Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel is as Chicago as a hot dog at Wrigley Field or a ride on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. 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 seasonal desserts.
Wednesday through Sunday a harpist will fill the room with enchanting melodies that befit the regal atmosphere.
The Drake's Palm Court has always hosted curious patrons from around the world who wanted to know more about the history of the famed tea room. Last year Palm Court, named one of the best locations for afternoon tea in the nation by Good Morning America, began "Historic Afternoon Tea" in an effort to inform loyal guests of its profound past.
This year the Palm Court will once again introduce "Historic Afternoon Tea". First, guests are invited to enjoy traditional tea, then they will be invited on a brief excursion through the hotel with one of The Drake's expert historians. The tea and tour starts at $35, tours are given at 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Reservations are highly recommended, call 312.932.4619 or email.
Classic Monday Movie Night
The Palm Court, long famed for introducing the nation’s next big jazz artist, will now bring back America’s most beloved entertainment: motion picture classics from the early to mid 20th century. Names that resonate through generations like Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and Audrey Hepburn will once again return to Chicago for Movie Mondays at The Drake Hotel. Fall back in time with a 40’s themed cocktail while gazing at Frank Sinatra and James Gleason in the thriller "Suddenly" or sip on a gin sour while watching Frank Capra’s suspense filled “Meet John Doe” with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
Films will be shown biweekly, the second and fourth Monday of every month. Please visit our entertainment page for a full schedule. Admission is always free, and complimentary popcorn will be served.
March 10: My Favorite Brunette (1947) with Bob Hope & Dorothy Lamour
March 24: Meet John Doe (1941) Frank Capra’s film with Barbara Stanwyck
April 14: The Stranger (1946) an Orsen Welles film
April 28: Suddenly (1954) with Frank Sinatra & James Gleason
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.
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.