You’ve slept in, now extend the bliss with a leisurely—and we emphasize leisurely—Chicago brunch. We’re talking bottomless mimosas and prix-fixe sweet-and-savory options to branch out from the usual bacon and eggs. Cheers to the weekend!
The age-old dilemma of sweet versus savory ends here. Have both at this Wicker Park foodie destination. Order the prix-fixe for $20, and course out the morning with a pastry, main and side. Because why shouldn’t you have a Long John, eggs Florentine and bacon in one sitting? 2039 W. North Ave., 773.661.1540
The Signature Room
Extravagant buffets, for the most part, have gone by the wayside. So it’s comforting to find a space—96 floors up—that still rolls out a spread for anyone: dates, families, friends. For $45, load up your plate(s) with cheese, charcuterie, an omelet station, seafood bar items, grilled pork with biscuits and gravy. Toast to the view with a champagne cocktail, which is included in the price. 875 N. Michigan Ave., 312.787.9596
Two flavor profiles rarely meet this early in the morning: pork belly and seasonal berry compote dressing a Chicharron waffle. It’s another sweet-and-savory marriage that works, and makes us more curious about the Peruvian twists at this River North hot spot. 118 W. Grand Ave., 312.222.9700
Dunlay’s on Clark
We have to sneak in a classic at this restaurant that simply calls itself “The World’s Best Fried Egg Sandwich.” On a particularly cloudy morning, the construction of two eggs over easy, cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion on marble rye should get you back into functional, conversational order in no time. 2600 N. Clark St., 773.883.6000
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
It’s never too early for a live show. Just ask the drag divas at this Boystown lounge, which serves a la carte and prix-fixe options along with its roster of talent in full makeup and costume. The build-your-own sangria/mimosa/bloody Mary add-on is the way to go. 3700 N. Halsted St., 773.525.1111
The Brunch Bunch (By Neighborhood)
Uncommon Ground: Get the chilaquiles. 1401 W. Devon Ave.
Eduardo’s Enoteca: Share the breakfast pizza. 1212 N. Dearborn St.
Meli Café: Gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian? They got you. 301 S. Halsted St.
Kanela Wicker Park: Can’t get enough of the Pork Belly Benedict. 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Lula Café: Fill up on the classic Lula Breakfast Burrito. 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club: Build your own mimosas/sangrias/bloodys while divas sashay down the dining room. 3700 N. Halsted St.
Kingsbury Street Café: Piggy Moo Cluck Sandwich. Just because. 1523 N. Kingsbury St.
A10: Chicken and waffles take the pain away. 1462 E. 53rd St.
Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor: A la carte oxtail pot stickers? We’ll grab our coat, you hail a cab. 333 E. Randolph St.