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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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Dove's Luncheonette

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One Off Hospitality’s take on the classic diner offers a menu of Southern-inspired Mexican cuisine. Start with cobia ceviche and roasted beets in mole negro before moving onto more substantial plates like chile rellenos and red chile enchiladas.

Tippling Hall

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The newest restaurant from Mercadito Hospitality features a beverage program headed up by the Tippling Bros. (Paul Tanguary and Tad Carducci) and a menu offering everything from chipotle hummus and duck confit empanadas to flatbreads, croquet madame, fried chicken and chicken pot pie. There’s even a $14 Lunch Tray Special, which includes an appetizer, salad, choice of entrée and dessert. And you’ll want to complement the food with a draft cocktail like the Deep Dish Manhattan (koval whiskey, carpano vermouth, averna, malort).

The Promontory

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The Promontory is now open for brunch and chef Jared Wentworth is cooking up dishes like potato gnocchi lobster “hash,” quiche of matsutake mushrooms, eggs sardou, a lamb burger and more. Drop in and see what the popular hearth-to-table spot is all about.

Baker Miller

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Sometimes it’s okay to load up on sweets for breakfast, especially if it’s from Baker Miller. In addition to its pastries and assortment of pies, the brunch menu also offers oatmeal, grits and a Plowman’s lunch of dried pepper sausage, cheese curds, pickled kale, soft egg, slice of pie and more.

Bar Mas

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The brunch menu of Mexican favorites includes chilaquiles, pozole, huevos rancheros, torta ahogada and many more. You’ll also want to wash it down with a mas michelada or one of the other delectable cocktails.

Bar Takito

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The West Loop newcomer serves up lamb barbacoa tortas and a variety of tacos (pork belly, coffee braised beef, fish, brunkow cheese) for lunch, in addition to sides like polenta and Carolina gold rice.

MAX'S Wine Dive Chicago

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Who says you can’t have fried chicken and champagne for brunch? Max’s Wine Dive’s brunch menu offers an assortment of comfort foods: the famous southern fried chicken served with home fries, collard greens and Texas toast; MAX ‘n Cheese; braised short rib & egg hash; cinnamon & sugar French toast; and more. And as you can probably expect, there are plenty of fine wines to go with all the hearty fare.

SideDoor

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The new American-style gastropub offers a comforting brunch menu of items including jidori chicken pot pie, Dungeness crab benedict, fish & chips and a prime rib plate. There’s also a selection of cheese and charcuterie to enjoy as well as an expansive beer list featuring some rare brews.

I|O Urban Roofscape

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Craft your own menu with the RI|OT Brunch at I|O Urban Roofscape. Mix things up with your choice of three small plates and a mimosa or Bloody Mary for $35. Items include steak benedict, huevos rancheros, brunch poutine, brioche sticks, lemon donuts and more. Dishes can also be ordered a la carte.

Start the day with some barbecue as Q-BBQ is now offering brunch items on its menu. Selections include burnt ends hash, spicy pork tacos, cornbread French toast, brisket and eggs, and breakfast sandwiches with choice of smoked meat.

Tanta Chicago

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Gaston Acurio’s red-hot Tanta has brought the flavors of Peru to Chicago. He’s now taken it a step further by introducing a brunch menu so diners can try reimagined breakfast favorites. Start with one of the excellent ceviches before moving onto dishes “From the Earth” (quinoa burger), “From the Coast” (octopus braised in red wine sauce, quinoa and swiss chard salad) and more (huevos tanta; chicharron waffle). As for drinks, well you can’t go wrong with a pisco tasting.

The new Lakeview spot has been garnering praise for its Spanish-influenced seaside fare. Start with little bites such as crunchy prawn heads and ceviche with poblano guacamole. Larger items include fresh whole shrimp, while an order of cobia collar & clams is enough to feed multiple people. Don’t skip out on the “Soil” section either as there are delicious options like brussels sprouts with garlic, shallots, almonds and preserved lemon.

Analogue

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Analogue has been receiving rave reviews for its drinks and outstanding Cajun fare. Sunday brunch offers staples like beignets along with ham hock hash, shrimp and grits, and fried chicken sliders. Wake yourself up with the Some Like It Hot cocktail featuring fernet, demerara, hot coffee, whipped cream and mint. It’s about as close as you’re going to get to Louisiana in Chicago.

Nico Osteria

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Nico is still a tough table to land but you can always stop in for brunch to get a taste of the menu. Start with Amanda Rockman’s Italian doughnuts or chestnut coffee cake before moving onto a seafood selection of Hog Island oysters, razor clam, chilled lobster and more. Other options include a porchetta autostrada sandwich and a trio of pastas such as spaghetti carbonara and tagliolini with clams.

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 chive dumplings, a bone-in pork chop sandwich and Macanese hash.

Dusek's

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The Pilsen favorite offers everything from a rotating selection of oysters to oyster hash, Scotch egg, challah French toast, BBQ shrimp and grits, white cheddar mac & cheese and much more.

Fig & Olive

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The Gold Coast’s sprawling new Mediterranean concept has a fall seasonal brunch selection centered on fresh, local ingredients. The extensive menu features everything from salads and organic eggs (truffle mushroom fontina scrambled eggs) to Panini, burgers, bruschetta, raw bar options (oysters, crudo, beef tartar) and more (veal Milanese). With such a variety, there’s just about something for everyone.

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Dove's Luncheonette

One Off Hospitality’s take on the classic diner offers a menu of Southern-inspired Mexican cuisine. Start with cobia ceviche and roasted beets in mole negro before moving onto more substantial plates like chile rellenos and red chile enchiladas.

Tippling Hall

The newest restaurant from Mercadito Hospitality features a beverage program headed up by the Tippling Bros. (Paul Tanguary and Tad Carducci) and a menu offering everything from chipotle hummus and duck confit empanadas to flatbreads, croquet madame, fried chicken and chicken pot pie. There’s even a $14 Lunch Tray Special, which includes an appetizer, salad, choice of entrée and dessert. And you’ll want to complement the food with a draft cocktail like the Deep Dish Manhattan (koval whiskey, carpano vermouth, averna, malort).

The Promontory

The Promontory is now open for brunch and chef Jared Wentworth is cooking up dishes like potato gnocchi lobster “hash,” quiche of matsutake mushrooms, eggs sardou, a lamb burger and more. Drop in and see what the popular hearth-to-table spot is all about.

Baker Miller

Sometimes it’s okay to load up on sweets for breakfast, especially if it’s from Baker Miller. In addition to its pastries and assortment of pies, the brunch menu also offers oatmeal, grits and a Plowman’s lunch of dried pepper sausage, cheese curds, pickled kale, soft egg, slice of pie and more.

Bar Mas

The brunch menu of Mexican favorites includes chilaquiles, pozole, huevos rancheros, torta ahogada and many more. You’ll also want to wash it down with a mas michelada or one of the other delectable cocktails.

Bar Takito

The West Loop newcomer serves up lamb barbacoa tortas and a variety of tacos (pork belly, coffee braised beef, fish, brunkow cheese) for lunch, in addition to sides like polenta and Carolina gold rice.

MAX'S Wine Dive Chicago

Who says you can’t have fried chicken and champagne for brunch? Max’s Wine Dive’s brunch menu offers an assortment of comfort foods: the famous southern fried chicken served with home fries, collard greens and Texas toast; MAX ‘n Cheese; braised short rib & egg hash; cinnamon & sugar French toast; and more. And as you can probably expect, there are plenty of fine wines to go with all the hearty fare.

SideDoor

The new American-style gastropub offers a comforting brunch menu of items including jidori chicken pot pie, Dungeness crab benedict, fish & chips and a prime rib plate. There’s also a selection of cheese and charcuterie to enjoy as well as an expansive beer list featuring some rare brews.

I|O Urban Roofscape

Craft your own menu with the RI|OT Brunch at I|O Urban Roofscape. Mix things up with your choice of three small plates and a mimosa or Bloody Mary for $35. Items include steak benedict, huevos rancheros, brunch poutine, brioche sticks, lemon donuts and more. Dishes can also be ordered a la carte.

Q-bbq

Start the day with some barbecue as Q-BBQ is now offering brunch items on its menu. Selections include burnt ends hash, spicy pork tacos, cornbread French toast, brisket and eggs, and breakfast sandwiches with choice of smoked meat.

Tanta Chicago

Gaston Acurio’s red-hot Tanta has brought the flavors of Peru to Chicago. He’s now taken it a step further by introducing a brunch menu so diners can try reimagined breakfast favorites. Start with one of the excellent ceviches before moving onto dishes “From the Earth” (quinoa burger), “From the Coast” (octopus braised in red wine sauce, quinoa and swiss chard salad) and more (huevos tanta; chicharron waffle). As for drinks, well you can’t go wrong with a pisco tasting.

MFK.

The new Lakeview spot has been garnering praise for its Spanish-influenced seaside fare. Start with little bites such as crunchy prawn heads and ceviche with poblano guacamole. Larger items include fresh whole shrimp, while an order of cobia collar & clams is enough to feed multiple people. Don’t skip out on the “Soil” section either as there are delicious options like brussels sprouts with garlic, shallots, almonds and preserved lemon.

Analogue

Analogue has been receiving rave reviews for its drinks and outstanding Cajun fare. Sunday brunch offers staples like beignets along with ham hock hash, shrimp and grits, and fried chicken sliders. Wake yourself up with the Some Like It Hot cocktail featuring fernet, demerara, hot coffee, whipped cream and mint. It’s about as close as you’re going to get to Louisiana in Chicago.