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Itoko offers traditional Japanese breakfast along with kabocha pancakes and brunch cocktails.
Nick Podraza

Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now

Enjoy a Bloody Mary or benedict at these 20 spots

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Itoko offers traditional Japanese breakfast along with kabocha pancakes and brunch cocktails.
| Nick Podraza

Brunch — not quite breakfast, not yet lunch — is one of the best parts of the weekend. The Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap is here to help by highlighting the newest options for a delicious midday meal. The latest additions to the list include New York City import Olio e Più, Miru within the St. Regis Chicago hotel, and Lincoln Park French restaurant Argot. These restaurants join a growing number of kitchens offering exciting brunch menus. So start the day off right with eggs (and much more) at these 20 destinations.

For a list of classic city favorites, check out the Iconic Brunch Map.

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BiXi Beer

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The Logan Square brewpub BiXi Beer offers dim sum brunch on the weekends, so gather a group to share pot stickers, shumai, baos and lemony shrimp toast. There’s also a hand-pulled noodles that are great with a duck-cured egg. The menu also offers Asian-inspired sweet fare like a giant cinnamon roll topped with yuzu cream cheese frosting and blueberries and Korean twist doughnuts sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with seasonal jam. Book a table through Resy.

Smoque Steak

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The sibling to Smoque BBQ shows off its perfectly cooked meat with steak & eggs served with chipotle potatoes and challah toast and in a breakfast burrito where the steak is wrapped in a flour tortilla with potatoes, guacamole, chihuahua cheese and scrambled eggs. Gather some friends and share a carafe of their signature bloody mary made with bacon-infused vodka. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Paulie Gee's Logan Square

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Paulie Gee’s serves up a rotating selection of adventurous Detroit-style pizzas, and for brunch they offer one topped with eggs, sausage gravy, hot sauce and maple syrup. For those unsure about eating pizza before noon, there’s banana bread French toast and breakfast tacos loaded with crispy bacon and potatoes. Try one of eight mimosas with flavors including raspberry and melon.

Attagirl

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Anyone missing the cheeseburger or veggie burger from Cafe Marie-Jeanne can find them during brunch at Attagirl, the new Logan Square restaurant from the teams at CMJ and Table, Donkey and Stick. The eclectic menu offered Saturday through Monday also features housemade lox, poutine, breakfast sandwiches and griddle cakes, providing a mix of new dishes and favorites from the all-day cafe. Make a reservation through Tock.

Attagirl offers housemade lox for brunch.
Attagirl

Le Sud Mediterranean Kitchen

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Head to Roscoe Village for a boozy brunch with $25 bottomless mimosas and bellinis blended with orange juice, mango, strawberry or peach. The menu from executive sous chef William Lara features equally indulgent dishes like French toast tiramisu with goat cheese spread and coffee liqueur whipped cream, and lobster Florentine with yuzu hollandaise. Book a table through Resy.

Momotaro executive chef Gene Kato’s Lakeview spot serves a Japanese breakfast with salmon teriyaki, miso soup, rice and pickles plus spins on brunch classics like skirt steak over kimchi fried rice and citrus-shiso-cured salmon with sweet miso cream cheese and steamed buns. Start with a sake cocktail or a bloody mary with a togarashi rim. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Itoko’s Japanese breakfast features salmon teriyaki, miso soup, rice and pickles.
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Little Goat Diner

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Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Diner moved from the West Loop to Lakeview, offering a cozy spot for all-day breakfast with options including shrimp & grits with braised pistachios, avocado toast with pickled vegetables, and corned beef hash with eggs. The sweet side of the menu features milkshakes, fresh baked monkey bread, and pie. Diners in a hurry can visit the “Grab & Goat” section for breakfast sandwiches and cookies.

The Loyalist

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The casual restaurant below three-Michelin-starred spot Smyth launched Sunday brunch for the first time in 2023. It’s a truly indulgent affair offering a lobster benedict with foie sausage and an omelet made with camembert and caviar. New cocktails include A Model’s Dejeuner made with rum, coffee liqueur, and grapefruit, and a bloody mary featuring pickle-brined vodka. Make a reservation on Tock.

Lizzy J Cafe

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Chef Jamie Gilmore’s popular Lincoln Square restaurant closed in 2022 but she’s moved to the second floor of the Time Out Market to offer brunch fare all day Wednesday through Sunday. Break up the work day or make the most of a day off with comfort food including shrimp & grits with fried green tomatoes and crab cake benedicts. Reserve a spot at a communal table through Tock.

The Oakville Grill & Cellar

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Lettuce Entertain You brings a taste of Napa to Fulton Market with the Oakville Grill & Cellar, which boasts a bi-level wine cellar and a year-round terrace. Start brunch on a sweet note with a blueberry swirl cinnamon roll with candied lemon and cream cheese frosting before trying a savory dish like pastrami hash or a breakfast burrito. Pair the meal with a fresh juice or a bloody mary garnished with a Humboldt Fog-stuffed olive. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Verve Wine’s French reboot Argot serves classic bistro fare during weekend brunch including a spinach and leek quiche, steak & eggs and a croque madame made with truffled mornay sauce, plus gluten-free buckwheat pancakes on the sweet side. Get creative with the build-your-own spritz bar or choose from one of four bloody marys. Book a table through Resy.

Argot offer classic French bistro dishes.
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No Vacancy

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New River North bar No Vacancy dishes out hangover cures from executive chef Zenas White including a skillet with eggs, sausage and crispy fingerling potatoes, bananas foster challah French toast, and quesadillas with birria scrambled eggs. Bottomless bloody marys and mimosas and music from local DJs add to the Sunday brunch’s party vibe.

avec River North

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The restaurant’s large dining room makes it an ideal place to bring a group to share Mediterranean fare such as spiced shakshuka with Tunisian couscous or hummus with soft egg and hearth-baked pita. Split a cinnamon toast punch bowl made with rum, spiced pear liqueur and horchata or order a bloody mary garnished with one of avec’s signature chorizo-stuffed dates. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Olio e Piu

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New York City Italian restaurant Olio e Più has expanded to Chicago, serving a seasonal menu in River North that emphasizes meat and seafood. Weekend brunch brings a prosciutto benedict with truffled fontina fondue, platters of salami and cheese with housemade focaccia and pancakes with cherry chantilly. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Brunch at Olio e Più includes a prosciutto benedict and cherry pancakes.
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Maple & Ash

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Splurge with decadent dishes like Alaskan king crab eggs Benedict, lobster avocado toast or ribeye filet steak & eggs. Make it a party with a tower of espresso martinis or bubbly. Maple & Ash also offers a brunch version of its tasting menu for $175 that includes caviar, a seafood tower, and bottomless champagne. Book a table here.

Maple & Ash serves decadent dishes like Alaskan king crab eggs benedict.
Maple & Ash

Master sommelier Alpana Singh’s Gold Coast bistro offers bottomless mimosas during brunch, where specialties include crab cake benedict, short rib hash and avocado toast topped with smoked salmon or a pair of over-easy eggs. The plant-filled dining room and heated terrace provide ideal winter retreats where diners can relax and catch up with a few glasses of wine from the restaurant’s expansive list. Book a table here.

Egg Tuck

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Egg Tuck, a West Coast chain known for Korean-inspired fluffy egg sandwiches, is open at 7:30 a.m. daily, and while the quick-serve restaurant might not be what diners think of when they imagine brunch, folks have quirky schedules. Not everyone has time for a sit-down brunch with Mimosas. Brunch on the run is better than no brunch at all, and with easy carryout and delivery ordering, Egg Tuck has busy weekend warriors covered.

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The Evie

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The new Magnificent Mile restaurant from the owners of Wildberry Cafe and Forno Rosso aims to give tourists a real taste of Chicago’s culinary power. Enjoy some great people watching from the sizeable second floor space while digging into a prime rib benedict with shaved black truffle or fried chicken and biscuits with sage and bacon gravy, and sipping a bloody mary or espresso martini. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Take in the views of the Chicago River from the 11th floor of The St. Regis Chicago at Lettuce Entertain You’s Japanese restaurant Miru. Start with a flight of mimosas made with fresh-squeeze orange juice, peach puree and lychee puree then opt for a traditional Tokyo brunch with miso soup, ginger rice, pickles and miso-glazed steak or buttermilk pancakes topped with whipped yuzu ricotta and blueberries. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Miru offers Asian twists on brunch classics.
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Chef Art Smith’s Reunion

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Art Smith, who’s cooked for Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga, serves brunch at his restaurant positioned at the main entrance to Navy Pier. Seek out a seat on the large patio and enjoy the view while dining on his famous fried chicken along with other Southern comfort fare such as buttermilk goat cheese drop biscuits. Add on bottomless mimosas for $30. Reservations are available through OpenTable.

BiXi Beer

The Logan Square brewpub BiXi Beer offers dim sum brunch on the weekends, so gather a group to share pot stickers, shumai, baos and lemony shrimp toast. There’s also a hand-pulled noodles that are great with a duck-cured egg. The menu also offers Asian-inspired sweet fare like a giant cinnamon roll topped with yuzu cream cheese frosting and blueberries and Korean twist doughnuts sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with seasonal jam. Book a table through Resy.

Smoque Steak

The sibling to Smoque BBQ shows off its perfectly cooked meat with steak & eggs served with chipotle potatoes and challah toast and in a breakfast burrito where the steak is wrapped in a flour tortilla with potatoes, guacamole, chihuahua cheese and scrambled eggs. Gather some friends and share a carafe of their signature bloody mary made with bacon-infused vodka. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Paulie Gee's Logan Square

Paulie Gee’s serves up a rotating selection of adventurous Detroit-style pizzas, and for brunch they offer one topped with eggs, sausage gravy, hot sauce and maple syrup. For those unsure about eating pizza before noon, there’s banana bread French toast and breakfast tacos loaded with crispy bacon and potatoes. Try one of eight mimosas with flavors including raspberry and melon.

Attagirl

Anyone missing the cheeseburger or veggie burger from Cafe Marie-Jeanne can find them during brunch at Attagirl, the new Logan Square restaurant from the teams at CMJ and Table, Donkey and Stick. The eclectic menu offered Saturday through Monday also features housemade lox, poutine, breakfast sandwiches and griddle cakes, providing a mix of new dishes and favorites from the all-day cafe. Make a reservation through Tock.

Attagirl offers housemade lox for brunch.
Attagirl

Le Sud Mediterranean Kitchen

Head to Roscoe Village for a boozy brunch with $25 bottomless mimosas and bellinis blended with orange juice, mango, strawberry or peach. The menu from executive sous chef William Lara features equally indulgent dishes like French toast tiramisu with goat cheese spread and coffee liqueur whipped cream, and lobster Florentine with yuzu hollandaise. Book a table through Resy.

Itoko

Momotaro executive chef Gene Kato’s Lakeview spot serves a Japanese breakfast with salmon teriyaki, miso soup, rice and pickles plus spins on brunch classics like skirt steak over kimchi fried rice and citrus-shiso-cured salmon with sweet miso cream cheese and steamed buns. Start with a sake cocktail or a bloody mary with a togarashi rim. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Itoko’s Japanese breakfast features salmon teriyaki, miso soup, rice and pickles.
Nick Podraza

Little Goat Diner

Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Diner moved from the West Loop to Lakeview, offering a cozy spot for all-day breakfast with options including shrimp & grits with braised pistachios, avocado toast with pickled vegetables, and corned beef hash with eggs. The sweet side of the menu features milkshakes, fresh baked monkey bread, and pie. Diners in a hurry can visit the “Grab & Goat” section for breakfast sandwiches and cookies.

The Loyalist

The casual restaurant below three-Michelin-starred spot Smyth launched Sunday brunch for the first time in 2023. It’s a truly indulgent affair offering a lobster benedict with foie sausage and an omelet made with camembert and caviar. New cocktails include A Model’s Dejeuner made with rum, coffee liqueur, and grapefruit, and a bloody mary featuring pickle-brined vodka. Make a reservation on Tock.

Lizzy J Cafe

Chef Jamie Gilmore’s popular Lincoln Square restaurant closed in 2022 but she’s moved to the second floor of the Time Out Market to offer brunch fare all day Wednesday through Sunday. Break up the work day or make the most of a day off with comfort food including shrimp & grits with fried green tomatoes and crab cake benedicts. Reserve a spot at a communal table through Tock.

The Oakville Grill & Cellar

Lettuce Entertain You brings a taste of Napa to Fulton Market with the Oakville Grill & Cellar, which boasts a bi-level wine cellar and a year-round terrace. Start brunch on a sweet note with a blueberry swirl cinnamon roll with candied lemon and cream cheese frosting before trying a savory dish like pastrami hash or a breakfast burrito. Pair the meal with a fresh juice or a bloody mary garnished with a Humboldt Fog-stuffed olive. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Argot

Verve Wine’s French reboot Argot serves classic bistro fare during weekend brunch including a spinach and leek quiche, steak & eggs and a croque madame made with truffled mornay sauce, plus gluten-free buckwheat pancakes on the sweet side. Get creative with the build-your-own spritz bar or choose from one of four bloody marys. Book a table through Resy.

Argot offer classic French bistro dishes.
Clayton Hauck

No Vacancy

New River North bar No Vacancy dishes out hangover cures from executive chef Zenas White including a skillet with eggs, sausage and crispy fingerling potatoes, bananas foster challah French toast, and quesadillas with birria scrambled eggs. Bottomless bloody marys and mimosas and music from local DJs add to the Sunday brunch’s party vibe.

avec River North

The restaurant’s large dining room makes it an ideal place to bring a group to share Mediterranean fare such as spiced shakshuka with Tunisian couscous or hummus with soft egg and hearth-baked pita. Split a cinnamon toast punch bowl made with rum, spiced pear liqueur and horchata or order a bloody mary garnished with one of avec’s signature chorizo-stuffed dates. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Olio e Piu

New York City Italian restaurant Olio e Più has expanded to Chicago, serving a seasonal menu in River North that emphasizes meat and seafood. Weekend brunch brings a prosciutto benedict with truffled fontina fondue, platters of salami and cheese with housemade focaccia and pancakes with cherry chantilly. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Brunch at Olio e Più includes a prosciutto benedict and cherry pancakes.
Kim Kovacik

Maple & Ash

Splurge with decadent dishes like Alaskan king crab eggs Benedict, lobster avocado toast or ribeye filet steak & eggs. Make it a party with a tower of espresso martinis or bubbly. Maple & Ash also offers a brunch version of its tasting menu for $175 that includes caviar, a seafood tower, and bottomless champagne. Book a table here.

Maple & Ash serves decadent dishes like Alaskan king crab eggs benedict.
Maple & Ash

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Alpana

Master sommelier Alpana Singh’s Gold Coast bistro offers bottomless mimosas during brunch, where specialties include crab cake benedict, short rib hash and avocado toast topped with smoked salmon or a pair of over-easy eggs. The plant-filled dining room and heated terrace provide ideal winter retreats where diners can relax and catch up with a few glasses of wine from the restaurant’s expansive list. Book a table here.

Egg Tuck

Egg Tuck, a West Coast chain known for Korean-inspired fluffy egg sandwiches, is open at 7:30 a.m. daily, and while the quick-serve restaurant might not be what diners think of when they imagine brunch, folks have quirky schedules. Not everyone has time for a sit-down brunch with Mimosas. Brunch on the run is better than no brunch at all, and with easy carryout and delivery ordering, Egg Tuck has busy weekend warriors covered.

A pair of hands holds six breakfast sandwiches at Egg Tuck in Los Angeles. Egg Tuck

The Evie

The new Magnificent Mile restaurant from the owners of Wildberry Cafe and Forno Rosso aims to give tourists a real taste of Chicago’s culinary power. Enjoy some great people watching from the sizeable second floor space while digging into a prime rib benedict with shaved black truffle or fried chicken and biscuits with sage and bacon gravy, and sipping a bloody mary or espresso martini. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Miru

Take in the views of the Chicago River from the 11th floor of The St. Regis Chicago at Lettuce Entertain You’s Japanese restaurant Miru. Start with a flight of mimosas made with fresh-squeeze orange juice, peach puree and lychee puree then opt for a traditional Tokyo brunch with miso soup, ginger rice, pickles and miso-glazed steak or buttermilk pancakes topped with whipped yuzu ricotta and blueberries. Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Miru offers Asian twists on brunch classics.
Allison Gallese

Chef Art Smith’s Reunion

Art Smith, who’s cooked for Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga, serves brunch at his restaurant positioned at the main entrance to Navy Pier. Seek out a seat on the large patio and enjoy the view while dining on his famous fried chicken along with other Southern comfort fare such as buttermilk goat cheese drop biscuits. Add on bottomless mimosas for $30. Reservations are available through OpenTable.

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