This holiday season, what better way to beat cabin fever and
keep warm than by enjoying afternoon tea with your family? A
relaxing break from the chaos of the holidays, afternoon tea is
quickly becoming an annual tradition for many families in the
Originating in Britain, afternoon tea can replace lunch or dinner,
and includes finger sandwiches, scones and pastries along with a
steaming pot of your choice of tea (or coffee if you don't drink
tea). For caffeine-free alternatives, ask for herbal teas, steamed
milk, hot chocolate or hot apple cider.
The Peninsula Hotel offers a quiet refuge from North Michigan
Avenue shopping. Understated yet elegant, the airy lobby is modeled
after the original Peninsula in Hong Kong and serves afternoon tea
daily ($36 per person or $18 per person for the children's
Down the street, the stately Drake Hotel is another
family-friendly venue for afternoon tea ($29 per person or $15 per
person for the children's menu). During the holidays, a Christmas
tree and model train offer a nice distraction for kids who need to
get up and stretch. What better way to enjoy five star hotels
without paying five star prices?
If you don't want the pomp and circumstance of the hotels, head
over to one of several Julius Meinl locations in the city-in
Lakeview, Lincoln Square and on Irving Park Boulevard-for à la
carte afternoon tea. Be sure to check out the special holiday
pastry menu. In the suburbs, Jolane's (in the Abt shopping plaza in
Glenview) is owned by Julius Meinl and offers the same
kid-friendly, Viennese café setting and extensive loose-leaf tea
and pastry selection.
Farther north, in Antioch, infini-tea is offering a special tea
($12 per person), including sweets and savories, with Mrs. Potts
and other characters from Beauty and the Beast Sunday, Nov. 8, 15
and 22 at 5:30 p.m., after they perform at the PM & L Theatre.
Reservations are required for tea with Mrs. Potts and strongly
suggested for afternoon tea at other venues.
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