Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Drake Hotel Christmases

Christmas wouldn't be the same for us without a little stay at The Drake Hotel in Chicago.

Are we there yet?

We started this tradition many years ago when we moved back to Indiana. We've missed some of the holiday seasons, but we always love our stay at The Drake when we can get there.

I'm such a traditional girl at heart. I like to think I am eclectic, but when I enter those revolving doors, I get giddy. The toy soldiers greet us and welcome us up the steps to the big tree in the lobby

and to the train.

The Drake 2013 Christmas trees

ornaments on the hotel lobby tree

It's such a classy old place with sideboards in the hallway

and a comfy room.

I love urn lamps. We have some in our own bedroom back home in Indiana.

The Drake room lamps

This time we stayed on the tenth floor. When we looked out the window, we saw the giant The Drake letters on the roof. 

The weather was perfect; it was just as you would want Chicago weather to be this time of year. There was snow on the ground and it was cold but not bitter cold. One year we couldn't walk anywhere because of the below zero temperatures. It then took all we could muster to get inside a taxi to get us to our destination whether it was a couple blocks or a few streets away. 

We decided to take a stroll along The Magnificent Mile to see the store windows. But before we got there we passed some intriguing windows in The Drake building. On the ground level there is this beautiful window full of photos of celebrities who have stayed there over the years, including Princess Diana. 

This lovely plate caught my eye in this tea vignette window across from the one above.

I always love to visit the Mangel Florist in The Drake building. This little domed vignette was for sale there.

Here's the Mangel Florist street window. I remember that we had a giant Santa like the one in the bottom right of this photo in our yard during the holidays at my childhood home. 

This giant TV with the scene was a delight to see.

So we strolled down Michigan Avenue and saw the Tiffany & Co. windows.
All of the Tiffany windows had this theme with different silhouettes, scenarios and of course diamonds and jewelry!

Being a seamstress, The All Saints Co, Ltd. store window really intrigued me. How did they get so many sewing machines? Then you step inside into a lobby and you see a whole wall of more sewing machines. It makes such an impact. You can't help but wonder how many sewing machines there are total. That would be a fun guessing game, wouldn't it! 

We were eager to see the Marriott Christmas display in the lobby. This year's theme was about the Chicago hot dog! 

We ate at The Cheesecake Factory and brought cheesecake back to the room with us. I had a margarita pizza there.

We also ate at Giordano's Pizza on Rush Street another time. two times in Chicago! No wonder my face was so puffy the next morning...

When I travel I like to bring some kind of creative thing to do besides carting all of my techy things. I brought my November Little Pink Box project sent to me from Cerri of Little Pink Studio to make during my stay and got glitter on the carpet. I hope the cleaning ladies did not mind the extra vacuuming afterward. 

I looked back through my old fashioned scrapbooks and found these photos of our previous stays at The Drake over the years.




I can remember loving this room 976! It was back when they put bedspreads on the beds.


In 2008, the kids were grown up so Dan got a suite (Room 107). There was another bed at the opposite end of the room and two bathrooms, one for each end of the room.

We forgot to get our picture taken in front of the giant Christmas tree this year, but we did purchase this ornament for our tree at home. 

Until next time...

Do you have a special place you like to travel to and stay during the holidays?

update - our 2014 photo taken in front of The Drake Hotel Christmas tree!


  1. Your walk along the Magnificent Mile looks like a lot of fun. So many wonderful things to see! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I like your project. It's really cute! :-)

  2. What a fun tradition for y'all! :D I enjoyed looking at your photos from this trip and previous trips. I know seeing all the pretty decorations helps put you in the Christmas spirit.

  3. I enjoyed window shopping with you in Chicago, I was there in 2000 I liked the big lake it's almost like a seaside place but very different.

  4. Oh Patty I just love your shots of the drake! I have stayed there many times... the first time be accident, and then definitely on purpose after that! Looks as if you had a wonderful time, and thanks for sharing your view of all that is lovely there. Have a wonderful Christmas! Hugs from the LONE STAR STATE ( from a chicagoan)

  5. Sounds and looks like you had a fun time - thanks for sharing. The snow scene does look cold!
    Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!!!

  6. Oh Patty so happy you had a wonderful stay up here in Chicago. I love living up here and going into the city. The Drake is a beautiful hotel. Merry Christmas.

  7. Hi Patty,

    Wishing you and your family a magical Christmas filled with love and laughter. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

  8. Thank you Patty,

    Your review of The Drake is exactly what we shoot for during the holidays. We are so pleased to be part of your family tradition. Next year, let us know when you are headed our way so that we may provide you with all of your favorite things.

    The Drake Hotel

  9. Such a wonderful holiday experience! That's lovely that you and your husband make it a tradition. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Best wishes to you in the new year!!

  10. You make me miss Chicago even more Patty!!!!! We've lived in Chicago a long time and would you believe never even been to the DRAKE?!!!! Preposterous I know, but definitely, next time we visit, we'll be staying here! I hear tea time here is pretty good too! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas dear and CHEERS to 2014!


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