The Drake Hotel in Chicago

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Photo of The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz. Licensed to Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz. Licensed to Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz. Licensed to Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz. Licensed to Artefaqs Corporation

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The Drake Hotel

140 East Walton Place, Chicago, Illinois, Gold Coast 60611
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Quick Facts
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  • Hotel rooms: 609
Notes
  • Designed by Benjamin Howard Marshall. Marshall later died in this building.
  • After being wiped out by a divorce, grifters, and the Great Depression, Edith McCormick lived out her remaining days in this hotel on an allowance of $1,000 per day provided by her brother, John D. Rockefeller Jr.
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  The "Cape Cod" room oyster bar at The Drake had the best oyster stew in the central U.S. Fresh fresh, fresh. Made right at the bar! Miss the hotel, and a presence of a foregone and marvelous post World War II era.Hope it's still pressed and starched, and the breezes cming off the lake!

Bill L - Saturday, May 18th, 2013 @ 9:53pm  

  On a recent walk through the Drake's public areas, I was pleasantly surprised by just how little it has changed from my memories of it in the 1950's (and, I suspect, from the day it opened). This is a time capsule of a 1920's grand hotel; of course, the price of historical authenticity is perhaps a certain fustiness. I suppose you can't have it both ways.

Alan Follett - Saturday, September 8th, 2012 @ 9:58am