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The Heights of Elegance: Afternoon Tea in the Windy City

February 29th, 2016

Afternoon tea, with its delicate teapots, cucumber sandwiches, buttery scones and clotted cream, is the height of elegance. The light meal began in 1840 as a means for the Seventh Duchess of Bedford to stave off hunger during the long hours between breakfast and dinner. Conveniently, it was around this time that the Earl of Sandwich created his eponymous hand­ held meal. The “afternoon tea” quickly caught on, and now it’s synonymous with refined leisure and sophisticated nibbling. In Chicago, it’s an indulgence wrapped in the luxury of some of our most beautiful hotels and dining rooms.

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