Drake Hotel: History, Elegance and Fine Dining, Chicago

Drake Hotel: History, Elegance and Fine Dining, Chicago

Chicago's original luxury hotel, opened in 1920, the Drake was always recognized by high society as a quintessential social hotspot. Popular with visiting celebrities, politicians and royalty, it blends modern convenience with the charm of days gone by, and from the moment you enter the main lobby, it just screams elegance – especially if you settle down for afternoon tea.

PALM COURT has been serving tea for almost a century and it shows. The impossibly large floral fountain is a glorious backdrop to a sumptuous tea and the harpist completes the afternoon experience. Bites include scones and lemon poppyseed muffins, cucumber or roast beef sandwiches, salmon mousse, Thai spiced chicken tarts, orange creamsicle macarons, french silk tarts, blueberry buttermilk panna cotta, and strawberry shortcake bellinis. You can add a cocktail to your service if you'd like, or just stick with tea (of which there are about twenty different kinds) and watch the pastry tower being constantly refilled.

If you're looking for an old-time, cocktail-lounge vibe, the piano bar at the hotel – COQ D'OR – is a clear standout. It claims to have opened the day after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 and has a masculine decor: wood paneling, leather accents, and flatscreens set to sports. This dark and sexy bar is perfect for a nightcap, and as far as eating goes, the signature Bookbinder (red snapper) soup is a favorite as is the brownie dessert, gooey and warm.

The 3rd dining option here, called CAFE ON OAK, is a cozy breakfast nook with nautical vibes. Remember how Marilyn Monroe and Joe Di Maggio carved their initials into the old wooden bar in the Cape Cod Room? Well, whether or not you do, this cafe serves the "MM + JD benedict", a culinary rendition of the famous couple's favorite meals, along with other delicious options from the griddle: fluffy buttermilk pancakes, buttery Belgian waffles, and lots of tasty, creamy egg preparations – from skillets to omelets to eggs-your-way.

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Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
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