Historic Chicago Drake Hotel
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Drake Hotel
in Chicago has a long and fascinating history dating back to the 1920s when the beaux-arts hotel was built.
For instance, on December 5, 1933, the first alcoholic drink sold in Chicago was at The Drake Hotel when Prohibition ended.
According to The Benjamin Marshall Society
, “One of Chicago's most famed hotels, the Drake, was designed by Benjamin Marshall and his partner Charles Fox, and opened in 1920. This hotel has been host to celebrities, presidents, royalty and according to some urban legends a whole host of Ghosts. While the subjects of phantoms roaming the halls is debatable, one thing is not disputed, the Drake Hotel is one of the great Chicago Landmarks.”
Famous visitors include Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Walt Disney, George Gershwin, Bing Crosby, Charles Lindbergh, and the list goes on and on. Today the Hotel is owned by the Hilton but has maintained the original architecture and Old World charm.
The Crown Fountan still remains in the center of the opulent Palm Court, visitors still do attend daily tea, a tradition at the hotel since its conception. The weekends are a specially busy, when everyone dances to swing and traditional ballroom music.
One of the most famous bars in Chicago is the Coq d’Or at The Drake, opened a day after the prohibition was repealed in 1933. Today you can see locals, long-time patrons and out-of-towners enjoying drinks and great food. On weekends the bar features Chicago jazz singers.
Today the Drake has the charm, character and allure that characterized a past era and it’s a great escape back to the old times in Chicago history.
The Flat Cats, a popular Chicago swing band, playing at the famous Palm Court
Shaun Rajah, Associate Director Of Catering at The Drake Hotel, and winner of The Hubert du Givenchy Award for Creative Style in Chicago in 2018, always greets you with a warm smile at The Palm Court. For an especially out-of-this-world wedding that The Drake is known for he is the to-go person.
Our model posing with Kolori tunics
in front of the lobby mural and lavish flower arrangement.
PrendaBella's window display at the Drake Hotel