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Palm Court

Kentucky Derby

Please join us on for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. Ladies, don your fanciest hats and gentlemen sport your seersuckers as you eat southern fare, sip bourbon mint juleps, and merrily wager on your favorites. The Palm Court will kick off the greatest two minutes in sports on Monday, May 2nd from 4-7PM. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Mother's Day Tea

Treat mom on her special day with a well deserved pampering and traditional afternoon tea in the opulent Palm Court. Moms will experience their choice of a relaxing massage, express manicure, or airbrush treatment with a makeup consultation fit for a queen as they dine on delectable pastries. Mother's Day in Palm Court will be held on Sunday, May 10th from 11AM-5PM. For reservations please call 312.932.4619.

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 unqiue venue for Chicago’s talented young performers. Please join us in welcoming Juan Pastor's Chinchano, a talented jazz and percussion performer with a rhythmically creative, yet mellow sound created by the cajon (a traditional Peruvian instrument replacing the drums). His performances blend traditional Peruvian music with jazz, creating a new sound that fuses history and culture. 

NextGenJazz will be in the Palm Court on Thursday, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 6:30pm-10:30pm. To make a reservation, please call 312.932.4619.

Classic Movie Monday

Fill your Monday with lots of love and laughs as you watch old time favorites on Movie Monday such as the 1945 comedy-filled flick, Doll Face and the romantic comedy, Royal Wedding. Classic Movie Monday films will be shown April 13th and 27th in the Palm Court, beginning at 6:30PM. Admission includes movie, gourmet snacks, and cocktails at a $12 food and beverage minimum.

4/13/15- Doll Face (1945)
Burlesque star (Blaine) makes it in the big time. Starring Vivian Blaine, Dennis O'Keefe, Perry Como​

4/27/15- Royal Wedding (1951)
A brother-and-sister musical team find romance when they tour to London for Elizabeth II's wedding. Starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford .

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.