Striving towards raising a culturally and emotionally aware child means being open to a variety of experiences, and afternoon tea is 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 normal tea parties, enjoy a special celebration or holiday with the family, and can serve as an educational tool. Before your next tea outing, be sure to read and bookmark this article.
Below, I’ll spill all the “tea” on where to get your next cup!
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. The cost is $30/guest.
Water Tower Place
835 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Teatime at American Girl Cafe is available on Saturdays and Sundays. Teatime requires online reservations and a $50 deposit.
St. Charles, IL 60175
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 $57.50, $37.50 for children 11 and under.
83 S. LaSalle Street
Aurora, IL 60505
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).
255 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Afternoon Tea at the English Room is available for seatings at 2:00pm and 2:30pm 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, with which is available Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00pm – 4:00pm by online preorder.
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
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. The dress code is smart casual, gloves are optional. Prices average $69/adult and $35/child.
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Tea is offered every Saturday at 1:00pm 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.
144 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
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 $35/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.
330 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
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.
404 S. Third Street
Geneva, IL 60611
The Little Traveler serves a three-course English Tea Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:30am – 2:30pm. Afternoon Tea starts at $13.95/guest and is by reservation only. Reservations must be made by email. In the email securing your reservation be sure to include the date, time, and number of guests.
85 E Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
The LondonHouse Chicago holds various themed Afternoon Tea outings in the Bridges Lobby Bar, which is located on the second floor. Currently, they’re offering a St. Patrick’s Day-themed tea through the end of March. 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 $85/adult and $45/child.
108 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Peninsula’s Afternoon Tea is served in The Lobby Fridays through Sundays at 2:30pm and 4:30pm and costs $135/adult (including a glass of champagne) and $55/child ages 5-12. Pre-paid reservations required.
1029 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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.
77 East Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Afternoon tea is served daily from 11:00am – 7:30 pm. Reservations are only needed for parties of 6 or more. Prices start at $35.95/guest.
1046 Pleasant Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Open from 10:30am – 4:30pm, Thursdays–Sundays. $33/adult and $23/child. At the time of this article, they are only serving 24 guests, so be sure to call or email to make your reservation ASAP. Afternoon tea to-go and catered tea parties are still available.
113-125 N. Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Afternoon Tea is offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 2:00pm – 4:30pm. The dress code is business casual and pricing starts at $55/guest. Online reservations are needed.
211 West Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
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. Pricing starts at $40/guest.
2108 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Beginning in April 2023, Vanille Patisserie Lincoln Park will accept online reservations for afternoon tea. Parties of 2 will be hosted in their cafe, while parties of 4-10 will be hosted in the private dining room. Afternoon Tea starts at $75/guest. Vanilla Patisserie Lincoln Park also offers an At-Home Afternoon Tea Party which starts at $185. If you’re interested in this particular location, be sure to check their website in April to secure reservations.
13 1/2 West Davis Street
Arlington Heights 60005
Their prince and princess high tea is $30 per person for children 7 years old and younger.
17028 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
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.