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Palm Court

Holiday Tea

Continuing its longstanding tradition of Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel, Palm Court will reinstate Holiday Tea from November 15th through January 4th. High society has always recognized The Drake Hotel as the quintessential social hotspot. Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth and the Empress of Japan have all been seen in the Palm Court.

Take in the ambience of Real Chicago by sipping on Palm Court’s own blend of custom-made tea while enjoying an arrangement of finger sandwiches; breads and scones; and holiday pastries. 

Palm Court will introduce a harpist who will play daily and for "12 Days of Christmas" carolers will serenade the guests in the magnificently decorated winter wonderland.

NYE Black Tie Affair

December 31, celebrate Palm Court's New Year's Eve Black Tie Affair in Chicago's regal Drake Hotel. This event costs $99 per person including Chef's small plates and four stations with the option of adding a four hour bar package for an additional $50.

One seating at 9:30 PM - 1 AM

Please visit our Holiday Happenings page for more details


Movie Monday

Movie Monday continues every Monday in November and December as we pay tribute to our veterans and get into the holiday spirit with all your favorite holiday classics. Movie Mondays are held every Monday at 7PM in the Palm Court. To prepare for the holiday festivities, Movie Monday will begin at 7:30PM starting November 17th through the remainder of the year. Movie Monday is free and open to the public. Enjoy a movie menu including themed cocktails and complimentary popcorn with the purchase of a beverage. For more information or to reserve a table email Robert.Jones@Hilton.com or call 312.932.4615.

November

  • November 3rd- The Gold Rush (1925)

​​The Tramp goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

  • November 10th- The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

  • November 17th- Santa Fe Trail (1940)

The story of Jeb Stuart, his romance with Kit Carson Holliday, friendship with George Custer and battles against John Brown in the days leading up to the outbreak of the American Civil War.

  • November 24th- The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

A bishop trying to get a new cathedral built prays for guidance. An angel (Cary Grant) arrives, but his guidance isn't about fundraising.

December

  •  December 1st- Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.

  • · December 8th- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Watch when a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing in.

  •  December 15th- Scrooge (1935)

Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. But in the night, Scrooge is visited by spirits of another color. Straightforward adaptation of Dickens.

  •  December 22nd- ​It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Watch as an angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. 

  • · December 29th- A White Christmas (1954)

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

A Tradition Begins

Afternoon Tea is a tradition that began in 1840 by the Seventh Duchess of Bedford. Due to a long period between the meals, the Duchess experienced a sinking feeling that afflicted her between 3 and 4 o’clock. One afternoon she requested a tray of tea, bread, butter, and cake to be brought to her room. Gradually, she became accustomed to this habit and invited her friends to partake in her daily ritual. Within a short period of time, this affair, known as Afternoon Tea, became an elaborate social event. During this time, the Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich, enhancing the overall experience of Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea remains to this day a graceful affair to enjoy in the company of friends and associates. Afternoon Tea takes place daily in our traditional Tea Lobby featuring live harp music.

A reservation is highly recommended as the Palm Court remains quite fashionable for afternoon tea. Low tea, or afternoon tea, is served daily from 1 pm – 5 pm* and a seating is about an hour and a half long.

Palm Court is delighted to introduce a new gluten-free alternative to the traditional Afternoon Tea menu.  Requests for gluten-free items can be made during reservation and will be honored upon arrival. 

The Drake hotel is pleased to accommodate dietary needs including vegetarian and gluten free. Please advise of all food allergies and dietary needs at the time of reservation.

Evening Cocktails 

The Palm Court is an ideal pre-dinner meeting place or post-work cocktail hot spot. Food offered at the Palm Court includes soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet selections. Our bar features a large selection of imported beers, spirits, and cocktails made with premium mixers. The Palm Court bar is open Sunday through Thursday 12 pm – 8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday until 1 am*.

Bridal and Baby Shower Teas

The Palm Court will be delighted to assist in coordinating your party, including floral and decorating arrangements with Mangel’s Florists and providing a gift table or special seating arrangements to fit your needs. For information on parties of 40 or more, please email the Hospitality Manager.