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Your Memorial Day Weekend Guide: Where to Drink and Where to Brunch

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Memorial Day weekend is here, and it doesn't get much better for any dining-crazed Chicagoan than a three day weekend filled with good food and drink. With that in mind, here's a list of spots ready to offer special brunch menus, patio seating, and even the opportunity get on a boat. Regardless of the weather, nothing beats a good day off spent with friends and family around a table.


Eater Chicago intern Alex Truong contributed to this story.

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1. Lottie's Pub

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1925 W Cortland St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-0738
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For the third year in a row celebrate the weekend with a whole hog roast at Lottie's. The party will have plenty of beer specials, baked beans, and coleslaw to go around for a classic Memorial Day commemoration.

2. City Winery

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1200 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9463
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Diners can enjoy 'cider and sliders'-along with a bluegrass festival featuring several bands. Each attendee receives a glass a of Virtue cider and a variety of sliders from the grill.

3. Oak Street Beach

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1000 N. Lake Shore Drive (Oak St. @ Lake Michigan)
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 742-5121
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The escapist haven for hungry beach-goers will reopen Memorial Day weekend. Grab a drink and some food in the open air seating and enjoy some pork from their holiday pig roast.

4. Le Colonial

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937 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-0088
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The upscale French-Vietnamese inspired menu will be offering vegetarian options for diners opting out of brunch or barbecue festivities. Take a step away from beer and pork for a more tasteful holiday.

5. Rockit Bar & Grill

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22 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 645-6000
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A live band will perform on Sunday, followed by a full brunch menu on Monday. Don't miss out on excellently patriotic menu items like the red, white, and blue-berry waffles.

6. Mystic Blue Cruises

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600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(877) 299-7783
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Diners in the mood for a bit of relaxing adventure should go for a Mystic Blue Cruise. Reservations are being taken for a Sunday cruise with a full dinner included.

7. Frontier

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Enjoy the expansive outdoor space this weekend, and on Monday be sure to grab a bite from Brian Jupiter's brunch menu. Frontier will cure and smoke a whole hog for Lottie's Pub's pig roast, so there should be plentiful pork to choose from.

8. Brasserie by LM

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800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 431-1788
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Enjoy excellently composed traditional brunch fare at the large patio of this downtown space. Drink specials and pancakes with whipped cream mean getting in a a bite along with a Monday mimosa fix should be no problem.

9. Chicago Craft Beer Festival

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130 North Clinton Street
Chicago, IL 60661

The culmination of Chicago Craft Beer Week will take place on Clinton Street and feature a huge selection of craft beers, all for outdoor drinking enjoyment.

10. LuxBar

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18 E Bellevue Pl
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-3400
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A classy and clean brunch service will be a welcome treat for those seeking the excellent views of the Gold Coast. Of course the great patio space of Luxbar should not be missed. Offerings like cured Skuna Bay salmon benedict and cinnamon bun pancakes will cater to many tastes.

11. The Pony

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1638 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 828-5055
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With so many brunch options available, it's nice to have a go-to for comfort food. The Pony is a welcome addition to the list with its Memorial Day weekend Southern-style brunch menu. A steak skillet or Chicken and biscuits will set straight anyone nursing an extended holiday hangover.

12. HUB 51

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51 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-0051
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Opening until 2 a.m. on Sunday and serving brunch the following Monday, Diners can literally spend their entire Memorial Day experience at Hub 51. Come for the party, stay for the pancakes.

13. Shaw's Crab House

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21 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-2722
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Celebrate in style with half-priced oysters the entire day. For those who want a quick and very efficient stop, between 3:00-6:00 p.m. the restaurant is offering 50 cent oysters from both the East and West Coast.

14. Delilah's

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2771 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-2771
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On Saturday Delilah’s will be hosting an extensive tasting of Lambic beers-around sixty in total. Representatives from a variety of brewers will be present to discuss the specifically funky palate-tingling beer.

15. Paramount Room

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415 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 829-6300
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The nicely situated Bib Gourmand is staying open late all weekend, and serving up its menu at 3 p.m. on Monday for afternoon-and-dinner seekers. The Room will also be open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, so there is absolutely no chance of being able to miss out on some good food or nice drink specials.

1. Lottie's Pub

1925 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60622

For the third year in a row celebrate the weekend with a whole hog roast at Lottie's. The party will have plenty of beer specials, baked beans, and coleslaw to go around for a classic Memorial Day commemoration.

1925 W Cortland St
Chicago, IL 60622

2. City Winery

1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Diners can enjoy 'cider and sliders'-along with a bluegrass festival featuring several bands. Each attendee receives a glass a of Virtue cider and a variety of sliders from the grill.

1200 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

3. Oak Street Beach

1000 N. Lake Shore Drive (Oak St. @ Lake Michigan), Chicago, IL 60611

The escapist haven for hungry beach-goers will reopen Memorial Day weekend. Grab a drink and some food in the open air seating and enjoy some pork from their holiday pig roast.

1000 N. Lake Shore Drive (Oak St. @ Lake Michigan)
Chicago, IL 60611

4. Le Colonial

937 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

The upscale French-Vietnamese inspired menu will be offering vegetarian options for diners opting out of brunch or barbecue festivities. Take a step away from beer and pork for a more tasteful holiday.

937 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

5. Rockit Bar & Grill

22 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

A live band will perform on Sunday, followed by a full brunch menu on Monday. Don't miss out on excellently patriotic menu items like the red, white, and blue-berry waffles.

22 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Mystic Blue Cruises

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Diners in the mood for a bit of relaxing adventure should go for a Mystic Blue Cruise. Reservations are being taken for a Sunday cruise with a full dinner included.

600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

7. Frontier

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Enjoy the expansive outdoor space this weekend, and on Monday be sure to grab a bite from Brian Jupiter's brunch menu. Frontier will cure and smoke a whole hog for Lottie's Pub's pig roast, so there should be plentiful pork to choose from.

1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

8. Brasserie by LM

800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, Chicago, IL 60605

Enjoy excellently composed traditional brunch fare at the large patio of this downtown space. Drink specials and pancakes with whipped cream mean getting in a a bite along with a Monday mimosa fix should be no problem.

800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago, IL 60605

9. Chicago Craft Beer Festival

130 North Clinton Street, Chicago, IL 60661

The culmination of Chicago Craft Beer Week will take place on Clinton Street and feature a huge selection of craft beers, all for outdoor drinking enjoyment.

130 North Clinton Street
Chicago, IL 60661

10. LuxBar

18 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL 60610

A classy and clean brunch service will be a welcome treat for those seeking the excellent views of the Gold Coast. Of course the great patio space of Luxbar should not be missed. Offerings like cured Skuna Bay salmon benedict and cinnamon bun pancakes will cater to many tastes.

18 E Bellevue Pl
Chicago, IL 60610

11. The Pony

1638 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

With so many brunch options available, it's nice to have a go-to for comfort food. The Pony is a welcome addition to the list with its Memorial Day weekend Southern-style brunch menu. A steak skillet or Chicken and biscuits will set straight anyone nursing an extended holiday hangover.

1638 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

12. HUB 51

51 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Opening until 2 a.m. on Sunday and serving brunch the following Monday, Diners can literally spend their entire Memorial Day experience at Hub 51. Come for the party, stay for the pancakes.

51 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Shaw's Crab House

21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611

Celebrate in style with half-priced oysters the entire day. For those who want a quick and very efficient stop, between 3:00-6:00 p.m. the restaurant is offering 50 cent oysters from both the East and West Coast.

21 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611

14. Delilah's

2771 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

On Saturday Delilah’s will be hosting an extensive tasting of Lambic beers-around sixty in total. Representatives from a variety of brewers will be present to discuss the specifically funky palate-tingling beer.

2771 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

15. Paramount Room

415 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

The nicely situated Bib Gourmand is staying open late all weekend, and serving up its menu at 3 p.m. on Monday for afternoon-and-dinner seekers. The Room will also be open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, so there is absolutely no chance of being able to miss out on some good food or nice drink specials.

415 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

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