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Inside Nighthawk: AM, An LA All-Day Breakfast Spot Opens in Chicago

Jeremy Fall’s casual spot opens on Wednesday

Nighthawk AM
Barry Brecheisen
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Nighthawk: AM, an all-day breakfast spot from LA’s J. Fall Group, debuts on Wednesday in Lincoln Park at 2273 N. Lincoln Avenue. It’s a comfy spot with 14 seats and designed for customers who want creative breakfast items on the go in the mornings and folks who obsess about breakfast and need their fixes in the evenings. It’s a departure from the original Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar concept in LA, but founder Jeremy Fall is willing to mix it up as he attempts to expand the Nighthawk brand in other cities with different restaurants.

The space is narrow and Fall wants to evoke a retro milk bar vibe. The floors burst with color — Fall designed the space and took old print ads showcasing breakfast products such as sausage, cereal, and maple syrup. They’ve left the exposed brick and drawn a skeleton who is dreaming about breakfast — a take on the Adidas acronym (all day I dream about sports). Kitchen scales hang from the ceilings.

There’s no booze, but the menu includes Frosted Flakes-coated french toast sticks, a cheddar and chive biscuit, and a drink that’s a shout out to the president, the “Cereal Milk Covfefe” (La Colombe dark roast coffee, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal milk). There’s also scoops of edible cookie dough. The place will also be open until 3 a.m. on weekends for any bar patrons up that late near Lincoln/Fullerton/Halsted. Maybe a few DePaul students will need study breaks, too.

Take a stroll through the space below. Nighthawk: AM opens on Wednesday.

Nighthawk: AM, 2273 N. Lincoln Avenue, open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday.

Nighthawk: AM is a retro breakfast bar.
They’ve kept the exposed brick.
It’s not quite “Adidas.”
The menu is overhead.
It’s supposed to feel like a milk bar.
There are 14 seats.
The counter’s made up of old Tang boxes.
There’s a vintage feel with the tiles.
They used vintage breakfast ads to make up the floor.
How many of these print ads do you remember?
A closeup of the floor.

Nighthawk: AM

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