Brunch used to fall on a typical day and time: Sundays between breakfast and lunch. Now, many Chicago restaurants offer brunch on Saturdays too and often much earlier and later, meaning you can enjoy your favorite weekend meal any time. Plus, brunch menus have been popping up in places not typically equated with breakfast-type food, so the choices go way past mere eggs and toast these days, though the staples have not been forgotten, rather elevated to new heights of delicious. We've gathered restaurants all around town that offer a diverse range of options, most a la carte and some with the good, old-fashioned, all-you-can-eat smorgasbord. Hope you're hungry.
Among other accolades, this cozy Bridgeport offering from the Rockit Ranch folks (Billy Dec, et.al) earned a 2016 Michelin Bib Gourmand for Chef Kevin Hickey who grew up nearby. The must-try menu item is the rotisserie duck, but the less pricey duck fat dog and duck wings are equally craved. D (Tu-Su), L (Sa), Br (Su).
It’s always summer vacay at The Hampton Social. White wood furnishings, burlap-textured walls, and maritime props that nod to the East Coast’s most elite community. The menu’s heavy on seafood like a "boat" of oysters, king crab legs and poached shrimp. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).
Inspired by the variety of seasonal American cuisine, this chic resto highlights inventive dishes from Chef Ricardo Jarquin. There’s no doubt that Mies van der Rohe—who designed the building—would have approved of the minimalist, mid-century modern interior, featuring a glass-enclosed kitchen.
This always-packed neighborhood fave serves whimsical morning fare like seasonally changing pancakes and French toast (favorites include the white chocolate and caramel pretzel pancakes) alongside classic favorites such as the guac stuffed breakfast burrito. B (daily), L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su).
Though it has much in common with the neighborhood’s trendy Brazilian steakhouses—think deluxe salad bar and an assortment of all-you-can-eat meats brought by chefs to your table—this River North destination goes for a more varied menu, with dishes like citrus salmon and goat cheese-encrusted rack of lamb.