Warm Up Your Mornings: The Ultimate Guide to Hot Breakfast Month


February is the perfect time to cozy up and enjoy a delicious hot breakfast to start your day. With the cold weather still in full swing, there’s nothing like a warm meal to warm you up from the inside out. That’s why we’re celebrating Hot Breakfast Month!

To help you make the most of this special occasion, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best hot breakfast options in Chicago. From classic pancakes to hearty oatmeal bowls, there’s something for everyone. So, let’s dig in and start the day with a warm and satisfying meal!


If you’ve never tried a French toast flight, Batter and Berries can change that. Established in 2012, Dr. Tanya & Craig Richardson bring new flavors and uplifting art to the Chicago brunch scene.


Looking for an artsy brunch? Beatnik is the place to be. With their bohemian aesthetic and vibrant decor, this West Town restaurant is very Instagram-friendly. Both cuisine and interior are driven by a diverse fusion of three countries: Morocco, France, and Italy.


Serving food on the iconic Route 66 for almost 100 years, Lou Mitchell’s is popular with everyone from plumber to president, as they say. This classic diner is best known for their coffee, house-baked bread, and loyal friendly staff. 


Come one, come all to Palace Grill! This traditional neighborhood diner is only steps away from the United Center and known as a Chicago Blackhawks hangout. Perfect for a big breakfast, a lunch break, or a good pre-game dinner, as Palace Grill stays open until the puck drops on game days.  Say hello to owner George, who is (almost) always there.


Get out of the city a bit to enjoy Pomeroy in Winnetka! Inspired by Parisian charm and elegance, Pomeroy brings a stunning French ambiance to Winnetka. 


Feeling extra hungry? No problem. With multiple locations throughout River North, Hyde Park, and Gold Coast, The Original Pancake House is about to be your favorite family restaurant. With their ginormous portions and cozy style, this Chicago diner is sure to place you back in your mother’s kitchen. 


This cafe specializes in breakfast classics with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. At its two locations in Little Italy and River West, you can try a variety of sweet and savory dishes, sure to satisfy any palette. Enjoy features like chocolate chip bacon pancakes, frittatas, or sandwiches.


Head to Gold Coast for this one-of-a-kind brunch spot! Awarded two Michelin Stars, Chef Carlos Gaytán is passionate about presenting the best of Mexican cuisine, infused with French techniques.


From traditional comfort foods, to creative culinary innovations, Yolk is changing the breakfast game in Chicago. With their own “Test Kitchen”, chefs are able to experiment with different ingredients to implement within their menu. This is a great way to keep up to date with some fun, new tasty trends! Yolk’s seasonally rotated dining menu centered around breakfast and lunch allow for customers to never get bored of options. Not only is their food incredible, but their staff is some of the funniest and friendliest that Chicago dining can get! With locations all around Chicago, one must try Yolk’s very own premium coffee! Make sure to check out Yolk’s Red Velvet French Toast, which is said to be a hit!

Check out our Brunch Guide for more inspiration

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