We caught up with The Drake Hotel Chicago's Director of Public Relations, Lynda Simonetti, to talk about what makes this Chicago landmark stand out. 

Q. Can you share a Drake Hotel little-known fact?

A. Suite 550 is named after Princess Diana of Wales, who stayed at The Drake in June 1996 during her three-day philanthropic visit to Chicago. VIPs are fond of this suite, which is adorned with photos (courtesy of Stuart- Rodgers Photography) throughout the suite.

Q. What is the most impressive board room or meeting space in the hotel?

The Drake boardroom

A. The Lakeshore Boardroom on the Executive Tenth Floor (pictured above) with panoramic views of the lakefront. 

Q. What makes The Drake a unique venue for meetings?

A. The Drake Hotel is a unique venue for meetings because The Drake has decades of experience in creating successful meetings of all shapes and sizes catering to attendees from around the globe. The Drake is one of more than 260 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America®, for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.

The tenure of the 500 team members and their distinguished service inclusive of the award-winning sales and catering and event service teams, international culinary and banquet staff, and experts in our audio-visual partners, Encore Technology. The Drake is the premier Midwest meetings destination featuring 30,000 square feet of flexible event space capable of accommodating five to 600 guests inclusive of our two full-size ballrooms—one of which is ornately Renaissance-inspired with floor-to-ceiling views of the lakefront—making for any successful reception, meeting, retreat or conference.

We empower attendees to get the job done and be entertained all together at our Gold Coast location. Situated where The Magnificent Mile begins at Oak Street, the hotel is within reach of the beach, shopping, nightlife, entertainment, dining and iconic attraction, which affords attendees to merge business with pleasure.

The Drake rounds

Q. What's your favorite VIP amenity at The Drake?

A. That The Drake is a Real ChicagoTM experience. So for a VIP amenity, we send a welcome to indulge in a "Taste of Real Chicago" inclusive of Chicago Draft Style Sodas.

Photos courtesy The Drake Hotel Chicago 

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The Drake Hotel
140 E. Walton Pl.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-2200