Warming Up in the Windy City: 5 Tea and Coffee Tastings
Especially during Chicago’s chilly winter months, there’s nothing better than a warm cup of joe or a soothing cup of tea to rescue you from the crisp city air. For the tea and coffee lovers residing in the Windy City, you likely already have your favorite spots in your neighborhood to stock up on leaves, blends, beans and kettles. But if you’re looking for a different place for afternoon tea or are jonesing for some exciting new coffee flavors and techniques, join in on one of these 5 coffee and tea-themed events in Chi-Town.

High society tea time at Palm Court.

What’s more Chicagoan than eating a hot dog? Drinking tea at The Drake Hotel’s high society hotspot, of course! The likes of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth and the Empress of Japan have all dined at the luxury hotel for afternoon tea and now you can too. Politely sip their blend of custom-made tea while gorging (delicately) on a delightful assortment of finger sandwiches, breads, scones and seasonal desserts from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. High society, here we come!

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Artisan tea tastings for two.

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At some point in your relationships, you and your S.O. are bound to take a wine tasting trip to the local vineyard or go on a brewery tour downtown. But for the couples who want something a little more upscale and out of the ordinary, why not taste some artisanal teas? At this Adagio Teas open house featuring your favorite flavors (and some flavors you didn’t know existed), you’ll relax with your partner for a cozy night out.

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Class it up with afternoon tea at Lockwood.

There is a world of a difference between high tea and afternoon tea, FYI. Americans have been mistakenly referring to "high tea" as the more high-brow of the two, but it’s actually afternoon tea that deserves the upscale title. At this sit-down event, you’ll need to class it up to indulge in gourmet sandwiches, scones and sweets while drinking fine Harney & Son’s teas. With options for both adults and kids, there’s something for the whole family to love.

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Crawl for coffee and cocoa.

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No one likes to be outside during Chicago winters, but by undertaking this coffee and cocoa crawl, you’ll have a good excuse to be out and about. Hot drink lovers will enjoy this tour through Chicago’s River North neighborhood, where you and your fellow caffeine enthusiasts will savor the hottest (but not in temperature) specialty coffees, hot cocoas, pastries and desserts a gal or guy could ask for.

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For brewsters who aren’t into beer.

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Have these tasting tours inspired you to bring some of these hot drinks home? If you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur or an amateur barista, then you’ll have to take this brewing class for beginners. Featuring your favorite French press, brewing drip and other brewing techniques, you’ll master the art of making a good cup of joe while sipping on a delicious cup of your favorite blend.

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