Wedding Venue Spotlight: The Drake Hotel in Chicago

Before we get into the beauty and elegance that is the Drake Hotel, I’m compelled to remind you that a “destination wedding” doesn’t necessarily have to be on a beach or foreign land. If there’s a city in the US you’ve always wanted to visit, make a bold move and hold your wedding there so you can hit the ground running on your honeymoon.

That said, I’d like to present the world-famous Drake Hotel, a monument to elegance in Chicago’s Gold Coast Historic District, which is also home to top shops like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bloomingdale’s, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Rolex. This magnificent neighborhood grew out of the Great Chicago Fire, supposedly started by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow in 1871. When you see this incredible locale, you’ll get the feeling that the cow did Chicago a huge favor.

Enjoy Your Stay–and Your Day!

The Drake is a 535-room hotel conceived by the Drake brothers and constructed in 1920 by Architect Benjamin Marshall. A masterful concept, the Drake was a highly acclaimed hit from the very beginning. As their Web site says, “no other Chicago hotel inspires more legendary acclaim, nor does there exist another address that affords its guests a level of prestige, refinement, and service on par with The Drake.”

When it comes to elegant weddings, well, enough words. I’ll let some photos do the “talking”:

Like most hotels, The Drake has a variety of wedding packages, so you’ll have to check with them on prices.