Afternoon Tea in Chicago

Looking for high tea in Chicago?

Palmer House Lobby Side

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar – Palmer House

View Menu & Times | $65 Adults | $40 Children ages 3-12

Accent your seasonal traditions with Holiday Tea. Before bundling up to view Macy’s Christmas window displays, gazing at the 55 + foot tree contest winner a glow in Millennium Park, attending a live theater performance, or toasting to the completion of holiday shopping make your reservation for Holiday Tea. Served in the Palmer House Historic Lobby Bar.

Select your tea blend, steep, sip and snack savory sandwiches and sweets amidst glittering holiday decor in view of the timeless Lobby ceiling while listening to a harpist strumming holiday compositions live.

For more information visit: Lockwood Restaurant & Bar Holiday Tea

Palm Court

Palm Court – The Drake

View Menu & Times | $52 (non-caroler dates) | $56 (caroler dates) | $25 Children

For those who love their afternoon teas fresh, colorful, fragrant and steeped in history, Palm Court at The Drake, a Hilton Hotel, serving tea for nearly a century in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, is the quintessential Magnificent Mile afternoon tea experience. Even the Queen and Princess Diana have made their royal visits here.

Your afternoon tea begins with a peruse of the Palais de Thes menu, which features 17 unique tea blends including classic selections like the English Breakfast and Earl Grey to modern yet delightful twists like the Mélange du Cap, a delicious pairing of cocoa nibs and vanilla pods against a delicate rooibos backdrop, for a warm and sophisticated blend.

Tea is served in individual tea pots accompanied by the traditional three tiered tea tray filled with an arrangement of gourmet artisanal finger sandwiches; delicious from scratch breads and scones; and dainty petit fours with accoutrement complements of house made preserves, lemon curd and English double Devon cream prepared by pastry chef Claire Crenshaw.

And let’s not forget about our little tea connoisseurs developing their appreciation for the art of tea and tea service…the Prince & Princess Afternoon tea service, suitable for children between 4 and 12 years of age is available throughout the duration of afternoon tea service between 1 pm and 5pm.

Harpist performances accompany this timeless, traditional service Thursday through Sunday.

For more information visit: The Drake Dining

The Lobby

The Lobby – Peninsula

View Menu & Times | $115 – $95 Adult | $45 Children

Take a table by the soaring 20 ft high floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Terrace. Breakfast is a favorite with both early-rising Chicago residents and hotel guests alike, who swear by starting the day with one of the many breakfast options, while The Lobby’s approachable, yet American contemporary inspired à la carte is ideal for power lunches and sophisticated dinners.

The Lobby is also where the celebrated Peninsula Afternoon Tea is served. Featuring samplings of seasonal flavors, the sweet and savory bites accompanying The Peninsula’s selection of teas are not to be missed.

For more information visit: The Lobby Afternoon Tea


Pavilion – Langham – Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood

View Menu & Times | $80 Adults | $50 Children

Embracing The Langham’s classic heritage, the Pavilion offers guests its signature afternoon tea, The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, recalling the grandeur of the original hotel, The Langham, London, where the tradition was born.

Pavilion is home to The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, the traditional afternoon tea that first debuted at The Langham, London in 1865. Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood includes proprietary Langham teas, and an array of sweet and savory bites. All are served with traditional displays and flourish, accompanied by live music Friday through Sunday——blending together to create a relaxing and pampering afternoon diversion. To finish, order a glass of champagne and toast to the perfect afternoon tea time.

For more information visit: Pavilion – Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood

The LondonHouse Tea

The LondonHouse

View Menu & Times | $55 Adults | $25 Children

LondonHouse afternoon tea service takes a non-traditional approach to high tea. Offered daily in the Bridges Lobby Bar, located on the second floor, with stunning views of the Chicago River and famous bridges. Our tea service ($55) begins with a selection of Rare Tea Cellars teas, and a basket of fresh scones and breads with accouterments. The 3 tiered tower follows with savory and sweet bites crafted by our culinary and pastry teams.

For more information visit: The LondonHouse

The Allis

The Allis

View Menu & Times | $52-$43 Adults

Finger sandwiches, scone, a selection of fancy cakes, tea of your choice.

For more information visit: The Allis


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