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Palm Court

July 1, 2020
We are suspending services at Palm Court to protect guests, our team, and the community from the spread of COVID-19.

Our decision was not made lightly and we understand it will impact our team members and partners. We look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as possible.

Damien McArdle
General Manager


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.

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.

View Afternoon Tea Menu

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

Salsa Dancing in Palm Court

Soiree de Salsa events are currently 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!

For more information and details on Soiree de Salsa events click on the Facebook event links in the Entertainment Calendar.


Table Reservations can be made in advance by contacting 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. 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.

View Entertainment Calendar

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 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.

Tour begins at 2:30pm, with option of including Afternoon Tea service with seatings at 1pm or 3:30pm.*

$69 per person includes Afternoon Tea and tour, exclusive of tax and gratuity.  


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

To reserve the History Tour & Tea, kindly contact Sarah View
Direct:  312-932-4307  |  Email:

For groups of ten or more, reach out to Sara directly for private tour date and pricing inquiry. 

*The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes walking and some stairs. All dates require reservations and are subject to availability.


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.

Sarah View
312-932-4307  |

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