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Palm Court

Nightmare on Walton

Classic Movie Monday

Movie Monday premieres in October with chilling themed movies shown in the spooky Palm Court at 7PM with a themed menu and popcorn available with purchase of any beverage.  Movie Monday is open to the public, and reservations are recommended.

October 12th: The Gorilla (1939)

October 19th: Phantom of the Opera (1925)

October 26th: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Spook-Tea & Tour
Monday, October 26th - Friday, October 30th

Palm Court puts a twist on traditional Afternoon Tea with a week-long "Spook-Tea" event. Guests can enjoy Halloween themed afternoon tea.  For those a little more daring, a Haunted Tea & Tour Package will be available, to include exclusive Terrifying Tales of the Drake’s Torrid Past ….recently dug up from the grave!

10/26-2:30pm Seating and 4pm Tour 
10/27-1pm seating with 2:30 Tour 
10/28-1pm seating with 2:30pm tour, 2:30 seating with 4pm tour 
10/29-1pm seating with 2:30pm tour, 2:30 seating with 4pm tour 
10/30-1pm seating with 2:30pm tour, 2:30 seating with 4pm tour 

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.932.4619.

Masquerade Ball
Friday, October 30th : 9PM-12:30AM

The Drake has a tradition for throwing luxurious masquerade balls, complete with an ambiance of history and mystery. This tradition continues with Palm Court's Annual Masquerade Ball with live entertainment by the Flat Cats. Come dressed to impress, as prizes will be awarded to the best male and female masque. 

Eventbrite - Masquerade Ball

Monster Bash
Saturday, October 31st : 9PM-12:30AM

Put on your Halloween costume for the Annual Halloween Monster Bash. Dance the night away with DJ Mike, as he spins all the latest dance tunes, while you indulge in our Witches' Brew cocktail list.  Wear your most impressive costume, as prizes will be awarded for best male and female costumes.

Eventbrite - Monster Bash

Mad Hatter Tea
Sunday, November 1st : 1PM-4:30PM

Join us down the rabbit hole and share a cup of tea and conversation with Alice and the Mad Hatter while you enjoy the sounds of a live harpist.  Ladies are encouraged to wear their best bonnets, hats, and gloves. Mad Hatter Tea is $50 for adults and $25 for children. Reservations can be made by calling 312.932.4619. 

Loyal-Tea Club

You are cordially invited to join tea connoisseurs alike as Palm Court introduces its very own Tea Club. Enjoy traditional afternoon tea with the finest amenities to complement the timeless experience. Membership benefits include a welcome gift, complimentary afternoon tea, exclusive member events, and more. Visit The Palm Court and inquire about joining The Tea Club during your next afternoon tea experience. 

NextGen Jazz

Drake Hotel has partnered with the Jazz Institute in presenting NextGenJazz 2015, a special event connecting new audiences to emerging artists and offering a unique venue for Chicago’s talented young performers. Please join us in welcoming Chris Weller’s Hanging Hearts. A dynamic musical trio dedicated to the fearless exploration of group improvisation- their music, organic and raw, bridges the gap between jazz, rock, and experimental music.

NextGenJazz will be in the Palm Court on Thursday, October 1st, 8th, and 15th from 6:30pm-10:30pm. To make a reservation, please call 312.932.4619.

Visit our Entertainment Calendar for more events at The Drake Hotel.

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 or call 312.932.4619.