Drake Hotel has partnered with the Jazz Institute in presenting NextGenJazz 2014, 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 Quentin Coaxum, a talented trumpeter with a unique voice and a passion for jazz music; his performances blend the essence of many genres including soul, alternative, hip hop, R & B, and jazz.
NextGenJazz will be in the Palm Court on Thursday, September 4th from 7pm-11pm. To make a reservation, please call 312.932.4619.
Cape Cod is proud to announce its new Summer Menu created by Executive Chef Herve Cuyeu. The new menu highlights the young, natural, vibrant flavors of the summer including Patagonian Trout, Whiskey Grilled Main Lobster, and Skuna Bay Salmon.
In addition to its new menu, Cape Cod has implemented new flash sales beginning Monday, September 1st. These sales highlight Cape Cod’s extensive wine list and a new oyster bar. Join us on Mondays and Tuesdays for half off of Captain’s Wine List and on Fridays and Saturdays for the Oyster Bar Happy Hour.
Join us this September in the Palm Court as we pay tribute to Lauren Bacall, the late actress known for her husky voice and sultry voice. In honor of Ms. Bacall, we have chosen two of her most popular films dating back to the 1940s, alongside her famed spouse Humphrey Bogart.
- September 8th- “To Have and Have Not” (1944) thriller/action
Where an Expatriate American Harry Morgan helps to transport a Free French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sexy lounge singer.
- September 22nd- “The Big Sleep”( 1946)
Where Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
In honor of Halloween, movie Monday will be every Monday in October featuring horror flicks and spooky mysteries.
- October 6th - Phantom of the Opera (1925)- silent horror film
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.
- October 13th The Gorilla (1939)- Comedy/Horror
When a wealthy man (Atwill) is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.
- October 20th-The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1959)- science-fiction /horror film
A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.
- October 27th- "Terror By Night" (1946)- Mystery
When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner is murdered, Sherlock Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.
Movie Monday continues in November as we pay tribute to our veterans and get into the holiday spirit.
- November 10th- “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946)- Drama/Romance/War
Three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed (1946).
- November 24th- “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947)- Comedy/Drama/Fantasy
A bishop trying to get a new cathedral built prays for guidance. An angel (Cary Grant) arrives, but his guidance isn't about fundraising.
Lastly, we end the year on a jolly note with all of your favorite holiday movies airing every Monday in December.
- December 1st -“It’s a Wonderful Life”- Drama/family/fantasy
Watch as an angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed (1946).
- · December 8th “Miracle on 34th Street”- Comedy/Drama/ Family
Watch when a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing in “ (1947).
- December 15th- "Scrooge" - Drama/Fantasy
Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is visited by spirits of another color. Straightforward adaptation of Dickens (1935).
- December 22nd- "Beyond Tomorrow" - Drama/fantasy/romance
The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together (1940).
- · December 29th- "A Christmas Wish"- Comedy/Family
A little squirrel with lots of charm accidently helps two poor, down-but-NOT-out families overcome their obstacles.
Movie Monday is free and open to the public. Enjoy a movie menu including themed cocktails and complimentary popcorn. For more information or to reserve a table email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com or call 312.932.4619
The Drake’s Palm Court will be celebrating Halloween with a week-long series of spooky and thrilling events. We kick off on Monday, October 27th with the week-long “Spook-Tea Sip if You Dare” event from 1pm-4pm. For $45, guests will enjoy specialty spooky tea sandwich selections. They will be led on a Haunted Tour, to include exclusive Terrifying Tales of the Drake’s Torrid Past. Haunted Tours will be led at 2:30pm and 4:00pm.
Continuing on Thursday, October 30th join us for the “All Hallows Eve – Costume Ball” taking place from 8pm-12am. Guests will enjoy a night of dancing and live entertainment provided by Cabaret Diva, Nan Mason. Costumes are definitely encouraged and prizes will be awarded for best male and female costume.
On Halloween, Friday, October 31st, Palm Court will be celebrating with the official “Halloween Costume and Dance Party” from 9pm-1230am. Dance the night away with DJ Madrid as he spins all the latest dance tunes and indulge in our specialty Witch’s Brew. This event costs $25 and includes one (1) drink ticket.
On Saturday, November 1st from 9pm-1230am, our Annual Masquerade Ball will be held. For $25, guests will enjoy one drink ticket and live swinging jazz and blues music by the Flat Cats. Make sure to dress to Impress – prizes will be awarded for best male and female masque.
Our week-long events with a "Mad Hatter Tea Party" on Sunday, November 2nd from 1pm-430pm. The Palm Court invites you to share a cup of tea and conversation with Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the Red and White Queen while you enjoy the sounds of a live harpist. Ladies are encouraged to wear their best bonnet, hats, and gloves.
For reservations please call 312.932.4619 or email
More and more these days interesting grains are making their way onto menus. Dishes like polenta, bulgar, farro, and quinoa are starting to show up everywhere from the corporate break station to the bridal luncheon. Not only are many of these grains highly nutritious and high in protein, a number, such as wild rice or buckwheat, do not contain gluten. Many also have the benefit of a low glycemic index, therefore avoiding the spike in blood sugar that causes grogginess after eating, making them perfect for a mid-day meal or snack in between meetings. These grains also make a great vegetarian meal for your guests. Instead of serving your vegetarian guests a simple vegetable stack or plain pasta with marinara sauce, imagine if they were presented “Curried Couscous with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Chickpeas.” In addition, weddings and other social events are a great opportunity to try these grains because of the presentation of the menu. What better way is there to create anticipation and conversation than seeing “Forbidden Rice” or “Amaranth” on a menu? (Incidentally, “amaranthine” means “eternal, unfading, and everlasting. How’s that for the perfect wedding grain?) Sure, potatoes will never go out of style, but for an alternative, give these great grains a try.
Cape Cod is proud to announce its new summer menu created by Executive Chef, Herve Cuyeu. The menu features seasonal offerings that have an emphasis on freshness and high quality ingredients. The vibrant flavors have been perfectly matched by Chef Herve in a creative way, fashioning summer's best flavors. From The Hot Pot of scallops, shrimp and mussels topped in a succulent green garlic broth, to the Patagonian Trout seared and served with roasted heirloom tomatoes, there is something to please every palate.
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Whether you're meeting for the first time, discussing business deal, or entertaining a client do so with Coq d'or's or Drake Bros' Business Power Lunch. Offering a menu and atmosphere ideal for any business meeting, this 3 course prix-fixe menus features your choice of a first course, entrée, and dessert. The Business Power Lunch is offered in The Drake Hotel's Coq d'Or and Drake Bros' restaurant, and is available from 11AM- 2PM for $16.95.
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The kick off to Chicago Jazz Festival starts with the Annual Jazz Club Tour at The Drake Hotel! The Jazz Club Tour allows you to discover Chicago jazz scene from the South Loop up to The Drake Hotel, exploring venerable jazz clubs, small joints, and community centers throughout Chicago with trolley transportation between clubs. The Jazz Club Tour, sponsored by The Drake Hotel, takes place on Wednesday August 27, from 6PM to midnight.
The Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck launches in Chicago this August on its cross country mail truck tour. Adorned in the Veuve Clicquot yellow hue and delivering exciting surprises in cities across the country, the Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck will be coming to The Drake Hotel's Cape Cod on August 7th from 4-7PM. Guests can enjoy Veuve Cliquot and by-the-glass seafood pairings to include Crab Cake Sliders, Crispy Calamari, and Green Garlic Shrimp.
It is with great pleasure that The Drake Hotel introduces its newest addition, Bordeaux, France native, Executive Chef Herve Cuyeu. At the age of 15, Chef Cuyeu began his culinary career at the historical monument of St. Jacques de Compostelle. This experience established his culinary path inspired by the time-honored traditions of southern France.
After graduating from Lycee Hotelier of Guyenne, Bordeaux, he trained under a number of world-renowned chefs, including Chef Michel Guerard of La Bastide Gasconne, a two-Michelin-star fine dining restaurant in France.
Chef Cuyeu specializes in combining classic recipes and contemporary trends to please even the most particular palate. Though it is not just the cuisine that will receive an invigorating boost, the entire food and beverage division will be focused on enhancing the natural flavors and presentations of The Drake’s established menus including the redesign and revitalization of all four restaurant, catering, and banquet menus.
“People eat with their eyes first, presentation becomes part of the first impression, an elegant presentation enhances the overall feel. Food is a fashion; we adapt to current inclinations and embellish or contrast flavor and style accordingly.” As an expert in his field, Executive Chef Cuyeu is committed to delivering a well rounded dining experience that embraces past traditions without compromising the present.
Classic Movie Monday in The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court continues on July 14th with "House on Haunted Hill." Watch as a millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with he and his wife (1959). On July 28th sit back and watch the comedy horror “Little Shop of Horrors” where a clumsy young man natures a plant and discovers that it’s carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it. Movie Monday is free and open to the public. Enjoy a movie menu including themed cocktails and complimentary popcorn. For more information or to reserve your table email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com or call 312.932.4619
NextGenJazz continues through July with Chinchano. Lead by Juan Pastor, Chinchano fuses Peruvian music with jazz while exploring rhythms from the coast and mountains of Peru to produce a sound rooted in tradition yet totally new. Catch NextGenJazz the first three Thursday of the month in Palm Court from 7PM - 11PM. Events are free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve your table email email or call 312.932.4619
Join Live to Wynn for the most opulent and decadent event of the summer: "Summon Your Inner Wynner!" You'll be inspired and impacted by Live to Wynn's founder, Maisha Wynn, and walk away with five new wynning ways to be your best self. Savor afternoon tea in The Drake Hotel's Palm court, while supporting a worthy charity, Dress for Success! To purchase tickets visit eventbrite.
Join us for Tango Che's monthly Tango event at The Drake Hotel from 7:30PM-11PM on July 24th. for $25, guests are greeted with a complimentary drink and invited to take part in a 45 minute Argentine Tango Class with Daniel and Romona. Then participants will dance the night away from 8:15PM - 11PM. Palm Court will offer a $15 cocktail and appetizer special and live entertainment throughout the night. Reservations are recommended please call Tango Che at 773.220.8918
Afro-Caribbean Connection Event
Join us for The Afro-Caribbean Connection Event at The Drake Hotel July 31st from 7PM—11PM. Rashad Productions, in cooperation with Kizomba Chicago, Black Diamond, HotOn1Salsa,
Calishak, LLC, and Porsche Design will host an evening of music and dancing with DJ KIMANI spinning sounds from around the world. This event is complimentary and open to the public. For more information or to reserve your table call 312.932.4619.
Join us for The Afro-Caribbean Connection event at The Drake Hotel July 31st from 7PM—11PM. Rashad Productions, in cooperation with Kizomba Chicago, Black Diamond, HotOn1Salsa,
Calishak, LLC, and Porsche Design will host an evening of music and dancing with DJ KIMANI spinning sounds from around the world. This event is complimentary and open to the public.
For more information or to reserve your table call 312.932.4619.
This month, dodge the heat and relax in the Palm Court as Classic Movie Mondays continue. On June 9th see French playboy Michel Marnet and American tourist Terry McKay fall in love aboard a ship in “Love Affair” (1939). On June 23rd, sit back and enjoy a timeless every-man-for-himeself thriller, “And Then There Were None,” (1945) as ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to be mysteriously killed off one-by-one.
Movie Monday is free and open to the public. Enjoy a themed movie menu including 1940’s cocktails and candy bars. Complimentary popcorn will be served. For more information or to reserve your table email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com or call 312.932.4619.
The NextGenJazz partnership continues through June with Laurenzi, Ernst, and Green. Since the group’s inception in early 2012 Laurenzi, Ernst, and Green have established themselves as an important new facet of Chicago’s creative music scene. Featuring tenor saxophonist Dustin Laurezi, bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst, and drummer Andrew Green, the group’s aesthetic blends jazz, folk, and improvised music, yielding an honest and refreshing take on the saxophone, bass, and drums trio.
Next Generation Jazz (NextGenJazz) is a partnership with the Jazz Institute providing a venue for Chicago’s talented young performers. Catch NextGenJazz the first three Thursdays of the month in the Palm Court form 7PM—11PM. These events are free and open to the public but reservations are highly recommended. Please call 312.932.4619 or email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com for more information.
Join us for The Afro-Caribbean Connection event at The Drake Hotel June 26th from 6PM—11PM. Rashad Productions, in cooperation with Kizomba Chicago, Black Diamond, HotOn1Salsa,
Calishak, LLC, and Porsche Design will host an evening of music and dancing with DJ KIMANI spinning sounds from around the world. This event is complimentary and open to the public.
For more information or to reserve your table call 312.932.4619 or email Lalla ElAlaoui.
The Drake Hotel’s celebrated Palm Court venue and the LYRIC Foundation will host “Open Verses Expressions and Rhymes (O.V.E.R)” on June 8th, from 6PM—9PM, in support of LYRIC’s Violence Prevention Festival.
The cocktail gala will feature an open mic for approximately 10 poets to perform and a special arrangement by host K Love. There will be live entertainment and a singular spoken-word contest at the close of the evening. The evening will introduce a Poetry Night menu including a $15 appetizer and cocktail special, and $5 local beers.
The Lyric Foundation is dedicated to helping youth make their mark on society by fostering young innovators through educational programs in both academia and creative arts. With a message of hope and encouragement by promoting self-esteem and self-empowerment the Lyric Foundation brings a new outlook to those who exist on the fringe of society.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the LYRIC Foundation. Guests of The Drake gain free entry to the event by presenting a Drake Hotel room key.
Located on the Magnificent Mile, just steps away from this summer’s newest attraction, The Drake Hotel and 360 Chicago are partnering to offer guests a chance to see the Windy City like you’ve never seen it before with our ROOM AND A 360 View Package. This package offers the best views, best location, and best observation deck – making it a must-see experience for summer. This REAL CHICAGO™ experience includes two adult tickets to 360 Chicago, complimentary self parking, and deluxe accommodations.
Visit The Drake’s Packages Page for terms and conditions or call toll free reservations at 800.553.7253.
Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund will be hosting its 4th Annual Ladybug Bash on June 12, 2014 at the iconic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago! The event promises an extraordinary night of pure delight, featuring Ladybug cocktails, dinner, dancing, raffles, live and silent auctions, as well as an array of celebrity appearances.
The gala kicks off at 7PM at the Drake Hotel at 140 East Walton Place. General admission tickets cost $100 or purchase VIP tickets for $150.Tables of six or eight can be reserved for $580 and $780.
The Ladybug Bash is the annual event where money is raised to fund national projects. This year, an additional goal of The Bash is to raise enough to give a grant to further pediatric cancer research.Each fund is dedicated in the name of a local child battling cancer with the goal of helping all children and families at that hospital. At The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, the namesake of Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund is a young Chicago girl who was diagnosed with cancer at the tender age of 17 months old. After undergoing over two years of aggressive daily chemotherapy treatment, Atia is now six years old and in full remission.
Celebrity guests coming include Project Ladybug founder Dina Manzo, from the Real Housewives of New Jersey; Matt Forte, Running Back for the Chicago Bears; Tommie Harris, former Defensive Tackle for the Chicago Bears; and Meg Caswell, from HGTV.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit Project Lady Bug or email Christina Isherwood.
A Century of Celebrating Mom
On this 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, The Drake Hotel has incorporated the celebration of Mother’s throughout the hotel. The traditional Gold Coast Brunch will be held from 9:30 AM through 3 PM with seatings every 30 minutes (adults: $110, children: $45). The Gold Coast Brunch will feature delectable delights by Executive Chef Franco Diaz and will be accompanied by the smooth stylings of the Elaine Dame Jazz Trio. A children’s room will also be available with a theater, balloon specialist, caricature artist, and face painter. Make your reservation today and ask about our exclusive $99 Mother's Day Weekend room rate and Gold Coast Brunch Package. To make reservations email or call 312.932.4302.
The historic Palm Court will host a Mother’s Day Tea from 11 AM – 5 PM. Mother’s will be greeted with a complimentary gift bag and rose, and welcomed to a complimentary massage from Mario Tricoci at a first come, first serve basis from 12 PM – 4 PM. Treat your mother to an afternoon of pampering, make your reservations for Palm Court today online, by emailing, or by calling 312.932.4619.
A New Menu for Old Traditions
Chicago’s Cape Cod Room has been synonymous with fresh seafood since 1933. This year’s new summer menu features quintessential seasonal delights including: lobster cobb salad, cedar plank roasted Skuna Bay salmon, and crab stuffed shrimp. Also, beachgoers can grab an appetizer and specialty cocktail for $15—the best prices on the Gold Coast, just the way it was intended.
When Cape Cod opened, in an era of immense economic downturn, The Drake too was affected by The Great Depression: ownership was turned over, occupancy was down, and prohibition had led to crime throughout the city. The goal of the Cape Cod Room was to bring fresh seafood to the masses at a reasonable price, and raise the spirit of the city. In the early 20th century, travel was difficult and expensive, it was likely that a Chicagoan would go their entire life without seeing the ocean, let alone eat fresh seafood. Now, in a similar age of economic recovery, Cape Cod has reverted back to its earlier mentality: affordable fresh seafood, for the masses, seven days a week (4 PM – 10 PM Friday and Saturday, 5:30 PM—10 PM Sunday through Thursday). For reservations call 312.932.4337 or email.
The month of May for NextGenJazz’s Palm Court series will feature Gustavo Cortiñas Fouilloux: jazz drummer, composer, and educator. Born and raised in Mexico City, Gustavo began drumming at ten years old. Fouilloux, who recently completed a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at Northwestern University, began his career in New Orleans. There he studied with some of the city’s finest musicians and jazz icons: Wayne Maureau, Johnny Vidacovich, John Mahoney, and Roy McGrath.
Fouilloux will grace The Drake’s Palm Court with his Next Generation Jazz musical panache, performing 7 PM – 11 PM, the first three Thursdays of May. While reservations are not required they are encouraged: email, call 312.932.4619, or visit thedrakehotel.com for details.
In Cooperation with Tangoche and V1-5
Salsa is a stylized Cuban dance that began in New York City nearly half a century ago. For the first time, on Wednesday, May 14th, from 8 PM—11PM The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court will transform into the capital of Chicago’s salsa scene with help from V1-5. For beginners, show up early for a one hour tutorial on the fundamentals of salsa at 7 PM. Complimentary and open to the public, Palm Court will also offer wine and beer specials for dancers to stay hydrated throughout the night. For reservations email or call 312.932.4619.
Conversely Palm Court will host an older, more intimate dance, the Tango on May 29th through Tangoche. From 7:30 PM—11 PM, for $25, guests are greeted with a complimentary drink, invited to take part in a 45 minute lesson followed by three hours of Tango. Palm Court will offer a $15 cocktail and appetizer special for participants and live entertainment throughout the night. Reservations are recommended please call Tangoche at 773.220.8918.
Join us in Palm Court this season for Summertide Tea. Weekdays from May through August guests will be offered our Summertide Tea menu and a glass of champagne for $40 by simply mentioning “PC14” to your server. Little Princes and Princesses will receive tea at half-price with the Summertide Tea discount.
During the worst financial crisis in American history, The Great Depression, jazz provided a stupendous musical distraction across the nation. For Chicago, The Drake has always been a haven for jazz: they’ve evolved alongside one another since 1920. Once again, Next GenJazz and the historic Drake Hotel will collaborate for another sensational season of Palm Court Jazz.
This month, the Jazz Institute of Chicago and The Drake will feature pianist Kevin Kozal. Kozal is a composer and educator living in Chicago who has studied with world renowned musicians and composers including Frank Stemper and Kathleen Ginther, Wayne Kratz, George Clinton, The Jazz Mandolin Project and even Snoop Dogg.
Artists will perform the first three Thursdays of every month through October, 7 PM—11 PM, sans August. For a complete schedule and artist highlights visit jazzinchicago.org or The Drake's entertainment page.
According to Stanford University Professor Carl Degler we can thank WWII for “Brunch.” In 1980 Degler was quoted in the Chicago Tribune stating, “After World War II, large numbers of American married women entered the workforce for the first time. Married women needed a relief on Sunday, too, thus the rise in popularity of Sunday brunch eaten out.” Coincidentally, every year since WWII The Drake has offered Easter, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving brunches.
Because Easter and Mother’s Day are a mere three weeks away from one another The Drake will offer a 10% discount with the purchase of both events. This spring, join us for traditional holiday brunches in our Gold Coast Ballroom, complete with elaborate dishes, live entertainment, and a kids’ room filled with festive activities. Both brunches begin at 9:30 AM with seatings every half an hour through 3 PM.
For more information visit thedrakehotel.com, email Shaun Rajah, or call 312.932.4525.
From 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM give the generous gift of lunch, luxury and lady luck. Administrative Professionals’ Day is April 23rd and this year The Drake will host a $50 luxury lakeside luncheon with a three course prix fixe meal and the chance to win prizes from ZED451, Fadó, Wendella Boat Tours, Skybox on Sheffield, Eataly, and Wrigley Rooftops.
There’s no better way to show gratitude towards your administration than to treat your personnel to a couple hours of personal pampering by The Drake Hotel. For more information and tickets email Shaun Rajah or call 312.932.4525.
Coq d'Or has a delightfully decadent new menu inspired by summer staples. Nothing says fun in the sun like bacon bratwurst, bourbon BBQ chicken wings, BBQ pork ribs, and of course, the Coq d’Or burger. But, what would a relaxed day on the lakeshore be without a proper dessert and for that, Coq d’or has an array: locally sourced gelato and sorbets, caramel popcorn sundaes, and deconstructed s’mores are just a few of the plentiful summer sweets offered daily.
As the weather warms, the new eats and sweets in Coq d’Or are sure put you in the summer spirit.