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Here's a Chicago ghost story, just in time for Halloween: Chicago's historic Drake Hotel is known in the past for throwing luxurious masquerade balls, the women dressed in elegant evening gowns, the men in tailored tuxes, both wearing elaborate masks that disguised their identities. Now's the time to grab you mask and relive the legends of The Drake.

Legend has it that a mysterious women wearing a red gown discovered her masked lover cozying up to another woman at one of the hotel's infamous masquerade balls in the 1920's. She was so upset that she flung herself from the roof of the hotel.

Over the years, guests and employees have claimed to receive mysterious phone calls from a woman complaining of a loud noise - with the calls being traced to a storage room. Some people have even claimed to have seen the ghost of the Lady in Red wandering the halls of the hotel, still wearing her blood red ball gown.

This Halloween, the Drake is bringing back its infamous, elegant masquerade ball. On Saturday, October 26,  slip into your most elegant evening gown or black tie tux, don your mask, and head over to the Drake's Palm Court for an evening of revelry. Featuring live music by Nan Mason, festive cocktails and beer, you'll love this classy Halloween event. While black tie is optional, masks are not, so be creative and disguise your identity for an evening of masked revelry. Kate John Artistry will also be on site, ready to paint a mask directly onto your face for $20.

Be on the lookout for the Lady in Red, who is said to wander both the 10th floor and the Palm Court itself, looking for her lost lover. For more information on the Lady in Red, visit Chicago Unbelievable. To reserve your spot at the Masquerade Ball, call 312-932-4619.

 The Drake Masquerade