The Drake Hotel

Chicago, Illinois

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140 E Walton Pl.
Chicago, Illinois


(312) 787-2200


The Drake Hotel in Chicago played a significant role in the city’s cultural and social life since its opening in 1920. The hotel was built by John and Tracy Drake, successful real estate developers, as part of the post-World War I building boom in Chicago.

Over the years, The Drake Hotel has witnessed numerous historical events and milestones. During the Prohibition era, it became a popular spot for secret gatherings in its hidden underground lounge, the “Cape Cod Room.” The hotel has also hosted numerous celebrities, political figures, and royalty, contributing to its reputation as a premier destination. Over the years, the Drake has undergone several renovations and updates to maintain its classic charm while adapting to modern amenities.

Haunted History

The Drake Hotel in Chicago has a long history of hauntings. Built in 1920 on the Magnificent Mile, the hotel has seen more than 100 years of Chicago history.

According to CBS News, there are a number of spirits that still walk the halls of the Drake Hotel.

“The story goes that a woman in a striking red dress attended the gala with her fiancé the account. The couple got separated and the woman later saw the man dancing with another woman. Other sources say the woman was unable to find her fiancé and decided to go back to their 10th floor suite to see if he was there – only to find him with another woman with whom it stood to reason he was doing more than mere dancing.”

“Whatever the case, the story claims that the woman responded by throwing herself out a 10th-floor window to her own death. Known as the Lady in Red, her ghost is purported to haunt the 10th floor of the hotel to this day, as well as the ballrooms and event spaces of the first floor.”

There are also reports of a woman in a black dress, which is believed to be the woman who murdered another local woman, Adele Born Williams.

Read the full stories of the many hauntings in this CBS News story.



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