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 Claire Crenshaw.
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 Wednesday 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.
Fairytale Crown Fleur Fun Shop
Prior to Afternoon Tea each Wednesday throughout summer, we invite your little tea connoisseurs developing a sophisticated tea palette to learn about botanical design too. The Fleur FunShop will be lead by Mangel Florist, a resident of the hotel for nearly 100 years and the creators behind the beautiful signature floral arrangements in the lobby. Floral designers in training will create their very own fleur crown to wear during afternoon tea service from fresh cut flowers, botanical foliage, herbs, ornamental grass and other plants based on seasonality and market availability.
Every Wednesday in Summer, beginning July 11th through September 19th
1PM & 3PM, each Fleur FunShop is 30 minutes
FunShop $20 | Prince & Princess Afternoon Tea Service $20 | Adult Afternoon Tea $45
Per person or child, excludes tax and gratuity
Minimum of 6 guests | Afternoon Tea Service to follow
RSVP to the Palm Court Manager | 312-932-4619
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.
Wednesday through Sunday a live harpist will fill the room with enchanting melodies to listen to while lingering over tea.
Salsa Night - Dancing in Palm Court
Join us in Palm Court on the first and third Wednesday of each month for Soiree de Salsa featuring video mixing by DJ Prieto & Freddy Fresh. A cover charge of $20 per person includes two drink tickets and the opportunity to dance the night away. Don't know how to Salsa? No problem! Come early for a free Salsa lesson by Freddy Ovalle from 6:30pm-7:15pm. Dress to impress!
Table Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the Palm Court Manager
A Sweet Evening to Sparkle - Champagne Pairings
Tempt yourself with a sweet ending to your evening with a flight of champagne and sparkling wines that have been carefully selected to pair with Pastry Chef Claire Crenshaw's delectable desserts.
Palm Court | Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings* from 5pm-7pm | $22 per person
Table reservations can be made in advance by contacting the Palm Court Manager
*Note, not available on select Wednesday's when Salsa Night is scheduled.
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 and maybe…a tale or two from our experienced wait staff.
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, with Afternoon Tea seatings available at 1pm or 3:30pm*
$65 per person includes Afternoon Tea and tour, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Existing Tour Dates - any number of guests may join:
September 17, 20
Tour Dates Available for groups of four or more guests:
September 18, 19
October Tour Dates will be published at a later date - check back soon!
To reserve the History Tour & Tea, kindly contact Amy Verdon.
Direct | +1 312 932 4307 Email | firstname.lastname@example.org
*The tour lasts approximatley 45 minutes and includes walking and some stairs. All dates require reservations and subject to availability. Tours are not available on weekends. All dates require a minimum of 4 guests per tour in order to take place, and will be available to all groups once the minimum has been reached. 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, bridal or baby showers.
Group Events in Palm Court
To reserve Private events for 12 or more guests, or Afternoon Tea reservations for groups of 25 or more, kindly contact the Hospitality Manager.
Amy Verdon, Hospitality Manager
312-932-4307 | email@example.com
To reserve a Private Event up to 11 guests, or Afternoon Tea reservations for up to 24 guests, kindly contact the Palm Court Manager.
Palm Court Manager