My kind of town-Chicago is! My kind of town! Oh how I love this city so. A big part of that love comes from the different tastes you can find all around the city. If there’s one thing Chicago isn’t lacking, it’s a never-ending list of unique menus and restaurants that you’ll find just a few feet away at all times, a foodie’s dream destination. I ate my way around the city to share a full guide to the best brunches in Chicago with you! Here they are:
(Disclaimer: No diets were harmed during the making of this Brunch guide)
The Hampton Social
This restaurant has all the west coast vibes you could possibly experience in the windy city, oysters, crab claws and a hell of a bloody! This is the way you want to start your weekend. An aesthetically pleasing dining room, all white décor makes you feel like your brunching in the Hamptons with your favorite people. Their downtown Chicago location can be found at 353 W. Hubbard Street. The menu here is savory and mouth watering, make sure you bring a big appetite.
Oh Zed! You won my heart over, over and over again. A modern Churrascaria
with meats served tableside and different stations to please all your taste buds, $37 will give you as much as you can eat until brunch is done being served. Zed is beautifully decorated with a fire pit in the center of the dining room and a fully furnished rooftop to enjoy for a drink after Brunching. Zed can be found at 739 N. Clark street.
3 arts Café
If restaurants were rated based on décor, 3 arts Café would be the reigning champ. Absolutely gorgeous venue with Chandeliers galore and perfectly positioned greenery to compliment the very pleasing furniture. 3 arts is located in the Restoration Hardware furniture store, hence the perfect décor, but let’s get to the best part, the food! Fabulous brunch menu with gourmet pastries, great options for table share and cold pressed juices, I guarantee you it will be hard to leave!
Nestled perfectly in Soho house Chicago, the Allis is a café with ecletic eats, a range of different seating, full beverage menu and large chandeliers for the finishing touch. You can even order an impressive multi layered pastry assortment for teat time. Come on, how perfect is that? Also, the avocado toast is a must try! This is a great spot for a small group or just a solo coffee outing.
Mortar & Pestle
I was wowed from the moment I walked in to this great little venue located right on the corner of Broadway & Barry in the heart of Lakeview. Their menu is incredible including some delectable globally inspired eats like Alaskan King Crab benedict and Vanilla Bean Pancakes. Best part of it all is that the Chef behind this menu, Stephen Ross, is also the one who built the pleasing rustic interior. Definitely on my brunch favorites list!
Do not visit M.Henry without your appetite, they are generous with their servings and will serve you a steaming breakfast fast and with a smile. I usually try to go light with the entrée so I have room for sides but I was in over my head here. Great spot for a group or even coffee with a friend, there’s a full café next door with fresh baked goods also a part of their space on Clark and Ashland in the Edgewater neighborhood.
This is on the top of the top of my favorite Chicago brunches list. I have never had more delicious pancakes in my life, topped with a house made baileys salted butterscotch, cocoa and mint marshmallow. Amazing. The hot chicken and waffle and Spanish chorizo omelette were a couple of our other choices and every bite was more savory than the last. The modern décor and beautiful orchid paintings surrounding the dining room creates the most relaxing peaceful brunch space.
Another MAJOR favorite here! GATHER is an inviting space with an open design and unparalleled service to name just a few of the great characteristics about this restaurant. Their menu is packed with enticing options like Brioche French Toast and Sweet Potato Hash, it doesn’t seem you can go wrong with any option. Space is limited because their reputation proceeds them.
Batter & Berries
I can’t believe it took me so long to eat here! Batter & Berries is a very inviting space with an amazing selection of gourmet batters and my personal favorite, BYOB for brunch. This menu is what Brunch dreams are made of. Do not come here without your appetite!
Rhyme or Reason
This spot is so ideal for an amazing Sunday funday with friends that kicks off with Brunch! They have a Dj spinning throwbacks, bottomless mimosas and retro vintage décor to complete the vibe. The menu options are modern and tasty, you can’t go wrong with this spot!
A reputation well earned. This spot puts a modern twist on Asian inspired entrees and offers a variety of seating for parties big or small, perfect for any group outing or brunch with a couple friends. Shrimp and Cheesy grits, spiced apple pancakes and Fat Elvis waffles (banana and peanut butter) are just a few of the mouth watering options on the menu. Yeah you want to put this modern diner on your Chicago restaurant itinerary.
Whoa. Are there awards for farm to table restaurants that literally are killing the game? If so, Lula you win and you win for next year as well. The menu is perfectly crafter to offer something for any type of appetite and the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, doesn’t get much better than that. Lula also has a full bar and super laid ack setting. This is the kind of spot that becomes a favorite after the first try. Make sure to get here early they fill up pretty quickly.
Toast just knows. The menu is a breakfast lovers dream. A section for different style benedicts, a section for crepes, pancakes, etc. This selection would impress any foodie. Most importantly the food is served prompt and tastes even better than it sounds on the menu. Also: BYOB. I’m sold.
Dove’s has been featured on travel networks as one of the top diners to visit in Chicago. They put a modern touch on classic Mexican dishes like Pozole, classic dishes like Burnt Ends Hash and new dishes like Tofu Toast. They also have an impressive selection of beer and liquor; this is a great spot to eat with a few friends. Beware the seating will not fit larger groups comfortably. There is a lot of communal seating here.
Chocolate Tower French Toast. If that didn’t make your mouth water a little, I feel bad for you. But really, you have to try Bongo Room as soon as possible; they give beyond generous portions for breakfast, reasonable prices, fast service and brunch that will rock your world. They have alcoholic drinks and are located in the heart of one of Chicago’s most fun areas for dining and shopping; Wicker Park.
An impressive smoothie selection and fun menu options like Fruity Pebble French Toast that are locally famous on Instagram make this restaurant a must try for foodies looking for funky new Brunch spots in the city or tourists wanting something different. The exposed brick and fun décor will leave a great impression on you but the food will win you over.
First of all, any restaurant with Ron Swanson quotes and pictures covering the wall is automatically moving up on my list. Whisk has a modern rustic look with a mostly wood interior and Mr.Swanson himself all over the walls encouraging you while you eat but what’s on your plate? Reese’s peanut butter pancakes or maybe Oreo Raspbery? You just have to go and see for yourself. Those were just the first two things on the menu.
Some of the best spots open at 7 am and close at 2 pm, that’s how you know they are legit. Unfortunately, strictly brunching here no boozing, but it will be worth it! The service here is great and the menu is so impressive it may be hard to choose what you really want. Over easy is on top of the breakfast game. Bring your appetite.
Quickly gaining so much popularity in Chicago, Beatnik is an insanely gorgeous restaurant with modern Mediterranean influenced menu and stunning décor. This is a great spot for a group brunch or outing with the girls and /or guys, the whole squad actually. They do have a family style serving technique that means some entrees will come at different times but with one of two of their speciality cocktails and the distraction of giant chandeliers and gorgeous plants complimenting the dining room, you won’t even notice the time passing by.
This is an old school café that has a great reputation in Chicago for a reason. Their breakfast options are endless with more than generous portions. What really won me over is the full smoothie and natural juice bar selection! They even have wheat grass shots! Okay doesn’t sound that great but just trying to magnify that they have just about everything your taste buds desire. Definitely a winner.