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Palm Court

Afternoons in Palm Court

For those who love their afternoon teas fresh, colorful, fragrant and steeped in history, Palm Court at The Drake 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 chef's in our pastry kitchen.

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 3 and 12 years of age is available throughout the duration of afternoon tea service.

With Tea fit for the Queen, reservations are heavily encouraged due to the popularity and seating capacity limitations. Full tea service seating duration is 90 minutes maximum, so we kindly request you plan accordingly to experience afternoon tea in its truest form.


Reservations can be made online at OpenTable or by calling +1 312 932 4619

For any questions please email the Palm Court Manager

Seasonal Afternoon Tea in Palm Court

Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee & her 70 year reign on the throne. Our Queen's Platinum Jubilee tea is offered through July. We are delighted to serve you our fragrant delicacies at Palm Court. Learn More

Evenings in Palm Court

Palm Court will be closed evenings. Please join us in Coq d'Or for cocktails, dining and entertainment.

History Tour & Tea

History Tour & Tea-- dates are currently unavailable.  

Over the years The Drake 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 tour of The Drake Hotel and experience the history come 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. Accompany with Afternoon Tea for a day steeped in notable history.



Plan Your Next Event at Palm Court

The Magnificent Mile spot to see and be seen over afternoon tea for 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 kindly contact the Hospitality Manager.