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6 best kid-friendly tea rooms in Chicago

These tea rooms serve up classy cups without the sassy sneers. Here are our picks for places to warm your buns this winter, with kids in tow.

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.

These tea rooms serve up classy cups without the sassy sneers. Here are our picks for places to warm your buns this winter, with kids in tow.

Atwood opened a decade ago as strictly a tea shop, and although it’s grown to a full-service restaurant, it hasn’t forgotten its roots. During the holidays (ending Dec. 31), it offers its just-for-kids Mad Hatter tea service, where an Alice in Wonderland-inspired menu appears on the back of playing cards and crazy hats are encouraged. Daily, Nov. 26-Dec. 31.

Atwood Cafe

Atwood Holiday Tea Service


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 menu).

The Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago


Along with their white fisherman sweaters and charming brogue, the Irish are known for their tea, and Celtic Knot in Evanston serves it up right. Twice-weekly Moira’s Afternoon Tea features a traditional tea service of sandwiches, scones, sweets and choice of tea. It’s certainly not high tea like those offered at some of Chicago’s five-star hotels, but the classy-pub vibe is charming and it’s loud enough that a few, ahem, rowdy kids won’t draw stares. Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. ($16.95 per person, registration recommended)

Celtic Knot Pub


With more than a dozen locations around the city (and three in the suburbs), Argo is perfect for those times you can’t feel your fingers, there’s no El/bus/cab in sight and you have a distinct feeling a diaper change is in your immediate future. Reliably clean and pleasant, with a surprisingly high-end selection of loose-leaf teas for a chain, Argo is as dependable as it is delightful. Try the Maté Laté.


If you find yourself in the far north suburbs, infini-tea in Antioch offers 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.

infini-tea


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 menu).

Not Your Aunt Sally’s High Tea


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