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The Palm Court

4.4
1807 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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Cuisines
Afternoon Tea
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Hours of operation
Afternoon Tea
Open Daily - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Holiday Hours Vary. For more info : www.thedrakehotel.com

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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Entertainment
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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1807 People Are Saying
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MDietlin 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Really classy, and romantic experience, excellent for celebrating our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

The afternoon tea idea is great. The execution was mediocre. The service was slow and the food was just okay. It appears that the food items are mass prepared in the morning and plated throughout the day. Too expensive for what you get.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 7 days 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!

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

What a special day and experience. Took a weekend trip with my daughter, sister and nieces to Chicago and went to The Drake hotel for afternoon tea at Palm Court.. Such a classy,nostalgic place with so many beautiful details. We loved trying the different teas and the mini sandwiches and deserts were very satisfying. Our waiter Saed was so friendly and accommodating . We all loved it and highly recommend. My niece said it was the best day ever !

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Really fun, classy experience! $45 per person, very attentive and they will refill the food trays once if you’d like- a very decent deal for a special day .

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TrinaR 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Absolutely loved it. We took the kids and they really enjoyed themselves as well! The venue is visually stunning, our server was lovely. He was so kind and thoughtful of the entire table and the kids. Of course this was a special occasion, so we knew this would be an expensive outing. If you live in the city you must try this at least once.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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!

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vipmichaels (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Perfect setting for Valentine’s day!

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SaraZ (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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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.

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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!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Poor food. Service fair. Overall experience disappointing.

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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.

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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!!

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JimiZed (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Overall really positive experience. Great ambiance and definitely a good place to take parents/in-laws. The host was kind of pushy and not very polite. But the doorman/valet was really nice. Server seemed a little bit overwhelmed because he probably had two big of a section, but he met all expectations.

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

Absolutely lovely afternoon tea. Always a pleasure.

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RelishThisJourneyPalmCrt (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My daughter and I enjoyed afternoon tea at the Palm Court at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. Service was outstanding, they were constantly checking in and refilling the teapots. The food with the tea service is finger food and if you ask, they will bring you more of the sandwiches and bread items. We didn't know to ask, but the server offered. If you get there early, you may get to sit right by the fountain, which is fantastic to look at during your teatime. There is a harpist there and it was so fun that she played Happy Birthday when they brought out a treat to the table next to ours. It's funny to say this, but make sure you check out the women's powder room, it's lovely as well. This afternoon tea is definitely something to experience at least once if you haven't already.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Noisy, nice menu,

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

We had a ladies trip to the Palm Court for afternoon tea. It was a beautiful venue but fairly noisy. The food and tea were scrumptious. The server was very good but you could tell he was super busy. It seemed like he was too rushed to be a little more patient.

Overall it was a good experience and we will return.

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vipmkmj (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

We go to high tea here a lot and usually love it. Upon arrival, asked for one of two specific EMPTY tables and was assured we could have it. Then the hostess, who made that promise, promptly seated two other parties while we waited. As a result we were seated in precisely the kind of seats that proves difficult for one member of our party to manage. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Mom’s Birthday

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EGal (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Sad to say that The Palm Court has seen better days. The once beautiful Drake Hotel needs a major overhaul. So sad to see this historic institution be in such disrepair.

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mpop (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Overall, this place was good. We came for afternoon tea, and the place was pretty busy. There were 4 of us, and we were seated at a table where one side was a couch and the other side had 2 chairs. I thought the setup was very uncomfortable, as the 2 people sitting in the chairs had their knees hitting the table and were awkwardly crammed in there, whereas the 2 on the couch were slouchy and at a whole different level than the other people. It makes for a weird talking dynamic when 2 people are sitting higher than you.

Otherwise, the food was great. I wish they would have come around more and let us switch up our teas. Also, it was incredibly warm in the room, but that could be because Chicago was having a warm spell.

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KrisS (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Celebrated a birthday - and the experience was wonderful. Beautiful space, great service, good food, and the harpist was fantastic. Would absolutely come for afternoon tea again.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We went to the palm court for afternoon tea to celebrate my mom and aunt’s birthdays. It was a very nice time. The tea was excellent and the finger foods served are all great! The dining area is beautiful and very comfortable. The only negative I had was the price. I feel like 45 a person is a little steep for tea and finger foods. But it was a great experience and I would recommend everyone to try it once or for special occasions!

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Reservations are a must, but the prix-fixe menu is a great value for two. It is quiet and cozy enough to enjoy the company of the other person and the high tea food selection is solid. A definite date recommendation.

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LGain (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Afternoon tea was wonderful. Request to sit on the sofa. It is very comfortable. The ambiance is beautiful with the fountain in the middle and a harpist playing soft music in the background. It is a place you want to go to hangout and unwind. The waiters were very attentive. Our tea pots never went empty and water glasses always filled. My favorite was the scone with the strawberry jam, lemon curd and clotted cream. The finger sandwiches were all fresh. If there specific items you really enjoyed, the waiter brought out more of those items. I requested more beef and asparagus rolls, fresh cucumber sandwiches, crab tartlets and chicken sandwiches and macarons. My cousins and I had such a great time and ended up spending three hours enjoying every minute. We will definitely return! It is my favorite place to enjoy afternoon tea.

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Beez88 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Great experience for afternoon tea with my family. Lovely tea selection and attentive service. Definitely recommend!

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CarolMarie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

This was a delicious meal that I had been anticipating for some time. I know I will be going again. It is a $45 per person plating for lunch, but you can get a second plate of sandwiches/pastries free of charge. The sandwiches are beautiful, delicate and enchantingly savory, while the pastries are mellow and lightly sweet. Their tea selection was decent, but possibly not as vast as I had anticipated. They do serve very fine tea, and the service was exceptional. They have a live harpist regularly, but check the hours on their website. We were seated right beside the harp so it was a bit noisier with an already echo-y room filled with chatter, which was probably the most off-putting. However, the music was delightful in of itself. It was an amazing afternoon we will not forget!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

we arrived 5 min before our scheduled time we booked online and I was absolutely shocked to see a long one hour line to be seated for visitors like me who had made their reservation . I had made other plans after my Afternoon Tea and I wanted to be on my schedule . It was my birthday celebration .
The host was very nice and professional to handle an angry crowd.

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