The Drake Hotel Brings Light To Going Green

The Drake Hotel's Iconic Skyline Sign - Newly Lit to Fit the Environment

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August 20, 2013

CHICAGO - The Drake Hotel is proud to announce its efforts in making the Chicago skyline greener, while keeping the iconic rooftop signage proudly pink.

The Drake Hotel and Olympic Signs of Lombard have teamed up to create green energy you can see. The Chicago landmark neon sign will be replaced with environmentally friendly Sloan LED lighting. Licensed by the EPA, Olympic Signs will dispose of the antiquated neon piping that used to adorn the 20ft "The Drake" sign. Thus, neon's 70 year run illuminating Lake Shore Drive officially ends.

The new and improved sign will be the first of its kind. Olympic Signs President Robert Whitehead, whose company is known for green energy, has lead his team in the production of a new mold, a new source of energy and a new spin on an old goal: reduce, reuse and recycle.

The original "The Drake" sign will be refurbished; essentially Whitehead's team will restore the background metal to its former glory. The neon piping will be recycled per EPA standards and the new lights will reduce the amount of energy the hotel needs to light "The Drake".

The Drake Hotel, a leader in hospitality, strives to be a pioneer for green initiatives in the city. Every outlet within the hotel boasts sustainable, locally farmed items on the menu and uses only 100 percent recyclable napkins. The hotel itself reduces water consumption by 250,000 gallons a year by teaming with conscientious clients who have their linens laundered every third day rather than every day. All unused guest room amenities and half rolls of toilet paper are donated to Bin Donated a non-profit social enterprise that helps other non-profits reduce program costs.

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About The Drake Hotel
Since 1920, The Drake has remained committed to its distinguished service and historic traditions. Located on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, The Drake Hotel offers 535 guest rooms and five on-site dining facilities. For more information about The Drake and its history, visit www.thedrakehotel.com.

Contact

Nicole Mieske
The Drake Hotel
+312 932 4532
nicole.mieske@hilton.com

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