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For 2
Sun, 2/18
7:00 PM
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The Palm Court

1801 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Afternoon Tea
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Tea has been a long tradition at the Drake Hotel. The Palm Court began serving Tea during the holiday season of 1982 and dignitaries the likes of the late Princess of Wales, Princess Diana, Hilary Clinton have sipped and supped here since. In 1958, Queen Elizabeth joined us for tea at the Drake.

The uniqueness of the beauty of the room centers around a gorgeous limestone fountain with a giant urn as its center motif dating 275 years old, this French bronze by designer David Williams. Most importantly, the ambiance of this afternoon affair is greatly enhanced by the live harp music performed Wednesday through Sunday by our musicians dressed in classical evening gown attire.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Afternoon Tea
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Hours of operation
Afternoon Tea
Open Daily - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Holiday Hours Vary. For more info :

Cocktail Service
Sunday through Thursday - 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday - 12:00pm to 1:00am
Live Entertainment & Dancing - Friday & Saturday 9pm to 12.30
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Phone number
(312) 787-2200 ext. 4619
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Herve Cuyeu
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Private party facilities
Planning an event? A bridal or baby shower, a birthday party... Come celebrate your special events with The Drake for Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court. This beautiful room is perfect for celebrating your most special occasions. We will be delighted to assist in coordinating your party including floral and decorating arrangements with Mangel’s Florists and providing a gift table or special seating arrangements to fit your needs. New and Exciting Bridal and Baby Shower Packages!
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Private party contact
Lalla El Alaoui: (312) 932-4619
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Cross street
Michigan Avenue & Lakeshore Drive
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Parking details
Discounted valet parking is available when you dine in at the Palm Court. Valet parking is provided seven days a week with a flat rate of $14.00 for three hours. After three hours, normal rates apply.
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Live Harp Music is featured during tea time Wed-Sun

Live Music
Come down to The Drake for a little spin in front of the gorgeous fountain. Or just relax on the big, comfy couches with a
nice cocktail, and watch the dancers like the rest of us! Live entertainment is provided every Friday & Saturday night. Food will also be offered daily from 5.30p.m. to 9:30p.m. Sun-Thur and 5:30p.m. until 12:30p.m. Fri-Sat at the Palm Court, with a menu comprising of soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet selections.
Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1801 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 hours ago

We came to celebrate my daughters 18th birthday. The tea and food was amazing. Our server was fabulous. He went out of his way to make us feel special - and they brought my daughter a special treat for her birthday as well. It was an excellent experience and can’t wait to go again! The lemon curd was to die for!

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

While vacationing in Chicago we always enjoy tea at The Drake! This visit did not disappoint! The food was delicious and the harpist provided a lovely ambiance. Our waiter graciously accommodated my husband’s dairy allergy by providing dairy free food, along with a delicious fruit plate shared by the entire party. Our food tower was replenished with additional sandwiches and pastries each time it was close to empty. To top it off, our waiter boxed all of the leftovers for us to enjoy later. It was a most enjoyable lunch and we look forward to visiting again on our next weekend in Chicago!

vipmichaels (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Perfect setting for Valentine’s day!

4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Host was a bit rude, however happy with the overall experience.

vipalicia (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service and beautiful venue! If you've never done high tea before, this is a great place to start.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

This is the perfect ladies spot! It is beautiful, the tea and food is great. I have been multiple times. Elegant and fun!

OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Poor food. Service fair. Overall experience disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Went for a special birthday- they brought out a chocolate dessert and the harpist played happy birthday. It was a nice unexpected surprise.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

There was a group of 6 of us ladies that attended this reservation. I have a food allergy to shellfish and our server Azmir took note of that and brought a seperate plate with the crab on it so nothing else would touch. I truly appreciated that! All of the food was delicious and the tea ( tropical garden) I had was amazing! My only complaint which isn’t a big deal is that the tea pots kept clogging and when we would pour the tea would spill down the bottom of the pot. One of the other servers brought us a straw to push inside to unclog and that helped a lot, so be aware that may happen. Lovely experience and will be returning!!

OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Absolutely lovely afternoon tea. Always a pleasure.