Afternoon Tea with Kids

Afternoon tea is such a lovely experience to share with your children! It’s a special outing in a charming setting that naturally creates time to bond over flavorful treats. We are lucky to live in an area that has many elegant options to choose from, many of which hold teatimes geared specifically for children. Whether it’s a birthday, Mother’s Day or any simple day, teatime is the perfect time to slow down in a calming environment and share quality moments with your little ones. Raise those pinkies in the air and check out our list for some of the best local tea spots in the Chicagoland!

Step into Suzette’s French Country Dining Room and enjoy a three-course tea with your daughter or son. White table linens, Fine China, water goblets and Christofle silverware set the mood for tea. Suzette’s offers a choice between an English Tea and French Tea. English Tea begins with tea sandwiches. French Tea begins with a choice of Crepes or Quiche with special choices for the children. The second course is freshly baked scones served with lemon curd and Devonshire cream. Course Three offers a choice of desserts, mini- size for the children. All teas are loose-leaf teas blended specifically for Suzette’s with a nice assortment of black, green and herbal on their tea list. Hot Chocolate is also available served with plenty of whipped cream and a cherry on top.

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Afternoon tea at Suzette’s is located in Historic Downtown Wheaton at 211 West Front Street and is by reservation only. Pricing: $34.50 adults; $15.50 children, 9 years and under. Call (630) 462-0898 or email suzettescreperie4@gmail.com. You can also click here to visit their website.

Afternoon Tea for Kids in Chicago’s South and West Suburbs

A big thank you to Suzette’s Creperie for sponsoring this great list of places to enjoy the fun tradition of afternoon tea.

The Allis
113-125 North Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Call to reserve: (312) 521-8000
Afternoon tea served daily from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm, $40 per guest.

American Girl Place
Water Tower Place
835 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Call to reserve: (877) 247-5223
American Girl Place offers a special afternoon tea time. Features a prix fixe menu which begins with their signature warm cinnamon buns. $19 per person.

The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
Call to reserve: (312) 787-2200
Tea served daily in The Palm Court from 1 pm – 5 pm. Features a Prince & Princess Afternoon tea service for children ages 4 – 12.

High Tea with Gerri
144 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
Call to reserve: (847) 948-1724
Tea served daily from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Features a Prince & Princess tea service with hats for girls to wear. Prices start at $36/adult, $21.50/child.

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The Langham Hotel
330 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Call to reserve: (312) 923-7710
Tea served daily at the Langham. Features Afternoon Teas with Wedgewood. $30/child ages 5 – 12, $78/adults.

The Palmer House
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Call to reserve: (312) 917-3404
Tea served daily from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Features a special children’s tea menu at Lockwood Restaurant in the Palmer House Hilton. $22/child ages 3 – 12, $45/adult.

The Peninsula Hotel
108 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Call to reserve: (312) 337-2888
Afternoon tea seatings Monday–Saturday at 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm, as well as Sunday at 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Children’s menus are available.

Pinecone Cottage Tea House
1029 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Call to reserve: (630) 963-9130
Afternoon tea and catering menus change monthly, incorporating seasonally available ingredients, many of which are grown in the Original Pinecone Cottage Gardens. Served Wednesday–Sunday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Russian Tea Time
77 East Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Call to reserve: (312) 360-0000
Afternoon tea served daily from 2:30 – 4:30 pm, $29.95/guest.

Serenitea Cafe
1046 Pleasant Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Call to reserve: (708) 660-9670
Visit and enjoy tea centered around vintage tea rooms with a vintage-style menu for breakfast and lunch. Afternoon tea is $30/guest, or $35/guest for vegan and gluten-free options.

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Suzette’s Crêperie
211 West Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Call to reserve: (630) 462-0898
Step into Suzette’s French Country dining room and enjoy a three-course tea with your daughter or son. White table linens, fine china, water goblets and a Christofle silverware set the mood for tea. $34.50/adult, $15.50/child ages 9 years and under.

If you’ve been to tea at any of these spots, please tell us all about your experience in the comments! You can also check out our indoor activities for kids page to get more ideas for making memories together.

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

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