Afternoon tea at the Langham Hotel in Chicago.  photo by Andrea Guthmann

Afternoon tea at the Langham Hotel in Chicago. photo by Andrea Guthmann/Midwest TravelingMom

It’s about time. We’ve all got things to do. Most of our days are filled with work, chores and other responsibilities. Sometimes it’s good to slow down a little. A great way to do that is taking time out for afternoon tea, a leisurely luxury that’s steeped in tradition. An experience like Tea for Tots at Langham Hotel in Chicago is also a fun way to practice best manners with your child!

Living in Chicago, my daughter and I have plenty of elegant options for high tea. There’s the Drake, considered the grand dame of afternoon teas in Chicago.

Afternoon tea at Chicago's Drake Hotel. photo by Andrea Guthmann

Afternoon tea at Chicago’s Drake Hotel. photo by Andrea Guthmann/Midwest TravelingMom

Then there’s American Girl Place, the cafe inside the American Girl doll store.

The Pavilion Lounge, inside the new Langham Hotel offers a sweet addition to the afternoon tea scene, serving up a traditional afternoon tea that first debuted at The Langham, London, in 1865.

Formal tea is served at the Langham Hotel, Chicago. photo by Andrea Guthmann

Formal tea is served at the Langham Hotel, Chicago. photo by Andrea Guthmann/Midwest TravelingMom

Drink in the tea and the breathtaking views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the second floor’s Pavilion Lounge, overlooking the Chicago River.

Themed teas are what make the Pavilion Lounge’s service stand out. The Christmas holidays presented Wonderland Afternoon Teas, then the hotel highlighted its British heritage in a Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea.

For the month of August they’re featuring “Tea for Tots”. Served daily at 3, 4 or 5:30 pm, Tea for Tots service features a fully-customized children’s menu, including Nutella and banana and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Afternoon tea at Chicago's Langham Hotel.   photo by Andrea Guthmann

Afternoon tea at Chicago’s Langham Hotel. photo by Andrea Guthmann/Midwest TravelingMom

Additionally, each child under 12 participating in Tea for Tots will leave with a small gift, designed as memorabilia for their special teatime experience at The Langham, Chicago.

During our visit in the summer of 2014, Tea for Tots is $40 for adults, $30 for children under 10; 10 percent of the proceeds go to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

A cup of tea infuses a bit of calmness into our busy lives. Drink up!