The Palm Court

4.6
1942 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Tea has been a long tradition at The Drake, a Hilton Hotel. The Palm Court began serving Tea during the holiday season of 1982 and has welcomed the worlds' most prominent guests such as Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, and the Empress of Japan. We look forward to adding your name to the distinguished list.

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, American
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Hours of operation
Afternoon Tea Service
Open Daily - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Holiday Hours Vary. For more info : www.thedrakehotel.com

Cocktail Service
Sunday through Thursday - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday - 8:00pm to 12:30am, Saturday - 5:00pm to 12:30am

Salsa Nights
The 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month
Complimentary Salsa Lessons - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Live Entertainment & Dancing
Friday & Saturday 9:00pm to 12:30am
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Phone number
(312) 932-4619
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Lagges
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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, a Hilton Hotel for Afternoon Tea service 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.
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Private party contact
Amy Verdon: (312) 932-4307
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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 along with The Palm Court evening comprised 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 1942 People Are Saying
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4.2
food
4.7
service
4.7
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4.0
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

The wait staff was not friendly, just going through the motions it seemed. The waitress carrying the tiered service plates was carrying them down so they were near her feet and floor. Not a very appetizing presentation. The whole presentation in general seemed tepid. For $120 I was expecting a little grandeur, the food was tasteless except the coconut pineapple scone. The desserts were awful, o can get better stuff at Sams club. The cheesecake cup was warm like it had set out for a while before I got there. The ambiance was the only good thing going here. Except 2 business people were behind us going over a presentation. Overall I would not recommend this overly priced high tea experience.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I particularly like the ability to valet park for a reasonable price if you’re going to Hi Tea

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

This was my second time going to high tea and I thought the first time was better. The ambiance was great but the food was not as great as the first time. Overall, I would still recommend having height tea at the Drake.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We love our annual trip for high tea at the Drake. I take my wife, my mom and my mother-in-law and we all enjoy it. The service is superb and so is the food and tea. It's expensive but lovely for a special occasion.

The only reason I don't give it more five-star ratings is that the low tables are not comfortable, and this has been the case for all the years we've attended. The tables are heavy and you simply can't get close enough to eat without banging your knees into the heavy base. How about a little redesign so adults can eat more comfortably?

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Spectacular setting!! As stunning as ever. Historic, well maintained seating area. Huge floral piece in center of fountain in center of room. Harpist was wonderful. Ladies powder room as upscale and unique as ever...private rooms with sink. Service was unobtrusive, friendly, efficient. Not rushed. Went the extra mile to bring a free birthday dessert WHILE the harpist played Happy Birthday. Very cool! Food was good, not as good as expected. Scones good, accoutrements were perfect, tea selection and temperature perfect. Sweets were good quality, not stellar. Finger sandwiches needed a little tweaking-some garnishes for the price as they were rather plain. Perhaps 1 or 2 more choices also. Was not a lot. Prosecco addition was good. Is expensive, expect to pay $120 for 2 people with Prosecco+tip+parking ($20-25).
special occasion place

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

We went at the last minute to celebrate a birthday. Tea at the Palm Court was absolutely lovely. It was quiet...with a harpist softly playing classical music in the background in an unobtrusive manner. Although the tables are in the open, it’s still very private at each table. We really had a terrific time.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I like to take my friends and family for a High Tea there. The last time I was there I noticed that the lady's room needs some updates.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The service and staff are all so attentive and kind. They make you feel like royalty. Such a great experience and such yummy Tea.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Always love High Tea at the Drake...Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Afternoon tea was great! They even brought us extra sandwiches. A great way to treat my Mom for Mother’s Day.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Lovely tea experience. Could have been a little more food for the price.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

It was great! Our server Amir was lovely and helpful. The harpist was great. Our water and tea were kept full and the food was delicious. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great for my wife’s birthday and my toddler daughter

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

A throwback in time. Great,experience for high tea.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

As usual, the afternoon tea at the Drake is outstanding. Nothing is more civilized and relaxing than eating their wonderful food, listening to the harpist, and just relaxing. An experience not to be missed

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Afternoon tea was delightful for my Grandaughter and me !

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Such a fun new thing to do! Probably will only do it once because it was pretty pricey, but glad we did it once!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Went for high tea on a Friday afternoon. Very lovely afternoon.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Amazing food and service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Amazing assortment of finger sandwiches and desserts. We didn’t get any tea during our visit, however the martinis were great!

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Love the afternoon tea ambiance, but it's very pricey for what you get. Did appreciate that our waiter gave us seconds on the savory 2/3 of the tea sandwiches. Did not appreciate being sat in a booth that was super dark. The main center of the room is well lit, but off to the sides it's extremely dark--too dark for afternoon tea. Felt like nighttime! Would request a different table next time.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Tea and the service was superb as usual, but the room was extremely warm and humid and made our experience rather uncomfortable. Not the kind of climate you would want to drink warm beverages in.

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Lovely atmosphere but food was average to below average. You are paying for the atmosphere. Very courteous servers.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

I take my girls to Christmas Cabo every year and this is a must tradition for us.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We attended afternoon tea at The Palm Court. We really enjoyed it and even though it is a formal setting we felt at ease. Wonderful teas and good food. Nice and friendly waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Fabulous, memorable afternoon! Harpist was lovely as were the surroundings.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The food was wonderful, the staff was friendly and attentive, and we had a wonderful time.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Scones and Other baked goods were a little dry.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

A friend from out of town was visiting, so we thought of course we'd take her to high tea at the Drake. However, her chair was so crammed in next to the chair at the table beside her, literally LESS THAN 12 INCHES AWAY, causing problems when someone needed to get up and go to the restroom, that I thought, "Really, Drake Hotel? $45 isn't enough per person -- you've got to cram 'em in so you get even MORE MORE MORE $$?" The food was also a bit stale tasting, as if the tea sandwiches had been sitting out all morning. However, I think if we'd had the room around our table to feel like we were having our own intimate little get-together and weren't literally in the laps of the people next to us I might have thought we'd gotten bang for our buck. No, the Drake wants to cram you in and charge you $45 because it's the Drake ($45 for parking, too -- so we did not park there) and serve you lackluster crap that probably cost $5 to put together per person.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

It was sweltering and the food was mediocre at best. The tea itself and the service was nice, but they didn’t make up for the rest. I would not recommend, go to the Allis instead

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We celebrated our daughter’s birthday with tea at The Palm Court and it was fabulous!! I highly recommend especially if you want to experience what a high tea is like in London. Everything was delicious!!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

My mother in laws birthday. She had a great time. My gf has food allergies and server was able ton immediately give her options. Great experience and lots of fun

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

A wonderful afternoon tea with family during my stay at The Drake. A real treat.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Great server—Sead. Delicious little treats. We felt fancy!

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great girl event, for 2 or 20!

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We went to tea at the Palm and found it very underwhelming. It was insanely expensive to get a few small tea treats in an overcrowded, loud environment. The ambiance had lost its flare. There were diners in jeans and crop tops and others in shorts and gym shoes. As if they just popped in to spend $50 on a quick tea and treat. The food was only ok. Some treats and sandwiches were great and others only ok. The tea was fabulous but some I my group expected more options. I Don’t see returning anytime soon.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

I was really disappointed with tea at the Drake. I have been in Chicago for 14 years and have heard about "tea at the Drake." While the Drake is charming in that Old World way and the The Palm had a nice atmosphere with the florals and harpist, the food was beyond disappointing. While the tea sandwiches were homemade, they were not impressive, the bread was more like Wonder bread than a bakery bread I would expect. The scones, muffin and desserts were all pre-made, frozen items. For $45 a person I expected homemade food and creativity.
The service at the hotel was great (valet and door person, host), however, our server was average. I did not feel the high price of some white bread sandwiches and frozen cakes was worth it.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

A unique experience fun for family.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

It’s was huge day for us. Finger food was on point. Tea was great And server Azmeer (Ameer), cannot think of his name, was very kind and very knowledgeable and caring.. thank you very much very clear!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Definitely will return!!

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