The Best Afternoon Tea Places in Chicago

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Teatime in Chicago is always delightful. You don’t necessarily need to be a ‘tea lover’ to have this pleasure. Afternoon tea in Chicago is indeed the best alternative to your favorite coffee. There are numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and of course, the tea shops that offer this lovely afternoon meal composed of tea, cakes, pastries, buns, and sandwiches. In some countries like Britain, afternoon tea is not only a meal but also a ritual. In Chicago, it is simply lovely and pleasing for everyone.

Just in case you’re new to this city, I wanted to make it really easy for you to enjoy the best tea the city has to offer, so I’ve put together a unique list of best afternoon tea places in Chicago, that’ll make your afternoons memorable. My best wishes are with you!

The Lobby

What you’ll adore at the table in The Lobby is the mouth-watering presentation. If anyone wants both comfort and taste, The Lobby inside the Peninsula Hotel is your best choice. Afternoon tea seating at The Lobby begins at 2:30pm (3:30pm on Sundays). The timing is perfect for throwing an awesome party right? You can make your birthday celebration incredibly unique and memorable with The Lobby’s afternoon tea menu.

They serve a variety of teas along with the delicious Hazelnut Cream Puff, Exotic Petit Four, Chocolate Citrus Lollipop, Caramel Tart and Walnut Cookie. For the tea lovers, you can have traditional English, Chinese, Indian, African and Japanese tastes, all on one table. This is truly one of the best afternoon tea places in Chicago, and all you need to enjoy its luxury is a reservation.

The Lobby: 108 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611, 312-573-6695; or


Are you looking to enjoy traditional afternoon tea with live music? You’ve landed at the right place. Pavilion at The Langham Chicago offers proprietary Langham teas starting at 3:00 pm on Mondays-Fridays and at 1:00 pm on weekends. You can enjoy live music Friday through Sunday so make sure you attend these days if you’re wanting a really special afternoon.

The stunning environment inside the Pavilion makes it one of the best afternoon tea spots in Chicago. The décor and art are simply breathtaking! You and your loved one will undoubtedly make some lovely memories, spending an afternoon here. I personally recommend it to anybody who wants to spend quality time in Chicago.

Pavilion: 330 North Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, 312-923-7710; or

Palm Court

At the Palm Court, I know you’ll enjoy every second of your visit. It’s a delightful and extraordinarily charming place. Dominated by the calming neutral colors, the décor and design are a virtual feast for the eyes. The beautiful environment and relaxing atmosphere at the Palm Court is supported by a very professional customer service that makes for a superb hour here.

Different types of tea at the Palm Court are famous but their finger food is also worth praising. The sandwiches, scones, lemon curd and the English Devon Cream are just yum. Secondly, the afternoon tea menu here is not very extensive and confusing. You’ll be able to have your favorites quickly with the help of a friendly, professional host.

Before making a reservation at the Palm Court, I suggest checking out the History Tour & Tea package of $65. The Drake Hotel’s past visitors include the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe. The $65 per person includes afternoon tea and an interesting tour of the Hotel’s history. This really is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and part of the reason I’m including it on this list of the best afternoon tea places in Chicago.

Palm Court: 140 East Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611, 312-932-4307; or

The Allis

The Allis offers afternoon tea daily from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. It’s another spot worthy of being included as one of the best afternoon tea places in Chicago. They’ve truly mastered the art of presenting delicious sandwiches and tea. The Allis is a cheery place overall and you’ll find an extra comfy environment when you go upstairs, which is where they serve afternoon tea.

Inside The Allis you’re treated to unforgettable mid-century modern décor. I love this place and I’m sure you will too. If you have visitors, friends or family members from out of town, you can’t go wrong choosing this trendy tea spot on North Green Street. Trust me, your friends will adore this place!

The Allis: 113-125 North Green St, Chicago, IL 60607, 312-521-8000; or

Three Arts Club of Chicago

Extraordinary seating + Delicious Food = Three Arts Club of Chicago. The menu of salads, plates, and teas (Please don’t ignore the meadow chamomile!) will make your mouth water right away. Three Arts Cafe is located inside the RH store in Gold Coast. Guests can enjoy the garden courtyard with an amazing decor that includes a grandiose fountain and opulent chandelier. I love this place for the tasty foods and healthy tea. You won’t find the traditional afternoon tea in Three Arts however, I’m 100% certain this wonderful place deserves to be on the list of best afternoon tea places in Chicago.

Besides tea and the eatables, the service at Three Arts is very attentive and highly commendable. It’s actually even more commendable when compared to other tea places. The waiters come to your service immediately even when the restaurant is crowded or have parties going on. It is a wonderful chance to take your loved ones here and impress them with a most memorable afternoon! Keep in mind that Three Arts Club Cafe don’t take reservation and sometimes the wait to be seated could be more than 45 min.

Three Arts Club of Chicago: 1300 N Dearborn Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610, 312-475-9116; or

Vanille Patisserie

Vanille Patisserie on North Clark Street gives you the opportunity to sip French-inspired tea and eat their Vanille signature pastries, scones and sandwiches all for the affordable price of $35. This afternoon tea place also provides gluten free and vegetarian options for their guests with dietary restrictions. The presentation of tea is simple yet stunning on a beautiful tray of highly polished silver. If you’re a green tea lover, this place was made for you!

Although Vanille is renowned in Chicago for the French macarons, people also recommend it for an exceptional afternoon tea experience. That’s why it makes my list of best afternoon tea places in Chicago. Here is some helpful information to know before making your reservation:

  • Afternoon tea is only offered at Vanille’s Lincoln Park branch.
  • Reservation times are 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm, Thursdays-Sundays only.
  • They require at least a 48-hour notice on all afternoon tea reservations.
  • All afternoon tea reservations are for 1-1.5 hours.

Vanille Patisseri: 2108 N Clark St, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL 60614, 773-868-4574; or

Have you been to any of those afternoon tea places in Chicago? 
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  1. Jennifer Dugan Murphy May 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Wowza! I want to visit all of those teaspots! The Lobby is amazing!!

  2. Barrie May 4, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Wow, I never thought of Chicago as a place for teatime. I love all the choices!

  3. Diana May 5, 2018 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Those are some great travel ideas.

  4. Rae Mun Lai May 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the recomendations

  5. Jennifer Dugan Murphy May 5, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    It would be great to do a tour of teahouse and write a travel piece about tea houses in different places!

  6. Lauryn R May 5, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    These are beautiful places! I have actually never been to Chicago, I can’t wait to visit! Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. Jennifer Dugan Murphy May 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    As a kid my dad and I used to take the train to Boston for tea and scones at the Ritz! Happy times!

  8. Barrie May 6, 2018 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I haven’t visited Chicago in decades! My grandparents used to live outside of Chicago and only a handful of times did we go into the city. I would love to take my hubby sometime soon. You have made some good recommendations for an afternoon snack/drink!

  9. Jennifer Dugan Murphy May 7, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    On my gosh, those pastry are calling to me!! It’s teatime!

  10. Christina Gould May 7, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Wow, those places are all gorgeous. I had no idea they were in Chicago. Thanks for posting!

  11. Robert Price May 7, 2018 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    It looks a fantastic place

  12. Tammy Catterton May 8, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    wow amazing places to have tea indeed been to Chicago almost lived there thanks for sharing have to see when I go back

  13. Kassie Kappock May 8, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    I am planning a trip to Chicago in the near future. I will definitely keep all these places in mind when I go to visit :)

  14. Jennifer Dugan Murphy May 8, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    we Irish are known for wonderful tea times, as well as guiness!! Lol

  15. Phyllis A Huebbe May 9, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I actually live about an hour away from Chicago, so visiting one of these would be wonderful!

  16. Jennifer Dugan Murphy May 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    This post has got me thinking about all of the different cultural tea traditions… Hmmm. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Barrie May 9, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I want to go to The Lobby and one of each of the pastries! They all look so good.

  18. Alberta Conner May 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to back to Chicago, this will be on my list!

  19. Jeanna Massman May 10, 2018 at 4:25 am - Reply

    I love Chicago! So many fun places to explore. Thanks for the ideas.

  20. Jennifer Dugan Murphy May 10, 2018 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    I have never been to Chicago, but this post inspired me to get there someday for tea! Lots of tea!

  21. Jennifer Dugan Murphy May 11, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    I love the large elegant rooms you have included here… And tea with music? My heart be still!

  22. Jennifer Dugan Murphy May 12, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Vanille Patisserie looks right up my ally!

  23. Alyce Poalillo May 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    I never knew there are so many places to have tea in Chicago. When in England I always try to have high tea at least once.

  24. Margaret May 18, 2018 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Love all the pics

  25. Jerry Marquardt May 18, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Your list is so helpful for me and my family. I love tea, so when I go into the city, it sometimes isn’t easy. This makes it much easier.

  26. Minta Boggs May 18, 2018 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Wow!! beautiful pictures and Love all the lists you provided for us. We love tea but never knew there was so many different varieties.

  27. Jorge Granda May 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Very nice photos, I live in Chicago and have never been to any of those places.

  28. Jorge Granda May 22, 2018 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Great places that I have never been to. I live in Chicago and have never heard of these places.

  29. Vennesa Kelly May 23, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Those are beautiful places. Thanks for sharing

  30. Joshua May 26, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    What is your favorite dessert to eat with tea?

  31. Lanie May 26, 2018 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    I have always wanted to go to Chicago. Looks so beautiful and fun. :) Great places to relax and unwind.

  32. Joshua May 27, 2018 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Hazelnut Cream Puff now I want some now that I know it exist….

  33. terence mealing May 28, 2018 at 4:57 am - Reply

    makes me feel hungry

  34. Joshua May 28, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    The chandelier of The Lobby is outstanding…

  35. Joshua May 28, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    I love the gold accents of The Lobby it’s magnifico … ?

  36. Joshua May 29, 2018 at 6:25 am - Reply

    I promise you if I’m elected I will not ignore the “Mellow Chamomile” tea … ??

  37. Joshua May 29, 2018 at 6:27 am - Reply

    The Three Arts Club of Chicago wow I love that chandelier hanging over the foundation… magical

  38. Joshua May 30, 2018 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Have you ever had #Bigelow #Plantation #MintTea ?

  39. Joshua May 30, 2018 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Exotic Petit Four I’ve never heard of that flavour does it taste like flowers?

  40. Joshua May 31, 2018 at 5:11 am - Reply

    I know I don’t have to be a tea lover but I am one ?

  41. Joshua May 31, 2018 at 5:13 am - Reply

    I know tea is big in #Britain #China #Japan & I wonder what other countries are big on tea?

  42. Joshua June 2, 2018 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Alright what is “English Devon Ice Cream” & why haven’t I heard of it before? ? ???

  43. Veronica June 2, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    The Pavillion is where I would love to go. Looks beautiful and relaxing.

  44. Jean June 23, 2018 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Yes Tea delightful

  45. laurie damrose August 13, 2018 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I will keep these wonderful spots in mind when I travel to Chicago.

  46. Denise Low August 19, 2018 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    It looks like it would be a fun place to visit. Thank you for sharing.

  47. Lanie September 8, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

    What a lovely places to relax and have some tea!

  48. Nigel Soper September 30, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Nearly as civilised as England – wonderful

  49. Sandy Klocinski October 29, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Awesome! Amazing choices! Thanks for sharing

  50. Ashley Zabel February 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I looooooooove tea! Drink it every day!

  51. Bryan Vice February 16, 2019 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I havent been to Chicago but if i do i will be sure to hit up these spots

  52. Nancy June 28, 2019 at 5:51 am - Reply

    I like a place with ambiance & lots of great visuals to gaze at while sipping some amazing loose leaf tea. Thanks for sharing.

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