You’ll want to join these afternoon tea specials before they’re scone! Whether you’re just in the mood for a cup of tea or visiting from a small town and looking for a fun activity with friends, afternoon tea is always a great option, whether a big to-do or a casual weekend outing.
From decadent tea services to cozy corners and everything in between, Chicago has classy high-tea spots serving stacked tiny sandwich platters and all the tea! Keep reading for the ‘tea’ on the best places for high tea in Chicago!
1. The Drake
The Palm Court has been serving an elevated tea service at the historic Mag Mile Hotel for over 100 years. The Drake, which opened in 1920, was first named The Fountain Court, with The Queen and Princess Diana visiting.
Today, the Palm Court serves 17 unique tea blends on the Palais de Thes menu, complete with finger sandwiches. This year, they’re offering a spring-centric service dubbed Spring Blossom until April 30th. There’s also the Prince & Princess Afternoon Tea, perfect for those ages 3-12.
Address: 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611
Reservation: Make a reservation to The Drake here
2. River Vista Afternoon Tea Service at Bridges Lounge LondonHouse
Make a reservation at LondonHouse for a day filled with stunning views, refreshing tea, and a bevy of bubbly drinks to choose from. They offer boozy spiked tea options as well for a fun afternoon spent sipping on your drink of choice.
Reservation: Make a reservation to LondonHouse here
Address: 85 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601
3. The Allis at Soho House
The ground floor of Soho House Chicago is filled with an assortment of teas, pastry towers, and decadent cakes galore. If you’re feeling spicy, add a glass of bubbly to the tab for an extra fun-filled time.
The Allis is open Friday and Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s $55 for normal tea service and $68 for sparkling tea.
Address: 113-125 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Reservation: Make a reservation to the Allis here.
4. Upstairs at The Gwen
If you’re looking for a boozy twist on the classic tea special, head to Kostali at the Gwen every Saturday and Sunday as they put on a Tipsy Tea Party! Complete with finger sandwiches, pastries, and your choice of spiked or classic tea, the gorgeous Mediterranean restaurant amps up afternoon tea, bringing it to a bottomless brunch level. The traditional tea package starts at $65 and includes 90 minutes of bottomless non-alcoholic tea choices.
Address: 521 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Reservations: Reserve a spot to Upstairs at The Gwen here.
5. Vanille Patisserie
Transport yourself to France with afternoon tea at the Lincoln Park staple. Filled with whimsical pastries, tasty sandwiches, and a selection of delicious tea options catering to the season. Offered Tuesday through Sunday, the $75 package starts at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant also does a BYOB package and a take-home tea experience!