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Menu (subject to change):
Four selections of sandwiches prepared on House made breads:
Roasted Beef on a mini black Asiago pepper roll
Pear & Watercress with Blue cheese mousse on Brioche
Smoked Salmon & Cucumber on Pumpernickel
Egg Salad on White Bread
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Pastries
Two selections per person designed by our Pastry Chef
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Fruit Bread & Scones
Accompanied by Preserves, Lemon Curd & English Devon Cream
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Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable. Menu is prix fixe and dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated.

 

Tuesday, December 13, 1:30-3:30pm

WE'RE SORRY, THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!

Thursday, December 15
1:30-3:30 pm

Holiday Tour and Tea- The Architecture of the Drake Hotel

Afternoon Tea is a tradition that began in 1840 by the Seventh Duchess of Bedford. Due to a long period between the meals, the Duchess experienced a sinking feeling that afflicted her between 3 and 4 o’clock. One afternoon she requested a tray of tea, bread, butter, and cake to be brought to her room. Gradually, she became accustomed to this habit and invited her friends to partake in her daily ritual. Within a short period of time, this affair, known as Afternoon Tea, became an elaborate social event. During this time, the Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich, enhancing the overall experience of Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea remains to this day a graceful affair to enjoy in the company of friends and associates and is offered daily at the Drake Hotel.

Join us for an afternoon of style, featuring a tour of Drake Hotel history and design highlights of the hotel interior and a discussion of the development of the surrounding Gold Coast neighborhood in the 1920s. The tour will be led by Chicago historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach, author of The Jewel of the Gold Coast, and will be immediately followed by the Drake Hotel’s famous traditional afternoon tea in the Palm Court bedecked in holiday finery with live musical accompaniment.

COST $50 CAF members/$60 non-members

LOCATION Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place (meet in the lobby)

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HOLIDAY TOUR AND TEA: THE DRAKE HOTEL
 

BIO

 

OWNER, CHICAGO HISTORY TOURS
Sally Sexton Kalmbach

Sally Sexton Kalmbach is a fourth generation Chicagoan whose family founded a Chicago-based coffee and tea company in the early 1880s, at the same time Potter Palmer was developing the Gold Coast. Sally has taught classes in Chicago history at the Newberry Library, and has given numerous speeches and customized tours for individuals and small groups. Her expertise and ability to present the material in an accessible yet informative manner has earned her a loyal following. Her topics include: Chicago's Gold Coast, Revisiting the Columbian Exposition of 1893, Mrs. Potter Palmer's Gold Coast, Women and the White City, Mrs. James Ward Thorne's Miniature Rooms, and Chicago's Holiday Traditions.

Sally is a co-founder of the Chicago History Women's Club, a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, a volunteer docent at the Charnley-Persky House Museum, and an active member of the Blue Dolphins Swim Club.

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