Our Guide To Chicago’s Best Brunch Spots

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80 Proof

“The Almost Famous Brunch” is what this Old Town bar calls its brunch special. There is an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet along with a mimosa kit. There are vegan options as well as brunch favorites. Guest must be 21+. There is great music, great vibes, and great food. 80 Proof is perfect for a brunch get-together.

Bambola

Launching on November 5th, join Bambola as they launch their European and Asian-inspired brunch menu. Led by Chef de Cuisine Alisha Elenz and Bonhomme Group’s Michelin-starred Executive Chef Marcos Campos and Executive Pastry Chef Shannah Primiano, Bambola’s brunch menu will satisfy any sweet or savory craving. We love their Vietnamese Pork Belly Sandwich or Cardamom French Toast. No brunch food would be complete without a delicious cocktail, so try their Szechuan & Orange Bloody Mary or their Tequila & Date cocktail. Get your reservations today to get in on Chicago’s hottest new brunch menu.

Barcocina

This beloved Mexican-inspired weekend brunch has added a location in West Town. Barcocina fuses Mexican cuisine with multicultural cooking techniques, and this innovation shines in its brunch menu. Including two hours of drinking mimosas, margaritas, and Mexican beer, their bottomless brunch is perfect for a big fiesta. Snack on bottomless chips and salsa before you pick from sweet or spicy tacos or another brunch entree. With standout options such as Wake Up Tacos and Dulce de Leche French Toast, their a la carte favorites are stellar as well. Visit their Open Table page to make your weekend brunch into a fiesta.

Batter & Berries

If you’ve never tried a french toast flight, Batter and Berries can change that. Established in 2012, Dr. Tanya & Craig Richardson wanted to bring new flavors and uplifting art to the Chicago brunch scene. You can’t miss their bright yellow doors and commitment to art! Their french toast flavors change each week, depending on new seasonal or cultural flavors. After trying their Caramel or Lemon French Toast, you’ll see why people from around the world have visited Batter & Berries. Be sure to get there early because they don’t take reservations!

Beatnik  

Looking for an artsy brunch? Beatnik is the place to visit. With their bohemian aesthetic and vibrant decor, you’ll even have some cool photo ops. This West Town restaurant is driven by a diverse fusion of three counties: Morocco, France, and Italy. The Beatnik experience will take you on a journey across the world. Beatnik’s kitchen and cocktail options follow a style that you may not experience in another Chicago restaurant. Visit Beatnik for a timeless escape!

Chicago’s Home For Chicken and Waffles

Hungry, but have no idea what to get? No Problem! When visiting Chicago’s Home For Chicken and Waffles, you have a variety of options to choose from. From waffles to mac ‘n cheese to even catfish, the menu is filled with a meal for any craving. Recognized as the “Best Soulfood in IL”, this restaurant is sure to make an impression. Check it out!

Farm Bar

As part of Farmheards, Farm Bar is a restaurant that serves its ingredients on locally sourced fare. Their twist and improvisation in dining create a sustainable option that many cannot find in a commercial dining district like Chicago. This Lake View restaurant is the perfect brunch spot to eat out while leaving you feeling guilt-free afterward. With the modern, and clean style of their meals, Farm Bar creates an experience that you won’t regret. This season, Farm Bar even has “Thanksgiving-to-go” options. So if you’re a fan of fall, and want to experience Thanksgiving in Chicago, visit Farm Bar

Gemini

Are you a Gemini? Well even if you aren’t, you must visit Gemini in Lincoln Park. Located in the Heart of River North, Gemini is said to become “everyone’s favorite neighborhood restaurant”. As seen on TikTok, Gemini is becoming very popular, and is seen as a Chicago favorite! Enjoy your classic brunch specials, that stay rooted in Midwest, especially with Gemini’s preparation. Their brunches are served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and have options for dinner, dessert, and drinks!

Goddess and the Baker

This well-known Chicago bakery has multiple locations throughout the area! This spin-off company of Goddess and the Grocer provides dining in a warm, welcoming environment to combat the fast-paced city life. With their modern, artsy look, Goddess and the Baker is sure to get your morning going. Their menu ranges from bakery options to meals, while also marketing their delicious coffee options! Goddess and the Baker stay popular in Chicago and is known for its outdoor dining and pastries.

Honeybear Cafe

Head to Roger’s Park for some of the best brunch items in the city! Family-owned and centered on community, Honeybear Cafe is your new brunch spot. From vibrant art to great staff, their brunch is some of the best! My personal favorite is the Baja Breakfast Quesadilla or the Ella’s Very Berry Crepes. No matter what you choose, your mouth will be watering, and you’ll have food for leftovers! Be sure to make a reservation, especially if you visit on the weekend. 

Irene’s

Located in the heart of North Center, Irene’s is Chicago’s finer diner. Backed by years of family legacy, Irene’s uses high-quality, local ingredients to create their menu, complete with great options for the entire family. We love their focus on Benedicts, including Spinach & Mushroom, Smoked Salmon, and more. Plus, you can rest assured that your kids will have healthy and tasty options as well. Visit this page for more information, and Irene’s might just became your new go-to brunch spot.

Jaleo

Jaleo, by award-winning culinary innovator Chef Jose Andres, is a Chicago tapas restaurant located in River North. Chef Jose Andres has been an advocate for immigration and strives to keep his culture present in the US. He is a well-known humanitarian and has won multiple awards for his expertise. With a background like this, it’s hard to deny a trip to Jaleo. Inspired by Spain’s vivid culture and dining style, Jaleo cuisine takes you to a Spanish city. With authentic Spanish ingredients, this atmosphere is sure to be like any other in Chicago!

Lou Mitchells

Serving food for 98 years, Lou Mitchell’s is the spot for a nice brunch. This classic iconic place has served so much food and coffee. People have traveled just to see the Chicago signature restaurant. There’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner so the possibilities are endless. You can come into Lou Mitchell’s at any time and enjoy the atmosphere. Plus, they serve the world’s finest coffee. Stop by Lu Mitchell’s today to experience its rich history!

Lula Cafe

Starting as a mom-and-pop breakfast spot, Lula Cafe has transformed the Logan Square culinary scene. Their chefs strive for simple yet sophisticated brunch, complete with the freshest farm-to-table ingredients. We recommend their Buttermilk Pancakes, Breakfast Burrito, and Nut & Date Granola Bowl. Whatever item you order, Lula Cafe will be sure to leave you wanting more. Once you visit, you’ll see why Lula Cafe has received praise from NPR, the New York Times, and Bon Appetit! 

Marisol

Head to the Museum of Contemporary Art downtown to visit Marisol! Brunch runs on Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm. Venezuelan-American artist Marisol was the inspiration for this restaurant, perfect for an art museum. Art is highlighted in all the food at Marisol, curated by Chef Jason Hammel. Their Lavender Granola is subtle and inventive, while their Breakfast Burrito is an elevated classic. Marisol is the perfect combination of great food and excellent art. You can experience both at the same place!

M. Henry

Located in Andersonville, M. Henry is your next brunch spot. The chefs cook with organic and local produce all year long, creating healthy and rich dishes from around the world. In 2013, Michael Henry and Jorge Aviles joined forces, creating a restaurant that highlighted their love for vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Their menu includes these items and more! Try their Frannie’s Killer Fried Egg Sandwich or their Blackberry Bliss Cakes made from the best ingredients. Their vegan and vegetarian options are also stellar!

Nellie’s Restaurant

Nellies Restaurant is a family-owned staple in Chicago. Located in Humboldt Park, this restaurant takes on dining in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. With Chicago’s only Puerto Rican breakfast buffet being Nellies, many are taken back to their roots. Nellie’s cozy, family diner creates a nostalgic morning that many reminisce about daily. Their menu has a variety of options, and has an authentic, homemade twist! Make sure to check out their popular Avena de coco, or coconut oatmeal, to get a taste of Puerto Rico!

Pilsen Yards

Visit the charming neighborhood of Pilsen for your next brunch! Pilsen Yards offers a variety of meals, drinks, and dessert options for the whole family! With their music central atmosphere, any visitor is said to have a festive time. Their inspired Latin street food is sure to bring one across the world. Pilsen yards is an affordable food option, while also giving you the Latin American experience. This West Chicago restaurant even hosts live music and scheduled DJ sets on select days. Visit the Pilsen Yards!

Palace Grill

Come one, come all to Palace Grill! This grill is only minutes away from the United Center and The Loop. Perfect for a lunch break or a good pre-game dinner. A hearty breakfast and lunch will surely make you, and your stomach, happy. Say hello to owner George, who is (almost) always there.

Pomeroy

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. Make reservations for their weekend brunch, any time between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm. Their brunch menu is quite expansive, complete with cocktails to cleanse your palate! The classic Croque Monsieur or modern Chicago-style crepe will satisfy any craving. Paired with a Bloody Mary or Espresso Martini, you just can’t miss it! 

Tabu

Located in the West Loop, Tabu breaks rules when it comes to brunch. Combining sophistication and playfulness, Chef Saul Roman has over 20 years of culinary experience, and he applies his knowledge of culture and cuisine to each curated dish. Their Acai Overnight Oats are a unique take on our favorite breakfast – complete with Acai Yogurt, Caramelized Bananas, and Fresh Berries. If you like a more savory breakfast, try their Mezcal Salmon Benedict, made with Mezcal Citrus Cured Salmon, Cotija Cheese, and Scrambled Eggs. No matter what food you choose, each of their brunch cocktails will round out your perfect meal. Plus, you can order most cocktails in a shareable format! If you’re ready for some lively food to spice up these winter days, head to their home page for full menu information and a chance to make a reservation!

The Dearborn

Chicago’s food scene wouldn’t be complete without The Dearborn! Their vibrant corner in the Loop is perfect for any brunch-goer, whether Chicagoan or visitor. Chicago’s past is highlighted in the decor, and Chicago’s best chefs are highlighted in the food! Their Pork Carnitas Chilaquiles and Seasonal Vegetable Quiche are always amazing. Plus, they have a customizable donut selection, with flavors ranging from Oreo to Lemon Curd. Enjoy some tavern atmosphere and good company at The Dearborn!

The Dime

“You are a Dime” at this Chicago “bar”. Located in Lincoln Park, The Dime is a sports lover’s favorite spot. With their sharable American appetizers, fun drink options, and even an awesome brunch special, many should not miss this Chicago hot spot. Their modern and playful decorations separate them from any other. With a “mugshot” wall and various LED light signs, The Dime is guaranteed to be a festive way to begin your day. Their brunch hours are held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and have a variety of Chicago-style must try’s. Visit The Dime for a chance to see university students’ favorite hangouts!

The Duck Inn

Located on the borders of booming Pilsen and Bridgeport, this Chicago tavern is one you definitely want to experience. Located in a developing neighborhood, this side of Chicago charms the hearts of many. The Duck Inn, on Loomis, is a gastro-tavern and serves pub-like meals. This includes their signature rotisserie duck, their Duck-Inn dog, as well as a variety of desserts! Although their brunches are only served on Sundays, their brunch menu continues to hold a variety of cant-miss options. Rewarded as “Restaurant of the Year”, The Duck Inn is sure to make an impression on its visitors. Check it out!

The Orginal Pancake House

Feeling extra hungry? No problem. With multiple locations throughout River North, Hyde Park, and Gold Coast, The Orginal 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. Recognized as having the best pancakes, they are said to have a well-known brunch menu! Your leftovers will last up to TWO meals, depending on how hungry you are! Check out The Original Pancake house for some classic, midwestern brunch specials!

The Smith

The Smith values its definition, which states that a smith is “A maker skilled in creating happiness through great food and drinks, warm hospitality, and a genuine desire to go the extra mile”. The Smith empowers not only their employees, but their visitors to make a difference. Their experience in hospitality and dining has created a more select form of fine dining in Chicago. With their brunch special only being available on weekends, their mission still applies. Try out The Smith’s in River North for a next-level brunch experience! 

Tzuco

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. Tzuco is an up-scale dining experience, complete with talented staff and best-in-class ingredients. Everything on their menu is exciting, but we love the Tzuco Shakshuka, Duck Waffle, and Ancho Bloody Mary. Plus, through the end of 2022, each cocktail purchase will help support urban initiatives for kids throughout Chicago! 

Sunny Side Up

This restaurant has two locations: Chicago and Las Vegas. However, Sunny Side Up was founded in Chicago. There are delicious breakfasts and brunch. Including breakfast burritos, stuffed french toast, and other breakfast favorites. Located on Superior Street, this classic restaurant is hard to miss.

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe has taken breakfast food to the next level. Starting in 2004, the owners wanted to promote delicious brunch food in a comfortable atmosphere. Well, Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe has been a hit ever since! They offer most traditional breakfast food, but we recommend their Blueberry Danish Pancakes or Chocolate Banana Bread French Toast. Their seasonal offerings are out-of-this-world as well, including the Pumpkin Pie Caramel Latte and Fresh Hot Apple Cider. With so many great options, you won’t know what to choose! 

Yolk 

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 optionsNot 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!

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