Wake up and step out this weekend! While every hotel in Chicago has their own variety of brunch service, there’s a whole world of restaurants waiting in every neighborhood offering something even more unique and delicious. Here are our top 10 favorite spots to grab the most important meal of the day.
Get some southern comfort soul food at this Andersonville hot spot that looks, tastes and feels like New Orleans in the middle of Chicago. Named one of OpenTable’s “best brunch restaurants in America,” the menu includes platters like a Fried Chicken Salad, a Bayou Teche Omelet, Catfish and Grits, Apple Stack French Toast Hot Cakes and the restaurant’s own “Biscuit Art” with homemade flaky biscuits accompanied by a variety of meat and gravies. Brunch served Sa, Sun 9 am-3 pm, 5347 N. Clark
Maple & Ash goes all out on Sundays with its station-style brunch. Eat to your heart’s content with options including a meat carving station, an omelet station, fruit and pastries, and traditional brunch accouterments like potatoes, bacon, sausage, and waffles. A la carte options like a seafood tower and steaks can be added on if you’re feeling extra indulgent. Wash it all down with mimosa service. Sunday Brunch 10 am - 2 pm, 8 W.Maple St.
As if the boho chic digs at this hot spot aren’t enough to get you in the mood to wake up on a weekend (it’s dripping in lavish candles, lush greenery, Moroccan furniture and ornate chandeliers), the food definitely will. Beatnik’s multi-cultural vibe is extended to its eclectic menu featuringfriend chicken and waffles; cinnamon rolls with cheesecake frosting, graham cookie butter, a mixed berry compote and caramel sauce; shakshuka; and an egg sandwich with grilled pistachio Mortadella, American cheese,
spinach aioli and tomato. Brunch served Sa, Sun 10 am-3 pm, 1604 W. Chicago Ave.
Fair warning—you might have to wait in line at Lula, but it’s time well spent, since you’ll need a lot of time to decide what to eat. The Logan Square spot is one of the early purveyors of farm-to-table cuisine in Chicago with locally sourced menu ingredients that make everything taste super fresh. Choose from a rotating seasonal menu featuring house pastries like a tangerine turmeric cake, Turkish coffee bun; pork belly adobo, Brioche French toast with lemon curd, lavender creme fraiche, white chocolate crumble; and potato croquettes. Brunch served Sa, Sun 9 am-2 pm, 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd.
If you prefer sweet brunch items, this is the place for you. The name says it all at HotChocolate, led by acclaimed pastry chef Mindy Segal. And while there’s delicious mugs a plenty (filled with housemade marshmallows and featuring your choice of milk, dark, spicy Mexican or boozy chocolate), there’s also Brioche Doughnuts and Buttermilk Pancakes. Savory items are available too such as seasonal quiche, pot roast hash and more. Brunch served Sa, Su 10 am-2 pm, 1747 N. Damen Ave.
Don’t hold off on seafood for lunch or dinner; shrimp, clams and crab make delectable brunch dishes, too. At this Lincoln Park mainstay (a sister restaurant to Shaw’s Crab House), you can get unlimited Sunday brunch for under $35 with a DIY Chilled Seafood Buffet that features Oysters On A Half Shell, Deviled Eggs, Coastal Ceviche, Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches and more. Brunch served Su 10 am-2 pm, 1962 N. Halsted
If you’re not a regular here, you will still feel like one. The refined diner concept is anchored by a 24-seat U-shaped bar in the center of the restaurant that is inspired by a communal dining experience, which is great since you’ll want to gab with someone about how great the brunch service is. The Lincoln Park Benedict is one of our favorites in the city with a perfectly toasted English muffin and just the right amount of hollandaise sauce (add pulled pork, lobster cake and more to make it your own). Get some sticky cinnamon buns, Mexican chorizo chilaquiles and Greek lamb meatballs for the table, too. Brunch served Sa, Sun 10 am-2 pm, 2075 N. Lincoln Ave.
One of Chicago’s favorite neighborhoods, Pilsen is bristling with unique boutiques, entertainment venues and one-of-a-kind restaurants. Dusek’s is part of the Thalia Hall renovation that happened in 2013 giving the century-old building a brand-new concert hall and an attached, top rated restaurant. For brunch, Dusek’s staple juicy double cheeseburger is on the menu as are soup and bread, Prince Edward Island mussels and ricotta beignets. Brunch served Sa, Sun 9 am-3 pm, 1227 W. 18th St.
The Wicker Park neighborhood haunt is a brunch palace (there’s also a location in Andersonville) that offers an extensive menu of “sinful” items like chocolate tower French toast, deconstructed lobster roll benedict, salsa verde breakfast enchiladas. The restaurant is only open until 2 pm so breakfast and lunch is their specialty and they do it well, also offering a la carte items like single pancake add-ons when you want just a touch of something sweet. Brunch served Sa, Sun 9 am-2 pm, 1470 N. Milwaukee
This Euro-centric beer hall has meat, meat and more meat. Since ingredients are sourced from local farms, the menu is always changing but staples include pork schnitzel, vadouvan curry scramble and beef tagine. Sides are also tasty including Pecan Sticky Bun, Buttermilk Biscuits and Maple-Braised Bacon. Brunch served Sa 10 am-2 pm and Su 9 am-2 pm, 837 W. Fulton Market