Coffee is an everyday staple—nay, a necessity—but tea is a beverage made for rest and relaxation. You may typically brew a pot at home, but there are ways to get a little fancier as you enjoy the hot coffee alternative.
These tea shops and afternoon tea spots around Chicago are perfect places for curling up with a book, a laptop or a few friends and sipping on a warm cuppa.
Maison De Castelnau
3352 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. 872-806-2606
This little slice of Paris offers up teas, coffees, hot chocolates and pastries to distract you from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Owner Miriam “strives to bring a sense of authenticity” to everything she serves up. No reservations are needed unless you’re bringing a family of five or more. Reservations: maisondecastelnau.com
330 N. Wabash Ave. 312-923-7710
Nestled inside the Langham Hotel on the Chicago River, Pavilion hosts daily afternoon teas in the style of the original Langham Hotel in London. Tea time at Pavilion is inspired by “Alice in Wonderland” and includes sandwiches, pastries and live music. $65 per person, $30 for children. Reservations: langhamhotels.com
113-125 N. Green St. 312-521-8000
Soho House’s restaurant en place offers afternoon tea every day from 2:30 to 5 p.m. For $34 per person, each guest will be served finger sandwiches, a scone, cakes and tea. For an additional $9, a glass of rosé prosecco will also be served. Reservations: theallis.com.
Serenitea Cafe and Boutique
1046 Pleasant St. Oak Park, Ill. 708-660-9670
This Oak Park staple harks back to the prime of tea rooms in the 1920s and 1930s. For $28 per person, guests will be treated to fingers foods, scones and desserts, as well as your very own pot of tea. For $32, guests can be treated to vegan and gluten-free treats. Reserve your spot 24 hours in advance at sereniteaoakpark.com.
Band of Bohemia
4710 N. Ravenswood Ave. 773-271-4710
This Ravenswood gems…