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 jazzinchicago.org 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 jazzinchicago.org or at The Drake Hotel.

Chicago's Restaurant Week is Here!

February 05, 2013

Chicago's Restaurant Week is here and with hundreds of opportunities for delicious prix fixe menus it’s hard not to get excited! This is a wonderful opportunity to try those places you've been interested in, but just haven’t had the chance to get to. If you're not an adventurous eater, this is a great way to let the chef pick the very best meals for you. It's hard to go wrong with a prix fixed menu. The historic Cape Cod is participating in Chicago Restaurant Week with a special menu for $44 (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity). If you have not yet been to the place where so much of Chicago’s history has occurred within these walls, now is a great time. If you are a regular to the famous Cape Cod, then you already know about the famed initials in the bar, but restaurant week is the perfect time to branch out of your go to on the menu and try the chef’s picks! Our menu begins with your choice of creamy Maine Lobster Bisque with crème fraise and a touch of armagnac or our incomparable Oysters Rockefeller. For your main course, enjoy fresh pan seared Idaho River Trout with braised fennel, blood orange salad, parsleyed potatoes, beurre blanc sauce or pan roasted Flounder with celery root ragout, broccoli, red radish slaw, brown butter sauce. Finish your meal on a sweet note with your choice of house-made bread pudding with Bailey’s-flavored custard, brandied cranberries, vanilla crème anglaise or Traditional Crème Brulee. Make your reservations today, as restaurant week, happening February 1 through 10, 2013, is well under way! Reservations can be made on OpenTable.com or by calling 312 787 2200. Bon Appetit!

Drake Hotel Lobby Gets Frosted

November 30, 2011
For us, going to the Drake in Chicago was coming home for the holidays…

With the the kitchen as their workshop, spatulas and mixers their tools, Drake Hotel chefs and students from the French Pastry Sch0ol worked tirelessly this season to create a holiday display that makes our visitors drool. So what to your wondering eyes should appear when you enter into the magical atmosphere? A gingerbread village scene, an edible winter wondrous holiday dream. During the Magnificent Mile's Festival of Lights Drake staff revealed the stately gingerbread village where toy locomotives circle through tunnels and bridges of chocolate, marzipan and wondrous sweets. Stained glass windows made of sugar, ice-cream cone snowcapped pillars, and old fashioned Necco® candy roof tiles are among the edible details four building snowed-in village. Executive Chef Baasim Zafar remarks that it’s “one of the most detailed gingerbread villages I’ve ever seen. Our team and the students from the French Pastry School did a spectacular job.” Textured exterior walls, frosting evergreen trees throughout and crystal glossed sugar snow are just some of the details that Pastry Chef Christina Schubert was adamant about including to make this a truly, one of a kind, gingerbread village.

Lollapalooza

August 19, 2011
The massive summer music festival that is Lollapalooza has rocked Chicago once again. Starting August 5th, over 240,000 people attended the three-day festival that sprawls out over Grant Park. With 130 acts on eight stages, Lollapalooza’s footprint keeps growing and reaching record breaking attendances. It was a sold out festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza and what a celebration it was. In 1991, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell conjured up the idea of Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for his band. It was to be a traveling music festival throughout the United States and Canada. The first year, it was received well by concert attendees but over the years people became less interested. In 2003, Perry Farrell reunited with Jane’s Addiction to revive Lollapalooza and bring it to 30 cities. However it wasn’t met with great success and in 2004 the music festival had to be cancelled due to lack of sales. But that didn’t stop Farrell from making Lollapalooza an extremely successful musical festival and in 2005 it was brought back to life as a two-day festival in Grant Park. From 2005 till now, Lollapalooza has been received with much praise. Attendance keeps growing and so does the need for more musical acts and stages. For the 20th celebration, huge musical acts descended upon Grant Park including Coldplay, Eminem, Girl Talk, Ce Lo Green and the Foo Fighters to name a few. Other acts included Muse, Kid Cudi, Sam Adams and Arctic Monkeys. If you attended Lollapalooza than you know that almost nothing can beat this music festival. Being in the heart of the city with mouth-watering food and the cool breezes of Lake Michigan and shade of Grant Park, is what makes Lollapalooza a three-day music festival you won’t forget. 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.

Lollapalooza

August 19, 2011
The massive summer music festival that is Lollapalooza has rocked Chicago once again. Starting August 5th, over 240,000 people attended the three-day festival that sprawls out over Grant Park. With 130 acts on eight stages, Lollapalooza’s footprint keeps growing and reaching record breaking attendances. It was a sold out festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza and what a celebration it was. In 1991, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell conjured up the idea of Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for his band. It was to be a traveling music festival throughout the United States and Canada. The first year, it was received well by concert attendees but over the years people became less interested. In 2003, Perry Farrell reunited with Jane’s Addiction to revive Lollapalooza and bring it to 30 cities. However it wasn’t met with great success and in 2004 the music festival had to be cancelled due to lack of sales. But that didn’t stop Farrell from making Lollapalooza an extremely successful musical festival and in 2005 it was brought back to life as a two-day festival in Grant Park. From 2005 till now, Lollapalooza has been received with much praise. Attendance keeps growing and so does the need for more musical acts and stages. For the 20th celebration, huge musical acts descended upon Grant Park including Coldplay, Eminem, Girl Talk, Ce Lo Green and the Foo Fighters to name a few. Other acts included Muse, Kid Cudi, Sam Adams and Arctic Monkeys. If you attended Lollapalooza than you know that almost nothing can beat this music festival. Being in the heart of the city with mouth-watering food and the cool breezes of Lake Michigan and shade of Grant Park, is what makes Lollapalooza a three-day music festival you won’t forget. 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.

Real Chicago Air & Water Show

August 18, 2011
It’s a bird, it’s a plane…. It’s right outside our windows this weekend! The Chicago Air & Water Show has quickly become the one of the oldest and largest free admission air and water exhibit in the United States. Over 2 million people will be blown away by the show this weekend and will most definitely inspire the Red Baron in all of us. Commencing in 1959 as the “Lakeshore Park Air and Water Show”, the event has surely grown into a mind-blowing weekend. For 53 years, these daredevils have performed at North Avenue Beach and along the lakefront for millions upon millions of spectators- astounded always by the sights and sounds of air and watercraft. Headlining this year will be the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs and my personal favorite, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights. These Golden Knights bravely jump out of a plane 12,500 feet above the ground and race to North Avenue Beach at speeds of 120 miles per hour! Whether you prefer witnessing pilots maneuver small planes in tight circles, hearing the load roar of a B57, or simply enjoying the fresh air along Chicago’s scenic lakefront, this annual event is by far a Real Chicago occasion. Be sure to get to the beach early and save yourself a spot because it will get very crowded. 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.

A Real Taste of Chicago

July 19, 2011
No Chicago summer would be complete without the Taste of Chicago. The warm weather, great music, beautiful Chicago scenery and of course delicious food is what makes this  festival the world’s largest outdoor food fest and Chicago’s biggest event. Upon walking up to the festival, it is hard to keep your mouth from watering. Immersed in hundreds of favors, you will instantaneously feel your stomach growl. Getting its start on July 4th, 1980, this festival has quickly grown in size and popularity. It attracts over 3 million visitors and has something to offer for everyone. With almost 60 restaurants and food vendors in attendance each summer, there are more than 300 menu options. Being able to sample all of the new cuisines is definitely my favorite part of the festival, and the taste makes sure that is possible. Whether you enjoy more exotic foods like Texas de Brazil’s signature garlic-marinated picanha, a traditional Chicago meal like Connie’s deep dish cheese pizza or one of “humana healthier choices” like Polo Café and Catering’s crab cake nuggets, you’re bound to find it here. Along with the food that’s served, there is also wonderful live entertainment. The Taste of Chicago offers free concerts with local and well-known entertainers. The Taste of Chicago embodies all that is Real Chicago. Scrumptious foods, live music and the breathtaking Chicago skyline all at your fingertips is what Chicago is all about during the summer. The Taste of Chicago is located in Grant Park. Michigan Ave. and Congress Dr. Chicago, IL 60628 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.

A Real Taste of Chicago

July 19, 2011
No Chicago summer would be complete without the Taste of Chicago. The warm weather, great music, beautiful Chicago scenery and of course delicious food is what makes this  festival the world’s largest outdoor food fest and Chicago’s biggest event. Upon walking up to the festival, it is hard to keep your mouth from watering. Immersed in hundreds of favors, you will instantaneously feel your stomach growl. Getting its start on July 4th, 1980, this festival has quickly grown in size and popularity. It attracts over 3 million visitors and has something to offer for everyone. With almost 60 restaurants and food vendors in attendance each summer, there are more than 300 menu options. Being able to sample all of the new cuisines is definitely my favorite part of the festival, and the taste makes sure that is possible. Whether you enjoy more exotic foods like Texas de Brazil’s signature garlic-marinated picanha, a traditional Chicago meal like Connie’s deep dish cheese pizza or one of “humana healthier choices” like Polo Café and Catering’s crab cake nuggets, you’re bound to find it here. Along with the food that’s served, there is also wonderful live entertainment. The Taste of Chicago offers free concerts with local and well-known entertainers. The Taste of Chicago embodies all that is Real Chicago. Scrumptious foods, live music and the breathtaking Chicago skyline all at your fingertips is what Chicago is all about during the summer. The Taste of Chicago is located in Grant Park. Michigan Ave. and Congress Dr. Chicago, IL 60628 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.