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Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now, February 2018

Behold, the 20 hottest brunch restaurants in Chicago

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Brunch, not quite breakfast or lunch, is often overlooked but Eater Chicago's here to give it all the attention it deserves. The Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap is a continually-updated list showing the newest places that are doing great things with their brunch menus. Because after a long week, everyone should kick back and relax over an omelet and Bloody Mary. So don't ruin the weekend by making the wrong choice. Nobody likes soggy bacon.

This month's additions include The Ritz-Carlton's Torali Italian – Steak, an Andersonville outpost of Hutch, and all-day cafe Half Sour. They join a growing number of eateries dedicated to making their midday options as equally important as dinner service. Sure, you can order a McMuffin at all hours of the day but why settle? Start Sunday Funday off right and get your eggs (and much more) on at these red-hot restaurants.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Beatnik

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1604 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 929-4945
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From the grandiose interior to a year-round courtyard, Beatnik is a sight to behold. Bonhomme Hospitality Group, the folks behind places like Celeste and Fulton Market Kitchen, has another winner on its hands thanks to a creative bar program and impressive bites that draw inspiration from around the globe. Brunch features boozy slushies and dishes like pork cheek fried rice, Spanish tortilla with uni, and shakshuka with duck eggs.

2. Split-Rail

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2500 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-4413
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Take a trip down memory lane at Zoe Schor’s “New Americana” hotspot. Her nostalgia-tinged menu offers updated versions of classic comfort foods so diners can embrace their inner child by starting the day with chicken nuggets served with housemade honey mustard. For a more adult-like approach to brunch, there’s duck confit hash and a breakfast burrito made with scrambled eggs, pinto beans, queso Oaxaca, avocado crema, and hash browns.

3. Somerset

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1112 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 586-2150
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To the surprise of no one, Boka Restaurant Group’s magnificent Gold Coast restaurant has lived up to the hype bestowed upon it. Taking its cue from the neighborhood, the grand and lavish space conjures images of a yacht club that’s suited for lounging. Lee Wolen complements the experience with all-American favorites such as pristine oysters, corned beef hash, and a killer crispy chicken sandwich.

4. Barrio

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65 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 940-9900
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“Top Chef” alum Katsuji Tanabe is providing all the good eats guests will need for a weekend fiesta. Alleviate the workweek stress with inventive Mexican plates such as churro French toast with horchata whipped cream, chorizo omelet, barbacoa short rib hash, breakfast tacos, and much more. They go well with cocktails like housemade micheladas, Bloody Marias, and guava mimosas.

5. Marisol

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205 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 799-3599
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Spend a few hours at the Museum of Contemporary Art enjoying the wondrous exhibits and then head to its new restaurant downstairs to refuel. Chef Jason Hammel’s vibrant brunch menu focuses on hyper-seasonal ingredients and visitors will chow on an assortment of house pastries, avocado toast, lemon poppy seed French toast, pozole verde, and a porchetta sandwich. With winter here, it’s an ideal way to pass an afternoon in Chicago.

6. HaiSous

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1800 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 702-1303
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Thai Dang’s long-awaited return has been a hit with critics and diners alike. His Pilsen restaurant has expanded its service to brunch hours so that patrons can have a hearty Vietnamese meal in the morning. Asian specialties include housemade beef pho, crispy rice crepe filled with prawns, and rice porridge with chopped clams.
2853 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 292-6011
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One of the city’s most essential brunch spots has relocated to larger digs. Housed inside the former Yusho space, Jam is back to serving chef Ian Voakes’s contemporary morning fare. The menu remains mostly unchanged so fans shouldn’t fear — those hot chicken and waffles and malted custard French toasts are still here.
Barry Brecheisen

8. Lonesome Rose

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2101 N. California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 770-3414
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Land & Sea Dept.’s latest project is an all-day eatery in Logan Square centered on the borderlands cuisine of southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Starting bright and early at 7 a.m., guests can stop in for tacos filled with eggs, cheese, potatoes, and breakfast meats. Or sleep in and enjoy specialties after 11 a.m., such as tuna tostada, chilaquiles, truck stop nachos, and a double stack chorizo burger.
Clayton Hauck

9. Mable's Table

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1655 W Cortland St, Chicago
IL, 60622
(773) 904-7433
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Gather ‘round the table and let mom take care of the cooking. Chef and owner Anthony Reyes’s Bucktown restaurant pays homage to his mother, Mable, with a menu full of family-inspired recipes. Breakfast risotto, prime rib hash skillet, and pastrami-style smoked salmon are just some of the dishes diners can nosh on.

10. Brickhouse Tavern

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3647 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 377-4770
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Baseball's regular season hasn't started but the party never stops in Wrigleyville. Brickhouse Tavern, located at the Park at Wrigley, is flying the W with a weekend brunch package. Priced at $25, the all-you-can-eat spread includes a carving station, mac and cheese bar, pancake station, hot dog station, and more. Mimosas can be added for an extra $15.

11. The Lakefront Restaurant

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2401 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 414-1313
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The weather outside may be frightful but that doesn’t mean Chicagoans can’t still hang out by the lake. Former Fountainhead chef Cleetus Friedman is leading the kitchen at this tavern housed inside the historic Theater on the Lake building. He’s delivering Midwestern comfort with whimsical touches on brunch choices like beer-braised brisket hash, cereal milk French toast, and chicken fried chicken. And when summer comes along, the skyline patio will offer al fresco dining and picturesque views.

12. Regards To Edith

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326 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 763-6564
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Heisler Hospitality went old school and drew upon the city’s culinary past for its new project inside the Google building. While brunch doesn’t offer the drool-worthy prime rib sandwich, it does have hearty eats such as pierogies, a fried chicken biscuit, and lamb crepinette. Diners who really want to show off their Chicago pride can also sip on the Deli Counter Fizz, made with Malört, vodka, pineapple shrub, lemon, soda, and celery.

13. Bar Cargo

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605 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-0065
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Pizza is the best motivation for rolling out of bed in the morning (and many other things). That’s why this pizzeria bar from the Stefani family is the place to be for brunch. In addition to a full selection of Roman-style pies, weekend specialties include crab and avocado benedict, egg white frittata, and steak and eggs. Bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas, and bellinis are an extra $25.

14. Nighthawk: AM

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2273 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-8899
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Inspired by the retro milk bars of the ‘50s, this Los Angeles import slings morning fare at all hours of the day. So don’t worry about missing out on brunch; edibles scoops of cookie dough, boozy Frosted Flakes-coated French toast sticks, and cheddar and chive biscuits will be waiting no matter how late guests drop by. They might just have to take it to go, though, as the small space only seats 14 people.

15. Bareburger

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3357 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 697-3079
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There are more than just burgers at the New York-based chain. The recently-launched brunch menu contains items like breakfast tacos, waffle-wiches, and blueberry pancakes. Beef or no beef, diners will be mooing after a big meal here.
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16. Torali Italian – Steak

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160 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-5160
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The Ritz-Carlton’s swanky restaurant on the 12th floor presents an Italian-tinged feast for brunch. Do as the Sicilians do and munch on egg white frittatas, veal meatballs, yellowfin crudo, and polenta fries. Then sit back, relax, and sip some amaro.

17. Hutch American Kitchen + Bar

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1477 W Winnemac Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 672-4900
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Andersonville lost an ambitious Mexican restaurant when Cantina 1910 closed but filling its void is the third iteration of Hutch. Brunch enthusiasts will be happy to know that it’s served every day of the week. The reliable menu plays host to comforting dishes like tater tot nachos, Nutella dough poppers, chicken and waffles, and breakfast grilled cheese. Of course, no morning would be complete without a boozy drink so there are various bloodies and mimosas available too.

18. Half Sour

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755 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 224-1772
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Deli-style eateries are on the rise and this new Printer’s Row café serves brunch plates alongside the customary sandwich lineup. Pancake balls, shakshuka, and corned beef hash are among the choices, and they’re coupled with cocktails like the Dark and Icy (CH Vodka or Maker’s Mark, Dark Matter cold brew, CH coffee liquor, hazelnut, cream). It might not feel like a traditional Jewish delicatessen, but one bite of the pastrami will put diners’ minds at ease.

19. Kinship

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625 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 563-8242
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Evanston’s newest addition to the area is a hearth-driven, ethnically-inspired spot from L3 Hospitality Group. Former Eater Young Gun semifinalist Marco Bahena is whipping up approachable items such as honey-roasted vegetable hash, a cheddar biscuit breakfast sandwich, and challah French toast. On the way out, grab a homemade éclair or pastry for the road.
Barry Brecheisen

20. Tjam Kitchen

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1418 W Howard St
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 381-8011
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Make the taste buds jam out at this family-run spot in Rogers Park. Breakfast and lunch are made with international flair so expect to devour Texas French toast, breakfast tacos, elotes, fried tofu, and more. Save some room for dessert, which includes sweet tamales.

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1. Beatnik

1604 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
From the grandiose interior to a year-round courtyard, Beatnik is a sight to behold. Bonhomme Hospitality Group, the folks behind places like Celeste and Fulton Market Kitchen, has another winner on its hands thanks to a creative bar program and impressive bites that draw inspiration from around the globe. Brunch features boozy slushies and dishes like pork cheek fried rice, Spanish tortilla with uni, and shakshuka with duck eggs.
1604 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

2. Split-Rail

2500 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Take a trip down memory lane at Zoe Schor’s “New Americana” hotspot. Her nostalgia-tinged menu offers updated versions of classic comfort foods so diners can embrace their inner child by starting the day with chicken nuggets served with housemade honey mustard. For a more adult-like approach to brunch, there’s duck confit hash and a breakfast burrito made with scrambled eggs, pinto beans, queso Oaxaca, avocado crema, and hash browns.
2500 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

3. Somerset

1112 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60610
To the surprise of no one, Boka Restaurant Group’s magnificent Gold Coast restaurant has lived up to the hype bestowed upon it. Taking its cue from the neighborhood, the grand and lavish space conjures images of a yacht club that’s suited for lounging. Lee Wolen complements the experience with all-American favorites such as pristine oysters, corned beef hash, and a killer crispy chicken sandwich.
1112 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610

4. Barrio

65 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
“Top Chef” alum Katsuji Tanabe is providing all the good eats guests will need for a weekend fiesta. Alleviate the workweek stress with inventive Mexican plates such as churro French toast with horchata whipped cream, chorizo omelet, barbacoa short rib hash, breakfast tacos, and much more. They go well with cocktails like housemade micheladas, Bloody Marias, and guava mimosas.
65 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. Marisol

205 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611, Chicago, IL 60611
Spend a few hours at the Museum of Contemporary Art enjoying the wondrous exhibits and then head to its new restaurant downstairs to refuel. Chef Jason Hammel’s vibrant brunch menu focuses on hyper-seasonal ingredients and visitors will chow on an assortment of house pastries, avocado toast, lemon poppy seed French toast, pozole verde, and a porchetta sandwich. With winter here, it’s an ideal way to pass an afternoon in Chicago.
205 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago, IL 60611

6. HaiSous

1800 S Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60608
Thai Dang’s long-awaited return has been a hit with critics and diners alike. His Pilsen restaurant has expanded its service to brunch hours so that patrons can have a hearty Vietnamese meal in the morning. Asian specialties include housemade beef pho, crispy rice crepe filled with prawns, and rice porridge with chopped clams.
1800 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608

7. Jam

2853 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Barry Brecheisen
One of the city’s most essential brunch spots has relocated to larger digs. Housed inside the former Yusho space, Jam is back to serving chef Ian Voakes’s contemporary morning fare. The menu remains mostly unchanged so fans shouldn’t fear — those hot chicken and waffles and malted custard French toasts are still here.
2853 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

8. Lonesome Rose

2101 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Clayton Hauck
Land & Sea Dept.’s latest project is an all-day eatery in Logan Square centered on the borderlands cuisine of southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Starting bright and early at 7 a.m., guests can stop in for tacos filled with eggs, cheese, potatoes, and breakfast meats. Or sleep in and enjoy specialties after 11 a.m., such as tuna tostada, chilaquiles, truck stop nachos, and a double stack chorizo burger.
2101 N. California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Mable's Table

1655 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL, 60622
Gather ‘round the table and let mom take care of the cooking. Chef and owner Anthony Reyes’s Bucktown restaurant pays homage to his mother, Mable, with a menu full of family-inspired recipes. Breakfast risotto, prime rib hash skillet, and pastrami-style smoked salmon are just some of the dishes diners can nosh on.
1655 W Cortland St, Chicago
IL, 60622

10. Brickhouse Tavern

3647 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
Baseball's regular season hasn't started but the party never stops in Wrigleyville. Brickhouse Tavern, located at the Park at Wrigley, is flying the W with a weekend brunch package. Priced at $25, the all-you-can-eat spread includes a carving station, mac and cheese bar, pancake station, hot dog station, and more. Mimosas can be added for an extra $15.
3647 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613

11. The Lakefront Restaurant

2401 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
The weather outside may be frightful but that doesn’t mean Chicagoans can’t still hang out by the lake. Former Fountainhead chef Cleetus Friedman is leading the kitchen at this tavern housed inside the historic Theater on the Lake building. He’s delivering Midwestern comfort with whimsical touches on brunch choices like beer-braised brisket hash, cereal milk French toast, and chicken fried chicken. And when summer comes along, the skyline patio will offer al fresco dining and picturesque views.
2401 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60614

12. Regards To Edith

326 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607
Heisler Hospitality went old school and drew upon the city’s culinary past for its new project inside the Google building. While brunch doesn’t offer the drool-worthy prime rib sandwich, it does have hearty eats such as pierogies, a fried chicken biscuit, and lamb crepinette. Diners who really want to show off their Chicago pride can also sip on the Deli Counter Fizz, made with Malört, vodka, pineapple shrub, lemon, soda, and celery.
326 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607

13. Bar Cargo

605 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
Pizza is the best motivation for rolling out of bed in the morning (and many other things). That’s why this pizzeria bar from the Stefani family is the place to be for brunch. In addition to a full selection of Roman-style pies, weekend specialties include crab and avocado benedict, egg white frittata, and steak and eggs. Bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas, and bellinis are an extra $25.
605 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Nighthawk: AM

2273 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Inspired by the retro milk bars of the ‘50s, this Los Angeles import slings morning fare at all hours of the day. So don’t worry about missing out on brunch; edibles scoops of cookie dough, boozy Frosted Flakes-coated French toast sticks, and cheddar and chive biscuits will be waiting no matter how late guests drop by. They might just have to take it to go, though, as the small space only seats 14 people.
2273 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

15. Bareburger

3357 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Bareburger
There are more than just burgers at the New York-based chain. The recently-launched brunch menu contains items like breakfast tacos, waffle-wiches, and blueberry pancakes. Beef or no beef, diners will be mooing after a big meal here.
3357 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

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16. Torali Italian – Steak

160 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611
The Ritz-Carlton’s swanky restaurant on the 12th floor presents an Italian-tinged feast for brunch. Do as the Sicilians do and munch on egg white frittatas, veal meatballs, yellowfin crudo, and polenta fries. Then sit back, relax, and sip some amaro.
160 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611

17. Hutch American Kitchen + Bar

1477 W Winnemac Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Andersonville lost an ambitious Mexican restaurant when Cantina 1910 closed but filling its void is the third iteration of Hutch. Brunch enthusiasts will be happy to know that it’s served every day of the week. The reliable menu plays host to comforting dishes like tater tot nachos, Nutella dough poppers, chicken and waffles, and breakfast grilled cheese. Of course, no morning would be complete without a boozy drink so there are various bloodies and mimosas available too.
1477 W Winnemac Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

18. Half Sour

755 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605
Deli-style eateries are on the rise and this new Printer’s Row café serves brunch plates alongside the customary sandwich lineup. Pancake balls, shakshuka, and corned beef hash are among the choices, and they’re coupled with cocktails like the Dark and Icy (CH Vodka or Maker’s Mark, Dark Matter cold brew, CH coffee liquor, hazelnut, cream). It might not feel like a traditional Jewish delicatessen, but one bite of the pastrami will put diners’ minds at ease.
755 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60605

19. Kinship

625 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201
Barry Brecheisen
Evanston’s newest addition to the area is a hearth-driven, ethnically-inspired spot from L3 Hospitality Group. Former Eater Young Gun semifinalist Marco Bahena is whipping up approachable items such as honey-roasted vegetable hash, a cheddar biscuit breakfast sandwich, and challah French toast. On the way out, grab a homemade éclair or pastry for the road.
625 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201

20. Tjam Kitchen

1418 W Howard St, Chicago, IL 60626
Make the taste buds jam out at this family-run spot in Rogers Park. Breakfast and lunch are made with international flair so expect to devour Texas French toast, breakfast tacos, elotes, fried tofu, and more. Save some room for dessert, which includes sweet tamales.
1418 W Howard St
Chicago, IL 60626

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