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.

Poetry Night

June 05, 2014

The Drake Hotel’s celebrated Palm Court venue and the LYRIC Foundation will host “Open Verses Expressions and Rhymes (O.V.E.R)” on June 8th, from 6PM—9PM, in support of LYRIC’s Violence Prevention Festival.

The cocktail gala will feature an open mic for approximately 10 poets to perform and a special arrangement by host  K Love. There will be live entertainment and a singular spoken-word contest at the close of the evening. The evening will introduce a Poetry Night menu including a $15 appetizer and cocktail special, and $5 local beers.

The Lyric Foundation is dedicated to helping youth make their mark on society by fostering young innovators through educational programs in both academia and creative arts. With a message of hope and encouragement by promoting self-esteem and self-empowerment the Lyric Foundation brings a new outlook to those who exist on the fringe of society.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the LYRIC Foundation. Guests of The Drake gain free entry to the event by presenting a Drake Hotel room key. 

Movie Monday in June

June 05, 2014

This month, dodge the heat and relax in the Palm Court as Classic Movie Mondays continue. On June 9th see French playboy Michel Marnet and American tourist Terry McKay fall in love aboard a ship in “Love Affair” (1939).  On June 23rd, sit back and enjoy a timeless every-man-for-himeself thriller, “And Then There Were None,” (1945) as ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to be mysteriously killed off one-by-one.

Movie Monday is free and open to the public. Enjoy a themed movie menu including 1940’s cocktails and candy bars. Complimentary popcorn will be served. For more information or to reserve your table email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com or call 312.932.4619.

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 thedrakehotel.com, 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.