The Drake Hotel





A lakeshore landmark on East Walton Place in Chicago, The Drake Hotel rises from the tree line streets of the city as a classic urban venue for a swanky wedding and reception. Steeped in early 19th century historical charm, the Hotel creatively merges the past with the present with upgraded furnishings and decor. Designed with three unique spaces to tie the knot and celebrate, this venue can easily accommodate a substantial or limited guest list. The largest space available within the Hotel, the Gold Coast Room, is comparable in size to the ballroom within the Buckingham Palace and features majestic views of Lake Michigan. An equally splendid space with a view of historic Walton Street, the Grand Ballroom features long reception tables and comfortable seating that frames an intimate ceremony space. For a sense of Chicago culture, select the French Room, which is beautifully covered in elegant wall molding that draws your eyes up to chandelier lighting. Regardless of which romantic space you choose, The Drake Hotel presents a style that is as timeless as your love.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Hotel/Resort, Ocean/Waterfront View, City/Skyline View, Ballrooms


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 495 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 500 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Events must end by 2:00AM.

Rental Fees

There is no rental fee for the reception but there is a food and beverage minimum applied to all Saturday events. The venue allows for 8 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged. Please inquire with venue wedding coordinator for more details.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at The Drake Hotel is estimated at between $22,381 and $28,160 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Upgraded chairs
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Venue set up and clean up
Votive candles
Overnight accommodations available
Day-of coordinator
Champagne toast
Complimentary bridal suite
Full kitchen facilities
Valet or public parking for a fee
A private reception room for the cocktail hour
Cocktail & Wine service during cocktail hour and at dinner
Award-winning wedding cake by CAKE

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Food & beverage minimum
Venue must approve all decorations
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors only
No smoking
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by 2:00AM