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 while sipping on Palm Court’s own blend of custom-made tea. Wednesday through Sunday a harpist will fill the room with enchanting melodies that befit the regal atmosphere.
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 Wednesday 12 pm – 8:30 pm, Thursday until 12 am, and Friday and Saturday until 1 am*.
The Drake Hotel embraces the tradition of taking a moment to relax and reminisce. Continuing its longstanding tradition of afternoon tea, Palm Court with reinstate "Holiday Tea" from November through December. The Drake's Palm Court will introduce festive holiday pastries, a harpist will play daily, and for "The 12 Days of Christmas" Carolers will serenade guests in the magnificently decorated winter wonderland. Holiday Tea begins on Friday, November 29, 2013 and will run until Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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.