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Keni Rosales

Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now

Enjoy a Bloody Mary or benedict at these 20 spots

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Duck Duck Goat dim sum brunch spread
| Keni Rosales

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 Bucktown all-day cafe Pompette, bottomless brunch at Barcocina in West Town, and Restaurant Row Greek restaurant Nisos. They join a growing number of kitchens that are dedicated to 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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Irene's

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The former team behind The Press Room brings a new spin on an old-school diner, serving breakfast and lunch fare daily at the counter or in large booths. Dig into a breakfast burrito stuffed with chorizo and scrambled eggs or a plate of carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese frosting while sipping housemade juice or drip coffee from Passion House. A kids menu is also available.

Bluebird

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Bluebird, a restaurant focusing on American comfort fare made from scratch using fresh and local ingredients, has opened a second location in Portage Park. Brunch service plays host to favorites like chicken and waffles, challah French toast, sweet potato and pork belly hash, and loco moco — a Hawaiian dish of rice topped with a burger patty, egg, and truffle mushroom gravy. The kitchen also specializes in burgers so the Sunnyside Burger (double cheeseburger with fried egg and bacon) is a big hit.

Farm-to-table restaurant Eden closed two years ago due to the pandemic, but has reopened in a new location in Avondale. The space includes private dining areas, a 48-seat patio, and a greenhouse, while the menus have been revamped too. The brunch offerings highlight baked goods produced on site, salads, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and seasonal cocktails and mocktails. Order ahead here.

A plate of yogurt parfait.
Eden has a new home on the Northwest Side.
Eden [Official Photo]

Loaf Lounge

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While Loaf Lounge has attracted plenty of buzz thanks to pastry chef Sarah Mispagel’s work crafting gorgeous chocolate cake for The Bear, the Avondale all-day café has a lot more to offer than decadent dessert. Mispagel’s husband, Giant veteran Ben Lustbader, handles the savory side of the menu, serving breakfast sandwiches such as spicy capicola, egg, muenster cheese and fig mostarda on a croissant and lunch fare starting at noon including a BLT on jalapeno cheddar bread.

A pastry counter with cinnamon rolls, cookies, and more.
Loaf Lounge has all kinds of fun baked goods for brunch.
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Second Generation

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Mini Mott has been converted into a neighborhood bistro, where weekend brunch features the celebrated Mott Burger as part of a menu of sandwiches including a pork belly tartine with onsen egg and pickled mustard seeds, and salmon pastrami topped with scrambled egg and dill. On the sweet side is brioche french toast with ginger custard and hibiscus butter, and a bowl of custardy yogurt topped with hemp seeds and seasonal fruit. Add on mimosas made with fresh squeezed orange juice and cava.

The Albion Manor

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English pubs have been on the rise in Lincoln Park and the latest opening comes from the owners of A.J. Hudson’s Public House and The Dandy Crown. This two-story watering hole, which has a cocktail bar on the second floor, attracts both soccer supporters and those seeking British fare. Get there early on weekends to catch some Premier League action while enjoying chicken and waffles, steak & eggs, cod omelet, charred chicken wings (in a variety of sauces), and cold pints. Spots are first come, first served during the World Cup.

Pompette

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The all-day cafe and wine bar from veterans of Wood and Salero offers grab and go croissants, kouign-amann, and Sparrow Coffee along with dine-in brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with options including veggie hash with sunchokes and oyster mushrooms, beet falafel served with garlic pita, and a bloody mary garnished with housemade pickles. Seats are always first come, first served at the marble bar and in the dining room.

Boeufhaus

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Charming Ukrainian Village steakhouse Boeufhaus hosts an adults-only Sunday brunch serving decadent dishes like bone marrow bread pudding with pickled cherries alongside lighter fare like beet and horseradish-cured salmon panzanella with whipped feta and marinated cucumber, though you can also feast on a 55 day dry-aged porterhouse or rib eye served with fried egg and hash browns. Pair your meal with a cocktail like a dill martini made with gin, aquavit, vermouth and sherry.

Marisol

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The stylish New American restaurant inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has returned after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe is the creative spirit behind the food at Marisol and his dishes are centered around hyper-seasonal ingredients. The brunch menu features items like beignets, sunflower hummus, burrata, tofu scramble, salmon tartine, and more.

NoMI, the upscale restaurant located on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt Chicago, features executive chef Terence Zubieta’s modern American cuisine rooted in French techniques and locally-sourced ingredients. During weekend brunch, guests will soak in the views from above the Mag Mile while nibbling on classics like avocado toast, eggs benedict, and buttermilk pancakes. For more a decadent option, try the lobster roll or seafood tower.

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Barcocina West Town

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Lakeview Mexican spot Barcocina opened a second, larger location in West Town in October, welcoming even more groups for bottomless brunch. A $60 package includes two hours of house margaritas, mimosas, and Mexican beer plus chips and salsa, and a brunch entree or plate of tacos. Options include dulce de leche French toast with coconut whipped cream and wake up tacos stuffed with scrambled eggs and bacon. A la carte dishes are also available. Make a reservation on OpenTable.

Publican Quality Bread

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One Off Hospitality’s award-winning bakery Publican Quality Bread has added a cafe to its operation. Customers can now visit for pastries, sandwiches, salads, La Colombe coffee, and (of course) bread daily between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Baker Greg Wade reserves his most decadent creations, such as lemon meringue croissants and pistachio and amarena cherry maritozzi, for the weekend crowd.

A s’more croissant split.
Publican Quality Bread’s pastry selections rotate.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Solita Tacos & Margaritas

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California chain Solita Tacos & Margaritas brought its Baja-style fare to the Midwest for the first time by taking over Pink Taco’s space in River North at the end of August. The sprawling two-level space features plenty of TVs so you can watch sports while dining on huevos rancheros or chilaquiles accompanied with rainbow mimosas mixed with your choice of watermelon, guava, mango, strawberry, pomegranate or pineapple juice. If you’ve got a group, order a rainbow mimosa bucket and get a bottle of bubbly with four of the fruits. Order online here.

Planta Queen

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The Miami import brings a vegan brunch option to River North, serving Asian-inspired fare such as ube mochi waffles with caramelized bananas, cinnamon buns with chai icing and kimchi egg fried rice. Make it a party by adding bottomless mimosas and sake sangria.

Syrup poured over purple ube waffle
Ube waffle from Planta Queen

DineAmic Hospitality (Siena Tavern, Prime & Provisions) rolled out brunch at their Fulton Market Greek restaurant Lyra in July, serving spins on staples such as short rib hash with eggplant and black truffle bechamel and pancakes with orange curd and roasted almonds. You’ll also find favorites from the dinner menu such as slow-roasted lamb gyros carved tableside and grilled octopus with charred onions and kalamata olive relish.

Duck Duck Goat

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Stephanie Izard’s Chinese-inspired restaurant launched a Saturday dim sum brunch on October 22. Nibble duck spring rolls, duck or vegetable fried rice omelette, soy-cured lox, and bacon & egg moo shu along with favorites from the dinner menu such as xiao long bao stuffed with duck and goat. Make a reservation or try to nab a walk-in spot.

Nisos Mediterranean

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Chef Avgeria Stapaki brings the flavors of her native Greece to the West Loop’s Restaurant Row at Nisos, which launched brunch at the end of November. The two-story space is meant to transport diners to the Mediterranean with colorful dishes such as French toast made using tsoureki (also known as Greek Easter bread), and hashbrown potatoes with feta, chive oil and fried egg. Book a spot through Resy. The restaurant is from the owners of Hampton Social.

Nisos French toast features toasted tsoureki, white chocolate and mascarpone monte, strawberry soup, and mint Parker Hospitality

Grill on 21

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The LaSalle Chicago hotel is home to a new contemporary steakhouse that’s reimagining the classics. Located on the building’s 21st floor, Grill on 21 gives Chicagoans a grand way to kick off the day. Feast on lobster bisque, avocado toast, omelets, steak and eggs, crème brulée French toast, gravlax, and much more.

A modern diner and cafe near the University of Chicago is helping students and locals refuel. Owner Steve Soble (District Brew Yards) consulted with chef Charlie McKenna of Lillie’s Q to create a menu that explores the world of Southern cuisine. No matter the day or hour, expect to see down-home staples like country ham, chicken fried steak, fried catfish, shrimp and grits, and pillowy beignets. Online ordering is available here.

A person getting ready to cut into fried green tomato tartine.
Savor Southern cooking at this Hyde Park diner.
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Truth Be Told

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The restaurant within The Study at University of Chicago provides a cozy space for British-style pub grub. That includes staples like lamb shepherd’s pie and fish and chips, plus Scotch pancakes with caramel maple apples, and a full English breakfast featuring baked beans, black pudding, grilled tomato and fried bread. Add on bottomless mimosas made with prosecco or champagne or a cup of Irish coffee.

Irene's

The former team behind The Press Room brings a new spin on an old-school diner, serving breakfast and lunch fare daily at the counter or in large booths. Dig into a breakfast burrito stuffed with chorizo and scrambled eggs or a plate of carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese frosting while sipping housemade juice or drip coffee from Passion House. A kids menu is also available.

Bluebird

Bluebird, a restaurant focusing on American comfort fare made from scratch using fresh and local ingredients, has opened a second location in Portage Park. Brunch service plays host to favorites like chicken and waffles, challah French toast, sweet potato and pork belly hash, and loco moco — a Hawaiian dish of rice topped with a burger patty, egg, and truffle mushroom gravy. The kitchen also specializes in burgers so the Sunnyside Burger (double cheeseburger with fried egg and bacon) is a big hit.

Eden

Farm-to-table restaurant Eden closed two years ago due to the pandemic, but has reopened in a new location in Avondale. The space includes private dining areas, a 48-seat patio, and a greenhouse, while the menus have been revamped too. The brunch offerings highlight baked goods produced on site, salads, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and seasonal cocktails and mocktails. Order ahead here.

A plate of yogurt parfait.
Eden has a new home on the Northwest Side.
Eden [Official Photo]

Loaf Lounge

While Loaf Lounge has attracted plenty of buzz thanks to pastry chef Sarah Mispagel’s work crafting gorgeous chocolate cake for The Bear, the Avondale all-day café has a lot more to offer than decadent dessert. Mispagel’s husband, Giant veteran Ben Lustbader, handles the savory side of the menu, serving breakfast sandwiches such as spicy capicola, egg, muenster cheese and fig mostarda on a croissant and lunch fare starting at noon including a BLT on jalapeno cheddar bread.

A pastry counter with cinnamon rolls, cookies, and more.
Loaf Lounge has all kinds of fun baked goods for brunch.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Second Generation

Mini Mott has been converted into a neighborhood bistro, where weekend brunch features the celebrated Mott Burger as part of a menu of sandwiches including a pork belly tartine with onsen egg and pickled mustard seeds, and salmon pastrami topped with scrambled egg and dill. On the sweet side is brioche french toast with ginger custard and hibiscus butter, and a bowl of custardy yogurt topped with hemp seeds and seasonal fruit. Add on mimosas made with fresh squeezed orange juice and cava.

The Albion Manor

English pubs have been on the rise in Lincoln Park and the latest opening comes from the owners of A.J. Hudson’s Public House and The Dandy Crown. This two-story watering hole, which has a cocktail bar on the second floor, attracts both soccer supporters and those seeking British fare. Get there early on weekends to catch some Premier League action while enjoying chicken and waffles, steak & eggs, cod omelet, charred chicken wings (in a variety of sauces), and cold pints. Spots are first come, first served during the World Cup.

Pompette

The all-day cafe and wine bar from veterans of Wood and Salero offers grab and go croissants, kouign-amann, and Sparrow Coffee along with dine-in brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with options including veggie hash with sunchokes and oyster mushrooms, beet falafel served with garlic pita, and a bloody mary garnished with housemade pickles. Seats are always first come, first served at the marble bar and in the dining room.

Boeufhaus

Charming Ukrainian Village steakhouse Boeufhaus hosts an adults-only Sunday brunch serving decadent dishes like bone marrow bread pudding with pickled cherries alongside lighter fare like beet and horseradish-cured salmon panzanella with whipped feta and marinated cucumber, though you can also feast on a 55 day dry-aged porterhouse or rib eye served with fried egg and hash browns. Pair your meal with a cocktail like a dill martini made with gin, aquavit, vermouth and sherry.

Marisol

The stylish New American restaurant inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has returned after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe is the creative spirit behind the food at Marisol and his dishes are centered around hyper-seasonal ingredients. The brunch menu features items like beignets, sunflower hummus, burrata, tofu scramble, salmon tartine, and more.

NoMI

NoMI, the upscale restaurant located on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt Chicago, features executive chef Terence Zubieta’s modern American cuisine rooted in French techniques and locally-sourced ingredients. During weekend brunch, guests will soak in the views from above the Mag Mile while nibbling on classics like avocado toast, eggs benedict, and buttermilk pancakes. For more a decadent option, try the lobster roll or seafood tower.

Park Hyatt Chicago

Barcocina West Town

Lakeview Mexican spot Barcocina opened a second, larger location in West Town in October, welcoming even more groups for bottomless brunch. A $60 package includes two hours of house margaritas, mimosas, and Mexican beer plus chips and salsa, and a brunch entree or plate of tacos. Options include dulce de leche French toast with coconut whipped cream and wake up tacos stuffed with scrambled eggs and bacon. A la carte dishes are also available. Make a reservation on OpenTable.

Publican Quality Bread

One Off Hospitality’s award-winning bakery Publican Quality Bread has added a cafe to its operation. Customers can now visit for pastries, sandwiches, salads, La Colombe coffee, and (of course) bread daily between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Baker Greg Wade reserves his most decadent creations, such as lemon meringue croissants and pistachio and amarena cherry maritozzi, for the weekend crowd.

A s’more croissant split.
Publican Quality Bread’s pastry selections rotate.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Solita Tacos & Margaritas

California chain Solita Tacos & Margaritas brought its Baja-style fare to the Midwest for the first time by taking over Pink Taco’s space in River North at the end of August. The sprawling two-level space features plenty of TVs so you can watch sports while dining on huevos rancheros or chilaquiles accompanied with rainbow mimosas mixed with your choice of watermelon, guava, mango, strawberry, pomegranate or pineapple juice. If you’ve got a group, order a rainbow mimosa bucket and get a bottle of bubbly with four of the fruits. Order online here.

Planta Queen

The Miami import brings a vegan brunch option to River North, serving Asian-inspired fare such as ube mochi waffles with caramelized bananas, cinnamon buns with chai icing and kimchi egg fried rice. Make it a party by adding bottomless mimosas and sake sangria.

Syrup poured over purple ube waffle
Ube waffle from Planta Queen

Lyra

DineAmic Hospitality (Siena Tavern, Prime & Provisions) rolled out brunch at their Fulton Market Greek restaurant Lyra in July, serving spins on staples such as short rib hash with eggplant and black truffle bechamel and pancakes with orange curd and roasted almonds. You’ll also find favorites from the dinner menu such as slow-roasted lamb gyros carved tableside and grilled octopus with charred onions and kalamata olive relish.

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Duck Duck Goat

Stephanie Izard’s Chinese-inspired restaurant launched a Saturday dim sum brunch on October 22. Nibble duck spring rolls, duck or vegetable fried rice omelette, soy-cured lox, and bacon & egg moo shu along with favorites from the dinner menu such as xiao long bao stuffed with duck and goat. Make a reservation or try to nab a walk-in spot.

Nisos Mediterranean

Chef Avgeria Stapaki brings the flavors of her native Greece to the West Loop’s Restaurant Row at Nisos, which launched brunch at the end of November. The two-story space is meant to transport diners to the Mediterranean with colorful dishes such as French toast made using tsoureki (also known as Greek Easter bread), and hashbrown potatoes with feta, chive oil and fried egg. Book a spot through Resy. The restaurant is from the owners of Hampton Social.

Nisos French toast features toasted tsoureki, white chocolate and mascarpone monte, strawberry soup, and mint Parker Hospitality

Grill on 21

The LaSalle Chicago hotel is home to a new contemporary steakhouse that’s reimagining the classics. Located on the building’s 21st floor, Grill on 21 gives Chicagoans a grand way to kick off the day. Feast on lobster bisque, avocado toast, omelets, steak and eggs, crème brulée French toast, gravlax, and much more.

Roux

A modern diner and cafe near the University of Chicago is helping students and locals refuel. Owner Steve Soble (District Brew Yards) consulted with chef Charlie McKenna of Lillie’s Q to create a menu that explores the world of Southern cuisine. No matter the day or hour, expect to see down-home staples like country ham, chicken fried steak, fried catfish, shrimp and grits, and pillowy beignets. Online ordering is available here.

A person getting ready to cut into fried green tomato tartine.
Savor Southern cooking at this Hyde Park diner.
Neil John Burger/Roux

Truth Be Told

The restaurant within The Study at University of Chicago provides a cozy space for British-style pub grub. That includes staples like lamb shepherd’s pie and fish and chips, plus Scotch pancakes with caramel maple apples, and a full English breakfast featuring baked beans, black pudding, grilled tomato and fried bread. Add on bottomless mimosas made with prosecco or champagne or a cup of Irish coffee.

Related Maps