The Drake Hotel - Chicago, IL - Our Favorite Music/Dance Venue

The Drake, Chicago

Dancing at the Drake Hotel in Chicago

Ballroom Dance Chicago loves this Chicago landmark and the amazing variety of bands they host on Friday and Saturday nights. Find a table in the expansive Palm Court, grab a cocktail and enjoy the music (here are music playlists to get you in the mood). Or if you’re a dancer, grab your special someone and hit the dance floor. If you don't know how to dance and need some help, click here

The Drake is our favorite place to dance in Chicago, mainly because of the old school charm and beauty of Palm Court. Go on the Drake’s website for more details about the venue and specific performers. Our favorite band is Sway Chicago, they do a nice mix of classics and contemporary hits. The Drake also hosts salsa nights on the first and second Wednesdays of the month. Get up offa that thing, Chicago, and dance until you feel better.

If you want some pointers on how to handle yourself on a social dance floor, check out this blog post for some tips.

Here are the details:

All of the entertainment is free, but we recommend being kind to the servers and bands alike by tipping and enjoying the refreshments the Drake has to offer.

“Jazz/Big Band” nights:


9:00 PM – 12:30AM

Palm Court  

140 East Walton Place

Chicago, IL 60611



Salsa Nights:

Every other Wednesday (Check calendar on website)

6:30 PM – 11 PM

Palm Court

140 East Walton Place

Chicago, IL 60611


If you’re interested in reading more about the Drake, Keep on reading below!

The Drake Hotel, located at 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL, is a luxurious Chicago classic, built in 1920 and going strong today. The location is ideal for tourist and locals alike, as it is on Michigan Ave downtown, on the Magnificent Mile, also bordered by Lake Michigan on the east. As Chicago’s premier landmark hotel, it features 537 rooms, 74 suites and a Presidential suite.

The initial construction of the Drake Hotel in Chicago coast roughly $10,000,000 dollars, which is approximately one tenth of what the current cost would be.

The Drake was purchased by Hilton International in the mid 90s and received an extensive renovation in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Anytime you’re at the top of the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, stop in the Drake for a quick peek at a Chicago landmark.

Also, if you’re looking for other places to enjoy in Chicago, check out our post about our favorite places. Also, check out The Green Mill if you’re interested in Chicago’s Jazz scene.

Uncertain how to dance when you go out? Let us help! Read about our Private Social Lessons, Group Dance Classes, and First Dance Lessons