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Traveling in the winter is something I look forward to every year. Because of our upcoming nuptials, we aren’t heading out of town this winter. As such, I’ve been really trying to try new activities and explore where I live. While this winter brought the longest Chicago cold streak in the last 80 years, I haven’t spent much time outside. What I have done, though, is spend a lot of time inside, and a lot of time eating. Mostly just eating inside. Since I spent the last six months living primarily in the southwest suburbs, I decided to look for some of my favorite city activities in the suburbs. Thus, my quest to find where to get high tea in DuPage County was born. Here are my recommendations for high tea Chicago suburbs edition:
Saturday Tea at Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
A table full of ladies enjoy three tiers of treats at Lucille’s restaurant at Drury Lane Theatre. Photo c/o hmojod.
Every Saturday from 3pm-5pm, Lucille at Drury Lane hosts an afternoon tea fit for the finest occasion. For $35, guests enjoy a delicious spread of treats, unlimited champagne, and a full pot full of your choice of tea. With black, white, green, and herbal teas, there is a blend to please anyones palate. The three tier serving towers serve traditional shortbreads, scones, finger sandwiches, and mignardises. Paired with an assortments of butters and jams, it’s hard to finish an entire tower With stunning decor reminiscent of old hollywood, dining at Lucille is by far the most glamorous place for high tea in DuPage county, and possibly all high tea of the Chicago suburbs.
1029 Burlington Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Have you ever heard of a restaurant that exists solely to serve high tea? I sure hadn’t before I stumbled upon Pinecone Cottage Tea House, just a few blocks away from where I work. An adorably shabby chic and eclectic spot, the uniqueness of the decor nearly surpasses the uniqueness of the menu. Open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon until 4pm, Pinecone Cottage Tea House is also the only teahouse I know of that rotates menus monthly. A farm-to-table restaurant since 1990–before the term existed–the chef/owner Pam started hosting afternoon teas from her home prior to opening a retail location.
There are multiple ways to enjoy an afternoon at Pinecone Cottage. You may elect to have a four-course prix fixe tea menu. Starting with savory soup, the second course consists of more bites with just a touch of sweetness, followed by a third course of scones and sweetened breads, and ending with sweet treats. At $28.50 per person, it is satisfying and filling, without being overly expensive.
You can also bypass the four course tea menu and simply have one of the savory items as an entree portion. Of course, it includes tea and options for additional sweets. Looking for high tea in Dupage county with some flexibility of menu? Pinecone Cottage is a great place to try high tea in the Chicago suburbs.
2301 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Experiencing high tea at the Drake in Chicago is a staple for many tourists and Chicagoans alike. At $49 per person before parking, tip, and tax, it is one of the more affordable city options for high tea. Well, the Drake Oak Brook puts on nearly an identical spread, minus the harpist, for just $30 per person. It is the ideal place to get afternoon tea in the Chicago suburbs. With the high standards of the Drake brand of hotels, you can guarantee a fantastic high tea in DuPage county. High tea is served Friday and Saturdays, from 2pm-5pm. If you’d rather have wine over the weekend, check out the wine experiences of the Chicago suburbs.
English or French Tea at Suzette’s Creperie
211 West Front Street, Wheaton, IL 60187
One of the hangups I have with afternoon tea is that sometimes, the sweets outweigh the savory items. I happen to prefer a tea heavier on savory dishes than sweets. If you are like me, you are in luck as Suzette’s Creperie in Wheaton offers two tea settings: a French style with savory crepes as the first course, and a traditional English tea with standard sweets and breads. With tea service Monday through Saturday at 2pm, and Sundays at 1pm, Suzette’s Creperie is the only place with afternoon tea in the Chicago suburbs, every day of the week.
Have you had High Tea in DuPage County?
When looking for high tea in DuPage county, you can’t go wrong with any of the choices mentioned. With the add-ons like champagne and cocktail service, rotating seasonal menus, and more affordable prices, these tea sittings surpass the offerings within Chicago proper. Have you had high tea or afternoon tea in the Chicago suburbs? Or, do you know of somewhere else that serves high tea that I haven’t mentioned? If so, I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below.