The Allis at Soho House afternoon tea
Afternoon tea can be a great break in the day to catch up with friends, meet with a client or just enjoy some relaxing alone time. Luckily, Chicago has no shortage of elegant and extravagant high tea offerings. Keep reading for the best ‘treat yourself’ spots for afternoon teas in Chicago.

 

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The Allis

A classic spot to enjoy high tea in a beautifully decorated, open space at Soho House. At this West Loop locale, you can purchase á la carte items, or choose from a classic pre fixe afternoon tea spread. Feeling frisky? Upgrade to their Sparkling Afternoon tea, which includes a glass of rose prosecco. Finger sandwiches, scones, and fancy cakes won’t disappoint.

119 N. Green Street | 312-521-8000

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Russian Tea Time

Russian Tea Time

This upscale Russian restaurant is a Chicago landmark, located near the Art Institute of Chicago downtown. You won’t find finger sandwiches here, but rather traditional Russian sandwiches, savories and sweets. Try an Eggplant Orientale mini sandwich, crunchy spring crepes infused with a delicate peanut sauce and Napoleon Torte. Impress out-of-town guests with this elegant afternoon tea service, conveniently located in Chicago’s Loop.

77 E. Adams Street | 312-360-0000

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The Drake Hotel

Experience a tradition that has lasted for nearly a century when you indulge in high tea at the historic Drake Hotel’s Palm Court. Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth are among some of the notable guests who have had afternoon tea here. Choose from 17 premium teas made in Paris, finger sandwiches, English scones and lemon poppy seed loaf.

140 E. Walton Place | 312-787-2200

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The Langham

Afternoon tea at The Langham

Afternoon tea in the Langham’s Pavilion includes a glass of champagne and live music. This traditional tea first debuted in The Langham’s London location in 1865, but the Chicago version is just as grand. Exclusive Langham teas, along with savory and sweet bites are served. There’s also a festive afternoon tea menu for the holidays.

330 N. Wabash Avenue | 312-923-7710

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Café des Architectes

This isn’t your typical hotel restaurant. The upscale contemporary French restaurant, Café des Architectes, is inside the Sofitel Chicago hotel, right off of the Magnificent Mile. Enjoy a selection of teas and French pastries. The space is bright and open, and perfect for a special occasion.

20 E. Chestnut Street | 312-324-4063

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The Peninsula

The Peninsula afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is served daily in The Lobby at The Peninsula. Choose from traditional or their champagne tea. To accompany, there are a wide variety of savory offerings and desserts including quiche, shrimp salad, and apple crumble tart. Brunch is accompanied by live music on Sundays.

108 E. Superior Street | 312-337-2888

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Have you been to any of these afternoon teas in Chicago? If not, what are you most excited to try first?