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Updated: Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now

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Brunch, not quite breakfast or lunch, is often overlooked but we're here to give it all the attention it deserves. The Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap has been updated to show you more new places—alongside old favorites—that are doing great things with their brunch menus. So start your day off right and get your eggs on at these restaurants that are hot right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Fat Rice

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Expanding into brunch has made it slightly easier to snag a seat at Fat Rice. Abraham Conlon's menu is still unique during the day, however, bringing in an array of new items such as the Macau pork chop sandwich.

Nico Osteria

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Red-hot Nico is a tough table to get but you can stop in for brunch or lunch and still get a taste. Start with some bomboloni or croissants before moving onto the seafood selection of Pleasant Bay oysters, Alaskan king crab, chilled lobster and more. Other options include porchetta autostrada, tripe alla Romana, and a trio of pastas such as spaghetti carbonara and the taglionlini with clams. Brunch is offered on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cicchetti

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Cicchetti has been receiving rave reviews and Mike Sheerin’s excellent cooking is extending to brunch hours on April 12. The lineup includes house-smoked whitefish, fried chicken mercato, scrambled egg bruschetta, ciabatta French toast and more. Enjoy it with a spritz or bellini and see what the buzz is all about.

Dusek's

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Pilsen’s new standout now does brunch as well. Start the day with noteworthy dishes like iron-roasted mussels, oyster hash, choucroute latke, BBQ shrimp and grits or just a good old fashioned "Juicy Lucy" burger with duck fat fries. Get it on the weekends between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Commonwealth Tavern

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Commonwealth’s locally-sourced brunch menu offers a varied selection of choices. Classics include barbecue shrimp and grits, steak and eggs and a seasonal veggie omelet, as well as other items like a mussels and tuna melt. Brunch service is available every day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Matthias Merges has people excited about dining in Hyde Park with his latest spot, A10. Sunday brunch offers an exciting selection of dishes including fried oyster benedict, smoked salmon pizza, lobster crepe, polenta griddle cakes, pork belly "Vol-Au-Vent" and more. The menu is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Radler

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Hankering for some hearty German fare? Then the Radler’s brunch is right up your alley. Plates include pretzel bread pudding, hash brown poutine, cured salmon and chevre terrine, smoked trout, and a smoked brisket reuben. If that’s not enough, you can also order a house pretzel or side of smoked pork belly. Brunch is offered on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Winchester

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The new Ukrainian Village all-day restaurant focuses on simple organic pleasures sourced locally. Dishes include a breakfast sandwich with farm eggs, cheddar, kale and peppers; avocado toast; smoked trout caesar; eggs benedict waffle; and grilled short rib and eggs. Brunch is available on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Grand Tour

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The new cosmopolitan restaurant and bar tours the globe with its brunch menu, featuring dishes like croque madame, Cuban huevos, Chinese burrito and the classic eggs benedict. Brunch is available on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

iNG Restaurant

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iNG has launched brunch to coincide with its Chicago craft beer menu. Dishes include reimagined versions of chicken and waffles, French toast and biscuits and gravy. There’s a local craft beer selection to go alongside breakfast cocktails like a "Craft Beer ‘Mosa" and "Bleeding Mary." Sunday Brunch is available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Jellyfish

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If you’re tired of the regular brunch offerings, try Jellyfish’s spin on it. The Japanese fusion menu features dishes such as "5 Spice Chocolate Stuffed French Toast," eel benedict, chicken and green tea waffles and nori omelet. There are also a number of salads and cocktails available, like the lychee mimosa and Jellyfish bloody Mary with an uni shooter.

Endgrain

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Enoch Simpson dishes out his famous donuts and casual American plates for brunch. Appetizers include a braised pork hand pie, while entrées offer biscuits and gravy and roasted porchetta. There are also a selection of biscuit sandwiches such as crispy pork belly and fried chicken.

The American osteria specializes in bagels, and brunch is the perfect time to try one. Complement yours with a whipped tofu or artichoke schmear, or jams such as pear and fig. Brunch sandwiches include "the Hook" (togarashi lox, cucumber, avocado, artichoke cream cheese, red onion); and the "Hammer" (fried egg, sausage, cheddar, rajas).

Little Goat

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Stop in for brunch at Stephanie Izard’s diner and order anything and everything on the menu. The almost-always open diner features a wide selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner options available all day that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. These reimagined diner classics include breakfast spaghetti ‘n clams 'n crab, pork belly pancake sandwich, fried chicken, goat chili and a lot more. And don’t forget to save some room for the shakes, pies and sundaes.

Lula Café

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The always-popular Lula Cafe has lines out the door and it’s easy to see why. Diners pack the house for breakfast and brunch classics like buttermilk pancakes, bread pudding French toast, smoked trout scramble, whole wheat griddle cakes and more. The restaurant also serves up seasonal dishes using organic produce from local sources.

Au Cheval

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Forget about your average greasy spoon diner, Au Cheval redefines what you know with creative interpretations on classic dishes. Brunch options include foie gras and scrambled eggs, potato hash with duck heart gravy and the popular cheeseburger a cheval.

Trenchermen

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A robust weekend brunch features dishes like corned beef benedict, tofu scramble 'chilaquiles,' and chicken fried steak. A number of playful cocktails like the 'Better than Advil' (tequila, cucumber, jiardiniere) also help round out the meal. The signature coffee program is not to be missed.

2 Sparrows

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The ever-changing seasonal menu by chef Greg Ellis keeps things interesting with favorites like the pork belly sandwich and a selection of housemade pop tarts and doughnuts. Other options include chilaquiles, a market quiche and chile relleno.

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Fat Rice

Expanding into brunch has made it slightly easier to snag a seat at Fat Rice. Abraham Conlon's menu is still unique during the day, however, bringing in an array of new items such as the Macau pork chop sandwich.

Nico Osteria

Red-hot Nico is a tough table to get but you can stop in for brunch or lunch and still get a taste. Start with some bomboloni or croissants before moving onto the seafood selection of Pleasant Bay oysters, Alaskan king crab, chilled lobster and more. Other options include porchetta autostrada, tripe alla Romana, and a trio of pastas such as spaghetti carbonara and the taglionlini with clams. Brunch is offered on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cicchetti

Cicchetti has been receiving rave reviews and Mike Sheerin’s excellent cooking is extending to brunch hours on April 12. The lineup includes house-smoked whitefish, fried chicken mercato, scrambled egg bruschetta, ciabatta French toast and more. Enjoy it with a spritz or bellini and see what the buzz is all about.

Dusek's

Pilsen’s new standout now does brunch as well. Start the day with noteworthy dishes like iron-roasted mussels, oyster hash, choucroute latke, BBQ shrimp and grits or just a good old fashioned "Juicy Lucy" burger with duck fat fries. Get it on the weekends between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Commonwealth Tavern

Commonwealth’s locally-sourced brunch menu offers a varied selection of choices. Classics include barbecue shrimp and grits, steak and eggs and a seasonal veggie omelet, as well as other items like a mussels and tuna melt. Brunch service is available every day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

A10

Matthias Merges has people excited about dining in Hyde Park with his latest spot, A10. Sunday brunch offers an exciting selection of dishes including fried oyster benedict, smoked salmon pizza, lobster crepe, polenta griddle cakes, pork belly "Vol-Au-Vent" and more. The menu is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Radler

Hankering for some hearty German fare? Then the Radler’s brunch is right up your alley. Plates include pretzel bread pudding, hash brown poutine, cured salmon and chevre terrine, smoked trout, and a smoked brisket reuben. If that’s not enough, you can also order a house pretzel or side of smoked pork belly. Brunch is offered on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Winchester

The new Ukrainian Village all-day restaurant focuses on simple organic pleasures sourced locally. Dishes include a breakfast sandwich with farm eggs, cheddar, kale and peppers; avocado toast; smoked trout caesar; eggs benedict waffle; and grilled short rib and eggs. Brunch is available on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Grand Tour

The new cosmopolitan restaurant and bar tours the globe with its brunch menu, featuring dishes like croque madame, Cuban huevos, Chinese burrito and the classic eggs benedict. Brunch is available on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

iNG Restaurant

iNG has launched brunch to coincide with its Chicago craft beer menu. Dishes include reimagined versions of chicken and waffles, French toast and biscuits and gravy. There’s a local craft beer selection to go alongside breakfast cocktails like a "Craft Beer ‘Mosa" and "Bleeding Mary." Sunday Brunch is available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Jellyfish

If you’re tired of the regular brunch offerings, try Jellyfish’s spin on it. The Japanese fusion menu features dishes such as "5 Spice Chocolate Stuffed French Toast," eel benedict, chicken and green tea waffles and nori omelet. There are also a number of salads and cocktails available, like the lychee mimosa and Jellyfish bloody Mary with an uni shooter.

Endgrain

Enoch Simpson dishes out his famous donuts and casual American plates for brunch. Appetizers include a braised pork hand pie, while entrées offer biscuits and gravy and roasted porchetta. There are also a selection of biscuit sandwiches such as crispy pork belly and fried chicken.

Reno

The American osteria specializes in bagels, and brunch is the perfect time to try one. Complement yours with a whipped tofu or artichoke schmear, or jams such as pear and fig. Brunch sandwiches include "the Hook" (togarashi lox, cucumber, avocado, artichoke cream cheese, red onion); and the "Hammer" (fried egg, sausage, cheddar, rajas).

Little Goat

Stop in for brunch at Stephanie Izard’s diner and order anything and everything on the menu. The almost-always open diner features a wide selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner options available all day that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. These reimagined diner classics include breakfast spaghetti ‘n clams 'n crab, pork belly pancake sandwich, fried chicken, goat