Summer is exhaling its last breath and fall is knocking on the door. It’s a perfect time to visit Chicago, when the crowds have fallen away and the weather is nearly perfect. The foliage shows off in Millennium Park, flittering with shades of orange and yellow; a breeze drifts in from Lake Michigan; and The Windy City’s neighborhoods glitter with leaf-strewn charm.
And, just because the throngs of straw-hat tourists have left the city, it doesn’t mean that there’s not a plethora of fun things to do. From parades to festivals to museum happenings to zoo fun, there’s much to experience with your family or friends in tow.
Rent a boat by the hour from the Chicago Electric Boat Company, which will allow you to captain an easy-to-maneuver vessel down the Chicago River, viewing important architecture along the way. See a live performance in one of Chicago’s many theatres. View dynamic street art throughout the city without spending a dime. Enjoy stunning rooftop views, with a cocktail in hand, at places like London House Chicago, Cindy’s Rooftop, or Virgin Hotels Chicago. And, for a truly special experience, one that you won’t soon forget, choose an Afternoon Tea at the newly renovated The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
You won’t find a better, or closer, view of Chicago’s John Hancock building, officially named 875 North Michigan Avenue, than from the outdoor Rooftop at Torali. Snuggle up by the fire, inhale the fresh air, and marvel at the cityscape prior to your reserved Afternoon Tea at The Café, located adjacent in an indoor light and bright space with a modern design. The Cafe is sophisticated and posh yet feels every bit as comfortable as you’d desire a tea outing to be when in repose for the afternoon.
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Be sure to include your dietary requirements upon booking, as most needs may be accommodated. The staff here are attentive and amiable, not to mention exceptionally knowledgeable about everything on the menu. From the moment you and your guests arrive, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of champagne and presented with a curated selection of Ritz-Carlton teas. Expect delectable savory tea sandwiches, bite-sized fresh salads, and baked delights, followed by Instagram-worthy mini pastries and desserts.
Located within the historic Water Tower Place, near Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile, you’ll appreciate the serene and quiet space, complete with bold floor-to-ceiling windows. The award-winning café is the perfect setting for chatting and connecting with friends and family. The Summer Afternoon Tea is available until September 25. The Spooky Tea runs through October 30. The popular Festive Tea is offered through December 25.
And, while you certainly don’t have to select an overnight stay to enjoy the Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, you won’t regret a sojourn here. The property features a luxury spa, fitness center, wellness classes like yoga and Pilates, a coveted indoor swimming pool, kid’s amenities like child-sized bathrobes, and well-appointed guest rooms. You’ll also have easy access to Chicago’s most loved attractions like Navy Pier, the Field Museum, Oak Street Beach, Millennium Park, and the theatre district. Slide into fall in style.