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Guide: Where to Dine for New Year's Day Brunch

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New Year's is next week and if you plan on spending it at one of the many numerous spots in town, you are likely in for a long night. Keep things easy the following day by rolling out of bed and into the following places for New Years Day brunch. Ring in 2013 the right way with a celebratory meal (and drink) to cure that hangover. Some spots will even reward diners dressed in pajamas so what are you waiting for? You'll never have a better excuse to be lazy.

1) Slurping Turtle
Where: 116 W. Hubbard
What: Bust out your onesies and start the year off at Slurping Turtle's New Year's Day Pajama Party Brunch. Diners donning pjs will receive complimentary cinnamon brioche donut holes and a gift certificate valued at 50% of their total bill for their next visit. The new brunch menu, featuring the signature Bento Brunch, will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with Bloody Mary and Champagne specials all throughout the day.
Call: 312-464-0466

2) Division Ale House
Where: 1942 W. Division
What: Enjoy a prix fixe Boilermaker Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which includes breakfast cocktails and choice a brunch entrée like buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy and scrambled eggs and eggs Benedict with brunch potatoes. Drink specials include $9 Miller Lite pitchers and $3 Tullamore Dew shots.
Call: 773-384-6886

3) Moe's Cantina
Where: 155 W. Kinzie
What: Diners who show an e-ticket or photo of themselves ringing in 2013 will receive 13% off their brunch tab, served between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The menu will offer selections such as huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and a chorizo scramble.
Call: 312-245-2000

4) Nana
Where: 3267 S. Halsted
What: Celebrate the New Year with a holiday menu including Nana favorites, seasonal selections and a "good luck" dishes such as braised greens (economic fortune), blacked-eyed peas (representing wealth) and pork (prosperity). Other highlights include beignets with orange cream filling, and grilled hanger steak and cornbread benedict with poached eggs. Diners who dress in pajamas will have their photos taken and posted on Nana's Facebook page, where voters will choose their favorite to receive a $50 Nana gift card. Brunch is available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Call: 312-929-2486

5) Bistronomic
Where: 840 N. Wabash
What: Kick off 2012 with a bubbly brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bistronomic. Diners can choose an entrée and a mimosa for the special price of $20.13 to commemorate the occasion.
Call: 312-944-8400

6) Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Where: 622 N. Fairbanks
What: Wake up and get your drink on with a bottomless mimosa ($16) and Bloody Mary ($20) bar with a food purchase, available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes selections such as a grilled monte cristo, Chicago style breakfast burrito, breakfast nachos and a Cuban breakfast sandwich.
Call: 312-642-0700

7) Kitsch'n Roscoe
Where: 2005 W. Roscoe
What: The 15h annual New Year's Day Hangover Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring retro music, college bowl games, pajama door prizes and fun awards and 70s-style gifts handed out. Menu favorites include chicken and waffles, chilaquiles, hangover burrito and coconut crusted French toast along with $5 chipotle Bloody Marys and $4 deluxe mimosas.
Call: 773-248-7372

8) Big Jones
Where: 5347 N. Clark
What: Get that delicious Southern fare at Big Jones' New Year's Day brunch featuring fried chicken and waffles plus hoppin' john with greens in addition to the regular brunch menu. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call: 773-275-5725

9) The Publican
Where: 837 W. Fulton Market
What: One of the city's best brunch spots will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a menu of guest favorites as well as a raw bar and seafood collections.
Call: 312-733-9555

10) Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ
Where: 441 N. Clark
What: Get the ultimate hangover remedy with the mother of all Bloody Marys, the 64 oz. Epic Bloody Mary ($28) available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This colossal cocktail is made with White Dragon Moonshine, Fris Vodka, Guinness and scratch Bloody Mary Mix and garnished with beef jerky, pork belly steam bun, spare rib, fried pickle, pimento-stuffed Fresno chili, salami, pepperoni, artichoke heart, pepperoncini and okra.
Call: 312-955-1900

11) Bull & Bear
Where: 431 N. Wells
What: Enjoy brunch at Bull & Bear from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and watch all of the college bowl games. Brunch dishes include PB&J stuffed French toast, housemade "Pop Tarts," short rib benedict and more.
Call: 312-527-5973

12) Hub 51
Where: 51 W. Hubbard
What: What better way to start off the day than with Hub 51's all-you-can-eat brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.? Cure that hangover with classics including fluffy scrambled eggs, housemade corned beef hash, brioche French toast, short rib eggs benedict, pulled chicken nachos, signature sushi rolls and Martha's famous carrot cake. Those needing a pick-me-up can imbibe on $6 Bloody Marys and River North Mimosas. The cost is $30 per person, $15 for kids 12 and under and free for 3 and under.
Call: 312-828-0051

13) Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba
Where: 2024 N. Halsted
What: Roll out of bed and into Ba-Ba-Reeba from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for its Pajama Brunch. Indulge in the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar or pitchers of sangria along with eggs, omelets, French toast and a host of sweet and savory tapas. Guests who dine in pajamas will receive a Ba-Ba-Reeba gift card equal to the price of the meal for a future visit.
Call: 773-935-5000

14) Mon Ami Gabi (Oak Brook)
Where: 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL
What: Forget about dressing up and come in your pajamas from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Pajama Brunch, featuring a Champagne cart and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Guests wearing their pjs will receive a gift card equal to the price of the meal for a future visit.
Call: 630-472-1900

Big Jones

5347 North Clark Street, , IL 60640 (773) 275-5725 Visit Website

Slurping Turtle

116 West Hubbard Street, , IL 60654 (312) 464-0466 Visit Website

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