Monday, March 5, 2012

Visiting the Windy City - The Drake Hotel

Ever since acquiring Bruce Richardson's book, The Great Tea Rooms of America, and reading about Afternoon Tea at the Drake Hotel, it was on my "bucket list" to go there.   The book is a wonderful addition to a tea lover's library.  

It worked out perfectly that the Drake Hotel and Macy's Walnut Room are in Chicago so my friend and I could visit both of them in the same trip.

Arriving at the Drake Hotel.

Afternoon Tea is served in the Palm Court daily from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with a harpist playing soft, soothing music.
Our table was right next to the fountain.
Individual place setting.

The menu [of which our waiter graciously gave us a copy].
Ready to enjoy the delights on the three-tier serving tray.
Tea, Scones [accompanied by preserves, lemon curd and English Double Devon Cream], and Slices of Fruit Bread.

The Savories: Egg Salad on White Bread, Smoked Salmon & Cucumber on Pumpernickel, Pear & Watercres with Blue cheese mousse on Brioche, and Roasted Beef on a mini black Asiago pepper roll.
Pastry Selections

A delightful Afternoon Tea!
When I purchased Tea Time magazine's March/April issue yesterday, I noticed the section "Chicago's Growing Love Affair With Tea" [pages 48 - 53], written by Bruce Richardson.  It was fun to see The Drake Hotel included, and The Peninsula and The Ritz-Carlton as well.  Two new places on my bucket list for tea the next time I'm in Chicago! 



  1. This is on my teatime bucket list. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and review!

  2. A harpist, a fountain, a friend and TEA! Divine!

  3. This reminds me alot of tea at the Brown Hotel in Denver. Just lovely!


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