Palm Court, The Drake Hotel : Afternoon Tea – Chicago

Happy New Year, everyone!  My first post of 2016 is about how I spent the very first day of the year.  I met some beautiful friends for Afternoon Tea at Palm Court in The Drake Hotel in Chicago. When my friend, Happy, suggested this idea, I could not think of a more elegant and civilized way to kick off the new year.


Afternoon Tea at Palm Court


The Drake Hotel is an historic 1920’s, Beaux-Arts hotel located in Chicago’s Gold Coast.  The epitome of high-society, it has welcomed its share of movers, shakers and royalty.  It is located just 4 blocks north of the Chicago ‘L’ stop and 5 blocks south of the Clark/Division ‘L’ stop, along the CTA Red Line.  The #3 King Drive bus stops at Chicago Avenue.


CTA stop near Palm Court at The Drake


Here’s how our Afternoon Tea went down:

Afternoon Tea generally consists of pots of tea, finger sandwiches, breads, scones, pastries and seasonal desserts.  The tea selections at Palm Court are custom-made.  I had the most wonderful Garden blend with mango and papaya notes.  So luscious!  Each guest in our party selected their own pot of tea and a tower of tasty treats was shared among the 4 of us.


Holiday Tea at Palm Court


The food available during Afternoon Tea at Palm Court is unlimited.  You can even select which particular sandwiches and pastries you would like to include in your tower of treats.  I liked the lobster salad sandwiches but the salmon and cucumber sandwiches were a favorite, too.  The jam and lemon curd served on the side for the biscuits and scones were really delicious.  The lovely servers are happy to keep bringing more of your favorites 🙂  That’s a really nice deal for the cost of this fabulous tradition ($45 adults, $22 children).


Tea at Palm Court

High Tea at Palm court

Tasty cucumber sandwiches and herbal tea 🙂


The room at the Palm Court is stunning.  As it was the Christmas and New Year holidays, the room was draped in white with a gorgeous centerpiece above the fountain in the middle of the room.  It looked like a winter wonderland 🙂  My friends and I sat at a very cozy table surrounded by 2 club chairs and a settee lounge.  


Palm Court at The Drake Hotel

High Tea at Palm Court at The Drake Hotel

“Ladies Who Lunch”


A harpist is on-site at Palm Court from Wednesday – Sunday to serenade you while you relax and enjoy your Afternoon Tea.  If you partake of this fabulous tradition from November 30 – January 3rd, the harpist performs daily.  During the 12 days of Christmas, carolers will serenade the room 🙂

Palm Court in The Drake Hotel is located at 140 E. Walton Pl.  Afternoon Tea is served daily from 1-5pm.  A harpist perfoms Wednesday – Sunday.  Reservations are recommended.  Click here for more information.

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Red Line or #3 King Drive bus to Palm Court in The Drake Hotel. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!

Looking for another great dining options in the Gold Coast?  Check out Pump RoomFig & Olive and Hash House A Go Go.