As we were attending a dinner dance at the hotel, we decided to bite the bullet and spend the w/e, even though we live less than 30 miles away. The hotel has a definite charm and personality. We didn't splurge on a fancy room overlooking lakeshore but the room was nice. Not the size, you'll get in Vegas, but, hey, this is Chicago.
The meal for the dinner dance was probably THE best we have had at an event like this. It is really difficult to cook filet nicely for 300+ people, but these guys do it. We went crazy the following day and had "Afternoon Tea." It isn't cheap, but as a once every so often treat, it is really enjoyable and to my surprise quite filling. There is a reason why so many good hotels are in this part of the city. The location is fabulous. Being able to walk on the lake shore at this time of year was a joy and made us feel as if we were a thousand miles from home.
I hear the kids calling! Back to reality! For a w/e away, the hotel, food and location take beating.
- 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