April 03, 2017, Posted by Lynda Simonetti

The Drake Hotel Holds Annual Grand Brunch Buffet in the Gold Coast Ballroom and Afternoon Tea Service in the Palm Court


CHICAGO – March 31, 2017 – Rejoice and be glad! The Drake Hotel in Chicago, located where the Magnificent Mile begins near the iconic cathedrals in the neighborhood, is celebrating Easter with the annual grand brunch buffet in the Gold Coast Ballroom and the legendary afternoon tea service on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

For brunch expect an ensemble of specialty cuisines, desserts and libations created by Executive Chef Herve Cuyeu from Boudreaux, France and his international food and beverage team.  Indulge in the Easter buffet in the opulent ballroom with panoramic views of the lakefront and park, while enjoying the live entertainment of the Steve Biossat Trio. Rise to the occasion and feast on elaborate stations including the traditional carvings of rosemary dijon roasted boneless leg of lamb, 21-day-aged New York strip, and entrees of seared walleye pike, Berkshire grilled pork tenderloin, and free range chicken. The sweet and savories are sure to please with an assortment of baked goods filled with berries and nuts, fluffy pancakes paired with fruit compotes, farm-to-the-table eggs and country meats; crisp garden salads and soup; cheese & charcuterie; sushi and Cape Cod seafood. The brunch will also feature decadent dessert displays designed by Brazilian Pastry Chef Bruno Bell Alves including springtime favorites - from angel food cakes, cobbler pies and passion fruit rum babas to macaroon towers and marshmallow guava s’mores just to name a few of the delights.


The children’s room will be decked out with a miniature buffet table with bite-size delicacies and desserts, plus entertainment including a playtime with the Easter Bunny, balloon and caricature artist, face-painter, arts and craft tables, a movie center and a complimentary family portrait by borterwagner photography. Seating times commence at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., with seatings occurring every half hour.  Pricing is $115 per adult, $39 for children six (6) and over, while children five (5) and under dine complimentary. Additional fees include taxes, gratuities and three (3) hour valet parking for $14 per vehicle. Reservations accepted by the catering department at +1 312 932 4344 or kelly.huddle@hilton.com.  For more information visit Easter Brunch Reservations.


The Drake will also offer an Easter Afternoon Tea service commencing at 11 a.m. through 5 p.m., with seatings lasting one and half hours. Pricing is $49 per adult and $25 per child (4-12 years of age), exclusive of taxes and gratuity. Reservations accepted at +1 312 932 4619 or online Palm Court Tea Reservations. To capture the holiday spirit, Ipixels photography will be available for portraits at an additional fee.


Media can access additional information about The Drake Hotel at news.hilton.com/drake.

Deck the Halls at The Drake, a Hilton Hotel Eat, Drink and Be Merry at the Historic Hotel of America this Holiday Season

December 06, 2016


CHICAGO – December 6, 2016 – Get decked out like the traditional holiday carol “Deck the Halls” suggests and celebrate The Drake Hotel’s annual winter festivities. With 535 guest rooms and suites, four restaurants and lounges, and grand ballrooms to revel in, the Historic Hotel of America is throwing the best fetes in the Gold Coast for the holiday season.

“Holidays at The Drake are a Chicago instiution,” said Damien McArdle, general manager, The Drake Hotel. “Since our opening party on New Year’s Eve 1920, we have continued the grand tradition of decorating our historic hotel with holiday spirit and catering to guests to create memories that last a lifetime.”

Eat, drink and be merry with an assortment of holiday events including Holiday Tea, Brunch with Santa, Christmas Eve & Day dining, and New Year’s Eve Galas. Strike a pose during these events* for the photographers with the urlifeinpixels agency, who will print portraits on-site.


HOLIDAY AFTERNOON TEA* – Friday, November 18, 2016 through January 3, 2017

  • Palm Court
  • Times vary, please visit Reservations
  • Live harpist and carolers perform December 3&4, 10&11, and the 12 Days of Christmas
  • Adults $49/Children $24 - exclusive of tax & gratuity


BRUNCH WITH SANTA* – Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18, 2016

  • Drake Bros.’ Restaurant
  • 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Buffet Menu
  • Adult $82/Children $35 - exclusive of tax & gratuity


CHRISTMAS EVE Dining – Saturday, December 24, 2016

  • Drake Bros.’ Restaurant
  • 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Buffet Menu
  • Adult $84/Children $35 - exclusive of tax & gratuity


  • Cape Cod Room
  • 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Prix Fixe Menu and limited a la carte
  • Adult $98 / Children $45 - exclusive of tax & gratuity


CHRISTMAS DAY Dining – Sunday, December 25, 2016


NEW YEARS’ EVE * – Saturday, December 31, 2016

  • The Drake Hotel’s Black-Tie Affair in the Palm Court
  • One seating at 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • Package Menu
  • $230 per person - inclusive of tax and gratuity


  • Cape Cod Room
  • 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Prix Fixe Menu
  • $125 per person - exclusive of tax & gratuity


  • Annual Chicago Scene New Year’s Eve Party
  • Gold Coast & Grand Ballrooms
  • 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • General Admission Package and VIP Package *must be 21 years of age
  • Details and Reservations


Take advantage of The Drake Drive In Package which includes deluxe accommodations and savings on overnight valet parking with in and out privileges. To celebrate in fashion, take advantage of the shops in walking distance on The Magnificent Mile and Oak Street.

For more information visit The Drake Hotel. To make a reservation contact 312.787-2200 or visit the hotel’s website on Hilton.com.

Media can access additional information about The Drake Hotel at news.hilton.com/drake.

Hilton Worldwide Circle of Excellence Award

June 06, 2016


Three Drake Hotel Senior Sales Associates Recognized with 2015 Hilton Worldwide Circle of Excellence Award

CHICAGO – June 6, 2016 – The Drake Hotel is proud to congratulate three senior sales associates for receiving the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award for performing in the top 10 percent of catering and sales professionals in the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand in revenue.

The annual recognition program exemplifies Sales, Catering, and Event Service team members within the Hilton Worldwide family, who achieve their annual sales and catering revenue goals. To be eligible to receive this prestigious award, the team members were required to complete training courses, earn a positive performance score, demonstrate leadership qualities and achieve sales excellence.

On June 1, Hilton Worldwide recognized Jacqueline Collins, senior sales manager; Antoinette Cahill, director of social catering; and Shaun Rajah, associate director of catering, with the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award ceremony held at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort.  Collins is a recipient for the second consecutive time, while Cahill and Rajah are newly inducted into the program. 

“All of our team members are an asset to The Drake, a Historic Hotels of America®, and to Hilton Worldwide, a company recognized as one of the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. The Circle of Excellence Award is an opportunity to specifically applaud our leading sales associates, who are deserving of this distinct honor,” said Damien McArdle, general manager, The Drake Hotel.

The first hotel sales department in the country was established at The Drake Hotel promptly after World War II in an effort to maintain high occupancy and service standards. For nearly a century, the same sales philosophy has been upheld by this generation of sales and catering associates.

Media can access additional information about The Drake Hotel Chicago at news.hilton.com/drake.

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History Tea & Tour

April 22, 2016

The New History Tour & Tea Party

Nearly a Century of Tales to Sip and Savor at The Drake Hotel, a Historic Hotels of America®


CHICAGO – April 18 2016 – “Tea for Two” is a song from the 1925 musical, No, No, Nanette, where in Act II the performers imagine their futures.  Tea for ten or more is a new tour and tea party at The Drake, where a hotel guide narrates tales from the 1920s through the decades, allowing guests to envision the past and fancy the famed afternoon tea service in the Palm Court. 

The Drake’s History Tour & Tea is a Real Chicago™ experience.  It is a throwback to nearly a century of stories recounted in theatrical fashion by The Drake’s Hospitality Manager Amy Verdon, who serves as the History Tour & Tea guide.   It is not only Verdon’s tenure that makes the stories comes to life, but also her talent and skill as a trained entertainer.  Her credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Minor in Vocal Performance from Kansas State University; member of the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA, past performer at Chicago’s Navy Pier; historical guide at the Astor’s Beechwood Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island; and more than 10 years of improv work at Chicago’s iconic iO and Playground Theaters.

The historical tour covers architecture, ghost stories, crimes of the times, royalty, celebrities, entertainment and more.  The excursion includes a 45 to 60 minute walking tour of the legendary hotel commencing at the lobby level and proceeding to the tenth floor.

The History Tour & Tea is available Monday through Thursday with Afternoon Tea service at 1 p.m. followed by the 2:30 p.m. historical tour.  Pricing is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity for groups with a 10 guest minimum.

Tours for groups of four to eight guests are available with advanced notice on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.. Pricing is $25 solely for the historical tour or for $65 inclusive of Afternoon Tea, plus tax and gratuity.  

Reservations must be made seven days in advance for groups of 10 or more and 48 hours in advance for groups of four to eight by calling + 1 312 932 4307 or amy.verdon@hilton.com.   All Tours subject to availability.

For additional information about The Drake Hotel, please visit news.hilton.com/drake.

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Mother's Day Brunch

April 20, 2016

Mothers, Mimosas, Magnificent Mile

Brunch will be Served in Gold Coast Fashion Where The Magnificent Mile Begins at The Drake Hotel

CHICAGO — Reserve the second Sunday in May to shower mom with the love and attention she deserves. After all the meals she has prepared over the years, treat her to a taste of The Drake to celebrate her day. Impress her with a royal brunch fit for a queen set in the Gold Coast Ballroom overlooking the lakefront at the fashionable address on North Michigan Avenue. 

Let her eat cake, sip mimosas, be serenaded by the Steve Boissat Jazz Trio, receive a rose, and indulge in the extravagant brunch buffet prepared by Executive Chef Herve. Who better than a French chef to pamper her with the sweet and savory dishes of the Spring season including, but not limited to Nutella stuffed French toast, farm fresh custom-made omelets and eggs benedict, asparagus and goat cheese quiche, home-made croissants, berry scones and jams, yogurt parfaits with strawberry pearls, smoked and pastrami cured salmon, hand-rolled sushi, citrus coriander baked snapper filet, slow roasted au poivre New York strip, honey & herb roasted chicken, pork tenderloin with Marsala wine sauce, English pea & Scallion Soup, Bacon cloud, English pea risotto, ratatouille and buttermilk whipped potatoes.  No need to save the best for last, the dessert station is front and center on the buffet, lined with lime rum crème brulee, berry pies and cheesecake, chocolate mini baba and bon bons, and more created by Brazilian Pastry Chef Bruno Alves. 

The Children’s Room will display a miniature buffet sorted with crudité shooters and ranch dressing; mini corn dogs, hamburgers, and pizza; ham and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; chicken tenders and tater tots; brownie bites, cake pops, Jell-O cups, and fresh fruit skewers.  Kiddieland will be equipped with movies, balloon and caricature artists, face painters, and the Borter Wagner Photograpy agency taking family portraits. 

Seating times begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., with seating’s every 30 minutes.  Reservations can be made by calling +1 312 932 4305 or miranda.kidd@hilton.com.  Pricing is $109 per adult, $30 for children 6 and over, while children 5 and under dine for free.  Additional fees include taxes and gratuities and four hour valet parking for $14.

In addition, The Drake will be serving a special Mother’s Day dinner menu in the Cape Cod Room, located at the Arcade Level adjacent to Chanel. Mothers can coast on a New England-style dinner with the family gathered around the nautical themed table-set from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The spring menu and specials can be viewed at http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/cape-cod.  Reservations can be made by calling +1 312 787 2200 or by visiting opentable.com.
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The Drake, a Hilton Hotel Receives 2015 Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand Award

March 14, 2016

Historic Chicago Hotel Named Bright Blue Futures Award Winner

CHICAGO – March 9, 2016 The Drake Hotel was recently honored with the 2015 Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand Award for Bright Blue Futures in the Americas. This annual recognition celebrates the outstanding accomplishments by Hilton hotels and team members around the world. As an award recipient The Drake Hotel has demonstrated the highest level of quality and service throughout the brand.

“Being the recipient of this award is a tribute to the remarkable team members who continually realize Conrad Hilton’s vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, in the inner city communities we serve, “ said Damien McArdle, general manager, The Drake Hotel. “Blue Energy is in team members’ DNA. Their ongoing Bright Blue Futures efforts to mentor and provide meaningful real-work activities will create stability and confidence in our communities.”

To support Hilton Worldwide’s Creating Opportunities for Youth in Hospitality, The Drake made a commitment over the long term to the global community relations program by tailoring activities to address local needs.  A fine example is Executive Chef Herve Cuyeu’s quarterly support of the non-profit culinary youth program, After School Matters, where teens become apprentices in the arts. To be an After School Matters program provider is to make a pledge toward improving the lives of Chicago’s teens and maximizing their full potential. During the holidays, Chef Cuyeu guided the teens in by building the annual Drake Hotel Gingerbread House every day after school for a month.  Their efforts were realized during the magical holiday season, when they unveiled the 4-foot-tall, 6-foot-wide and 3-feet-deep gingerbread house resembling the Historic Hotels of America in honor of its 95th Anniversary.  It was on display for thousands of guests who call The Drake home for the holidays and to capture selfies as a keepsake. As a leader of Bright Blue Futures, Chef Cuyeu is an engaged advisor creating and ensuring the success of youth in hospitality. 

The Drake, a Hilton Hotel Easter Events

March 14, 2016

From Brunch in the Gold Coast Ballroom to Dinner in the Cape Cod, The Drake is the Ideal Setting to Rejoice in Easter Feasts

CHICAGO — March 14, 2016 – Come Sunday, March 27, 2016, the grand dame of Easter brunches in the Gold Coast neighborhood will be held in Chicago’s opulent Gold Coast Ballroom at The Drake.  Beyond brunch, dinner will be served with the finest of Easter fare in the charming New England-style Cape Cod dining room.

Residing where the Magnificent Mile begins along the S curve of Lake Shore Drive, the iconic hotel is the ideal location to rejoice in an Easter brunch or dinner, whether walking from the nearby cathedrals or driving from the suburbs.

Gold Coast Ballroom Brunch

One of the most magnificent ballrooms to brunch in Chicago is the Gold Coast at The Drake.  Spanning 7,000-square-feet with 20-foot floor-to-ceiling views of the park, beach, and lakefront, the ballroom will be filled with the perfume of soaring florals, flowing sparkling wine, colossal ice sculptures, hot carving and chilled seafood stations, the fresh baked deserts and the lively jazz sounds of the Steve Biossat Trio.  For children, the playroom will be a wonderland of movies and balloon, caricature, face painter artists as well as a visit from the Easter bunny leading the little ones on an egg hunt.  To capture these memories, the Borter Wagner Photography agency will be taking family portraits available for purchase.  Seating times commence at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., with seatings are every 30 minutes.  Once seated, guests can relish in the international culinary teams’ lavish buffet, which will celebrate the season by combining the best sweet and savory of both breakfast and lunch. Reservations can be made by calling +1 312 932 4305 or Miranda.kidd@hilton.com.  Pricing is $109 per adult, $30 for children 6 and over, while children 5 and under dine for free). Additional fees include taxes and gratuities and four hour valet parking for $14.

“All year-round, but especially during the holiday seasons, we treasure our guests who return to The Drake year-after-year, to be part of our culinary traditions and to create new traditions with their families and friends,” said Herve Cuyeu, French executive chef, The Drake Hotel. “

Cape Cod Dining Room

 The famed first national seafood themed restaurant in the nation, opened in 1933 during the Century of Progress and remains a fixture in Chicago’s restaurant scene today.  Popular with locals all year around, but especially during Lenten and Easter season, the Cape Cod is offering special menus for both.  View the spring menus at http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/cape-cod. Seating times are from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling +1 312 787 2200 or by visiting opentable.com.

The New Coq d’Or Pour

March 09, 2016

The Coq d’Or Whiskey Club Unveils New FEW™ Spirits Prohibition-Style Rye Whiskey Custom-Blended and Distilled with The Drake

CHICAGO – March 8, 2016 – On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, The Drake will kick-off the first quarter Coq d’Or Whiskey Club Members event of 2016, by unveiling the prohibition-style rye whiskey custom-blended and distilled by Paul Hletko, founder of FEW™ Spirits, in conjunction with the hotel.

The Coq d’Or played a memorable role in Chicago, becoming the second establishment in the city to serve alcohol, when it opened to a line of thirsty patrons the day after the Repeal of Prohibition on December 6, 1933. The lines were so long that the bartenders only had time to pour whiskey at 40 cents a glass. Like the rest of the city, the Coq d’Or was equipped with an excess of 200,000 gallons of whiskey for the celebration that lasted until dawn.

“Today, The Drake acquires a new notable taste with a tailored prohibition-style rye whiskey crafted by the award-winning, local master distiller and whiskey advocate, Hletko of  FEW™ Spirits,” said Damien McArdle, general manager, The Drake Hotel. “The collaboration between our landmark hotel and this local artisan distiller is fueled by our mutual spirit for family tradition and our desire to craft Real Chicago™ experiences for our customers.”  

As the Ambassador for the Coq d’Or Whiskey Club Members’ reception, Hletko will convey how his true grain-to-glass distillery, which ferments, distills, ages and bottles all of its products from scratch on-site, became the first (legal) alcohol production facility of any kind in Evanston, Illinois. Members will relate to his story by tasting flights of his artisan spirits commencing with The Drake Rye Whiskey made of 70 percent Midwestern rye, 20 percent local corn, 10 percent two-row malted barley and fermented with a wine yeast from France’s Loire Valley. Rounding out the palate, The Drake’s French Executive Chef Herve Cuyeu will prepare light hors d’oeuvres to compliment the whiskey profiles.

“As a kid, I would walk by The Drake Hotel with my grandparents and was in awe that such a place even exists.  Thus, I take great personal pride in working with these amazing professionals to create another piece of Real Chicago™ history,” said Hletko. “I am honored to bring my family traditions to the distinguished Drake and hope guests will enjoy consuming it responsibly and in moderation, as much as we enjoyed making it.”

In homage to its Chicago roots, the FEW™ Spirits labels feature iconic images from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Likewise, The Drake’s label designed by Tony Keller of Studio Twelve 3 with FEW™ Spirits pays honor to its heritage depicting the legendary image of the Wyvern. 

The Drake Rye Whiskey is available for purchase by the glass or bottle (46.5 percent ALC/VOL 93 Proof) in the Coq d’Or, as well as the other famed restaurants and lounges including, the nation’s first seafood themed restaurant since 1933, the Cape Cod Room, and the iconic afternoon tea and evening cocktail lounge adored by royalty and global travelers alike, the Palm Court.

For more information about the Coq d’Or or to become a member of the Whiskey Club at any time on a complimentary basis, visit http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/coq-d-or. Members must be 21 years of age of older to join. Official Whiskey Club Members will receive a Members Card entitling them to access quarterly Whiskey Club events for a fee.  Plus, the Membership Card is applicable towards 20 percent off dining in the Coq d'Or.

For additional information about The Drake Hotel, please visit news.hilton.com/drake.

Nightmare on Walton

October 01, 2015

CHICAGO – October 1st, 2015 – No tricks, just treats! Celebrate the season in haute Halloween style at the “haunted” hotel on Walton Place, The Drake Hotel. The annual Nightmare on Walton is a month-long series of spooky, sophisticated soirees held in the devilishly decked-out Palm Court.

The madness commences when The Drake Hotel scares everyone silly with chilling Classic Movie Monday's leading up to Halloween week when the traditional Afternoon Tea service is haunted, the Masquerade Ball is mysterious and magnificent and the Monster Bash is boo-tiful and make-believe.

Classic Movie Monday’s:  Oct. 12-26, 2015. Chilling, themed movies projected in the Palm Court at 7:00 p.m. with a signature menu and popcorn (available with purchase of any beverage). Open to the public. Reservations are recommended.

Oct. 12, 2015: “The Gorilla” (1939)

Oct. 19, 2015: “Phantom of the Opera” (1925)

Oct. 26, 2015: “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

Spook-Tea & Tour:   Oct. 26-30, 2015.  Sip if you dare. The Palm Court puts a Halloween twist on traditional Afternoon Tea with a week-long "Spook-Tea."  For those a little more daring, a Haunted Tea & Tour package will be available to include ghostly tales of The Drake Hotel’s past.

Oct. 26: 2:30 p.m. seating and 4:00 p.m. tour 
Oct. 27: 1:00 p.m. seating with 2:30 p.m. tour 
Oct. 28: 1:00 p.m. seating with 2:30 p.m. tour, 2:30 p.m. seating with 4:00 p.m. tour 
Oct. 29: 1:00 p.m. seating with 2:30 p.m. tour, 2:30 p.m. seating with 4:00 p.m. tour 
Oct. 30: 1:00 p.m. seating with 2:30 p.m. tour, 2:30 p.m. seating with 4:00 p.m. tour 

Masquerade Ball: Oct. 30, 2015 – 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Diamonds are a ghoul’s best friend. The Drake Hotel has a tradition for throwing luxurious masquerade balls, complete with haute couture fashion, history and mystery. The Drake Hotel continues the grand tradition in the Palm Court with the annual Masquerade Ball, featuring live entertainment by the Flat Cats. Come dressed to impress in haute masquerade fashion. Prizes will be awarded to the best male and female masque. 

Monster Bash: Oct. 31, 2015 – 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Turn make-believe into believe. Come dressed to impress in a haute couture costume, haute enough to win the prize for best male and female costumes. Dance the night away with the mad scientist, DJ Mike, who rises to perform his own dance music, while guests imbibe on the Witches’ Brew and Spooky Sangrias.  

For more information visit The Drake Hotel website at http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/palm-court and to make a reservation call 312-932-4619 or send an email to make your reservation.

Media can access additional information about The Drake Hotel at news.hilton.com/drake.

The Drake, a Hilton Hotel Joins Historic Hotels of America®

January 27, 2015

CHICAGO – December 30, 2014 – The Drake Hotel in Chicago is pleased to announce it has joined Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Drake Hotel is one of more than 260 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance.

“We are delighted to induct The Drake Hotel, a beaux-art hotel built in 1920 to Historic Hotels of America,” Said Lawrence Horwitz, executive director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We welcome The Drake Hotel and leadership team into Historic Hotels of America.”

To be selected for membership in Historic Hotels of America, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, be designated by the U. S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National register of Historic Places and be recognized as having historic significance.

“For almost a century, our hotel has boasted its prominence within Chicago’s history, becoming known as high-society’s first choice in opulence and luxury and is listed in the Nation Register of Historic Places. We have become a steward of stories for generations of Chicagoans, and are honored to have our National Historic Landmark property be recognized as a building of architectural significance,” said Damien McArdle, general manager of The Drake Hotel.

The Drake Hotel is rich in history and architectural integrity. Conceptualized by architect Benjamin Marshall, the Nation’s first urban resort came to fruition on the cornerstone of the Magnificent Mile and Lake Shore Drive by brothers John and Tracy Drake. The Drake was known as a city within a city, complete with an array of leisure activities and luxurious amenities within its famed front doors, ensuring every guest received nothing less than The Drake Standard of hospitality. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, its distinguished service and historic traditions offer guests a REAL CHICAGO experience.