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The Drake Hotel

Chicago , IL
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LOCATION

140 E. Walton
Chicago, IL 60611 US (map)

PHONE

312-932-4337
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What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Historic, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
City, Glamorous, Vintage
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Drake Hotel in Chicago was the venue for my wedding ceremony and reception. I was BEYOND pleased with EVERY single thing about the experience. I cannot rave about it enough. When searching for venues, I knew I needed a venue large enough for 300 and wanted something that represented Chicago (with great food!). I visited nearly 20 sites but the moment I walked into the Gold Coast Room at the Drake, I absolutely fell in love. The hotel, and the rooms, are absolutely stunning -the views of Lake Michigan, the gold pillars, chandeliers, etc. While I had visited other gorgeous hotels in Chicago, what set The Drake apart from all others are the people who work there. I anticipated meeting a stuffy wedding coordinator, rude staff, etc. I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG. Antoinette Cahill, the Director of Social & Corporate Catering for The Drake, was the best thing about choosing the venue. She was incredibly down-to-earth, made planning so easy (she recommended all of my vendors who were amazing, too) and she dealt with my mom and I when we were stressed and mildly difficult to work with. She is an utmost professional. All other staff at the Drake individually showed the same professionalism and positive attitude and made my family and all of our guests, feel so special. Thanks to The Drake, and Antoinette, for making my dream wedding come true.
The Drake Hotel in Chicago was the venue for my wedding ceremony and reception. I was BEYOND pleased with EVERY single Read more...
The Drake Hotel in Chicago was the venue for my wedding ceremony and reception. I was BEYOND pleased with EVERY single thing about the experience. I cannot rave about it enough. When searching for venues, I knew I needed a venue large enough for 300 and wanted something that represented Chicago (with great food!). I visited nearly 20 sites but the moment I walked into the Gold Coast Room at the Drake, I absolutely fell in love. The hotel, and the rooms, are absolutely stunning -the views of Lake Michigan, the gold pillars, chandeliers, etc. While I had visited other gorgeous hotels in Chicago, what set The Drake apart from all others are the people who work there. I anticipated meeting a stuffy wedding coordinator, rude staff, etc. I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG. Antoinette Cahill, the Director of Social & Corporate Catering for The Drake, was the best thing about choosing the venue. She was incredibly down-to-earth, made planning so easy (she recommended all of my vendors who were amazing, too) and she dealt with my mom and I when we were stressed and mildly difficult to work with. She is an utmost professional. All other staff at the Drake individually showed the same professionalism and positive attitude and made my family and all of our guests, feel so special. Thanks to The Drake, and Antoinette, for making my dream wedding come true. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
1/21/2017
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception at the Drake Hotel in Chicago this past January and we were extremely satisfied! The Drake team nailed it and accommodated our every request -- from the planning stages, to the day of, and even the day after for the Sunday brunch. We could NOT have been happier! We had 215 guests, with 100+ staying at the hotel and the Drake team was beyond helpful and had the best service I've ever experienced. I do events all the time for work and coordinate with hotels for large groups of 50+ frequently, and I was still super impressed. Antoinette Cahill was a dream to work with, she treated my family as if we were part of hers! Kelly Huddle is the detail queen, she captured ALL of my crazy minute details and updates, quickly and efficiency! We knew we wanted a venue with good food because let's face it, standard banquet hall food sucks! A month later, our guests are still raving about the wedding saying how ours was the best wedding they've ever been to, all mentioning how great the food and service was! If you’re on the fence and you’re looking at the Drake, just do it because you will not regret it! I felt like a princess the whole weekend and I owe it all to the team at the Drake!
We had our wedding reception at the Drake Hotel in Chicago this past January and we were extremely satisfied! The Drake Read more...
We had our wedding reception at the Drake Hotel in Chicago this past January and we were extremely satisfied! The Drake team nailed it and accommodated our every request -- from the planning stages, to the day of, and even the day after for the Sunday brunch. We could NOT have been happier! We had 215 guests, with 100+ staying at the hotel and the Drake team was beyond helpful and had the best service I've ever experienced. I do events all the time for work and coordinate with hotels for large groups of 50+ frequently, and I was still super impressed. Antoinette Cahill was a dream to work with, she treated my family as if we were part of hers! Kelly Huddle is the detail queen, she captured ALL of my crazy minute details and updates, quickly and efficiency! We knew we wanted a venue with good food because let's face it, standard banquet hall food sucks! A month later, our guests are still raving about the wedding saying how ours was the best wedding they've ever been to, all mentioning how great the food and service was! If you’re on the fence and you’re looking at the Drake, just do it because you will not regret it! I felt like a princess the whole weekend and I owe it all to the team at the Drake! Read less
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Cassidy
Wedding:
6/7/2015
5.0/5.0
We had our ceremony and reception in the Gold Coast Room at the Drake Hotel and it was perfect - the room is beautiful by itself, but add some flowers and you feel like you're in a fairy tale! The food is amazing and the staff is incredible - friendly, professional and helpful all around. John Moses is wonderful to work with - he is very responsive and great at accommodating special requests to help make your wedding day even more memorable. We looked at many venues in Chicago and are so glad we ended up choosing the Drake!
We had our ceremony and reception in the Gold Coast Room at the Drake Hotel and it was perfect - the room is beautiful by Read more...
We had our ceremony and reception in the Gold Coast Room at the Drake Hotel and it was perfect - the room is beautiful by itself, but add some flowers and you feel like you're in a fairy tale! The food is amazing and the staff is incredible - friendly, professional and helpful all around. John Moses is wonderful to work with - he is very responsive and great at accommodating special requests to help make your wedding day even more memorable. We looked at many venues in Chicago and are so glad we ended up choosing the Drake! Read less
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Suruchi
Wedding:
5/31/2015
5.0/5.0
The Drake Hotel was the talk of our wedding weekend. They were flexible and provided an amazing experience for all our guests. The Indian catering was the best I have ever tasted - and the chef will go down in history for making the most spectacular and FRESH Indian cuisine. If you are planning a beautiful classic Indian wedding in Chicago and want to dazzle your guests with luxury and amazing food - look no further than The Drake. We had an amazing experience and would recommend it to everyone.
The Drake Hotel was the talk of our wedding weekend. They were flexible and provided an amazing experience for all our Read more...
The Drake Hotel was the talk of our wedding weekend. They were flexible and provided an amazing experience for all our guests. The Indian catering was the best I have ever tasted - and the chef will go down in history for making the most spectacular and FRESH Indian cuisine. If you are planning a beautiful classic Indian wedding in Chicago and want to dazzle your guests with luxury and amazing food - look no further than The Drake. We had an amazing experience and would recommend it to everyone. Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
7/4/2014
5.0/5.0
The Drake's Gold Coast Room provided us the most excellent venue for my daughter's reception. The service was impeccable and food was absolutely delicious.
The Drake's Gold Coast Room provided us the most excellent venue for my daughter's reception. The service was impeccable Read more...
The Drake's Gold Coast Room provided us the most excellent venue for my daughter's reception. The service was impeccable and food was absolutely delicious. Read less
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Cynthia
Wedding:
10/12/2012
5.0/5.0
The Drake is AMAZING!!! My partner and I had our civil union/wedding in the Gold Coast Room and could not have been happier. We only wish we could relive this every day of our lives. The Catering Team at the Drake including Ann O'Riordan, Amy Verdon, Antoinette, Chris are AWESOME. They are so friendly and thoughtful and made sure till the very end that everything looked beautiful and was perfect! The food was delicious. The famous Drake champagne parade was memorable. The room was beautiful. The location in the city was perfect. This all made for a wonderful day! When looking for a wedding/civil union ceremony and reception venue, look no further than the Drake!
The Drake is AMAZING!!! My partner and I had our civil union/wedding in the Gold Coast Room and could not have been Read more...
The Drake is AMAZING!!! My partner and I had our civil union/wedding in the Gold Coast Room and could not have been happier. We only wish we could relive this every day of our lives. The Catering Team at the Drake including Ann O'Riordan, Amy Verdon, Antoinette, Chris are AWESOME. They are so friendly and thoughtful and made sure till the very end that everything looked beautiful and was perfect! The food was delicious. The famous Drake champagne parade was memorable. The room was beautiful. The location in the city was perfect. This all made for a wonderful day! When looking for a wedding/civil union ceremony and reception venue, look no further than the Drake! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception at the Drake, and it was perfect!! We had a small wedding (60 people), so we rented some of the smaller conference rooms for the reception. We had cocktails in the Venetian room, which overlooks the lake. Then, we moved into one of the larger conference rooms for dinner and dancing. I was concerned that the conference rooms wouldn't look as nice as the larger ballrooms, but everything was beautiful. The food was amazing. We got so many compliments! Everyone was very impressed.

We worked with Bill, and he was great. He's very responsive, and he was very nice about answering all of my questions. We felt like Bill and the rest of the staff were really willing to go the extra mile with whatever we needed. The day before our wedding turned out to be a complete disaster- my husband got into two car accidents, and I had to take my sister to the emergency room twice (thankfully everyone was ok). As a result of all of the drama, I wasn't able to check into the hotel until a couple hours after I planned, and I wasn't able to be there when my dress got delivered to the hotel. I called Julie Ratowitz, from Livin it Up Events, and frantically explained the situation. She spoke with Bill, and he picked up my wedding dress when it was delivered and waited with it until my husband was able to check into the hotel.

Overall, we were very impressed with the service we received at the Drake- we thought our wedding reception was perfect. We would highly recommend getting married at the Drake.
We had our wedding reception at the Drake, and it was perfect!! We had a small wedding (60 people), so we rented some of Read more...
We had our wedding reception at the Drake, and it was perfect!! We had a small wedding (60 people), so we rented some of the smaller conference rooms for the reception. We had cocktails in the Venetian room, which overlooks the lake. Then, we moved into one of the larger conference rooms for dinner and dancing. I was concerned that the conference rooms wouldn't look as nice as the larger ballrooms, but everything was beautiful. The food was amazing. We got so many compliments! Everyone was very impressed.

We worked with Bill, and he was great. He's very responsive, and he was very nice about answering all of my questions. We felt like Bill and the rest of the staff were really willing to go the extra mile with whatever we needed. The day before our wedding turned out to be a complete disaster- my husband got into two car accidents, and I had to take my sister to the emergency room twice (thankfully everyone was ok). As a result of all of the drama, I wasn't able to check into the hotel until a couple hours after I planned, and I wasn't able to be there when my dress got delivered to the hotel. I called Julie Ratowitz, from Livin it Up Events, and frantically explained the situation. She spoke with Bill, and he picked up my wedding dress when it was delivered and waited with it until my husband was able to check into the hotel.

Overall, we were very impressed with the service we received at the Drake- we thought our wedding reception was perfect. We would highly recommend getting married at the Drake. Read less
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denastokes
Wedding:
10/24/2009
4.0/5.0
Location is perfect and our evening was spectacular!
Location is perfect and our evening was spectacular!
Location is perfect and our evening was spectacular! Read less
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Broselle123
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
I felt like Cinderella on my wedding day. A big part of that feeling was that I had my wedding at The Drake Hotel. Not only was I treated like a princess, but the look and feel of the ballroom is as if you were in a palace. The food was great, and everything seemed to happen like clockwork. I can't wait until my next wedding, I wouldn't change a thing! Just kidding of course.
I felt like Cinderella on my wedding day. A big part of that feeling was that I had my wedding at The Drake Hotel. Not Read more...
I felt like Cinderella on my wedding day. A big part of that feeling was that I had my wedding at The Drake Hotel. Not only was I treated like a princess, but the look and feel of the ballroom is as if you were in a palace. The food was great, and everything seemed to happen like clockwork. I can't wait until my next wedding, I wouldn't change a thing! Just kidding of course. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
I loved working with The Drake in planning my wedding this past summer. The food and service was top knotch!
I loved working with The Drake in planning my wedding this past summer. The food and service was top knotch!
I loved working with The Drake in planning my wedding this past summer. The food and service was top knotch! Read less
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