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Afternoon tea in Chicago?

dkimerling Dec 17, 2007 05:24 PM

I am trying to set up an afternoon tea for a bunch of people, and was wondering if people had suggestions? The more authentic the better.

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    lina14 Dec 17, 2007 05:50 PM

    Drake Hotel, Peninsula Hotel, Ritz Carlton Hotel, and Russian Tea Time all serve afternoon tea. See details at:

    1. blondie60614 Dec 17, 2007 08:18 PM

      I am the high tea expert.

      Peninsula is my absolute favorite. They have the best food, and unique teas.
      Ritz comes in second. They have the best atmosphere.

      I don't recommend the Drake. It's dark and drabby. I've never been to Russian Tea Time.

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        SuzMiCo Dec 18, 2007 07:29 AM

        The tea at the Peninsula is wonderful, but I'm also a fan of the Four Seasons.

        I agree that the Drake is not the place to go.

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          CorinneM1 Dec 19, 2007 02:20 PM

          Count me in as another that does not recommend the Drake. I recommend Atwood Cafe on Washington and State Streets. They serve tea between 2-4pm. Another plus, is that they are located across the street from the Christkindl Market and also walking distance to the windows at Macy's. You could make your afternoon tea into an entire day.


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            chicagowinediva Dec 19, 2007 09:13 PM

            Here's another thumbs down for the Drake. Really disappointing food and service. Even the presentation was kind of blah. Only nice thing is the harp player.

            I'm a fan of The Ritz and The Penninsula for tea.

            1. Eaterlover Dec 20, 2007 06:53 AM

              Another vote for "No Drake." I went during the holidays last year and the sandwiches are bland and pasty. The tea was excellent, but at those prices, I expected a bit of liquor to compensate for the bad food. ugh.

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                FIGjustin Dec 21, 2007 12:37 PM

                The Atwood Cafe on State and Washington has some of the best tea in the city. The room is busy and the food and tea selection are great. Make sure to make a reso because they a allways packed, especially during the holidays

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                  Buttercup Dec 28, 2007 09:01 AM

                  Peninsula is definitely the best!!

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