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 Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com 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 Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com 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 Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com 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 thedrakehotel.com 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.​

Summertide Tea

April 29, 2014

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.​

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.