The Drake

140 E. Walton Pl., Chicago, Illinois, 60611, USA

Built in 1920, the grande dame of Chicago hotels stands tall where Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive intersect in the city's swanky Gold Coast. The Drake's stately look was inspired by an Italian Renaissance palace, and the sounds of a fountain and harpist beckon at the Palm Court, a traditional setting for afternoon tea (it's especially appealing during the winter holidays). There's live music in both the Palm Court and the legendary Coq d'Or bar on Friday and Saturday nights.

PROS

  • lovely, walkable neighborhood
  • steps from Oak Street Beach and high-end boutiques

CONS

  • no swimming pool
  • some rooms are tiny

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Romantic, Views
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 312-787–2200 | 800-553–7253

HOTEL DETAILS

535 rooms, 74 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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