A Bunch of Brunches: Chicago Restaurants up the Brunch Game

Chicago foodies are obsessed with brunch. It's the one meal that breaks the rules. Omelets and shrimp cocktail; bacon and beef wellington; chicken and waffles; you can have your cake and eat it too. At brunch not only is day drinking allowed, it's encouraged with drinks like bloody marys and mimosas that are made specifically for late morning/early afternoon consumption.

Because Chicagoans enjoy brunch so much Chicago restaurants have risen to the challenge. There are so many creative and delicious options you could eat brunch every day for a year and still not hit them all. But where to start? We've got some fun brunches in Chicago listed below. Some have live music, some have lavish buffets, and some offer the standard brunch fare that we've come to know and love.

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Want to plan your brunch attack? and add the brunch spots you want to visit. You can even invite your friends, because if there's one meal that's better with company, it's this one.

Brunches in Chicago

Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits


This Berwyn restaurant has won a Jean Banchet Award, is a Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, and is an OpenTable Diners Choice winner. Items like the Chicken and Chestnut pancakes (pictured) and the Pin Oak Farms lamb hash are why. Plus, they have a . Seriously!

6727 W Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402
Autre Monde Café is a neighborhood restaurant celebrating all things Mediterranean with a fresh, seasonal menu, old world focused wine list showcasing the best organic & artisan producers.

Division Ale House


If you love to linger and don't want brunch to end, head to Division Ale House for their Bottomless Brunch. For $15 you'll get your pick of 15 items, including omelet and carving stations. Wash it down with $3 mimosas or go for (not) broke with a $12 bottle of sparkling served with juices.

Fifolet Cajun & Cocktails
1942 W. Division Street, Chicago, IL 60622
Fifolet is a Wicker Park restaurant and bar specializing in New Orleans style Cajun and Creole cuisine, as well as New Orleans-inspired craft cocktails.

The Duck Inn


Chef Kevin Hickey's elegant brunch menu features items like the lovely cured wild salmon with duck egg, and you don't want to miss the duck confit hash with a duck egg and Wisconsin cheese mornay sauce.

The Duck Inn
2701 S. Eleanor St., Chicago, IL 60608

The Florentine Restaurant

Florentine MLT

Those lucky weekend guests at JW Marriot. Their commute to The Florentine is from their rooms to the first floor lobby. Once there they can enjoy a traditional Italian breakfast of croissants, nutella, strawberry compote, and fresh fruit; or they can get almond brioche french toast or an MLT - mortadella, fried egg, provolone, lettuce and tomato (pictured). For just $15 more the mimosas, bloody marys, bellinis, and pomonas become bottomless.


Mercat A La Planxa


Chef Jose Garces has recently rolled out a new brunch menu at his popular tapas spot in the Blackstone Hotel. Mercat a la Planxa has supplemented its already delicious menu with items like arroz (sunny egg, Calaspara rice, artichoke, roasted tomato baguette, saffron aioli), Filet de Carnisser (Black Angus hanger steak, Manchego-bacon biscuit, sausage gravy) and Amanida Estacional (Pictured - Farro, spanish feta, watercress, hazelnuts, beet emulsion).


The Promontory


In addition to their boozy brunch cocktails, The Promontory also has booze-FREE cocktails. The Hyde Park Colada is a concoction of coconut water, pineapple, and orgeat. The Sunset is made with orange juice, passion fruit, fresh lemon juice, happiness. Yep - happiness. They know that real men - and women - do eat quiche, especially when it's their butternut squash made with braised kale, fermented kimchi, black trumpet mushroom, pecan, buttered turnip, and pea tendril.

The Promontory Chicago
5311 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
Hyde Park restaurant, bar, and music venue. Hearth / Bar / Music

River Roast


Liven up your brunch at this Tony Mantuano (ya' know, the ) restaurant. Each Saturday and Sunday their Blues and Brews Brunch features live blues from 12pm to 3pm, accompanied by Chef Hogan's rabbit and waffles, Low Country Croque Madame, and foie and duck terrine. Definitely don't miss out on their EPIC bloody mary.

River Roast Chicago
315 North LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654
James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan’s menu of contemporary American tavern fare is satisfying and soul-warming.

ZED451


A perennial TLT favorite, there's a reason we love ZED451's brunch: unlimited bacon. We're not talking the limp greasy stuff you find in chafing dishes in hotel buffets everywhere. This bacon is thick, sprinkled with their signature spicy sweet maple cajun seasonsing, and served fresh for as long as you want it. In addition to the bacon they'll bring you smoked salmon benedict and buffalo chicken 'n' waffles, and you can make as many trips to the Harvest Tables as you'd like.

ZED451
739 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
ZED451 is a revolutionary restaurant concept featuring original cuisine and delivery and unprecedented design.