Afternoon Tea at Tea Canal

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Afternoon tea is a light meal eaten in the late afternoon or early evening, a social event once enjoyed almost exclusively by the upperclass of the United Kingdom.  Sometimes also referred to as High Tea, the concept is the same, good food, good tea with good friends and family.

Afternoon tea is the British tradition of drinking tea while sitting in high-backed chairs at a table full of plated items such as cold meats, vegetables, pickled fish, potatoes, salads, pies, tarts, homemade bread or crackers with butter, teacakes and fruitcakes.

Tea — as well as the time to enjoy it at length — was expensive for many, and high tea started as something for royals and aristocrats to take in the afternoon in a leisurely fashion while seated in posh chairs. However, when the Industrial Revolution took over the UK in the 18th century, it meant that most factory workers were further away from their homes and needed a break from work by 6 p.m. that included food and tea. Thus high tea crossed class divides and became a regular happening for workers as well as at Downton Abbey

Today, many upscale hotels in America and the UK offer high tea that has elements of afternoon tea as a way to draw in travelers seeking an elegant version of the time-honored tradition with hot pots of tea and an ample food buffet. 

Tea Canal brings this time honored tradition to the Western suburbs and the Yorktown Shopping Center

Our meal (shown left) includes sandwiches, cucumber, tomato and watercress finger sandwiches, tuna and egg salads, fresh fruit, cookies and pastries, as well as freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream and fruit preserves.  Of course, it's all accompanied with our finest assortment of premium loose leaf teas.  The menu varies to reflect fresh meats, fruits and pastries from the market. 

As a special request when you make your reservation, we can accomodate specific dietary needs, vegetarians or gluten-free.  

Now under new management, expect some exciting afternoon teas with new menu selections, and a global twist!

Chef's note: Queen Elizabeth might not totally approve of our High Tea offering (although we invite Meghan to bring Harry over anytime).  We don't claim to be a replica of the high end of British High tea.  We do offer a tower of great eats, with a variety of food, meat sandwiches, finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, and we do bake our own scones.  We have real Devonshire Cream to go with the scones.

Many of our customers in the past five months have raved about the quality of our food and service.  We know we are creating excitement when the smartphone cameras come out when their tower arrives.

As new owners of this tea room, our food tower is evolving.  We offer a quiet respite from the frenzy in the mall food court, we have relaxing music and an environment that allows you to talk, discuss, gossip or debate along with a great pot of tea.  In the next few months we'll finalize our afternoon tea offering and perhaps even publish a menu. 

Stay tuned, an exciting, unique food experience is evolving at Tea Canal.  Thanks to all of our High Tea customers, and we hope to see you again soon!


Plan your Special Event!

We can host your Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, Birthday party, Anniversary, multi-generational Family Get-together, Book Club meeting, Children's Tea Party or Office Party or off-site meeting in the Tea Canal High Tea room.  With a capacity of 60 people and a unique offering, make your next event extra special at Tea Canal.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Call for reservations! (630) 785-3697.


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High Tea at the Tea Canal

207 Yorktown Shopping Center

Upper level, enter by H&M and Forever 21


Every day  12 noon  - 5:00 pm

Pricing:  Adults - $ 45.00 per person   

Children (12 and under) - $20 per child



Reservations required, please call us directly at (630) 785-3697


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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 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