20 Special Spots with Kid-Friendly Afternoon Tea Times

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My daughter loves a good tea party at home! However, if I tell her we are going to high tea, she is thrilled to throw on a fancy outfit, her sparkly shoes, and put up her pinky while sipping hot tea (which is mostly comprised of honey). Striving towards raising a culturally and emotionally aware child means exposing them to a variety of experiences. Afternoon tea is always a great place to start. And besides, few things are more exciting than dressing our littles up and shuffling them out of the door for an outing they are sure to remember.

These fun events are also a great way to boost your afternoon tea party experiences and find a great spot (of tea) nearby. Tea time is also a great way to enjoy a special celebration or holiday with the family, and serve as an educational tool for patience — especially when waiting for the tea to cool. Before your next high tea, be sure to read and bookmark this article for the best kid-friendly afternoon teas and restaurants with take-away tea party items.

Below, I’ll spill all the “tea” on where to get your next cup!

This article is sponsored by Princess Party by MC.

Princess Party by MC Scavenger Hunt and Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Scavenger Hunt

Alice in Wonderland Scavenger Hunt and Tea Party (Downtown La Grange)
Reservations available on May 4 and May 11, 2024

Princess Party by MC is hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt and tea party! Your crew will receive a map, instructions, your first clue, and the answer key. Businesses throughout downtown La Grange will hold clues to guide you through your journey down the rabbit hole! Meet favorite characters such as the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts. End your whimsical hunt at a marvelous Mad Hatter tea party where you can take fun photos, meet Alice, and enjoy a little sweet treat! 

Participants can dress up to take advantage of photo opportunities, especially at the tea party. The journey will take between 45 minutes and 2 hours, depending on your group’s pace. Click here to reserve your spot!

All Chocolate Kitchen

33 South Third Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-2280

Afternoon tea is served Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm for all ages. Afternoon tea is by reservation only. There is no online reservation system; call to make your reservations. There is a $45 no-show fee.

American Girl Place

Water Tower Place
835 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(877) 247-5223

Teatime at American Girl Cafe is available on Saturdays and Sundays. Teatime requires online reservations and a $50 deposit.

Balmoral Restaurant

40W099 IL-64
St. Charles, IL 60175
(331) 901-5224

Afternoon Tea is available from 2:00 pm – 4:00pm Mondays through Thursdays. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Call after 2:00 pm to make reservations. Guest aged 12 and over $65.00, $40.00 for children 11 and under.

Calla Lily Tea Room

83 S. LaSalle Street
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 892-8100

Calla Lily Tea Room is open Mondays through Fridays 11:00am – 3:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Afternoon, High, and Princess Tea requires an online reservation at least 24 hours in advance. Afternoon tea costs $24.95/adult, and princess tea costs $16.95/child (age 10 and under).

Deer Path Inn

255 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2280

Afternoon Tea at the English Room is available for seatings at 2:00pm, 2:30pm, and 3:00pm every Wednesday through Saturday by reservation only. Call the Deer Path Inn to make reservations. Afternoon tea pricing starts at $55/adult and $30/child.

Deer Path Inn also offers Tea Time At Home, which is available Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00pm – 4:00pm by online preorder.

The Drake Hotel

140 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-2200

Palm Court at The Drake Hotel in Chicago is available for afternoon tea by reservation. You can make an online reservation or call. Reservations are for 90 minutes. Valet parking is available for 3 hours for $20, however, your ticket must be validated by your server. Prince & Princess Afternoon tea service, suitable for children between 3 and 12 years of age is offered only during the afternoon tea service.The dress code is smart casual, gloves are optional. Prices average $69/adult and $35/child.

Drury Lane

100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 530-0111

Tea is offered every Saturday at Lucille Restaurant in Drury Lane Theater. Reservations are required and can be made online. Afternoon tea is $50/guest, plus tax and a 20% service fee.

High Tea with Gerri

144 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
(847) 948-1724

Tea is served Mondays, and Wednesdays through Fridays, from 11:00am – 3:00pm, as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Online reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Prices start at $60/adult, and $30/child ages 5 and under. The dress code is dressy, smart casual, and yes, High Tea with Gerri still has Victorian hats for both adults and children alike to choose from and wear.

High Tea with Geri also has a takeaway tea option! Reservations can be made online; same-day reservations are not accommodated.

The Langham Hotel

330 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-7710

The Langham Hotel’s Afternoon Tea is held at Pavilion on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm – 6:00pm. Reservations must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance, and can be made online, by phone or by email. Menus and themes are subject to change so be sure to check the website.

The Little Traveler

404 S. Third Street
Geneva, IL 60611
(630) 232-4200

The Little Traveler serves a three-course English Tea Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:30am – 2:30pm. Afternoon Tea starts at $14.95/guest and is reservation only. Reservations must be made by email. Be sure to include the date, time, number of guests and any dietary restrictions.

LondonHouse Chicago

85 E Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 357-1200

The LondonHouse Chicago holds various themed Afternoon Tea outings in the Bridges Lobby Bar, which is located on the second floor. Afternoon Tea is served daily from 12:00pm – 3:00pm and requires an online reservation as well as a $45 deposit. Tea prices start at $90/adult and $45/child.

The Peninsula Hotel

108 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-2888

Peninsula’s Afternoon Tea is served in The Lobby Fridays through Sundays at 2:30pm and 4:30pm and costs $140/adult (including a glass of champagne) and $65/child ages 5-12. Pre-paid reservations required.

Pinecone Cottage Tea House

1029 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 963-9130

The Pinecone Cottage Tea House is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Weekday afternoon tea is held Wednesdays through Fridays from 11:00am – 5:00 pm, with the last seating taking place at 3:45pm. Call the Tea House to make a weekday afternoon tea reservation. The Pinecone Cottage Tea House also offers weekdays Petite Tea Treats. Those are served indoors pending availability.

Weekend Afternoon tea is hosted on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Online reservations need to be made to partake on the weekends. You can get Petite Tea treats during the weekend as well; however, they are carry-out only.

The Catering menus change monthly to incorporate seasonally available ingredients; check the website for more information regarding the menu. They also have several special events for specific holidays.

Russian Tea Time

77 East Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 360-0000

Afternoon tea is served daily from 11:00am – 5:00 pm. Reservations are only needed for parties of 6 or more. Prices vary depending on service selection.

Serenitea Cafe

1046 Pleasant Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 660-9670

Open from 10:30am – 4:30pm, Thursday–Sunday. They have limited capacity so be sure to call or email to make your reservation. Afternoon tea to-go and catered tea parties are still available.

Soho House

113-125 N. Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 521-8000

Afternoon Tea is offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 2:00pm – 4:30pm. The dress code is business casual and pricing starts at $63/guest. Online reservations are needed.

Suzette’s Creperie

211 West Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 462-0898

Suzette’s Creperie offers three or four-course English or French tea options, as well as Countess Tea and Grand Dame Tea. Tea is offered Tuesday through Saturday at 2:00 pm or on Sundays at 1:00pm. Reservations are needed a minimum of 24 hours in advance, by phone or online.

Vanille Patisserie Lincoln Park

2108 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 868-4574

Vanille Patisserie Lincoln Park only accepts online reservations for afternoon tea. Afternoon Tea starts at $75/guest.

The Bakester

13 1/2 West Davis Street
Arlington Heights 60005
(224) 310-9192

Their Standard High Tea is $45 per person and the Prince and Princess experience is $35 per person for children 7 years old and younger. They also offer private events!

Pekoe & Bean

17028 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 263-0098

Reservations recommended and can be made online at this tea room and coffee shop. Afternoon tea is $39 per person.

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.

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