Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel, Chicago (in Pictures)

The Drake Hotel – opened in 1920 and built in the Italian Renaissance style – is a luxury hotel that has an enviable location on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile with stunning views of nearby Lake Michigan…

The Drake Hotel at dusk exterior

The Drake Hotel Chicago (image courtesy of The Drake Hotel)

A vintage 1921 advertisement for the hotel in Photoplay Magazine …

Drake Hotel Chicago 1921 ad

Photoplay Magazine 1921 [public domain]

The hotel entrance is on E. Walton Place, just off North Michigan Ave, also known as Chicago’s Magnificent Mile …

The Drake Hotel's Entrance on E. Walton Pl. Chicago

The Drake Hotel’s Entrance on E. Walton Pl.

As you enter the lobby, to your left is The Palm Court – the Drake’s venue for afternoon tea.

Drake Hotel Chicago entrance to the Palm Court for afternoon tea

Entrance to The Palm Court

The interior of The Palm Court …

Drake Hotel Palm Court Chicago for afternoon tea

The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court

And now onto our image tour:  here is a view of a table set up for afternoon tea in The Palm Court …

Table Setting for Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel Chicago

Table Setting for Afternoon Tea at The Drake

Below are the finger sandwiches at The Drake – a cucumber and tomato sandwich is in the foreground, and an egg salad is in the rear left.  Lastly, we have a smoked salmon and asparagus sandwich – all prepared on house made breads.

finger sandwiches and tea sandwiches at The Drake Hotel Chicago for afternoon tea

Finger sandwiches at The Drake Hotel

And, of course, a raisin scone is a must for any afternoon tea. The Drake serves it with preserves, lemon curd, and English Double Devon Cream.

Scone for afternoon tea at Drake Hotel Chicago High Tea

Scone course for afternoon tea

Sweets and pastries are your reward at the end of afternoon tea  – here we have an opera cake, a pistachio macaron, and a strawberry-cream pastry.

sweets and pastries Drake Hotel Chicago Afternoon tea

The sweets tier at The Drake

The elegant teapot used by The Palm Court at The Drake …

Teapot at Drake Hotel Afternoon Tea Chicago High Tea

Teapot at Drake Hotel for Afternoon Tea

You can choose from over 20 selections of tea at The Drake.  Varieties include The Palm Court’s own custom black tea blend as well as several oolong’s, greens, a white, and tisanes/herbal infusions. The china is made by Steelite of England.

Tea cup by Steelite England Drake Hotel Afternoon Tea

Tea cup by Steelite/England for The Drake Hotel Afternoon Tea


One last note on The Drake Hotel in Chicago.  Sometime in the early 1950’s, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio visited the Cape Cod room – one of the The Drake’s in-house seafood restaurants – and carved their initials into the world-famous wooden bar there.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio magazine cover

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio (Wikimedia Commons)

Their initials can still be seen to this day …

Marilyn Monroe Initials copy














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