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10 of Chicago’s Best Restaurants For Brunch Cocktails, Mapped

These spots are tops for weekend day drinking and eating

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Chicagoans take brunch seriously. Whether it’s a drive for fluffy pancakes or a Croque Madame that will wipe that hangover away, Sunday (and sometimes even Saturday) brunch is necessary for so many. But brunch drinks aren’t just for Bloody Marys and mimosas anymore—these Chicago brunch favorite restaurants take both morning classics and signature cocktails to the next level during weekend daytime. So here’s a map of 10 of the best restaurants for brunch cocktails in Chicago, listed from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Big Jones

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5347 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-5725
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This Andersonville stalwart serves up some of the best Southern dishes in the city, and has an excellent cocktail list to start the day to boot. Fresh juices dominate the menu, like the orangey “Good Morning, Captain” laced with New Orleans Crystal Rum and house falernum. Or start the day out with tequila mixed with grapefruit, lime and tarragon in the “Morning Dove.”

Big Jones’ Bloody Mary
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2. Band of Bohemia

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4710 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-4710
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House-crafted beer that pairs with the menu may be what Michelin-starred brewpub Band of Bohemia is best known for, but the cocktail program is also excellent. The cocktail menu is the same all day long, with one exception—the Bohemian Bloody, on the spicier side with a piquillo pepper and a stuffed olive. But many of the cocktails on the menu are acceptable for brunch—like the “Kings Cup Hooch” with gin, tamarind, passion fruit and lemon.

Three of Band of Bohemia’s cocktails
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3. Ella Elli

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1349 W Cornelia Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-3552
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Four Star Restaurant Group’s glitzy addition serves a sophisticated brunch around the corner from local favorite Crosby’s Kitchen on Southport. The digs feel luxe, and the brunch cocktails do too. Mimosas come by bottle service, with Caposaldo Prosecco and a trio of house-made fresh juices for you to mix and match yourself. For a jump start to the day, grab the “Cordially Caffeinated” or “Cold Buzz,” both with La Colombe cold brew and an array of other ingredients like demerara sugar, amaro and Luxardo amaretto.

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4. Lula Cafe

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2537 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-9554
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Lula Café’s seasonal and locally-sourced menu ensures delicious eats at every meal—hello, ginger brioche French toast—and the Logan Square staple’s bar menu matches the menu in taste. Cocktails are filled with fresh fruits, like apricot and pineapple and complemented with gin, tea and other refreshing ingredients to start the day, like the “Little Mystery” with shochu, yellow chartreuse and genmaicha tea.

Lula Cafe’s Chicago-style Bloody Mary
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5. The Winchester

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1001 N Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 698-8703
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A Croque Madame on a waffle and an egg sandwich with Hook’s Cheddar are just two of the things on the menu the Winchester dishes out for brunch. Pair yours with one of the Winchester’s cocktails, like the Camarilla, with aloe, melon, gin, dry vermouth and mint. To mix your uppers and downers, go for the Danish coffee, with Génépí, espresso liqueur, coffee and nutmeg.

The Camiralla at The Winchester
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6. Beatrix

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519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-1377
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Perfect for the brunchers who want a bit of everything, feel free to grab one of Beatrix’s house-made juices mixed with your spirit of choice (some favorites—the Power Greens with tequila or Blue Boost with gin). Or pick one of the three restaurants’ (there are locations in Streeterville and Fulton Market too) more savory offerings like the Sgt. Pepper with red bell pepper and rye whiskey, just right with the quinoa cakes and poached eggs.

Beatrix’s Bloody Mary
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7. The Dawson

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730 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 243-8955
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A summer patio favorite, The Dawson’s cocktail menu is the main draw for brunch after the sunny and breezy al fresco scene. You’ll find the basics done up, such as a Bloody Mary with honey giardiniera; an Aperol spritz; and an Irish coffee made with Metric coffee. The bar’s equipped to make any other classic you’d like, and if you’re a fan of bubbles for breakfast, try the Chandon “Sweet Star” with the eponymous bubbly on ice with lemon and mint.

The Dawson’s Greyhound
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8. The Publican

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837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9555
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Reservations are a must for brunch at The Publican, but far and beyond worth it. The meat-heavy menu is paired with a cocktail menu (note, brunch food menus are different on Saturday and Sunday, but the cocktails are the same) with classics—including a Bloody Mary (or Maria, spicy with mescal) with a craft beer back and mimosas. The restaurant’s signatures include lighter cocktails, like the Gin & Treuse, a gin, yellow Chartreuse and grapefruit concoction and the “Summer Cherry” with Saussignac (a drier dessert wine from France), cava and house-made cherry bitters.

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9. Cherry Circle Room

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 792-3515
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Tucked behind the Game Room in the Chicago Athletic Association, Cherry Circle Room dishes out one of the best brunches for all seasons (and all holidays, as the restaurant is open 365 days a year). Restaurant and creative group Land & Sea Department’s Paul McGee is behind all the cocktails, which are perfect for abating one too many tiki drinks at the group’s Lost Lake. The “Red Snapper” is a twist on a Bloody Mary with gin, to pad the stomach with vegetables. If a kick of caffeine will do the trick, get the CCR Milk Punch, a creamy mix of rum and bourbon with coffee and milk.

A selection of Cherry Circle Room’s brunch cocktails
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10. Dusek's Board & Beer

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3851
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Dusek’s may be best known for its beer list and food, but the restaurant inside Thalia Hall also has an excellent brunch cocktail list. The restaurant trades classic mimosas for a lineup of beer-mosas with an array of citrus juices from lemon to grapefruit. There’s also a rotating cocktail menu that includes a punch (courtesy of Punch House), right now featuring vodka, Cocchi Americano, white tea, pineapple and strawberry.

Dusek’s has a strong beermosa selection
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1. Big Jones

5347 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Big Jones’ Bloody Mary
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This Andersonville stalwart serves up some of the best Southern dishes in the city, and has an excellent cocktail list to start the day to boot. Fresh juices dominate the menu, like the orangey “Good Morning, Captain” laced with New Orleans Crystal Rum and house falernum. Or start the day out with tequila mixed with grapefruit, lime and tarragon in the “Morning Dove.”

5347 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Band of Bohemia

4710 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Three of Band of Bohemia’s cocktails
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House-crafted beer that pairs with the menu may be what Michelin-starred brewpub Band of Bohemia is best known for, but the cocktail program is also excellent. The cocktail menu is the same all day long, with one exception—the Bohemian Bloody, on the spicier side with a piquillo pepper and a stuffed olive. But many of the cocktails on the menu are acceptable for brunch—like the “Kings Cup Hooch” with gin, tamarind, passion fruit and lemon.

4710 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Ella Elli

1349 W Cornelia Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Ella Elli’s mimosa service
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Four Star Restaurant Group’s glitzy addition serves a sophisticated brunch around the corner from local favorite Crosby’s Kitchen on Southport. The digs feel luxe, and the brunch cocktails do too. Mimosas come by bottle service, with Caposaldo Prosecco and a trio of house-made fresh juices for you to mix and match yourself. For a jump start to the day, grab the “Cordially Caffeinated” or “Cold Buzz,” both with La Colombe cold brew and an array of other ingredients like demerara sugar, amaro and Luxardo amaretto.

1349 W Cornelia Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Lula Cafe

2537 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Lula Cafe’s Chicago-style Bloody Mary
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Lula Café’s seasonal and locally-sourced menu ensures delicious eats at every meal—hello, ginger brioche French toast—and the Logan Square staple’s bar menu matches the menu in taste. Cocktails are filled with fresh fruits, like apricot and pineapple and complemented with gin, tea and other refreshing ingredients to start the day, like the “Little Mystery” with shochu, yellow chartreuse and genmaicha tea.

2537 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. The Winchester

1001 N Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
The Camiralla at The Winchester
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A Croque Madame on a waffle and an egg sandwich with Hook’s Cheddar are just two of the things on the menu the Winchester dishes out for brunch. Pair yours with one of the Winchester’s cocktails, like the Camarilla, with aloe, melon, gin, dry vermouth and mint. To mix your uppers and downers, go for the Danish coffee, with Génépí, espresso liqueur, coffee and nutmeg.

1001 N Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

6. Beatrix

519 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Beatrix’s Bloody Mary
Anjali Pinto

Perfect for the brunchers who want a bit of everything, feel free to grab one of Beatrix’s house-made juices mixed with your spirit of choice (some favorites—the Power Greens with tequila or Blue Boost with gin). Or pick one of the three restaurants’ (there are locations in Streeterville and Fulton Market too) more savory offerings like the Sgt. Pepper with red bell pepper and rye whiskey, just right with the quinoa cakes and poached eggs.

519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. The Dawson

730 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
The Dawson’s Greyhound
Gage Hospitality Group

A summer patio favorite, The Dawson’s cocktail menu is the main draw for brunch after the sunny and breezy al fresco scene. You’ll find the basics done up, such as a Bloody Mary with honey giardiniera; an Aperol spritz; and an Irish coffee made with Metric coffee. The bar’s equipped to make any other classic you’d like, and if you’re a fan of bubbles for breakfast, try the Chandon “Sweet Star” with the eponymous bubbly on ice with lemon and mint.

730 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

8. The Publican

837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
A Publican Bloody Mary
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Reservations are a must for brunch at The Publican, but far and beyond worth it. The meat-heavy menu is paired with a cocktail menu (note, brunch food menus are different on Saturday and Sunday, but the cocktails are the same) with classics—including a Bloody Mary (or Maria, spicy with mescal) with a craft beer back and mimosas. The restaurant’s signatures include lighter cocktails, like the Gin & Treuse, a gin, yellow Chartreuse and grapefruit concoction and the “Summer Cherry” with Saussignac (a drier dessert wine from France), cava and house-made cherry bitters.

837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

9. Cherry Circle Room

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
A selection of Cherry Circle Room’s brunch cocktails
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Tucked behind the Game Room in the Chicago Athletic Association, Cherry Circle Room dishes out one of the best brunches for all seasons (and all holidays, as the restaurant is open 365 days a year). Restaurant and creative group Land & Sea Department’s Paul McGee is behind all the cocktails, which are perfect for abating one too many tiki drinks at the group’s Lost Lake. The “Red Snapper” is a twist on a Bloody Mary with gin, to pad the stomach with vegetables. If a kick of caffeine will do the trick, get the CCR Milk Punch, a creamy mix of rum and bourbon with coffee and milk.

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

10. Dusek's Board & Beer

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Dusek’s has a strong beermosa selection
Courtesy of Dusek’s

Dusek’s may be best known for its beer list and food, but the restaurant inside Thalia Hall also has an excellent brunch cocktail list. The restaurant trades classic mimosas for a lineup of beer-mosas with an array of citrus juices from lemon to grapefruit. There’s also a rotating cocktail menu that includes a punch (courtesy of Punch House), right now featuring vodka, Cocchi Americano, white tea, pineapple and strawberry.

1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

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