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Palm Court


Afternoons in Palm Court

Palm Court is open Wednesday through Sunday offering Afternoon Tea Service, dining and cocktails.  As we welcome you back, we require the following assurances are established to ensure everyone’s health, safety and enjoyment.

  • Reservations are highly recommended. 
  • When visiting Palm Court, you pledge you are not exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19, including a fever over 100 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste or known close contact with someone who has Covid-19
  • Face coverings are required for non-vaccinated individuals and should be worn at all times, with the exception of sipping tea at your reserved table.

We look forward to steeping memories with you during this special-tea blossoming afternoon tea service.

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.

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

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 and the Executive Pour Martini- what we like to call a martini, with a side of martini. You really can have it all with a side of personality and maybe a tale or two from our experienced wait staff.




Plan a weekend away with a stay at The Drake Hotel and reserve the Three Martini package including accommodations for two, three martini's and one shareable appetizer from the Palm Court menu.


Salsa Dancing in Palm Court

Soiree de Salsa events currently remain suspended at Palm Court to protect guests, our team, and the community from the spread of COVID-19.

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!

History Tour & Tea

History Tour & Tea currently remain suspended at Palm Court to protect guests, our team, and the community from the spread of COVID-19.

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, led by Sarah View 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. Accompany with Afternoon Tea for a day steeped in notable history.



Large party requests currently remain suspended at Palm Court to protect guests, our team, and the community from the spread of COVID-19.

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.