At the Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel, on a 1920 postcard (Photo courtesy: Wikipedia)
The Drake Hotel, during the Christmas season (Photo courtesy: Wikipedia)
The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, Illinois, is a luxury full-service hotel, located downtown on the lake side of Michigan Avenue two blocks north of the John Hancock Center and a block south of Oak Street Beach at the top of the Magnificent Mile.
Overlooking Lake Michigan, it was founded in 1920, designed in the Italian Renaissance style by the firm of Marshall and Fox, and soon became one of Chicago’s landmark hotels, a longtime rival of the Palmer House. It has 537 bedrooms and 74 suites, a six-room Presidential Suite, several restaurants, two large ballrooms, the “Palm Court” (a club-like secluded lobby), and Club International (a members-only club introduced in the 1940s). It is known for the contribution that its silhouette and its sign on the lake side of the building (the Oak Street side) make to the Gold Coast skyline.
The Drake Hotel was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The Drake Hotel marks the north end of the Magnificent Mile. This is the Walton Street entrance, just east of Michigan Avenue.
Only the huge Toy Soldier noticed my camera, and smiled brightly…I could swear he winked at me, too! As you make your way around him, the grand staircase takes you up to the lobby, where resides the hotel’s fabulous Christmas Tree!
Gorgeous, isn’t it, with angels flying above and the crystal chandeliers, the feeling I experienced was that I had gone back in time!
Here are some macro shots of a few of the many ornaments.
As an added attraction, the toy train set-up is reminiscent of many years gone by, don’t you think?
As you can see by its blurriness, that little train was going quite fast, running the rails through the mountains and a quaint little town!
Before I had to leave, I walked right up to the tree and, of course, took a shot ‘looking up’!
Many of my followers have already celebrated the day, but it’s just 7:00 PM (CST) here in Chicago…St. Nick hasn’t flown by yet, but I’m sure hoping to catch sight of his sleigh!
Thank you all for joining me on my walking tour of the Magnificent Mile…I know many have found some enjoyment, and others marveled at the amount of decoration the stores and hotels do here in Chicago. It’s a business, a BIG business…I know, because I used to work as a Holiday Designer professionally…and still make things for others, to give them some joy at this special time of year!
Hopefully, I’ll be able to do the same in 2013!!!