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 and to make a reservation call 312-932-4619 or send an email to make your reservation.

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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.

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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.

Catering Corner

November 12, 2014

Want to add a fun element to your dinner but don’t want to spend a lot on an extra course?  Serve your guests an amuse bouche!  French for “mouth amuser” this bite-sized, hors d'oeuvre- like item is served as a starter before the meal.  An amuse bouche is a lovely idea, especially if there is a long program or speeches before the main entrée is served.  With “small-bites” becoming more popular, we expect to see the amuse bouche popping on menus more than ever.  This is just another way to delight and engage your guests!  

Brought to you by your Drake Catering Team.

Movie Mondays

November 04, 2014

Movie Monday continues in December as we get into the holiday spirit with all your favorite holiday classics.


  •  December 1st- Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

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.

  • · December 8th- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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.

  •  December 15th- Scrooge (1935)

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.

  •  December 22nd- ​It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Watch as an angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. 

  • · December 29th- A White Christmas (1954)

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Movie Mondays are held every Monday at 7PM in the Palm Court. To prepare for the holiday festivities, Movie Monday will begin at 7:30PM starting November 17th through the rest of the year. Movie Monday is free and open to the public. Enjoy a movie menu including themed cocktails and complimentary popcorn with the purchase of a beverage. Seating based on availability.

Gen Jazz

September 09, 2014

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

September 09, 2014

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.

Movie Mondays

September 09, 2014

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 3rd- “The Gold Rush” (1925)- Adventure/Comedy

​​The Tramp goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

  • 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.

  • November 17th- “His Girl Friday” (1940)- Drama/Comedy/Romance​

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

  • 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- "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 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- ​“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 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 or call 312.932.4619

Nightmare on Walton Street

September 09, 2014

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 the DJ spinning 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

Great Grains

September 03, 2014


                                                             "Great Grains"

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.  ​

Taste Summer's Vibrant Flavors

August 07, 2014

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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Business Power Lunch

August 07, 2014

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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Annual Jazz Club Tour

August 07, 2014

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. 


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Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck Event

August 07, 2014

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. 

The Drake Hotel Names New Executive Chef

July 14, 2014

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 - July

July 14, 2014

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 or call 312.932.4619

Chicago's Music Scene - NEXTGENJAZZ

July 14, 2014

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

Live to Wynn's Summer Your Inner Wynner

July 14, 2014

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.

Palm Court Nightlife and Entertainment

July 14, 2014

Tango Che
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.

Afro-Caribbean Connection Event

July 14, 2014

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. 

Movie Monday in June

June 05, 2014

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 or call 312.932.4619.

Next GenJazz in June

June 05, 2014

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 for more information.

Afro-Caribbean World Night

June 05, 2014

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.

Poetry Night

June 05, 2014

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. 

Room and a 360 View Package

June 05, 2014

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

Lady Bug Bash

June 04, 2014

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.

Mother's Day 2014

April 29, 2014

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​.

Cape Cod

April 29, 2014

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. ​

Next Generation Jazz

April 29, 2014

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 for details.

Palm Court Night Life

April 29, 2014

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.​