Generation Jazz

April 10, 2014

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

Spring Brunches

April 10, 2014

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.

Administrative Professionals’ Day

April 10, 2014

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 Summer Menu

April 10, 2014

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.

Admin Day

March 11, 2014

Administrative Professionals' Day dates back to 1952 with the purpose of recognizing skill, loyalty, efficiency in the workplace and to call attention to favorable publicity towards an administrative career. In honor of properly celebrating the people behind the scenes who contribute to Chicago’s successes, The Drake Hotel has organized an Administrative Professionals' Day luncheon on April 23rd.

For $50, organizations can send their colleagues in administrative rolls to The Drake for a three course, prix fixe luncheon of world renowned culinary cuisine by Chef Franco Diaz. Attendees will also have the chance to win prizes sponsored by ZED451, Skybox on Shefield, Eataly, Fadó, Wrigley Rooftops, and Wendella Boat Tours.

For details and tickets please contact Shaun Rajah. Surprise your co-worker with a day at The Drake. 

St. Patrick's Day

March 11, 2014

Slàinte mhath! 

Once again The Drake Hotel will celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most recognized patron saint and what’s a feast without traditional Irish food and drink?

From March 14th through St. Paddy’s The Drake will offer five themed cocktails and Shepard’s Pie. Try an “Irish Daisy” made with Irish Mist, Triple Sec and sour, or a “Shamrock” with Jameson, Kahlua, and Irish Cream or stick with a classic Smithwicks.

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Visit The Drake’s dining page for our restaurant options.

Gen Jazz Returns

March 11, 2014

Beginning April 3rd, 2014, NextGenJazz will start a third season of new music with emerging Chicago artists at The Drake. From 7 PM – 11 PM on the first three Thursdays from April through October (sans August) this free series provides the perfect opportunity to explore some of Chicago’s best young musicians. The series kicks off with Kevin Kozol through April in Palm Court.

Created in 2012 to provide a place for young musicians to perform this partnership between the Jazz Institute and The Drake Hotel provides the perfect opportunity to connect new audiences with the new faces of local jazz.

For a complete schedule and reservations please visit The Drake’s entertainment page

Easter Brunch

March 11, 2014

Easter at The Drake starts promptly at 9:30 AM, April 20th. Guests may make reservations for any 30 minute interval for brunch until 3 PM. Seating is limited, reservations can be made through Open Table for Palm Court, or through the operators for Gold Coast seating: 312.787.2200.

As part of our Drake tradition, a children’s room will be available with a theater, balloon specialist, caricature artist, and face painter. For children there will also be an hourly Easter egg hunt with prizes, for adults Palm Court will feature the smooth styling of the Steve Biossat Trio.

Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day are only three weeks apart—book for both and save 10%! 

Earth Hour

March 11, 2014

March 29th, The Drake Hotel will go above and beyond in its commitment to going green. Every year hotels in Chicago participate in Earth hour: shutting off electronics and extra efforts toward using public transportation from 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM.

This year The Drake will not only turn off its signature skyline sign, it will dim all public lights and every one of our restaurants will serve dinner by candlelight. Come sip literal green cocktails while going figuratively green. For our fine restaurant options please visit the dining page.

Movie Monday Continues!

February 04, 2014

The Drake Hotel is proud to present February’s Movie Monday classics in Palm Court. First, on February 10th at 7PM witness Scarlet Street. Watch as Edward G. RobinsonJoan Bennett, and Dan Duryea portray the story of a man going through a mid-life crisis only to be scorned by a woman who believed not in him, but in his presumed fortune. Then, on February 24th witness the ineffable silent film that started it all, Gold Rush. Charlie Chaplin plays the Lone Prospector who not only finds his fortune in the Klondike, but so much more.

Enjoy complimentary popcorn, a special menu and themed cocktails from 6PM-8:30PM.  Movie Monday is always free and open to the public but reservations are highly recommended by calling 312.932.4619 or emailing.

Coming Soon:
February 10: Scarlet Street (1949) with Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett
February 24: The Gold Rush ​(1925) with Charlie Chaplin
March 10: My Favorite Brunette (1947) with Bob Hope & Dorothy Lamour
March 24: Meet John Doe (1941) Frank Capra’s film with Barbara Stanwyck
April 14: The Stranger (1946) an Orsen Welles film 
April 28: Suddenly  (1954) with Frank Sinatra & James Gleason

Cape Cod Renewed

February 04, 2014

When The Drake’s Cape Cod Room was envisioned, prior to the 1933 World’s Fair, architect Benjamin Marshall and, at the time, unknown folk artist Peter Hunt set out to create a transformative East Coast atmosphere. Between Marshall and Hunt they created an urban hideaway where the atmosphere was fine, but not refined.

Over 80 years later everything remains as originally imagined by the two founding visionaries: the old-fashioned, faded, tavern signs; hanging lobster traps and chowder kettles. But, now, dozens of national culinary awards reside next to those curiosities.

Re-opening its doors on February 1, 2014 with renewed flooring, replacing the original 1930’s tiling, and a revamped menu to match – the Cape Cod has hit its stride once again. Chef Franco Diaz has flipped old favorites alongside innovative new creations. Cure your hankering for East Coast cuisine with The Drake’s signature Bookbinder Soup, Beer Battered Oysters, Prosciutto Wrapped Crispy White Fish Saltimbocca, or any one of the delicious Drake dining options.

Join us for dinner Wednesday through Sunday 5:30 PM to 10 PM.

Valentine’s SerendipiTea

February 04, 2014

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent annually. This year, be original and proclaim your love over the tried and true tradition of Afternoon Tea. The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court will continue to proudly serve up the world’s most fashionable and fragrant teas in an atmosphere fit for a queen. However, for the weekend of February 14th through the 16th, champagne and a lovely array of Valentine’s desserts will be added to the traditional tea menu. The Palm Court provides the perfect atmosphere to celebrate friendship, family and love.

Tea starts at $40. Reservations are recommended, please visit thedrakehotel.com/dining for details.

Crime Time

February 03, 2014

For almost 100 years The Drake has stood at the top of the Magnificent Mile as a pillar of high society. Built in 1920, The Drake Hotel was considered the most luxurious hotel in Chicago. Benjamin Marshall, the original architect, designed the grand dame of hotels with unusual magnificence – it was said there was nothing like it in appearance.  Throughout the years, we’ve helped friends and family turn moments into memories, and memories into traditions.  Everyone has their Drake story and with that, some have their Drake “souvenir”.

In the last century countless items from the Historic Landmark Property have gone missing. Understanding that our history is part of your history The Drake Hotel is giving guests the opportunity to Go Back in Time and Give Back the Crime with an official pardon. The stories, the memories and the items returned will all be on display – your story will live on within The Drake walls. For the next two months, items will be accepted by mail or in person and without guilt or suspicion—no questions asked. This amnesty program is in preparation for The Drake’s official history tour which will launch this spring.  Please address your submissions to 140 East Walton Place, Chicago IL 60611, Attention: Marketing Department.  

FashionBar Chicago

February 02, 2014

FashionBar Chicago presents the first annual Fall/Winter Women’s Wear Fashion Show, exclusively showcasing designer collections for 2014, in The Drake’s Palm Court on February 13th. The show will feature twelve piece collections from five of Chicago’s emerging and talented fashion designers: Gabrielle Zwick of Gabrielle Zwick Designs, Sarah Fitzgerald of Sugarcoma Clothing, Satoko Mizuno, Apolinar Castillo of Apolinar Castillo Designs, and Prina Bagia of PRIN. Doors open at 6:30, tickets are available here.

Chillcation

January 07, 2014

Famed as Chicago’s first resort hotel The Drake has been called “a city within a city”, offering every convenience without having to venture out into the cold.  This winter  warm-up with our Just Chillin’ Package and waste no time getting from your car into the warmth of The Drake Hotel with $20 valet parking, over 50% off regular pricing.  Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with deluxe accommodations and two Drake mugs filled with hot chocolate packets to get you going.  You’ll also receive complimentary access to the fitness center to tone up for summer, and 25% off drinks and dining at any of our hotel outlets: Coq d’Or, Cape Cod, Drake Bros’, and Palm Court. With complimentary high-speed in-room Wi-Fi, you won’t have to worry about missing a thing out in the cold of the real world.  Book your Chillcation getaway now through the end of April and wake up in the comfort of your home away from home. 

Quarterly Whisk(e)y Club

January 03, 2014

This May marks the one year anniversary of Coq d’Or’s official whiskey club. Membership will remain free throughout the inaugural year. However, in May, The Drake will institute a nominal membership fee to sign up. Join now at thedrakehotel.com.

The next quarterly event will be February 27th and will feature Scotch whisky—without the “e”. Historically, Scotch whisky was aged wooden barrels that were purchases from the British Isles. The intention of the barrels was to take the harsh edge off of the “fire water”. However, since these casks had been used prior to the whisky being poured they began to take on the flavor of the previous liquid—giving the whisky a “finish”.

Popular finishes included whiskies that came from sherry and port casks. Through the centuries, however, many other types of used casks have been experimented with, such as Bourbon, Madeira, Sauternes, Cognac and others.

This February Coq d’Or will present three examples of these finishes using the classic Glenmorangie single malt scotch, but finished in three different casks, port, sherry and sauternes. See if you can taste the difference by signing up for Whiskey Club now and emailing Nora.Heneghan@hilton.com your RSVP.

Art and Appetite

January 03, 2014

This year the Art Institute of Chicago proudly introduces the area’s leading chefs with their exhibition Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine. You are invited to feast your eyes on famed fare painted and sculpted by the world’s most prominent artists.   

The Drake Hotel is aptly represented by nationally acclaimed Chef Franco Diaz whose mouthwatering recipe for “Turkey and Chanterelles” can be perused on the Art Institutes online cookbook while museum goers gaze at Norman Rockwell’s 1942 Freedom from Want. Exhibition curator Judith Barter truly brings the symbolism of cuisine within art and places the topic on the table.

The exhibition lasts through January 27th, 2014.

History Tea

January 03, 2014

Though tea has been popular since its introduction to Europe in the 17th century, it wasn’t until the 19th century that afternoon tea became a high society tradition. A common misconception is that The Drake Hotel has maintained “high tea” since it opened its doors nearly a century ago. In fact, The Drake has served “afternoon tea” since opening. “High tea”, coined in the Industrial Revolution, referred to working class families consuming their bread, butter, and tea at their high tables in their less affluent communities. Low tea, or the afternoon tea that is served at The Drake, consists of low tea tables, sweets and sandwiches—exactly the atmosphere the creator of afternoon tea time, Anna Maria Stanhope, the Duchess of Bedford, would have adored in the 1800’s.

The Drake's Palm Court has always hosted curious patrons from around the world who wanted to know more about the history of the famed tea room. Last year Palm Court, named one of the best locations for afternoon tea in the nation by Good Morning America, began "Historic Afternoon Tea" in an effort to inform loyal guests of its profound past.

This year the Palm Court will once again introduce "Historic Afternoon Tea". First, guests are invited to enjoy a leisurely lunch with traditional tea then they will be invited on a brief excursion through the hotel with one of The Drake's expert historians. The tea and tour starts at $35, tours are given at 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Reservations are highly recommended, call 312.932.4619 or email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com.

Monday Movie Night

January 02, 2014

Martin Scorsese stated, “Film in the 20th century, it’s the American art form, like jazz.”

The Palm Court, long famed for introducing the nation’s next big jazz artist, will now bring back America’s most beloved entertainment: motion picture classics from the early to mid 20th century. Names that resonate through generations like Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and Audrey Hepburn will once again return to Chicago for Movie Mondays at The Drake Hotel. Fall back in time with a 40’s themed cocktail while gazing at Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in “His Girl Friday” January 13th or sip on a gin sour while watching Frank Capra’s suspense filled “Meet John Doe” with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.

Films will be shown biweekly, the second and fourth Monday of every month. Please visit our entertainment page for a full schedule. Admission is always free, and complimentary popcorn will be served. 

'Tis the Season for Holiday Festivities

December 05, 2013

This year, capture the magic of the holiday season at The Drake.  With festive pastries, cocktails, menus and carolers there is no shortage of holiday merriment.  Executive Chef Franco Diaz and his team of nationally renowned culinary artists will be serving up The Drake's signature dishes - guaranteed to satisfy everyone's taste buds.  There are still plenty of festive options to create wonderful winter memories.  We invite you to create traditions of your own this December when you partake in REAL CHICAGO festivities at The Drake Hotel.

Palm Court 

Holiday Afternoon Tea
November 29 - January 5, 11am - 5pm 
Adults $40, Children $20 

New Year's Eve Celebration 
December 31, 9:30pm 
Black Tie New Year's Eve 
Adults $170 

Drake Bros' 

Charles Dickens Brunch 
Dec 14,15, 21 and 22, 12 - 2pm 
Adults $75, Children $32, under 5 complimentary 

Christmas Eve Buffet
December 24, 12 - 7pm 
Carolers and a visit from Santa
Adults $102, Children $50 

Christmas Day Dinner 
December 25, 12 - 7pm 
Plated dinner, carolers and a visit from Santa 
Adults $102, Children $50 

New Year's Brunch 
January 1, 11:30am - 3pm 
Live jazz entertainment 
Adults $80, Children $39 

Club International 

Christmas Eve Dinner
December 24, Seating at 4:30, 6:30, and 8:30pm 
Adults $96, Children $45

New Year's Eve 
December 31, 9:30pm - 1am 
Adults $155

Cape Cod 

New Year's Eve
December 31
Prix fixe menu and bottle of champagne 
Adults $100 

Coq d'Or 

80th Anniversary Celebration 
December 6, 11am - 2am 
Featuring live entertainment, trivia and $.80 whiskey shots 

Greetings From Chicago

December 05, 2013

Every year The Drake Hotel chefs team up to create a confectionery masterpiece for the holidays. In the past they've created villages, beaches, castles, and cities. This year the theme takes us back almost a century to 1920's Chicago.  The 1920's "Greetings from Chicago" theme, unveiled last month, features Chicago's iconic buildings and symbols: the Wrigley sign, the Art Institute Lion, Frank Lloyd Wright's home, and, naturally, The Drake. However, there are three sweet pieces of real estate open for the winners of Pastry Chicago's 8th Annual Gingerbread Competition.  Over fifty professional and amateur chefs throughout the Chicagoland area have submitted their iced ideas. Sunday, December 8th, all of the delectable designs will be on display for the public from 2PM- 4PM in the Gold Coast Ballroom. For such an occasion, light food and beverages will be provided. The best gingerbread architecture will be exhibited in the lobby through the holidays.  

 

ChicagoScene New Year's Celebration

December 05, 2013

Celebrate the commencement of 2014 in The Drake Hotel with Chicago Scene, AKIRA Chicago, Dance Floor Junkies, and DJ Sye Young. There is no better place to celebrate the New Year. Red Eye Chicago voted The Drake's party the #1 New Year's Party in Chicago. Voted one of "The Top 10 New Year's Party in the USA" by AOL City Guide, The Drake and Chicago Scene team up to provide the most memorable celebratory experience. Ring in the New Year in three ballrooms with 45 bars and bartenders, a buffet, circulated hors d'Oervres, and, of course, champagne.  For more information: http://chicago-scene.com/new-years-eve-chicago.htm

Coq d'Or Celebrates 80 Years

December 05, 2013

Coq d'Or has an extensive history and a special connection to the "water of life": whiskey. Opening on December 6, 1933 the day after the repeal of Prohibition, the high demand and long lines for drinks only allowed time to serve 40 cent whiskies. In honor of Coq d'Or's 80th Anniversary, join us December 6th for our liquor license celebration featuring trivia from 5:30 - 6pm, live entertainment and shots of whiskey prices at 80 cents -- a penny for each year we've been serving Chicago. 

Launches Luxury Online

September 11, 2013

The Drake Hotel is pleased to announce the launch of The Drake Hotel’s newly branded website: thedrakehotel.com. The new sophisticated site offers a contemporary look and a streamlined user experience. With improved navigation and functionality, the website provides quick and easy access to essential information. The enhanced experience features all major aspects of The Drake Hotel: meetings, weddings, dining and accommodations. Event planners can explore, examine and email requests with enhanced resources. Visitors can stay informed with the latest hotel happenings and announcements in the press section. Menus can be surveyed, galleries can be perused and arrangements can be made all with the click of a button. The improved site also provides a brief history of The Drake Hotel as well as an overview of the Gold Coast.

Furthermore, users can share information that interests them with others on social media outlets. The exacting efforts to which The Drake Hotel and Killswitch Collective have developed this website are evident from the first click. The REAL CHICAGO experience is showcased through the impactful design and rich history creating a story that complements the content with photos, leaving users informed and connected. "From business travelers to corporate groups to couples planning their weddings, The Drake Hotel has provided countless experiences to remember, and we think it’s time that the website does the same,” comments Meredith Reshoft, creative director and principal of Killswitch. “Anyone who walks into The Drake will find themselves ensconced in old Chicago style, from the architecture and décor to the gorgeous hallways, warm and rich with history. We were able to take the vision of The Drake Hotel Team and create a unique, highly captivating website that showcases The Drake Hotel as a historic icon, while bringing it in to the modern day.”The Drake Hotel, a national historic place and Chicago original, has become synonymous with luxury – thedrakehotel.com personifies that luxury to a tee. The website is nearing the relaunch date, so be ready to click refresh.

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

The Drake Hotel Names New Executive Chef

July 01, 2013

The Drake welcomes its newest addition, Executive Chef Franco Diaz. Born and raised in Bensenville, Ill. Diaz is excited to bring his worldly talent back to where his lifelong passion for cooking began –Chicago.

Diaz’s passion for food and the culinary arts was ignited at a young age. This passion stayed with him when he began his culinary studies at Kendall College, earning his degree in Culinary Management. Throughout the years, he was able to hone his skills and depth of knowledge. He most recently was involved in the launching of two St. Regis luxury properties in Princeville, Hawaii and Bal Harbour, Fla. Under his guidance, the St. Regis Resort Bal Harbour was named a AAA five diamond hotel three months after opening. Before his time with St. Regis, Diaz was the banquet chef at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago. It was there where he was selected to explore and perfect his craft participating in an exchange chef program at the Michelin rated Victoria Young Frau Hotel in Switzerland.

Moving back to the state where his culinary roots were planted, Diaz is focused on bringing in the best quality of ingredients from around world to incorporate in the development of new menus. “To be welcomed into such a well-known establishment within the industry and community is an honor,” Diaz stated. With his seasoned talent and extensive experience in the culinary world, Chef Diaz is committed to delivering great food and excellent service for guests.

Summertime Means Tea Time

June 06, 2013
Introducing a Gluten-Free Menu in the Palm Court: The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court is delighted to introduce a new gluten-free alternative to the traditional afternoon tea menu.  The menu, including gluten-free sandwiches, pastries, and scones will be effective May 31, 2013. Today, an increased amount of people have special dietary needs and food allergies, yet very few options cater to their needs.   “We are pleased to be expanding our menu offerings to fit the health needs of all clientele,” says Food and Beverage Director Eric Benamara.  “We wanted to ensure that the Drake offered them somewhere they could still indulge in the luxury of Afternoon Tea.” Traditional Afternoon Tea is served daily, gluten-free menu options are available upon request.   Revisit the Palm Court for Special Summer Price!  This summer is the perfect time to take a break from the hustle and bustle and revisit the Palm Court for afternoon tea.  Starting in June, an exclusive customary tea will be offered in the serene Palm Court atmosphere, just mention the Summertime Tea code to your server and receive a special summer price.  For an extra touch of luxury, enjoy a glass of champagne with afternoon tea and make your experience every inch the elegant and refined occasion it should be.  Make your afternoon tea reservation, visit OpenTable or contract Shaun Rajah at 312.932.4619 or Shaun.Rajah@hilton.com

Experience Something New This Summer

May 23, 2013

This summer, education and vacation will go hand-in-hand for families that embark on a Real Chicago adventure at The Drake Hotel. Whether raising an aspiring professional athlete or a budding historian-to-be, parents can extend learning opportunities and fun adventures for their curious children by visiting www.thedrakehotel.com and booking their stay. Starting June 17, the historic Cape Cod and the Shedd Aquarium will partner to offer families a one-of-a-kind experience exploring the underwater grace and wonders at the Shedd Aquarium with the exclusive hands-on Stingray Touch exhibit and a unique family style meal designed specifically to complement this experience in the Cape Cod restaurant at The Drake Hotel. The menu, created by Chef Gee Cuyugan, features sustainable seafood items that continue the interactive learning experience from the Shedd exhibit with the introduction of an array of seafood dishes. The menu is served family style, encouraging families to enjoy each other’s company all while exploring these new foods with one another. “As a father I understand the importance of opening your children up to new experiences,” said Eric Benamara food and beverage director at The Drake. “We feel this partnership will provide families with a unique opportunity, one that encompasses the learning about new species and exploring new cuisines.” The package includes a 15 minute tour of the exhibit at the Shedd that includes access to the Stingray Touch Exhibit located in a new 20,000-gallon pool, under a tented structure on the aquarium’s south terrace. Here visitors will experience first-hand how a 3 ft long diamond-shaped ray feels as it glides under water, and the movement of approximately 40 cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) and yellow rays (Urobatis jamaicensis). To make reservations contact the Cape Cod Manager, Ted Daskalopoulos at 312.932.4347 Other Recommendations for hands-on experiences this Summer include: We invite you and your special girl in for an experience filled with pampering, bonding and memories with our American Girl Package. The special experience starts on Michigan Avenue exploring all that the American Girl Store has to offer. At night, you and your special girl will return to our deluxe accommodations where fresh baked cookies and milk will be waiting at turn down service with a special bed waiting not just for you, but also a special sized doll bed for your American Girl! Create family fun with your little ones when you explore the endless possibilities of our Explore with LEGOs Package. Your family is sure to build lasting memories with this package, which includes our deluxe accommodations, a personalized welcome letter, fresh baked cookies and milk at turn down service, breakfast in Drake Bros', a voucher for a Roy Rodgers in any of our outlets, complimentary internet and a $50 Gift Card to Lego Store. If the weather outside is frightful, inside it’s delightful at The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court. Here kids won’t just play tea, but actually get to have the real deal! Starting July, every Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. is story time, and present children will be invited to gather around the story wyvern to learn about The Adventures of Drake Bear. Drake Bear is the special bear that if shown in outlets, special rewards are given. Bring your bear to Cape Cod and receive a scoop of ice cream or bring your bear to Palm Court and receive a Shirley Temple or Roy Rogers just for bring your Drake Bear along! If the kids are feeling a bit more adventurous, it might be time for The Drake scavenger hunt! Seeing all the parts of the hotel and learning a bit of history along the way is a fun way to spend some time! Looking for some warm sunshine? Head on over to one of the city’s finest beaches to catch some rays or play in the sand. In fact, The Drake Hotel is the only beachfront hotel in the city!

Catering Corner: Kids' Room

May 22, 2013

Will you have a large amount of children attending your wedding or event? You might consider setting up a kids’ room. Once the party gets started in the main room, invite your younger guests to their own room.  You can set up TVs with movies or a gaming system, have crafts or coloring available, and set out some board games and toys. If you really want to go all out, consider having a sundae buffet just for them! Hiring a professional babysitter to watch the kids and supervise their activities will ensure a fun night for all.  Not only will the parents appreciate you welcoming their children (while giving them a night "off"), the kids will love getting to play with cousins and friends they may not get to see very often. And they don't have to hang out with the grownups!

Drake Bear

May 22, 2013

Have you met The Drake Hotel's Drake Bear? Drake Bear has been around for many years, but over the last few years he has been hibernating. This summer he will be back and out in the city! Drake Bear will be making appearances throughout the hotel and even some outside the hotel, so keep your eyes peeled or check out his adventures on Facebook and Instagram. To learn about his story and how he came to the hotel, join us on Thursdays in Palm Court for afternoon tea story time. Every Thursday, June 15 through August 14 at 2:30 p.m., children will be invited to listen to the special Drake Bear story.

To make your afternoon tea reservation, visit OpenTable or contact Shaun Rajah at 312 932 4619/ shaun.rajah@hilton.com.

Catering Corner: This one takes the cake!

May 15, 2013

Want a classy dessert for your wedding but don't love cake? A new idea that we see taking off is the "Cheese Cake" though you won't find these at everywhere. Literally, it is a cake made of cheese. Your cheese cake maker will fashion wheels of different types of cheese to make create a presentation that is barely distinguishable from a traditional wedding cake. It can be garnished with flowers just like a traditional wedding cake, as well as served with accoutrements such as preserves, crackers, or grapes that add to the presentation.