There are a few things that are definitely Chicago. One is a hot dog at Wrigley Field, another is the classic tradition of Afternoon Tea at the Drake Hotel. Just walking through the luxurious lobby, gives hotel visitors a glimpse into a bygone era. Opened in 1920, the Drake has entertained celebrities like Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Hepburn, and members of Britain’s royal family. With a Renaissance feel, the hotel lives up to its grand reputation to this very day. The Drake has been featured in such films as “My Best Friend’s Wedding ” and “The Blues Brothers.”
This afternoon, we were given a special invitation to tea in the grand Palm Court. Tea is served year round, but for the holidays, carolers stroll from table to table to entertain the guests. I found the regular harp player ‘s music to be soothing. The carolers were so nice to ask yours truly to join them in a carol. Tea is especially popular with ladies of all ages-from little princesses to grand dammes. For some , it is a tradition that is carried on from generation to generation.
Our experience began as we scanned the menu at the large and exotic selection of teas available. (for those who are not tea drinkers, there is hot chocolate that is so good as well) It was so hard to find a tea because they all looked so good. I finally settled on a green tea infused with pineapple, orange peel, and other fruits. It was a sweet and delicate tea. All of the tea selections are marked with the amount of caffeine present in each tea. If you are not feeling the tea, there are also tea-tini’s, mimosas, and champagne as well.
One of the features of the tea, are the delightful selection of pastries and finger sandwiches. Brought by the staff on three tiered trays, diners can enjoy these treats to their hearts content. Traditional tea fare like cucumber sandwiches get a twist with cream cheese . My personal favorite was the roasted turkey salad with cranberry on brioche bread. Nom nom. Scones were accompanied by either preserves, lemon curd, or English double devon creme. Don’t be afraid to ask you server for more beverage or treats, you can have as much as you want. And the price for this trip into royal decadence is so reasonable, only forty dollars per person. You will feel like royalty.
Little princes and princesses can enjoy tea as well. Favorites like peanut butter and jelly are part of the menu , along with other decadent goodies. Little ones can sip hot chocolate as mom and dad sip their tea. This experience is the perfect pairing with a day of shopping on the Mag Mile, since the Drake is not far from Water Tower Place or the shops at 900 N Michigan. Special thanks for our afternoon go out to Marketing Director, Nicole Mieske, the wonderful staff in the Palm Court , especially Shaun Rajah.
So if you want to be treated like royalty or just enhance your holidays, spend a relaxing afternoon in the Palm Court at the world famous Drake Hotel. The Drake is part of the Hilton family and is located right on the Mag Mile.
Carolers come to your table and belt out a Christmas carol