Where: Chicago, Illinois Style: Modern lounge Tea Selection: 12+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Daily, 11 to 3 Reservations: Reservations required Contact:Reserve here Cost: $85 Holiday Tea; $75 Afternoon Tea; $35 Child’s Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: This riverside hotel is across the street from the docks where several architectural cruises depart. We wished we had timed our afternoon to have been able to take a boat tour of the city’s history after our teatime. Also, we understand if locals insist on revisiting throughout the year to experience the seasonally changing menus (fabulous!).
Destination Tea Notes: From a culinary and scenic perspective, we saved the best for last on our Chicago trip. Tea hats off to LondonHouse Chicago’s Pastry Chef Thomas Gorczyca and Executive Chef Liz Sweeney: their creations are outstanding. This is a high-end afternoon tea worth every penny, so plan to spoil yourself and add LondonHouse Chicago to your destination tea wishlist. Originally a historic landmark called the London Guarantee & Accident Building, the site is known as one of four 1920s anchors of the Michigan Avenue Bridge (alongside the Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Tower and 333 North Michigan Avenue). In 2013, the property was transformed into a luxury hotel featuring the addition of a modernist all-glass tower, where afternoon tea is served in the second-floor lobby, allowing guests to gaze out over the blue-green Chicago river and striking architecture of the surrounding historical buildings. It feels like you’ve walked on to a movie set, with the added pleasure of spectating the bustle of city folks and tourists passing by while you are tucked into a leisurely (and so amazingly delicious) afternoon tea.