We stayed at The Drake for our 5 year wedding anniversary in August 2009. The hotel is located just north of The John Hancock building on Michigan Avenue. The hotel is very grand and charming. They recently went through an extensive remodeling project and everything looks great. They even upgraded our room because of our anniversary. Our room was perfect and overlooked Lake Michigan. You can walk out the front door of The Drake and you’re at Lake Michigan. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. We were greeted curbside by Ben with a smile. He helped us unload our luggage and was very friendly. We used the parking garage a few doors down on Walton. It was less expensive than the hotel parking; $35 a day verses $49. The location is perfect and you’re walking distance to the entire down town attractions. You can also grab the red line which is close by on Chicago Ave. The buses work out well too. We took the Michigan Ave Museum Campus Bus to Shedd Aquarium.
The historic hotel is packed with stories. The book inside your room tells a lot about the hotel, especially the history. The Cape Cod Lounge is really neat because it’s basically the same as it was in the 1920’s. The bartender was very knowledgably about the history of the Cape Cod Lounge. Ask him to look at the “MM” that Joe DiMaggio carved into the bar for his wife Marilyn Monroe. The Gold Coast Room and the Palms Room are very elegant. You will not be disappointed with The Drake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No other Chicago hotel has inspired more legendary acclaim on par with The Drake. This timeless property affords guests easy access to the city's most exclusive shopping, nightlife and dining. A fully equipped fitness/wellness center, business center and meeting rooms are available (surcharge). The stunning Gold Coast Room can accommodate 600 guests. Afternoon Tea at The Drake, A Hilton Hotel is as Chicago as a hot dog at Wrigley Field or a ride on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. High society has always recognized The Drake Hotel as the quintessential social hotspot. Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth and the Empress of Japan have all been seen in the Palm Court. Though The Drake has progressed both architecturally and technologically over the past 93 years, the roots of The Drake Hotel run deep beneath Lake Shore Drive into Real Chicago. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Drake Hotel Chicago
- Hilton Hotels Chicago
- Chicago Drake Hotel
- Drake Hotel Chicago