunt with prizes, for adults Palm Court will feature the smooth styling of the Steve Biossat Trio.

Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day are only three weeks apart—book for both and save 10%! 

FashionBar Chicago

February 02, 2014

FashionBar Chicago presents the first annual Fall/Winter Women’s Wear Fashion Show, exclusively showcasing designer collections for 2014, in The Drake’s Palm Court on February 13th. The show will feature twelve piece collections from five of Chicago’s emerging and talented fashion designers: Gabrielle Zwick of Gabrielle Zwick Designs, Sarah Fitzgerald of Sugarcoma Clothing, Satoko Mizuno, Apolinar Castillo of Apolinar Castillo Designs, and Prina Bagia of PRIN. Doors open at 6:30, tickets are available here.

Monday Movie Night

January 02, 2014

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. 

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.

Coq d’Or Hosts First Whiskey Club Event

August 07, 2013

The Coq d’Or hosted Bulleit Bourbon to its summer tasting last month. The event focused on rye whiskies. Guests were given the opportunity to ask questions to Bulleit’s Master Taster Lisa Selman while trying a variety of whiskies and complimentary appetizers. The Whiskey Club will continue to take new members at no charge through the New Year to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Coq d’Or.

In December of 1933 the world had taken a huge step forward. In the aftermath of the Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago the nation was presented with a new sense of optimism. On the heels of that optimism was a thirst. On December 5th, 1933 the 21st Amendment repealed the National Prohibition that had left the country dry for thirteen years. Coincidentally, the Coq d’Or opened its doors the very next day offering the only drink it could easily serve to quench the thirst of a mob of people with a line wrapping around the block: whiskey. Whiskey was served until dawn for $.40 a drink.

To celebrate the Coq d’Or, our loyal guests and our anniversary together we will be offering select whiskey at $.80 for a limited time and, as stated, we will continue to offer the Whiskey Club through 2014 gratis versus libre.

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.

Your Menu for the Air & Water Show

August 07, 2013

With Summer winding down, there is no better way to spend your last family hurrah than at the annual Air & Water Show.  August 17th and 18th the largest free show of its kind will be hitting the beaches of North Avenue from 10AM- 3PM.  For your convience The Drake’s Lavazza Café will be offering a $13 “Grab and Go” boxed breakfast and lunch options to take with you to the beach.  If you prefer to watch the Air & Water show inside, visit us in our namesake restaurant Drake Bros’ and enjoy a Breakfast and Omelet Stations featuring a Bloody Mary Bar, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Oak Street Beach.