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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 longtime 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.

Little Goat

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Stop in for brunch at Stephanie Izard’s newest spot 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, duck banh mi, fried chicken, shepherd’s pie, goat chili and a lot more. And don’t forget to save some room for the shakes, pies and sundaes.

Carriage House

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Mark Steuer’s South Carolina lowcountry spot might be best known for its lowcountry boil, but it also serves up an excellent brunch with plenty of classic comfort foods. Chicken and waffles, johnnycakes and shrimp grits are just a few of the options alongside sides such as skillet cornbread and beignets. And if you need a cocktail to start the day off right, the Delicious Sour with Laird’s Bonded Applejack, orchard peach, lime, egg whites and club soda will do the trick.

Little Market Brasserie

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Those rolling out of bed extra early or late can stop into Little Market Brasserie, where brunch runs from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the weekends. Choose from selections like fish and chips, Baja lobster roll, biscuits and gravy with a fried egg, semolina gnocchi and more. Breakfast cocktails are available as well as a full juice bar list fit for even the healthiest diners.

GT Fish and Oyster

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One of the city’s finest seafood restaurants has taken the plunge into brunch. Luckily, the seafood shines during the day as well with options including smoked whitefish quiche, crab benedict, biscuits and lobster gravy, bagel and house cured lox. Wash it down with a bellini, mimosa or peach cider.

The Bristol

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Brunch has expanded to Saturdays at the Bristol so there are more opportunities to start the day with basque cake. After that try the braised pork chilaquiles, biscuits and gravy, hangover breakfast noodle bowl, or even the charcuterie board. Add in a killer cocktail list and you’ve got the perfect cure for that hangover.

Bill Kim expands modern Asian barbecue to Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Put a twist on the traditional brunch offerings with items like tea-smoked duck benedict, fried chicken with donuts and pork sausage gravy, and huckleberry jam and vanilla maple syrup French toast.

Grange Hall Burger Bar

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The top-notch burgers are the main attraction here but Grange Hall offers a Farmers Breakfast on the weekends for those wanting a more traditional brunch. The farm-to-table selections include peasant-style baked eggs, blueberry griddle cakes, soda biscuits and sausage gravy, open-faced breakfast burger and more. Top it all off with a slice of Barbara’s Fresh Pie of the Month.

The Monarch

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Andrew Brochu’s neighborhood cooking extends to brunch with a menu full of unique dishes like foie gras mousse with strawberry jam and toast, duck confit chilaquiles, and pork belly benedict. Breakfast cocktails include a house twist on the traditional drinks with the Vlad the Impaler Bloody Mary and Express Meisho Mimosa.

Lula Cafe

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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, brioche French toast, breakfast burrito, smoked trout scramble and more. The restaurant also serves up seasonal dishes using organic produce from local sources.

The Publican

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The Publican now offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Start with some fresh oysters from the east coast, then try the pigs in a blanket, braised lamb or smoked brown sugar ham. And as always, don’t forget the popular syrup-braised pub bacon.

Trenchermen

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he Sheerin brothers’ newest spot offers a robust Sunday brunch featuring creative dishes like pig pork belly pad Thai, sauerkraut bagel with mustard cream cheese and smoked fish, and chicken confit hash. A number of playful cocktails also help complement the meal.

If you crave noodles, get your fix on Sundays at this yakitori-inspired restaurant. For $20, you get a bowl of ramen of your choice, dessert and a beverage from the bar.

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. The restaurant is open for brunch on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nellcôte

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The party extends into the morning with Nellcote’s $18 prix-fixe brunch, which includes shared pastries, breads, charcuterie and cheese for the table. Enjoy entrees like lobster hash, a sunnyside-up egg piza, quiche lorraine, whole wheat pancakes and more. Don’t forget about the cocktails either. Brunch is available on Sundays.

Big Jones

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The Southern cooking kitchen with a focus on locally grown and sustainably farmed food has revamped its brunch menu. Try the crowd favorite Eggs New Orleans — ponchartrain blue crab cake with poached eggs, popovers, and béarnaise sauce — or some shrimp and grits. Housemade pecan-wood-smoked Andouille sausage and hog's head pâté are features off the butcher’s block.

Three Aces

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Rock, roll and brunch with these new delicious offerings at Three Aces. Selections include sourdough waffles, breakfast ribollita, porchetta pull-a-part sandwich and much more.

Perennial Virant

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With spring just around the corner and a patio rocking across from the park, this is a perfect time to experience Paul Virant's cooking. Nosh on Vie bread French Toast, house-smoked trout or smoked honey bourbon sausage all while sipping on one of the tasty brunch cocktails.

2Sparrows

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The ever-changing seasonal menu by chef Greg Ellis, a Trotter's vet, keeps things interesting with favorites like the pork belly sandwich and rotating selection of housemade pop tarts to chilaqulies, french toast with apples and whipped cream and steak and eggs.

Experience brunch in a new way by sharing small plates family style. Start with a pecan pull apart and a libation, then share charcuterie, chilled jumbo shrimp, bison sloppy joes and more. Finally, choose from a selection of entrees including Wagyu skirt steak and eggs, bacon and onion buns French toast and Wisconsin walleye.

The popular breakfast and brunch spot discontinued dinner service so that it can focus on what it does best. Enjoy some breakfast selections like malted custard French toast and pot roast, or stop by for a corned beef sandwich or massaged kale salad for lunch.

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The Wicker Park restaurant known for its farm cuisine and modern cooking features a sweet and savory brunch menu. Satisfy the sweet tooth with lemon & ricotta soufflé pancakes or try the blue crab omelet, fried rice & eggs and a selection of housemade meats.

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Little Goat

Stop in for brunch at Stephanie Izard’s newest spot 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, duck banh mi, fried chicken, shepherd’s pie, goat chili and a lot more. And don’t forget to save some room for the shakes, pies and sundaes.

Carriage House

Mark Steuer’s South Carolina lowcountry spot might be best known for its lowcountry boil, but it also serves up an excellent brunch with plenty of classic comfort foods. Chicken and waffles, johnnycakes and shrimp grits are just a few of the options alongside sides such as skillet cornbread and beignets. And if you need a cocktail to start the day off right, the Delicious Sour with Laird’s Bonded Applejack, orchard peach, lime, egg whites and club soda will do the trick.

Little Market Brasserie

Those rolling out of bed extra early or late can stop into Little Market Brasserie, where brunch runs from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the weekends. Choose from selections like fish and chips, Baja lobster roll, biscuits and gravy with a fried egg, semolina gnocchi and more. Breakfast cocktails are available as well as a full juice bar list fit for even the healthiest diners.

GT Fish and Oyster

One of the city’s finest seafood restaurants has taken the plunge into brunch. Luckily, the seafood shines during the day as well with options including smoked whitefish quiche, crab benedict, biscuits and lobster gravy, bagel and house cured lox. Wash it down with a bellini, mimosa or peach cider.

The Bristol

Brunch has expanded to Saturdays at the Bristol so there are more opportunities to start the day with basque cake. After that try the braised pork chilaquiles, biscuits and gravy, hangover breakfast noodle bowl, or even the charcuterie board. Add in a killer cocktail list and you’ve got the perfect cure for that hangover.

BellyQ

Bill Kim expands modern Asian barbecue to Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Put a twist on the traditional brunch offerings with items like tea-smoked duck benedict, fried chicken with donuts and pork sausage gravy, and huckleberry jam and vanilla maple syrup French toast.

Grange Hall Burger Bar

The top-notch burgers are the main attraction here but Grange Hall offers a Farmers Breakfast on the weekends for those wanting a more traditional brunch. The farm-to-table selections include peasant-style baked eggs, blueberry griddle cakes, soda biscuits and sausage gravy, open-faced breakfast burger and more. Top it all off with a slice of Barbara’s Fresh Pie of the Month.

The Monarch

Andrew Brochu’s neighborhood cooking extends to brunch with a menu full of unique dishes like foie gras mousse with strawberry jam and toast, duck confit chilaquiles, and pork belly benedict. Breakfast cocktails include a house twist on the traditional drinks with the Vlad the Impaler Bloody Mary and Express Meisho Mimosa.

Lula Cafe

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, brioche French toast, breakfast burrito, smoked trout scramble and more. The restaurant also serves up seasonal dishes using organic produce from local sources.

The Publican

The Publican now offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Start with some fresh oysters from the east coast, then try the pigs in a blanket, braised lamb or smoked brown sugar ham. And as always, don’t forget the popular syrup-braised pub bacon.

Trenchermen

he Sheerin brothers’ newest spot offers a robust Sunday brunch featuring creative dishes like pig pork belly pad Thai, sauerkraut bagel with mustard cream cheese and smoked fish, and chicken confit hash. A number of playful cocktails also help complement the meal.

Yusho

If you crave noodles, get your fix on Sundays at this yakitori-inspired restaurant. For $20, you get a bowl of ramen of your choice, dessert and a beverage from the bar.

Au Cheval

Forget about your average greasy spoon diner, Au Cheval redefines what you know with creative interpretations on classic dishes. The restaurant is open for brunch on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.