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plantlady Feb 5, 2007 01:30 PM

Best afternoon tea in Chicago area? Fancy hotels or small tea shops.

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    researchgirl Feb 28, 2007 10:23 AM

    We did a great Tea and Baby Shower at the Intercontinental Hotel (sp).
    Not as "fashionable" as the Ritz, but the food was great and the cost was very reasonable.

    1. chigirl71 Feb 27, 2007 03:34 PM

      We've had high tea at the Ritz, the Drake and the Four Seasons and the Four Seasons does a beautiful job. I would highly recommend it.

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        fryrose Feb 26, 2007 03:39 PM

        Chicago Michele-is the tea at Field's (I also refuse to use Macy) the same since the name change? I see that you posted to find the scone recipe and I hope someone has it.

        1. Chicago Michele Feb 26, 2007 01:48 PM

          Walnut Room of the Old Marshall Field's on State Street (I refuse to call it 'Macy's'!!) Make sure you arrive for high-tea and enjoy as many scones as possible! Quite likely the best scones you'll ever eat!

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            ljero Feb 9, 2007 01:40 PM

            I recommend the Peninsula. It is serevd in their lobby cafe, which is gorgeous. I love their champagne (rose) and tea combo. their silver needle jasmine is fabulous--great assortment and I love their sweets and savories, too.

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              christina_hunnicutt Feb 26, 2007 05:39 PM

              Is the Champagne an additional $11 to the $26 afternoon tea rate, and does the Peninsula require reservations (or did you have one)?

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              CorinneM1 Feb 9, 2007 09:55 AM

              I recommend tea at the Atwood Cafe. My mom and I do an annual holiday tea and we have tried the Drake and Four Seasons. I recommend the Atwood over both of these places. It was easier on the pocketbook and I thought that the food was better and I perferred the dining room over the hotel options.

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                abowes Feb 6, 2007 06:12 AM

                On my brief visit to Chicago in April, Mom and I had tea at the Ritz-Carlton. I really liked the space, but the tea itself (beverage and food) was not terribly impressive. Not bad, but no better than what I have regularly here in NC... actually, not as good as.

                Our Chicago Greeter advised us that she and friends have had tea at several of the options in the city, and ranked the Peninsula at the top of the list. We weren't up to changing our reservations (same day), but I would try it before I'd return to the Ritz-Carlton (someday...)

                HTH

                1. nsxtasy Feb 5, 2007 02:21 PM

                  You can get a list of 47 places serving tea from Metromix by clicking on "Tea" under "Meals served": http://metromix.chicagotribune.com/di... Hotels which pop up include the Ritz-Carlton, the Peninsula, the Four Seasons, and the Drake.

                  However, I'm not sure what constitutes "best". Best tasting tea? Best price? Best pastry accompaniments? Best atmosphere? Best place for an eight-year-old girl to have tea? (That last question, probably American Girl Cafe. :smile: )

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