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8 Must-Try Afternoon Teas in Chicago

December 9th, 2014


By Sarah Freeman

The lost art of high tea is a tradition still worshiped by our friends across the pond. Why are Americans left out of this midafternoon treat, featuring elegant towers of pastries and tiny sandwiches? Lucky for us, during the holidays, hotels and fine-dining establishments around Chicago offer weary travelers and Downtown shoppers a chance to sit back and refuel with a spot of hot tea. So take some time to savor the sweet stuff, try out your British accent and participate in teatime.

Palmer House

Served under the sprawling fresco covering Palmer House’s lobby, this elegant tea is served daily from 2-4 PM. Guests are treated to an array of finger sandwiches from curried chicken with golden raisins, sweet curry aïoli and walnuts to roast beef on pumpernickel with whole grain mustard and watercress, as well as scones and sweets. Dine on peppermint chocolate pot de crème while sipping a selection of Harney & Sons teas. Afternoon tea is available for $40, and champagne for an additional $10.

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