Oscar Viewing Party
Strut down the red carpet and take a front row seat as we bring the decadence from Hollywood to the Palm Court. Join us on Sunday, February 28th for an Oscar viewing party complete with themed delicacies and a ballot for each guest to cast their votes for this year's winners. Guests with a winning ballot will receive a star-worthy prize! Old Hollywood Glamour is encouraged, but not required.
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. Seatings are every hour and half. January service days/times are listed below.
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.
Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel has been a tradition for nearly a century. The Drake has welcomed the worlds' most prominent guests such as Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, and the Empress of Japan to the Palm Court. We look forward to adding your name to the distinguished list.
Choose from 17 selections by Palais des Thes, created in Paris in 1987 as a brand of premium tea that offers all-natural signature flavored teas and a tier of Finger Sandwiches, Festive Petit Fours, and English Scones & Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf accompanied by preserves, lemon curd, and English Devon Cream.
Saturday & Sunday a live harpist will fill the room with enchanting melodies to listen to while lingering over tea.
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 30 or more, please email the Hospitality Manager. For parties less than 30, please email or call 312.932.4619.
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 Saturday until 12:00 am.
You are cordially invited to join tea connoisseurs alike as Palm Court introduces its very own Tea Club. Enjoy traditional afternoon tea with the finest amenities to complement the timeless experience. Membership benefits include a welcome gift, complimentary afternoon tea, exclusive member events, and more. Visit The Palm Court and inquire about joining The Tea Club during your next afternoon tea experience.