Afternoon Tea at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (in Pictures)

The Four Seasons Chicago is a luxury hotel located in the midst of Chicago’s upscale shopping district known as the Magnificent Mile at 900 North Michigan. Afternoon Tea is now offered only seasonally in November and December. So I would highly recommend contacting the hotel to confirm dates and times.

The images here are from my earlier visit to the Four Seasons.  Since then, menu items have almost certainly changed, but I’m sure you’ll be able to get a feel for their afternoon tea experience nonetheless.

Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago Exterior Scene

Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago (image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel)

An area of the lobby for guests to relax – the hotel occupies floors 30-46 of the high rise building located at 900 North Michigan.

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago lobby area

Four Seasons lobby area

More of the hotel lobby area …

Lobby and piano at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Sitting area of the Four Seasons Chicago

And now, onto the afternoon tea experience at the Four Seasons in Chicago …

Table setting for afternoon tea at The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Table setting for afternoon tea

An unusual (for me anyway)  Fortuna teapot that steeps the tea on an angle.  Speaking of tea, the Four Seasons’ tea selection includes almost 20 varieties beginning with an English Breakfast organic and ending with a Silver Jasmine White. Other choices included teas in the green, oolong and herbal families.

Fortuna teapot for afternoon tea Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Fortuna teapot

The finger sandwiches – exquisite looking and tasting. On the lower right of the picture below is something I hadn’t seen before – a mulled wine poached pear with creamy bleu cheese on cranberry walnut bread. Yes, it was as good as it sounded.

Finger sandwiches Four Seasons Hotel Chicago afternoon tea

Finger sandwiches at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Two types of scones were served – one plain or traditional – and the other, cranberry orange.  To accompany your scones, one usually sees Devonshire “clotted” cream, but the Four Seasons served a variation they describe as “whipped” Double Devon Cream.

Scones for tea at Four Seasons Chicago

Scones for tea at Four Seasons Chicago

And of course, let’s not forget the sweets and pastries tier. In the upper right are slices of ginger tea bread, and a sugar snowflake is below. That’s an almond cookie in the upper left.

ginger tea bread, almond cookie, sugar snowflake for afternoon tea at The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Sweets at Four Seasons Chicago

And even more sweets – upper right is an eggnog cheesecake on a sugar cookie – really quite good.

eggnog cheesecake, mint chocolate tart, pumpkin cake

Sweets and pastries

As you leave the hotel, you are greeted by a sculpture at street level entitled, Allow Me, by J. Seward Johnson.

Allow Me sculpture by J Seward Johnson Jr Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

“Allow Me” sculpture by J. Seward Johnson Jr.

 

 

 

 

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