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Taste of The Drake

Taste what the Drake will be cooking up this spring with an exclusive invite to our first annual "Taste of The Drake." Guests will meet the Drake culinary team as they highlight the new Spring offerings from Palm Court, Cape Cod, Coq d'Or, and Drake Bros'.  Dishes will be paired with an American wine to complement the flavors. Taste of the Drake is on Friday, March 20th from 6:30PM-8:30PM in Palm Court. View the menu here!

Easter Tea

The Palm Court celebrates Easter Sunday on April 5th from 12:30PM-5:30PM with traditional Easter Tea. The Palm Court will highlight the newly launched spring menu while guests enjoy the traditional ambiance of the opulent Palm Court. The Easter Bunny will hop on over to the Drake Hotel to entertain in the Drake Children's room with a photographer to capture the memories, along with a caricature and balloon artist. 

For reservations please email or call 312.932.4619.

Classic Movie Monday

Classic Movie Monday is back! Starring gourmet snacks and cocktails, and featuring a movie ticket for old time favorites such as the 1940 drama-filled flick, His Girl Friday and the romantic Western comedy, McLintock! Films will be shown in the Palm Court every second and fourth Monday in February and March at 6:30 PM. Admission includes movie, gourmet snacks, and cocktails at a $12 food and beverage minimum​.

02/09/15- His Girl Friday (1940) 
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.                    
02/23/15- My Man Godfrey (1936)
A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

03/09/15- The Little Princess (1939) 
A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to Africa with the army.

03/23/15- McLintock! (1963) 
Cattle baron George Washington McLintock fights his wife, his daughter, and political land-grabbers, finally "taming" them all in this Western comedy with Taming of the Shrew overtones.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel is as Chicago as a hot dog at Wrigley Field or a ride on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. High society has always recognized The Drake Hotel as the quintessential social hotspot. Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth and the Empress of Japan have all been seen in the Palm Court.

Take in the ambience of Real Chicago by sipping on Palm Court’s own blend of custom-made tea while enjoying an arrangement of finger sandwiches; breads and scones; and seasonal desserts. 

Wednesday through Sunday a harpist will fill the room with enchanting melodies that befit the regal atmosphere.

A Tradition Begins

Afternoon Tea is a tradition that began in 1840 by the Seventh Duchess of Bedford. Due to a long period between the meals, the Duchess experienced a sinking feeling that afflicted her between 3 and 4 o’clock. One afternoon she requested a tray of tea, bread, butter, and cake to be brought to her room. Gradually, she became accustomed to this habit and invited her friends to partake in her daily ritual. Within a short period of time, this affair, known as Afternoon Tea, became an elaborate social event. During this time, the Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich, enhancing the overall experience of Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea remains to this day a graceful affair to enjoy in the company of friends and associates. Afternoon Tea takes place daily in our traditional Tea Lobby featuring live harp music.

A reservation is highly recommended as the Palm Court remains quite fashionable for afternoon tea. Low tea, or afternoon tea, is served daily from 1 pm – 5 pm* and a seating is about an hour and a half long.

Palm Court is delighted to introduce a new gluten-free alternative to the traditional Afternoon Tea menu.  Requests for gluten-free items can be made during reservation and will be honored upon arrival. 

The Drake hotel is pleased to accommodate dietary needs including vegetarian and gluten free. Please advise of all food allergies and dietary needs at the time of reservation.

Evening Cocktails 

The Palm Court is an ideal pre-dinner meeting place or post-work cocktail hot spot. Food offered at the Palm Court includes soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet selections. Our bar features a large selection of imported beers, spirits, and cocktails made with premium mixers. The Palm Court bar is open Sunday through Thursday 1 pm – 9 pm and Friday and Saturday until 12:30 am.

Bridal and Baby Shower Teas

The Palm Court will be delighted to assist in coordinating your party, including floral and decorating arrangements with Mangel’s Florists and providing a gift table or special seating arrangements to fit your needs. For information on parties of 30 or more, please email the Hospitality Manager. For parties less than 30, please email