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Nope, this is not the cover of Kinfolk magazine. This is the French Holiday Tea that’s happening at Brindille. (But only through Saturday. So make that rezzie fast.) The decadent spread includes pumpkin soup, sandwiches, crumpets, scones and specialty desserts. And get this: You can add on French black truffles or Italian white truffles.
534 N. Clark St.; 312-595-1616 or brindille-chicago.com. $55 per person.
First, let’s discuss the views: sparkling river, stunning architecture… Yep, this will do. Nibbles change seasonally, and the holiday menu includes duck confit sliders, Atlantic salmon rillettes, braised Portuguese octopus and pastries galore. We hope you came hungry.
330 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-923-7710 or langhamhotels.com. $70 for adults; $30 for kids.
Guys. Here you can order tea cocktails--both chilled and warm--to accompany snacks like “everything” bagels and spinach and artichoke cornets. (OK, and scones, too, in case you like a dash of tradition.) Score a seat by the crackling fireplace for added coziness.
120 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-280-8800 or fourseasons.com. $42 for adults; $19 for children.
Hey, we’re celebrating this month. Which means a boozy gabfest at 3 p.m. is the norm. Meet up with friends at the Virgin Hotel’s cheeky tea service, which includes gin-infused sips from Rare Tea Cellars. Can you imagine a cup of “Freak of Nature Oolong” spiked?
203 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-940-6600 or virginhotels.com. $45 the "non boozy way"; $55 "the boozy way?"
This adorbs Wicker Park café doesn’t have a tea service, per se. But who’s to say you can’t build your own? All the fixings are available on the menu, which has sweet and savory scones, clotted cream and citrus curds, and (of course) plenty of teas.
1632 W. Division St.; 773-904-8722 or sconecity.com
Listen, forget everything you know about afternoon tea. These days it’s less Earl Grey and cucumber sandwiches (yawn) and more boozy tea cocktails and duck sliders (yum). Here are the 5 best non-boring tea services in town. They just might become the new happy hour.
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