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Palm Court

For those who love their afternoon teas fresh, colorful, fragrant and steeped in history, Palm Court at The Drake, a Hilton Hotel, serving tea for nearly a century in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, is the quintessential Magnificent Mile afternoon tea experience. Even the Queen and Princess Diana have made their royal visits here.

Your afternoon tea begins with a peruse of the Palais de Thes menu, which features 17 unique tea blends including classic selections like the English Breakfast and Earl Grey to modern yet delightful twists like the Mélange du Cap, a delicious pairing of cocoa nibs and vanilla pods against a delicate rooibos backdrop, for a warm and sophisticated blend.

Tea is served in individual tea pots accompanied by the traditional three tiered tea tray filled with an arrangement of gourmet artisanal finger sandwiches; delicious from scratch breads and scones; and dainty petit fours with accoutrement complements of house made preserves, lemon curd and English double Devon cream prepared by pastry chef Bruno Bell Alves.

And let’s not forget about our little tea connoisseurs developing their appreciation for the art of tea and tea service…the Prince & Princess Afternoon tea service, suitable for children between 4 and 12 years of age is available throughout the duration of afternoon tea service between 1 pm and 5pm.

Harpist performances accompany this timeless, traditional service Friday through Sunday.

With Tea fit for the Queen, reservations are heavily encouraged due to the popularity. Full tea service seating lasts 1.5 hours, so we kindly request you plan accordingly to experience afternoon tea in its truest form.

Reservations for parties of 25 or less can be made online at OpenTable or by calling +1 312 932 4619

For any questions please email the Palm Court Manager

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at The Drake, a Hilton 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. 

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday a live harpist will fill the room with enchanting melodies to listen to while lingering over tea.

Evenings in Palm Court

Opulence comes by the bottle or glass with a superb selection of wine and bubbly, beer and perfected cocktails paired with a comprehensive shared menu concept for those who want a taste of everything. Staying true to our REAL CHICAGO motto, the Palm Court evening menu also offers iconic Chicago portion selections. You really can have it all with a side of personality, weekly scheduled entertainment (link to entertainment calendar) and maybe…a tale or two from our experienced wait staff.

Sunday-Thursday 5pm-8pm

Friday & Saturday 5 pm - 12:30am


History Tour & Tea

Over the years The Drake, a Hilton Hotel has received royal visits from Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana and the Empress of Japan, as well as Hollywood celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Walt Disney, the entire cast of The Sound of Music, and many more documented in our autograph journals.

Interested in hearing more stories? Reserve the guided History Tour and Tea, led by Amy Verdon who brings The Drake Hotel history to life in a dramatically animated fashion. You will learn of intimate celebrity and royalty tales, legendary paranormal encounters, high profile Chicago crimes, and architecture facts accompanied by afternoon tea for a day steeped in notable history.

Start Time: 2:30pm

$65 per person includes afternoon tea and tour exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Existing Tour dates available:

To reserve the History Tour & Tea, kindly contact Amy Verdon.

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All dates require reservations and subject to availability. Group size restrictions apply. Tours are available Monday through Friday on and subject to availability. Groups of less than four are welcome to join an existing tour.  


Plan Your Next Event at Palm Court

The Magnificent Mile spot to see and be seen over afternoon tea for nearly 100 years.  Suitable for semi-private events | Ideal for evening cocktail receptions, private bridal or baby showers.

Events of 30 or more, kindly contact the Palm Court Hospitably Manager (amy verdon)

Events of less than 30, Kindly Contact the Palm Court Manager ( +1 312 932 4619