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The Drake, a Hilton Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • “Grande Dame” hotel hosted royalty, presidents and movie stars
  • Many guest rooms have views of Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive
  • Hotel’s cocktail lounge dates back to the end of Prohibition
  • Princess Diana stayed in Room 550 during her 1996 visit to Chicago

"Walking into its elegant, formal lobby is like entering Gatsby’s West Egg" -- Frommer’s
Enjoyed This
(6 Member Ratings)
"location & breakfast"
31. Dec 2017
Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

Map & Directions

The hotel is 25 minutes from Chicago-O'Hare International Airport and valet parking is available for $68 per night.

Rooms & Rates

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First opened on the Magnificent Mile almost one hundred years ago, the Drake Hotel is considered “the grande dame” of Chicago hotels. Playing host to Queen Elizabeth, Charles Lindbergh and the Clintons, the hotel is no stranger to guests with discerning tastes and all are treated like kings in the property designed after an Italian palace. Harp music drifts from the Palm Court tearoom through the multi-level lobby and crystal chandeliers dance along the high wood-panel ceilings.

The royal treatment continues in guest rooms outfitted with gold silk duvet covers, Grecian-style antique furniture and views of Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive. Amenities like free Wi-Fi, daily newspapers and in-house movies make accommodations feel like home while those staying in suites can indulge even more with fruit and chocolate at turndown.

For a formal meal, guests can dine at the Cape Cod Room before a nightcap at Coq d’Or, the cocktail lounge dating back to the end of Prohibition where live music is performed on Fridays and Saturdays. The hotel is within one block of the John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place while Oak Street Beach and Navy Pier are within a 15 minute walk. 

From the press:
  • "A prime location, storied history, white-glove service, and of course a distinguished guest list" -- Travel + Leisure
  • "It doesn't get more old-time Chicago than The Drake and this esteemed hotel retains its status as one of the finest in the city" -- Michelin Guide



  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm

Know Before You Go

  • Up to 2 children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: USD 30 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 12.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room wired Internet: USD 12.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 12.95 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 47 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 67 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 75 per pet (varies based on length of stay)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 35.0 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(6 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Drake Hotel, Chicago over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.0 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Air conditioning did not cool room, breakfast was for one guest per room which was not stated.
Chris 16. Jul 2018 East Peoria, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
location & breakfast
Bernadine 31. Dec 2017 Buffalo Grove, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Holiday decorations
Other Comments
Wait staff in restaurant very attentive; great breakfast
Jacqueline 22. Dec 2017 Munster, IN, USA

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