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Frequently asked questions

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

1

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Get Ready Rooms
Pet Friendly

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What food and beverage items are available?

China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
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Reviews of The Drake Hotel

4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
32 Reviews
96% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
Weddingwire
4.8/5 32 reviews
Google
4.4/5 4115 reviews
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Jennifer A. Sent on 02/17/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Cannot recommend enough!

Our December 2019 wedding at The Drake was above and beyond anything we could have imagined. While the beauty of this iconic Chicago hotel speaks for itself, the staff is what sealed our decision to book our wedding reception here – we cannot thank or recommend them enough!

Our coordinator, Antoinette Cahill, is truly the best of the best. From the very beginning of the planning process, she helped to ensure that our entire wedding weekend was as special and flawless as possible. From the food, to the décor, hotel accommodations, logistics, and everything in between, her attention to detail and expertise made our planning process easy and enjoyable. Not to mention the actual wedding reception was perfect – we could not have been happier with how the night turned out, and are still receiving compliments from our friends and family on how beautiful the ballroom was; how incredible the staff was; how delicious the food was; how well run the event was; how fun the party was…all thanks to Antoinette and her team! I also want to mention that Antoinette is very connected to other reliable and talented wedding vendors in the Chicago area, and was instrumental in helping us put together an amazing vendor team (super helpful to us since we did not have an outside wedding planner)!

Antoinette and her team (Bryce, Jose, Mark, and the banquet captains) are kind, patient, and easy to work with. They were also incredibly accommodating – they provided complimentary suites to my husband and I, as well as our parents; helped us stay within our wedding budget; and customized an incredible wedding menu for the cocktail hour, reception, and farewell brunch that fit all of our (many) detailed requests. One of the things that was most important to us was the food, and The Drake did not disappoint! Mark, the head chef, did an amazing job creating a menu that was primarily gluten free since myself and 20 other of our guests have severe food allergies. We were completely blown away with what he prepared at the food tasting, and were of course thrilled with what was served the night of our wedding. Everything was perfect! Gluten free (and even some dairy free options) were created for almost all of the hors d'oeuvres, soup, salad, main courses, dessert, and late night snacks.

It sounds cheesy, but our entire wedding weekend was a dream thanks to The Drake. From the minute we checked into the hotel until the end of our post-wedding brunch, we felt so special and cared for. We didn’t have to stress or worry about a thing! We would recommend Antoinette and The Drake without hesitation to any newly engaged couple looking at Chicago wedding venues :)
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Leah D. Sent on 01/12/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Famous 1920s Ballroom

There is no better hotel ballroom than the Gold Coast Room. The staff at the Drake makes the entire experience. Ali was fantastic!
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Mary U. Sent on 01/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Everything Perfect

My daughter had her wedding in the Gold Coast room and every little detail was perfect. Service and food both impeccable. She was treated like royalty. We worked with Ali as the catering director and she was friendly and so helpful. The evening went off smoothly and we had to worry about nothing. The champagne parade was delightful and a wonderful addition to the festivities. The hotel rooms provided for Bride, groom and parents were amazing and my daughter couldn't get over being able to stay in the Princess Diana suite. I am so happy we chose this venue and the night could not have gone better. We also had the rehearsal dinner here in the Camille room and the food was incredible.
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The Drake Hotel frequently asked questions

The space offered by The Drake Hotel for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
The Drake Hotel offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
The Drake Hotel offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
The Drake Hotel offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
The Drake Hotel is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in flexibility, 4.8 in professionalism and 4.8 in value.

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