Tis’ The Season To Be Home For The Holidays At The Drake Hotel

October 21, 2015

CHICAGO – Oct. 20, 2015 – Tis’ the season to settle into your home away from home and let your holidays begin at The Drake Hotel in Chicago.

“When you walk into this landmark hotel, from the dazzling décor and joyful staff to the entertaining events, you are immediately filled with the warmth and light of the holiday spirit,” said Damien McArdle, general manager, The Drake.  “Holidays at The Drake are a Chicago institution, a ritual where families take comfort in our hotel and make memories to last a lifetime,” said McArdle.

The Chillcation. The carriage rides. The carolers. The feasts. The parade. The parties.  Whether you are looking to chill for a weekend getaway and go shopping, linger over the legendary afternoon tea while listening to holiday tunes, sit front and center to view the Magnificent Mile Festival of the Lights parade, indulge in the lavish Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts or revel in New Year’s Eve scene, one thing is for sure, The Drake is the place to get into the holiday spirit with the following experiences:

CHILLCATION Package

Guests will have warm smiles and big savings with more than $75 in added value, including more than 50 percent off parking, 25 percent off dining and more with this package.    

DRAKE BROS.The Drake’s signature restaurant overlooking Michigan Avenue and Oak Street Beach provides the perfect setting for many upcoming holiday events, including:

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Saturday, November 21, 2015   
5-7:30 p.m.
Adults $89.00 / Children $35.00

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 26, 2015 
12-7 p.m. with seatings every half hour
Adults $79.00 / Children $35.00

Brunch with Santa

Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20, 2015  
12-4 p.m. with seatings every half hour
Adults $75.00 / Children $35.00

Christmas Eve Buffet

Thursday, December 24, 2015
1-7 p.m. with seatings every half hour
Adults $79.00 / Children $35.00

Christmas Dinner

Friday, December 25, 2015
12-7 p.m. with seatings every half hour

Adults $89.00 / Children $35.00

PALM COURT At this grandiose floral and fountain reception lounge, located in the upper-lobby, guests can enjoy the holiday season with its world-renowned afternoon tea and entertainment.

Mad Hatter Tea

Sunday, November 1, 2015
1-4:30 p.m.
Adults $50.00 / Children $25.00
Reservations at 312.932.4619

Holiday Tea

Friday, November 20, 2015 until Sunday, January 3, 2016 
11 a.m-5 p.m. 
Adults $45.00 / Children $22.00
Live Harpist and Carolers on select days

New Year’s Eve Black Tie Affair

Thursday, December 31, 2015
One seating 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
$195.00 per person

CAPE COD ROOM – Guests can find old-world, charm come alive for the holidays at this New England-style restaurant located on hotel’s Oak Street entrance at the Arcade level.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 26, 2015    
3:30-9 p.m.
Prix fixe menu
Adults $92.00 / Children $35.00

Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 24, 2015|
1-7 p.m.
Prix fixe menu
Adults $98.00 / Children $35.00

New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2015
5-10 p.m.
Prix fixe menu and a champagne toast
$125.00 per person

GOLD COAST BALLROOM The hotel’s opulent ballroom overlooks the Chicago Lakefront, showcasing a beautiful winter backdrop for the following occasions:

Thanksgiving Day Brunch

Thursday, November 26, 2015 
11 a.m.-5 p.m. seatings every half hour
Adults $109.00 / Children $30.00

Annual Chicago Scene New Year’s Eve Party

Thursday, December 31, 2015

General Admission Hours: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
V.I.P. Hours: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Pricing starts at $125.00

 

For more information visit http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dining/holiday-menus. To make a reservation, please call 312.932.4619 or email hotelthedrake@gmail.comMedia can access additional information about The Drake Hotel at 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 Hotel Announces New Director of Sales & Marketing

August 20, 2015

CHICAGO – August 20, 2015 – The Drake Hotel in Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Hewitt as the new director of sales & marketing. Effective August 31, 2015, Hewitt will lead the sales and marketing efforts for the 535-room hotel set in the Gold Coast neighborhood along The Magnificent Mile and recognized by the Historic Hotels of America®.

As Director of Sales & Marketing, Hewitt will be responsible for leading the development and execution of strategic sales and marketing plans in the hotel’s continuing effort to deliver outstanding guest service and financial profitability.   Hewitt joins the hotel's executive committee with an extensive sales and marketing background and will report to Damien McArdle, general manager, The Drake Hotel.  

Hewitt has accumulated more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and earned degrees in Hotel & Restaurant Management and Business from the University of Wisconsin Stout and in the Culinary Arts from Joliet Junior College.  “Hewitt has significant experience in the hospitality industry with a concentration in sales & marketing and we believe his innovative and results-oriented leadership approach will be essential to the ongoing success of The Drake Hotel,” said McArdle.

Most recently as the Regional Director of Marketing for the Pyramid Hotel Group, Hewitt provided sales support and oversight for three hotels in the portfolio including Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood Luxury brands. Throughout Hewitt’s hospitality career, he has managed convention, business and leisure markets in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States.  In the Chicago Metropolitan area, Hewitt has served in senior sales and marketing management positions for upscale properties, including  Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown and suburban four-star executive business hotels near Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, the Wyndham Lisle/Naperville and the Stouffer Hotels in Chicago and in Oak Brook.  As well, Hewitt has managed the daily sales activity for hotels in premiere meeting and convention destinations, such as Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Chicago, the Hyatt Regency Suites Northwest Atlanta and in Cincinnati, the Hyatt Regency and the Omni Netherland Plaza, one of the Historic Hotels of America®.

Hewitt actively participates in Choose Chicago, the official destination marketing organization for Chicago, Illinois and the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), an initiative of the Convention Industry Council that promotes development and implementation of industry-wide accepted practices to create and enhance efficiency throughout the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. 

A native of Chicago, Hewitt resides in Naperville with his wife of 29 years (Carol), their son (Ryan), daughter (Melanie) and two pug dogs (Ollie & Buster).  He is an avid traveler and frequents the Great Smoky Mountains to partake in adventurous activities like boating and hiking.  In his leisure time, Hewitt enjoys the sport of watching the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs and sporting a nine-iron at the golf course.  Home is where the heart is for Hewitt, whether he is entertaining with fine wine or winding down from his restoration hardware projects.  Going above and beyond to help others in need, Hewitt volunteers with the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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

The Drake 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.