Historically, The Drake was originated and owned by Hotel magnets and brothers, John Drake and Tracy Drake. The magnificent hotel was completed and opened on New Years Eve in 1920. The impressive Italian Renaissance style 800-room hotel was designed by the architectural firm of Marshall and Fox (Ben Marshall) and become one of Chicago leading luxury hotels.
Located downtown Chicago on the Lakeside of the famed Michigan Avenue, the hotel has had many notable guest over the years. These included heads of states, movie stars, politicians, and so on. Some of the guest included British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, movie stars Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, performer Frank Sinatra, and even New York Yankees Joe DiMaggio, to name just a few of the many famous persons to call upon the hotel. Who knows what famous person was served coffee from this during the 1960’s.
The hotel was also home of the original studios of radio station WGN, when the station was renamed from WDAP in 1924. The hotel also was home to one of Chicag... read more