5,000 years of tea culture, now in Yorktown Center!

So much as happened since the Emperor of China discovered that a drink could be made from the leaves of a tea tree.  As a pick-me up or for those looking for the many health benefits that can be found in tea, if you aren't drinking tea now, maybe you're missing out on the world's most popular drink.  (We don't count water.) 

Our premium selections of teas have been handpicked from around the world. We carry many varieties and grades of White, Green, Oolong, Pu'erh and Black teas. We have Asia's finest green teas, including ceremonial grade matcha and the traditional tools for the complete matcha experience. Find a large variety blends of Rooibos, Honeybush and Herbal teas, too!  We have the accessories to make your perfect cup of tea at home, from porcelain teapots to cast iron tea kettles, tea sets, teacups and mugs.

Stop by our store where you can surround yourself with the teas of the world, and enjoy a freshly made cup of hot or iced tea from our vast selection.

Shop online when you need tea or tea accessories shipped to your home or office, or as a gift for friends and relatives.

We offer a marvelous Afternoon Tea experience in the Western suburbs! Our customers rave about the food and the relaxing atmosphere and call us the hidden treasure at Yorktown Shopping Center.  Join us on any day of the week and treat yourself and your friends to a three tier tower of food, fresh fruit, pastries and a really great pot of tea! 

You can also reserve the tea room for bridal showers, office meetings, birthday parties, book club meetings and special celebrations.

Need a break from shopping?  Pull up a chair and calm your nerves with a cup or pot of tea and a few sweets in our cafe!  Need a grand experience?  Make a reservation of an Afternoon Tea!

Under new management since February, 2018, visit Tea Canal's only location in Chicagoland. 

Drink for your health!

Recommended for fighting and preventing disease!

dr.li smTea is considered a superfood -- whether it's black, green, white, or oolong tea. All those tea types come from the same tea plant, Camellia sinensis. The leaves are simply processed differently. Green tea leaves are not fermented; they are withered and steamed. Black tea and oolong tea leaves undergo crushing and fermenting processes.

Green tea is loaded with polyphenols, a phytochemical with 100 times the antioxidant power of vitamin C. Polyphenols help eliminate free radicals, which can damage DNA and lead to cancer. He further proved that green tea induced p57, a protein that helps regulate cell growth.

Black tea may help protect against various forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, according to Dr. Jack Bukowski and other researchers at the Bringham and Women's Hospital in Boston. They found that drinking 20 oz. of tea every day for two weeks doubled or tripled the immune system's output of an infection fighting substance called interferon gamma.

Listen to a medical professional discuss the cancer fighting benefits of the different teas! 

(Credit Dr. William Li, MD, www.sharecare.com)


Note: As always, consult your physican or health care professional to determine if this is right for your needs!


 Introducing Windy City Tea

WCTC logo labelTea Canal is proud to launch its very own Windy City Tea (tm) brand.  Our first shipment of raw, natural honey produced by Saad's Bees in Elgin, IL is available now!

Look for more exciting Windy City Tea products to come!


 The Teapigs are here!

teapig logo 1We are happy to announce the addition of the award winning brand, Teapigs to the Tea Canal tea lineup!  Co-founders Nick and Louise have brought their tea experience together into the creation of Teapigs.  Louise is a trained tea taster and chooses only the best quality real, whole leaf teas, whole herbs, flowers, berries and spices into their blends.

The tea is packaged into fully biodegradable "tea temples", and we've brought in seven blends, their flagship English Breakfast, Tung Ting Oolong, Mao Feng Green Tea, Lemon & Ginger, Bright n Green, Liquorice & Peppermint and Up Beet.  Available now at Tea Canal, in 15 temple packets.  

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New in September!

More Teapigs blends are now in stock!  Added to our Teapigs lineup, Calm, Trim, Happy, Snooze, Chocolate & Mint, Honeybush & Rooibos, Superfruit and Chocolate Flake.

Tea Sampler Classes!

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Beginning in September, we're introducing tea classes in the evenings and on the weekends!

Tea 101 - Teas from the Green Tea Family

Sample eight different teas made from the green tea plant:  white, green, oolong, pu'erh & black

Learn how the processing of green tea leaves produces the different types of teas.

Understand the proper brewing methods for the different types of teas.

Participants: Maximum, 6 people per class

Cost: $20.00, each participant receives an ounce of loose leaf tea of their choice (or $7.00 credit to purchase of tea)

Download PDF brochure

To register, send an email to info@teacanal.com


Monday, Nov 5,   6:00 -  7:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov 6,   6:00 - 7:30 pm

Wednesday. Nov 7,   6:00 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, Nov 8,   5:00 - 6:30 pm

Friday, Nov 9,   6:00 - 7:30 pm

Monday, Nov 12,   6:00 - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov 13,   6:00 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, Nov 15,   5:00 - 6:30 pm

Friday, Nov 16,   6:00 - 7:30 pm


Tasseology: The art of Reading Tea Leaves

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Tea for Two at Windy City Cafe

TeaforTwoEnjoy scones with Devonshire cream and fruit preserves and a pot of tea with your BFF. 

"OMG, your scones are so good!" Michelle N.

The same scones that top our three tier tower in our Afternoon tea service are now available for a light snack! The crunch of a fresh scone, the richness of Devonshire Cream and the tartness of a fruit preserve in one bite is a bucket list checkmark.

$14.95 for a plate of scones, a bit of fruit and a pot of tea made from our vast selection of premium loose leaf teas! For the freshest plate of scones, call 630-785-3697 to let us know you're coming! And yes, now you can take a dozen scones home!

Windy City Cafe is the best place at Yorktown Shopping Center to catch up with old friends or relax from a hard day of shopping and take a load off your feet.


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Tea Canal & Stepping into Etiquette would like to invite you and your child to our Holiday Etiquette Workshop!

Spend the afternoon learning how to be a happy host and gracious guest, gift giving and receiving, writing thank you notes, and introductions. Attendees will sip on tea and munch on delicious pastries, all while learning the ins and out of proper table etiquette and holiday manners.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn lifelong skills taught by certified etiquette teacher, Leontina Richardson from Stepping into Etiquette

Leontina Richardson is an author, speaker and certified corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant. She has appeared on CBS Chicago Channel 2 News, ABC 7 Chicago, and featured in the Chicago Tribune.

For: Children aged 7 - 13 yrs   Parents are invited and strongly encouraged to attend!

Date: Sunday, November 18th Time: 1-3pm

Cost:  $35.00 per person

Register for the class today!

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To celebrate Thanksgiving, we're hosting a storytelling experience which engages its listeners through active participation. Live at Tea Canal!


Toulouse on the Loose! is a book about a French turkey who travels to Washington, DC, at Thanksgiving time.

This naive artist does not quite get the picture, however, and is about to discover why everyone has turkey on their minds. But through the grace of a pigeon who tells all, this very cultured bird does not end up on the chopping block. Instead he is pardoned at the White House Rose Garden and learns that assumptions can be forgiven and that the truth sets you free. Free to do what? Why, free to paint all the landmarks of the states and educate children about their beloved country through the eyes of a foreigner!


About the Author and Storyteller

Kimberly Thompson is a children's author and storyteller. Her favorite pastime is to travel with her children gathering research for new ideas. In addition to storytelling, she has her Master of Arts in curriculum instruction and design from Concordia University. Toulouse on the Loose! is her first children's book. Kimberly will also be signing books at this event!


Audience: Children 5 yrs and older and turkey lovers of all ages!

Saturday, November 17 at 3:00 pm

Sunday, November 18 at 12 noon

There's no admission charge, but an RSVP to info@teacanal.com would be appreciated!

New Teas at Tea Canal!

New additions to the tea selections or back for the fall!

 Hojicha     Yuletide Toddy  
 Spearmint    Cinnamon
 Rose Hips    Pumpkin Spice
 Fiery Cinnamon Spice       Pu Erh Tahiti
 Bonfire    Autumn Mist
 Mocha Nut Yerba    Cruz de Malta Yerba Mate

Reserve the Tea Room for your Special Occasions

Our elegant Tea Room is available for those times when you want to meet with friends and family in a relaxing, peaceful environment! 

From a party of two to a party of sixty, our customers have found a new venue for enjoying the company of their friends and family while enjoying great food and tea.  We've seen deep conversations between two old friends, mothers and daughters for their first tea, multi-generational gatherings, birthdays of all ages and bridal showers of all sizes.  A Celebration of Life was a great success with close to a hundred people gathered to relive memories and celebrate a person's life.

We are also getting reservations for Christmas Afternoon Tea.  Why so soon?   "We don't want to drive all the way Downtown, the prices last year for High Tea were extravangant and you don't get much food, parking was expensive, and when the weather is bad outside, shopping is not a fun experience.  Free parking, indoor shopping, close proximity, great food and service reviews... booking at Tea Canal is an easy decision!"  

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(Above:  The Ruby Amethyst Chapter of the Red Hat Society gives us an enthusiastic "Thumbs up" !)

Under new management for the last five months, the reviews have been outstanding, and we deeply appreciate all of the comments and thoughts. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement!

For more information on hosting events at Tea Canal, click here!


New and recent testmonials from our Afternoon Tea cutomers: 

 "Very relaxing and enjoyable,  Great food, lovely atmosphere"  Mary H.

"Service (was) excellent! Savory favorites was dill sandwich and the egg salad. Fruit was perfect! Sconess and phyllo cups (were my) favorite desserts. Enjoyed the tea. Thank you for B-day wishes"  Diane Z.

"Lovely host and hostess! Nice selection of food and the presentation was inviting. Tea was delicious." Roberta S.

"Everthing was fantastic, the food, tea, atmosphere and service. Highly reccommend! Will be back!" Rona K.

(Click here to read more testimonials)