Guest star: a look inside Chicago’s famous Drake hotel

The Drake Hotel is a Chicago classic!   Located at Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, the Drake has a prime location and beautiful, traditional decor that makes it an ideal place to host a wedding (or any formal event really!)  In the past few years, Stitely Entertainment has performed at numerous receptions held here.  This week we got a chance to catch up with Margaret Heneghan, the marketing director for The Drake.  She gave us the inside scoop on this magnificent venue and what makes it unique for brides and grooms who choose to celebrate their big day there!

Stitely Entertainment:  Can you give us a rundown of the different rooms?

Margaret Heneghan:  At the Drake we offer three different rooms for events. The first is the iconic Gold Coast room which is suitable for an event of 400 maximum. The second is the Grand Ballroom which has a 300 maximum capacity and the third and final room is the French Room which seats 125 maximum.

SE:  What makes The Drake different from other venues? 

MH:  We have a long standing reputation throughout Chicago as being a premier and sought after

place to host events. Our impeccable location along Magnificent Mile, rich history and our reputation for top notch cuisine and servce make us an ideal venue.

SE:  Why do you think people choose to hold their event at The Drake? Why should people choose The Drake for their events? 

MH:  People choose to hold their events at the Drake because they know they will be receiving the best quality service for their events. We are very attentive to what the people hosting the event need and take into consideration all of their wants and needs.

SE:  What do your wedding packages include?

MH:  Our wedding packages include everything that is needed for the special day. This includes an

open bar, wine service, passed h’ordeuvres, 4-5 course dinner and cake.

SE:  What goes into creating a catering menu?

MH:  We take a lot into consideration when preparing the catering menu because we want it to be a special event for people. The clients personality and personal likes are very much considered as well as the type of event and the preferences of the guests.

SE: How does The Drake staff work with other vendors, such as Stitely Entertainment?

MH:  We work very closely with other vendors to ensure that our clients have the perfect event.

SE:  What are you favorite ideas from recent weddings?

MH:  There have lots of ideas from weddings that I really like but a few that stand out are weddings that has fusion cuisines, signature cocktails and upscale late night made to order food and sweets such as a sundae table and individual paninis.

SE:  Any cool organizations that have been booked there in the past? 

MH:  We are able to hold any kind of event including social and corporate events. Some interesting organizations that have booked with us in the past were PAWS Fur Ball, Illinois Special Olympics, the Irish Network and Hinsdale Hospital to name a few. 



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