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.
Nightmare on Walton Street
Spook Tea-Sip if You Dare
The Drake's Palm Court will be celebrating Halloween with a week-long series of spooky and thrilling events. We kick off Monday, October 27th with the week-long "Spook-Tea Sip if You Dare" event from 1 - 4PM. For $45, guests will enjoy specialty spooky tea sandwiches selections. They will be led on a Haunted Tour, to include Terrifying Tales of the Drake's Torrid Past. Haunted Tours will be led at 2:30PM and 4:00PM.
All Hallows Eve - Costume Ball
Continuing on Thursday, October 30th join us for the “All Hallows Eve – Costume Ball” taking place from 8PM - 12AM. Guests will enjoy a night of dancing and live entertainment provided by Cabaret Diva, Nan Mason. Costumes encouraged.
On Halloween, Friday, October 31st, Palm Court will be celebrating with the official “Monster Bash" Halloween Costume and Dance Party from 9:00PM - 12:30AM. Dance the night away with DJ Madrid as he spins all the latest dance tunes and indulge in our specialty Witch’s Brew. Costumes are encouraged - prizes awarded to best male and female costume. This event costs $25 and includes one (1) drink ticket.
Annual Masquerade Ball
On Saturday, November 1st from 9:00PM - 12:30AM, our Annual Masquerade Ball will be held. For $25, guests will enjoy one drink ticket and live swinging jazz and blues music by the Flat Cats. Make sure to dress to impress – prizes will be awarded for best male and female masque.
Mad Hatter Tea Party
Our week-long events end with a "Mad Hatter Tea Party" on Sunday, November 2nd from 1 - 430PM. The Palm Court invites you to share a cup of tea and conversation with Alice and the Mad Hatter while you enjoy the sounds of a live harpist. Ladies are encouraged to wear their best bonnet, hats, and gloves.
For reservations please call 312.932.4619 or email
In honor of Halloween, Movie Monday will be every Monday in October featuring horror flicks and spooky mysteries. The show will be in the Palm Court from 6:30 - 9:00PM. Movie Monday is free and open to the public. Enjoy a movie menu including themed cocktails and popcorn with purchase of drink. For more information or to reserve a table email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com or call 312.932.4619
October 6th - Phantom of the Opera (1925)- Silent Horror Film
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. Starring Lonth Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry
October 13- The Gorilla (1939)- Comedy/Horror
When a wealthy man (Atwill) is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive. Starring Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz, Al Ritz
October 20- The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1959)- Science-Fiction/Horror Film
A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body. Starring Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Anthony La Penna
October 27- Terror By Night (1946)- Mystery
When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner is murdered, Sherlock Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible. Starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray
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. For information on parties of 40 or more, please email the Hospitality Manager.