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 bread and scones; and dainty petit fours with accouterment complements of house-made preserves, lemon curd, and English double Devon cream prepared by chefs 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 afternoon tea service.

Afternoon Tea Service reservations are highly 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.

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

For any questions please email the Palm Court Manager.


Serving tea is a time-honored tradition in the Gold Coast Neighborhood of Chicago. This Summer, Palm Court blossoms with a quintessential Magnificent Mile Afternoon Tea service featuring a bouquet of beautifully fragrant tea blends, decorative gourmet tea sandwiches, and cakes. Click here to learn more. Reservations are encouraged and can be made at Open Table.

Plan Your Next Event at Palm Court

The Magnificent Mile spot to see and be seen over an afternoon tea for over 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.

Beautifully made hats by Laura Hubka Millinery

Hats and High Tea at Palm Court is elegance at its finest with Laura Hubka Millinery and her exquisite hats. Elevate your tea time with her creations and find your perfect hat when Afternoon Tea is served. Visit her website to contact her directly or to check out her weekly schedule at Palm Court.