Husband and Wife Team Restore the Historic Drake Hotel Oak Brook in Illinois

. June 18, 2015

Oak Brook, IL. June 18, 2015 - Since the early 1960's, The Drake had stood as an integral part of the Oak Brook community, serving as a hotel and event space for locals, professionals, and prestigious guests from around the world before falling into disrepair. Seeing an opportunity to revive the town's longtime landmark to its former glory, Jim and Tely Nagle decided it was time to intervene.

The husband and wife team purchased the property in 2013 and have spent the last year and a half rigorously renovating it to meet the needs of modern life. In keeping with the hotel's crest "Ubi Tempus Quietus," which means "where time rests," they've managed to breathe fresh life into the 4 story, 10 acre property while keeping its heritage and classic touches firmly at heart.

"We've been honored with the chance to restore this property back to the way it was," says Jim. "It has meant so much to so many over the years, and now they'll get to relive old memories while making new."

The expansive estate epitomizes history set to a high standard, offering its guests 84 chicly renovated bedrooms with club-like amenities. From business conferences to weddings both intimate and elaborate, The Drake has 11,300 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space available to impress. Its soaring windows, natural light, luxurious European touches, and intrepid staff are dedicated to making every event a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The on-site restaurant and bar is the perfect place to indulge in breakfast, brunch, High Tea, or dinner amidst an atmosphere that is both classic and modern. They've stripped all of the building's woodwork back to the original stain, restored the vintage dining chairs, and refreshed the Breakfast Room's grand mural depicting early American history-the same iconic mural that decorates rooms of the White House.

In addition to all the internal reworking, Jim and Tely chose to incorporate a few other modern touches to enhance the building's European feel. Richly tufted oversized furniture, custom art, and an opulent 1000-flower-piece sculpture add fresh drama to the scene, while the beautiful Terrace looks out over the property and golf course.

"We didn't have an outdoor element that really spoke to The Drake's past," said Jim. "But now we're opening up and giving our guests a breath of fresh air."

For additional information, please visit www.thedrakeoakbrookhotel.com.

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