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.

History Tea

January 03, 2014

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.

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. 

Reviews Reveal the Real Chicago

November 04, 2011

One of the most intriguing aspects of my job is reading the reviews from our visitors from today and of years past. With the extreme abundance of review sites out there it can often times be a daunting ask to analyze the feedback received on a daily basis re: our service, our amenities, our restaurants, and ultimately, us as a whole. However, through reading those reviews, we as an establishment are able to determine what we need to improve upon, keep consistent, and/or furthermore commend our team for. The incredibly rewarding feeling of being able to relay a top notch review or comment to our teams in hotel operations, concierge, front desk, or in our restaurants here at the hotel, is indescribable. But the real thanks goes out to those who are willing to share their thoughts with us- good or bad, because everything we hear motivates us to be better. Review sites are often seen as that pesky poke in your side that'll never cease to exist, or in good cases, amaze. However, good or bad, they're a crucial element to self-improvement, and of course recognition.  They've been around forever and in their evolution I've been able to see The Drake's evolution as a hotel, home, and destination. Through our renovations, our team member introductions, events, or our minor & major tweaks to menus and cuisine-- the Drake has still remained home for so very many and we thank those who keep coming back and who tell their stories to others on these sites, through emails, and through general banter with our team at concierge and the front desk. I'd like to share some reviews that inspired this post. Let us know what you think, always, on Tripadvisor, Yelp, Opentable: Chicago Restaurants, Zagat, etc. etc. Who said "You can never go home again"?. For me, dining at Cape Cod will forever be like coming home again and again. It was there I had my first raw oyster when I was nine and found a shiny black pearl inside. The Cape Cod Room hosted my sweet sixteenth birthday, numerous wedding anniversaries and last Saturday, I dined with my guests after my daughter's wedding. For every one of life's milestones, the Cape Cod Room has always welcomed me home. - Open Table The hotel itself is beyond words. Just the experience of having that much history around you and the level of professional service at your fingertips is incomprehensible. The rooms have everything you would expect. The Lakeview is breathtaking. The bar and restaurant is superb. The bar has REAL professional bar tenders, not drink slingers. The restaurant's fair of steak and seafood was perfect, the staff, perfect and the food perfect. Decorated beyond words with finely appointed pieces throughout the hotel becomes an afterthought after a while. It’s everywhere you look, walk, see and touch. But you want to do one thing that you know not many people have done. Go downstairs to their restaurant, grab a drink at their small quaint bar and run your fingers over where Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe carved their initials in the old wood bar. To sum it up briefly, The Drake makes you feel like your somebody without even trying. Hats off to them. - TRIPADVISOR The Cape Cod was amazing. The staff was super friendly and professional. The food is to die for!! The king crab legs are the best (and they already slice the shell for you!). This is a perfect atmosphere for a dinner date, business dinner, or just wanting to have a great dinner. My next visit to Chicago would include a stop at the Cape Cod!! OPENTABLE