Afternoon Tea in Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel – Everything You Want To Know

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Time for a tea party!

My minifashionista loves a good tea party.  Whether it is at home with princess playmates and pretend tea set, or to celebrate a birthday, or in London (her first fancy afternoon tea), she (and I) are always up for a little afternoon tea.  So when daddy proposed the grand and impromptu idea to enjoy a little afternoon tea during our stay at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago this summer, we excitedly agreed to it!

The setting

We just love the beautiful restaurant, located in the lobby of the hotel with its dramatic floral arrangements, 20 ft. high, floor-to-ceiling windows, and elegant atmosphere.  It’s certainly the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or just to celebrate the everyday like we did!

(this picture taken from Peninsula’s website)

The menu

The afternoon tea included a delectable sampling of savory and sweet bites.

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For the adults, sandwiches included the traditional variety: salmon and cream cheese, egg salad, tuna fish, and cucumber.  The middle tray included 2 scones and the top tray featured all the pretty desserts and treats.  As you can imagine, it took all my willpower not to start there first!

For kids

Everything was so perfectly pretty that the tiered tray just begged for a picture.  Juliet enjoyed ordering from the kid’s menu which also featured a decadent afternoon tea with treats including: gummy bears, jello shot, and her own collection of bite-sized pastries and chocolates prepared by the Peninsula’s world-renowned culinary team.  We should note that children’s, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free afternoon tea menus are also available upon request.

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French fries, baby burger, a ham and cheese sandwich shaped like a teddy bear, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich slice rounded out her plate. When she accidentally dropped her PB&J, the waiter jumped to offer her another one.  What service!  But he didn’t just come back with her replacement sandwich.

The surprises

He returned to also magically place the Peninsula bear on her seat without her realizing.  She discovered it moments after he left and was left curious as to how he got there.  When she asked the waiter about it, he playfully guessed that the bear must’ve jumped up onto her chair when she wasn’t looking, hoping to find a new home!  Juliet was ecstatic to find a new friend to enjoy tea with and she quickly introduced him to her pet bunny.  Together we all had a grand old time! The tea selection is vast and impressive ranging from oolong, herbal, green, black teas.  And we found that ordering one afternoon tea set, and one children’s set was enough for the 3 of us to enjoy as a family.

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And what made the afternoon tea even more memorable was the live music that we were treated to!  chicago peninsula hotel tea, chicago peninsula hotel, afternoon tea at peninsula hotel

A cellist and violinist serenaded us!

Location and times

The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago is located at 108 E. Superior St. between N. Michigan Avenue and Rush St.  And afternoon tea times are:
2:30 pm, 4:30 pm (Mon – Sat) and 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Sun). $65 for the adult tea order and $39 for the kid’s portion.

We highly recommend this AND the chocolate buffet served Friday and Sundays (7pm-10:30pm)

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We hope you enjoyed this insider’s peek into the Peninsula’s perfect afternoon tea!

Click here to read about how to plan a kids’ tea party – princess style!

Click here to see the teddy bear tea party we planned!

Click here to see the first tea party for toddlers that we hosted at home!

4 Top Reasons To Try TopView

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Thanks to MomTrends and TopView, us mommy bloggers were invited to tour our own city with TopView and experience the classic, double-decker bus tour for ourselves.  And it did not disappoint!  I was so excited to finally get to ride this iconic red bus.  After having lived in the NY area for almost 20 years, you’d think I’d have tried it all but alas this was my first time getting to ride this fun red bus which I’ve seen pass by a hundred times!  After having experienced it, here is my TopView review and 5 top reasons to try it out:


  1. Time-Saving.  When in a foreign city, you may generally have an idea of attractions you want to see, but in order to make the most of your time, you’ll need to know how to navigate and schedule an itinerary that makes logistical sense.  TopView takes care of all of that by providing tours listed by area and by attraction.  From Bronx to Brooklyn, TopView offers five carefully curated, routes across NYC: Downtown Tour, Uptown Tour, Bronx Tour, Brooklyn Tour, and Night Tour cutting out the time it would take to research best routes and figure out your own transportation to each site.  With four different, All City Passes available there is sure to be one that will exactly fit your needs. 
  2. The Views – (Obviously!)  There is no better way to see the famous neighborhoods than to sit atop an open-air bus with unobstructed, vast views! The subway, bus or taxi routes never offer you this!  And who wants to miss out?  New York City is a place where you really should look up and appreciate the towering skyscrapers that surround you.  Go with a group, and you’ll surely make memories to last a lifetime!
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  3. Audio Narration in 8 Languages- In addition to the professional drivers who offer short wait times, you are provided new earphones with which you’ll receive audio guidance in a whopping 8 languages! (English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Korean, and Russian) State-of-the-art, GPS triggered systems within the bus, allow for a custom-timed tour too!
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  4. Freebies – They’ve thought of everything!  Want to see the Statue of Liberty up close?  Free Liberty cruises are incliuded.  Want to see the famous Museum of the city of NY?  Free admission is included.  Afraid it might rain?  They’ll provide ponchos!  Want to traverse Central Park in a timely fashion? A free, 2-hour bike rental is included!
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I had so much fun traveling through town with fellow NY bloggers and would totally do it again next time tourist friends come into town!  For more information and ticketing details, click here!

Have YOU tried this double-decker, NYC bus?  You can win tickets for you and a friend!  Just leave a comment here, and follow me on both FB and Instagram!  Leave a comment in my facebook post once done with your IG and FB usernames so I can check.  Tag a friend for additional entries.


For my tips on how to have an epic, SoCal road trip, click here!

How to plan perfect Paris pictures -click here!

5 Wild and Wacky, must-see spots to take your kids to in Tokyo – click here!

This is a sponsored post but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.  





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