The Drake Hotel’s Iconic Cape Cod Room to Close After More Than 80 Years

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One of Chicago’s oldest restaurants is closing after more than 80 years.

The Cape Cod Room inside the iconic Drake Hotel, known as the restaurant where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio carved their initials after getting married in 1954, announced it will close on Jan. 1, 2017.

The closing comes as the Drake prepares for what it says will be a “historic renovation,” according to the hotel’s website.

Well-known seafood dishes from the restaurant, including Bookbinder soup, oysters Rockefeller, crab cakes, Cape Cod seafood boil and baked Alaska, will become featured menu items at the hotel’s Coq d’Or Restaurant and Lounge instead.

The restaurant has been a staple in the city for the last 83 years. It will offer its last dinner service on New Year’s Eve.

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