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Venteux takes traditional French cuisine in a new direction.
Neil John Burger

Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now, July 2021

Enjoy a Bloody Mary or Benedict at these 16 spots

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Venteux takes traditional French cuisine in a new direction.
| Neil John Burger

Brunch, not quite breakfast nor lunch, is one of the best parts of the weekend — even during a pandemic. The Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap is here to help by highlighting the newest options for a delicious midday meal.

The latest additions to the map below include French brasserie Venteux, rooftop hotspot Bar Avec, and Bronzeville cafe Little Sandwich House. They join a growing number of places that are focused on creating exciting brunch menus. So start the day off right with eggs (and much more) at these 16 destinations.

As of June 11, Chicago restaurants have fully reopened and the city has lifted restrictions on capacity, masking, and social distancing. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Land & Lake Andersonville

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5420 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(708) 607-2102
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A second outpost of Midwestern-focused restaurant Land & Lake has taken over the former Passerotto space in Andersonville. On weekends, the daytime menu boasts salads, sandwiches, pastas, and more. To top it off, diners can add bottomless mimosas for $18.

2. Steingold's

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3737 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 661-2469
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Contemporary Jewish deli Steingold’s relocated to a new home next to the Music Box Theater in Lakeview earlier this year. Because of the larger space, staff can make more varieties of bagels, cream cheeses, and sweets. For a heartier bite, order a breakfast sandwich, the “Uncle Rube” (pastrami or corned beef, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, sour kraut), or an everything bagel dog featuring Duck Inn sausage. Online ordering for carryout and delivery is available here.

3. The Duplex

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3137 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 697-4153
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Instead of operating as a traditional restaurant and lounge, the Duplex is a new Logan Square concept that will rotate chefs and menus every six months. The current lineup features fried chicken sandwich specialist the Kluckerz and Mexican cuisine courtesy of Lime and Radish. For brunch, the two have come up with a menu that’s full of hits such as lobster omelet, breakfast enchiladas, tequila-infused French toast, and P.B.L.T. (pork belly, lettuce, and roasted tomato on Texas toast). Mimosa kits (one bottle of cava, two juice choices) are available for $35.

4. Andros Taverna

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2542 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 365-1900
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Contemporary Greek fare from a former Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises vet has arrived in Logan Square. Doug Psaltis, who was a partner in LEYE’s RPM restaurants, and wife Hsing Chen have modeled their spot after traditional Greek taverns and built the menu around a wood-burning grill. Brunch offerings include tsoureki French toast, strapatsatha (Greek scrambled eggs), baked feta and eggs, and a collection of can’t-miss pastries from Chen. Carryout orders can be placed here.

5. Testaccio

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2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-6028
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Regional Italian eatery Testaccio has revamped its menus. Inspired by the Roman neighborhood from where the restaurant gets its name, executive chef Jacob Solomon uses a wood-burning oven to crank out dishes like Israeli shakshouka and a breakfast pizza topped with ricotta, sunny side egg, preserved tomatoes, and black trumpet mushrooms. Porchetta tartine is another highlight and guests can add a bottle of Prosecco and juices to their Sunday Funday festivities for $30. Carryout orders can be placed here.

6. Matchacita

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Inside Squeez Juice Bar, 705 W Belden Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Matcha lovers now have a dedicated cafe to satisfy their cravings. Housed inside Squeez Juice Bar, Matchacita creates all kinds of hot and cold green tea beverages, including a “Purple Haze” latte (CBD, lavender, matcha, oat milk), a charcoal matcha latte, and a matcha horchata. They’re paired with brunch-y foods like waffles, toasts, and smoothie bowls. Online ordering is available here.

A matcha waffle topped with fruits.
Munch on green tea waffles at this Lincoln Park cafe.
Matchacita [Official Photo]

7. Evette's

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350 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 799-8478
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Co-chefs and owners Mitchell AbouJamra and Rafa Esparza teamed up to celebrate the flavors they grew up eating. Their Lincoln Park restaurant, Evette’s, explores the Lebanese influence on Mexican cuisine through a Midwestern lens. On weekends, brunch specials include hash brown sandwiches, lamb bacon hash fries, and pita nachos. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

A bowl of pita nachos.
Pita nachos are a creative twist on a classic dish.
Evette’s [Official Photo]

8. Taquizo

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1835 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 289-4991
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Longtime Mexican stalwart Las Palmas closed last year to reconcept. Its successor provides a more casual experience and modern Mexican street fare. Diners will find tacos, huevos rancheros, pork belly skillet, churros, and more during weekend brunch. Carryout ordering is available here.

9. Uproar

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1252 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 643-0797
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This two-story bar and restaurant has brought fun vibes, playful drinks, and an outdoor patio to Old Town. The menu includes specialties like chilaquiles, large cinnamon rolls, and a chicken and waffles sandwich. Guests can also liven things up with bottomless booze (mimosas, Blood Marys, White Claws, and more) plus choice of one brunch dish for $60 per person.

10. Bar Avec

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640 N LaSalle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 736-1740
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One Off Hospitality has opened a bar-centric version of Avec above the Mediterranean stalwart’s second outpost in River North. The new rooftop destination, which replaces the Laurel Room, is inspired by the laid-back seaside cafes found along the Iberian coast. Hang out and soak in the beautiful views and good vibes while savoring Spanish- and Portuguese–inspired bites. There’s seared pork belly with a jammy egg, fried French toast with whipped ricotta and blueberries, tortilla Española, marinated tomato tartine, and more. The refreshing drink selection includes a gigantic gin and tonic served in a goblet and a hibiscus margarita.

Plates of pork belly and tortilla Espanola plus a Bloody Mary cocktail on a table.
River North’s new rooftop bar delivers European-style bites and delightful libations.
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11. Lirica

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1000 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(872) 710-5700
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There’s a new hotel restaurant luring locals back to Navy Pier. Located inside the Sable hotel, Lirica is a Latin- and Iberian-inspired spot with a spacious 150-seat patio that offers unmatched views. Guests can start their weekend with a Spanish omelet, Bananas Foster French toast, green chile chilaquiles, or beef empanadas. The cocktail list showcases three different margaritas as well as a trio of mojitos.

12. Venteux

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224 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 777-9003
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The swanky new French brasserie inside the Pendry Chicago hotel is off to a strong start thanks to Don Young’s modern approach to classic dishes. The executive chef and partner, who previously earned a Michelin star at Temporis, has brought his creativity into the daylight with the launch of brunch service. The menu offers items such as eggs prepared five ways, banh mi hash, dry-aged duck and waffles, and ratatouille pasta. Guests can complement the food with bottomless mimosas or rosé for $20.

A plate of pancakes.
Venteux’s pancakes are dressed up with sesame, citrus, and black walnut syrup.
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13. Apolonia

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2201 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 363-2431
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Stephen Gillanders’s much-anticipated new restaurant near McCormick Place debuted in April and the results have been impressive. The bright and airy space centers on European-Mediterranean cuisine and hosts brunch service on weekends. Enjoy refined versions of bucatini carbonara, frittata Florentine, salade Lyonnaise, and more. The black truffle puff bread is also a standout.

14. Little Sandwich House

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411 E Oakwood Blvd
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 891-4990
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A new daytime café serving quality coffee and deli sandwiches has come to Bronzeville. Owner DeCarlo Pittman, an industry vet with almost two decades of experience, and chef Donte Humphrey prepare sandwiches that range from the classic Italian and egg salad to a spicy fig creation. The menu also offers breakfast items plus salads and smoothies for healthy eating. To caffeinate, try a Frappuccino or espresso made with beans from Michigan roaster Littlefoot Coffee. Online ordering is available here.

15. Ms. Biscuit

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5431 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 268-8088

After a two-year hiatus, this popular South Side eatery has returned. Now run by the family of the original owners, Bob and Juanita Johnson, Ms. Biscuit serves terrific buttery biscuits and a host of breakfast staples like skillets, omelets, waffles, pancakes, and more. 

16. Oooh Wee It Is

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33 E 83rd St
Chicago, IL 60619
(872) 244-7505
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Soul food with a twist is this Chatham spot’s forte. The menu features comforting dishes like smothered shrimp and rice, jerk chicken tips, and oxtail and grits, but for those with a sweet tooth there’s also a cereal bar stocked with dozens of sugary treats.

A container of fried chicken, collard greens, and mac and cheese.
Oooh Wee It Is delights with soul food and cereals.
Oooh Wee It Is [Official Photo]

1. Land & Lake Andersonville

5420 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

A second outpost of Midwestern-focused restaurant Land & Lake has taken over the former Passerotto space in Andersonville. On weekends, the daytime menu boasts salads, sandwiches, pastas, and more. To top it off, diners can add bottomless mimosas for $18.

5420 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Steingold's

3737 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Contemporary Jewish deli Steingold’s relocated to a new home next to the Music Box Theater in Lakeview earlier this year. Because of the larger space, staff can make more varieties of bagels, cream cheeses, and sweets. For a heartier bite, order a breakfast sandwich, the “Uncle Rube” (pastrami or corned beef, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, sour kraut), or an everything bagel dog featuring Duck Inn sausage. Online ordering for carryout and delivery is available here.

3737 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

3. The Duplex

3137 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

Instead of operating as a traditional restaurant and lounge, the Duplex is a new Logan Square concept that will rotate chefs and menus every six months. The current lineup features fried chicken sandwich specialist the Kluckerz and Mexican cuisine courtesy of Lime and Radish. For brunch, the two have come up with a menu that’s full of hits such as lobster omelet, breakfast enchiladas, tequila-infused French toast, and P.B.L.T. (pork belly, lettuce, and roasted tomato on Texas toast). Mimosa kits (one bottle of cava, two juice choices) are available for $35.

3137 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Andros Taverna

2542 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Contemporary Greek fare from a former Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises vet has arrived in Logan Square. Doug Psaltis, who was a partner in LEYE’s RPM restaurants, and wife Hsing Chen have modeled their spot after traditional Greek taverns and built the menu around a wood-burning grill. Brunch offerings include tsoureki French toast, strapatsatha (Greek scrambled eggs), baked feta and eggs, and a collection of can’t-miss pastries from Chen. Carryout orders can be placed here.

2542 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Testaccio

2456 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Regional Italian eatery Testaccio has revamped its menus. Inspired by the Roman neighborhood from where the restaurant gets its name, executive chef Jacob Solomon uses a wood-burning oven to crank out dishes like Israeli shakshouka and a breakfast pizza topped with ricotta, sunny side egg, preserved tomatoes, and black trumpet mushrooms. Porchetta tartine is another highlight and guests can add a bottle of Prosecco and juices to their Sunday Funday festivities for $30. Carryout orders can be placed here.

2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Matchacita

Inside Squeez Juice Bar, 705 W Belden Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
A matcha waffle topped with fruits.
Munch on green tea waffles at this Lincoln Park cafe.
Matchacita [Official Photo]

Matcha lovers now have a dedicated cafe to satisfy their cravings. Housed inside Squeez Juice Bar, Matchacita creates all kinds of hot and cold green tea beverages, including a “Purple Haze” latte (CBD, lavender, matcha, oat milk), a charcoal matcha latte, and a matcha horchata. They’re paired with brunch-y foods like waffles, toasts, and smoothie bowls. Online ordering is available here.

Inside Squeez Juice Bar, 705 W Belden Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Evette's

350 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
A bowl of pita nachos.
Pita nachos are a creative twist on a classic dish.
Evette’s [Official Photo]

Co-chefs and owners Mitchell AbouJamra and Rafa Esparza teamed up to celebrate the flavors they grew up eating. Their Lincoln Park restaurant, Evette’s, explores the Lebanese influence on Mexican cuisine through a Midwestern lens. On weekends, brunch specials include hash brown sandwiches, lamb bacon hash fries, and pita nachos. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

350 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Taquizo

1835 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Longtime Mexican stalwart Las Palmas closed last year to reconcept. Its successor provides a more casual experience and modern Mexican street fare. Diners will find tacos, huevos rancheros, pork belly skillet, churros, and more during weekend brunch. Carryout ordering is available here.

1835 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

9. Uproar

1252 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

This two-story bar and restaurant has brought fun vibes, playful drinks, and an outdoor patio to Old Town. The menu includes specialties like chilaquiles, large cinnamon rolls, and a chicken and waffles sandwich. Guests can also liven things up with bottomless booze (mimosas, Blood Marys, White Claws, and more) plus choice of one brunch dish for $60 per person.

1252 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610

10. Bar Avec

640 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
Plates of pork belly and tortilla Espanola plus a Bloody Mary cocktail on a table.
River North’s new rooftop bar delivers European-style bites and delightful libations.
Yancu.co/Bar Avec

One Off Hospitality has opened a bar-centric version of Avec above the Mediterranean stalwart’s second outpost in River North. The new rooftop destination, which replaces the Laurel Room, is inspired by the laid-back seaside cafes found along the Iberian coast. Hang out and soak in the beautiful views and good vibes while savoring Spanish- and Portuguese–inspired bites. There’s seared pork belly with a jammy egg, fried French toast with whipped ricotta and blueberries, tortilla Española, marinated tomato tartine, and more. The refreshing drink selection includes a gigantic gin and tonic served in a goblet and a hibiscus margarita.

640 N LaSalle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Lirica

1000 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

There’s a new hotel restaurant luring locals back to Navy Pier. Located inside the Sable hotel, Lirica is a Latin- and Iberian-inspired spot with a spacious 150-seat patio that offers unmatched views. Guests can start their weekend with a Spanish omelet, Bananas Foster French toast, green chile chilaquiles, or beef empanadas. The cocktail list showcases three different margaritas as well as a trio of mojitos.

1000 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

12. Venteux

224 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
A plate of pancakes.
Venteux’s pancakes are dressed up with sesame, citrus, and black walnut syrup.
Neil John Burger/Venteux

The swanky new French brasserie inside the Pendry Chicago hotel is off to a strong start thanks to Don Young’s modern approach to classic dishes. The executive chef and partner, who previously earned a Michelin star at Temporis, has brought his creativity into the daylight with the launch of brunch service. The menu offers items such as eggs prepared five ways, banh mi hash, dry-aged duck and waffles, and ratatouille pasta. Guests can complement the food with bottomless mimosas or rosé for $20.

224 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

13. Apolonia

2201 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Stephen Gillanders’s much-anticipated new restaurant near McCormick Place debuted in April and the results have been impressive. The bright and airy space centers on European-Mediterranean cuisine and hosts brunch service on weekends. Enjoy refined versions of bucatini carbonara, frittata Florentine, salade Lyonnaise, and more. The black truffle puff bread is also a standout.

2201 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

14. Little Sandwich House

411 E Oakwood Blvd, Chicago, IL 60653

A new daytime café serving quality coffee and deli sandwiches has come to Bronzeville. Owner DeCarlo Pittman, an industry vet with almost two decades of experience, and chef Donte Humphrey prepare sandwiches that range from the classic Italian and egg salad to a spicy fig creation. The menu also offers breakfast items plus salads and smoothies for healthy eating. To caffeinate, try a Frappuccino or espresso made with beans from Michigan roaster Littlefoot Coffee. Online ordering is available here.

411 E Oakwood Blvd
Chicago, IL 60653

15. Ms. Biscuit

5431 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

After a two-year hiatus, this popular South Side eatery has returned. Now run by the family of the original owners, Bob and Juanita Johnson, Ms. Biscuit serves terrific buttery biscuits and a host of breakfast staples like skillets, omelets, waffles, pancakes, and more. 

5431 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60615

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16. Oooh Wee It Is

33 E 83rd St, Chicago, IL 60619
A container of fried chicken, collard greens, and mac and cheese.
Oooh Wee It Is delights with soul food and cereals.
Oooh Wee It Is [Official Photo]

Soul food with a twist is this Chatham spot’s forte. The menu features comforting dishes like smothered shrimp and rice, jerk chicken tips, and oxtail and grits, but for those with a sweet tooth there’s also a cereal bar stocked with dozens of sugary treats.

33 E 83rd St
Chicago, IL 60619

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