The Absolute Best Brunch Spots in Chicago Right Now
Kick off the weekend with cheffy French toast, Italian comforts, and all the Bloody Marys.
Chicago’s best chefs never cease to amaze with their ability to alchemize simple ingredients—eggs, milk, cheese, and flour—into mouth-watering spreads that motivate even the most miserable hangover-sufferer out of bed for a plate of nourishment. Whether you want to put your feet up by the river and enjoy some shrimp and grits in the sun or gather your crew for a Sunday brunch at a hidden neighborhood gem, here are the 15 best brunch spots in Chicago.
Irene's sprung open in 2022 with a welcome departure from the “greasy spoon” genre of diners. Offering unpretentious, upscale takes on brunch staples, Irene’s menu focuses on flavorful, fresh, high-quality ingredients. (For example, the crab cake Benedict is built upon a crab cake that even impresses those of us raised in Maryland.) Remote workers can post up and enjoy free wifi alongside the Nine to Fiver Combo (offered on weekdays from 10 am to 1 pm) with unlimited coffee along with either a Slagel Farmburger or breakfast burrito for just $15. High tea service includes a tiered tea tower stacked with seasonal jams, buttery scones, house-made bagels, thin-sliced lox and prosciutto, and more delights—capped off by a selection of rare and unique teas. Go for the 2012 Vintage Hot Chocolate Pu-erh, a tea fermented for over five years with fresh cacao nibs and vanilla.
How to book: Walk in, or order online for pickup and delivery here.
Savanna is a Chicago brunch go-to for a reason. Its Ecuadorian fusion cuisine is delicious, and the beautiful plating is always worthy of a photo. It’s hard to top, even when stacked up against some of the most expensive brunch spots in the city. Be sure to order the llapingacho Benedict, a signature dish that combines traditional Ecuadorian potato cakes with grilled tomatoes, perfectly spiced pork chorizo, a runny poached egg, and a smoky house-made chipotle hollandaise sauce. Don’t overlook freshly squeezed juices and smoothies either—they’re all refreshing, balanced, and perfect for nursing that nasty hangover.
How to book: Walk in, or order online here for pickup and delivery.
This cozy, sun-drenched bistro slipped into some pretty big shoes when it took over the California Avenue space that formerly housed industry-favorite Cafe Marie-Jeanne, which sadly shuttered in 2020. Thankfully, the Segnatore team does not disappoint, with a solid roster of Italian fare accented by cheffy twists. Brunch here means Amaro Smoked Salmon on toast with roasted onion crema and pickles, smoked tri-tip hash, and a Freestyle “Lasagna” featuring garlic mafaldine, mushroom bolognese, and whipped ricotta (add the egg—it’s worth the upcharge.) Follow the restaurant’s advice and get “spritz-faced” with one or two effervescent selections off the enticing cocktail menu.
How to book: Make reservations via Resy.
This Mediterranean showstopper from the team behind Pilsen’s critically acclaimed S.K.Y. has firmly established itself as the best brunch peddler in the South Loop. The kitchen’s global influences show their stripes via a concise-yet-sophisticated morning spread, with standouts like Softly Scrambled Eggs with boursin and arugula, housemade Bucatini Carbonara, Steak and Eggs in Purgatory with fiery Calabrian chile, and Deviled Eggs Florentine leading the charge. Save room for Banana Budino Cake alongside signature espresso drinks courtesy of Sparrow Coffee.
How to book: Make reservations via Resy.
Luella’s Southern Kitchen
When you're craving some righteous Southern dishes, chef Darnell Reed’s brunch is a no-brainer. The menu at this award-winning soul food spot is packed with delightful selections, like tongue-tingling Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffles, steamy and smooth Shrimp and Grits with New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and cream cheese, and perfect, flaky, buttery biscuits. Without a doubt, this family-friendly soul food specialist knows what’s up.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout via ChowNow.
Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain
Sodas, shakes, floats, and pies have always been the main attractions at this retro soda fountain and bakery, but the mouth-watering sandwiches and quiches offered on the all-day menu are equally enticing. Highlights include the Smoked Trout Bialy with cream cheese and spicy giardiniera, as well as a cheesy white cheddar scrambled egg smeared with olive pesto and pressed between two pieces of crispy polenta. Classics like BLTs, egg sandwiches, grilled cheese, and tuna melts are also on hand for those sticking to what they know.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout online.
The Duck Inn
Buttermilk biscuits slathered in butter whipped with duck fat; sopes layered with chile-braised duck, salsa verde, and eggs; smoked salmon on toast with curried avocado, spiced mango, and a crisp radish—these unfathomably tasty dishes represent a mere fraction of this famed Bridgeport gastropub’s totally bonkers Sunday brunch offerings. Don’t discount the Croque Ma’Spam though, made with a house version of Spam. A whopping three different Chicago-style hot dog variations add to the mouthwatering madness.
How to book: Book via Resy on their official website.
Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods
Take a bite out of the Big Easy courtesy of this festive Wicker Park Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient. New Orleans native and chef Brian Jupiter’s weekend extravaganza showcases his deep love for Louisiana cuisine with dishes like Crispy Chicken Wings and Salted Praline Pancakes; Shrimp and Grits with parmesan, corn, and scallions; and a Grand Slam Platter stacked with eggs, alligator sausage, fruit, and homestyle grits. You almost feel bad for Denny’s.
How to book: Reserve via Tock or order takeout and delivery here.
Beatnik On The River
Kick back and soak up the BoHo lounge vibes at this greenery-strewn eatery where updated takes on international fixtures and sweeping waterfront views woo boisterous brunch crowds on the regular. Expect colorful shareables like Kampachi Crudo with pickled fresno, garlic shoyu, and tempura crunch; the perfect Cubano Breakfast Sandwich with braised pork, mortadella, dijonaise, pickles, and egg; and steamy Shakshuka with fire-roasted peppers, spicy tomatoes, poached eggs, and naan for dipping. Grab a couple orders of Za’atar Fries for the table, sip a Cocoquito, and enjoy the warm breeze.
How to book: Make reservations via Resy.
Take your brunch poolside at all-star chef Stephanie Izard’s vibrant Peruvian-leaning oasis perched atop the West Loop’s ever-hip Hoxton Hotel. Perfect ceviche, addictive Avocado Dip served with a spread of yuzu-tomato, taro, and sweet potato chips, Goat Empanadas with Huacatay mayo, and hangover-blasting Salchipapas piled high with thick-cut frites, fried chorizo, amarillo mayo, and poached eggs will have your head spinning before a second round of Spring Showers Bring Elderflowers cocktails (Broker’s gin, St. Germain, fenugreek, lemon, and cava) handily cools things down.
How to book: Reserve on Cabra’s website.
This perennial favorite in Logan Square serves brunch specialties like the Classic Lula Breakfast Burrito, a perfectly-folded Nettle and Ricotta Omelet, and Pork Belly and Grits rich with manchego cheese. Specialty blends from Metric coffee and bounty of easy-drinking special cocktails sweeten the deal.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.
This Ukrainian Village gem serves an ambitious all-day menu of cheffed-up Filipino comforts like a Filipino Breakfast with housemade longganisa sausage with garlic rice and fried eggs, and plump pork-stuffed Lumpia Shanghai. Only on the weekends, the kitchen adds Corned Beef Breakfast and Pork Belly Adobo to the offerings. Throw in some locally roasted coffee, handpicked natural wines, and picturesque sidewalk seating and you’ve got yourself one quality Sunday hang.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order takeout via Toast, or get delivery via Tock.
Robust Lebanese flavors breathe new life into expertly prepared Mexican fare at this sunny spot splashed with pastel hues. Brunch, of course, is prime time at Evette’s, a never-ending cascade of belly-warmers like the inimitable Hash Brown Sandwich (two waffle hash browns slathered with chipotle mayo, salsa verde, gooey cheese, and bacon) alongside dantier offerings like the Pretty Salad, where pomegranates, onions, carrots, cucumbers, feta, and pita perch atop a bed of crunchy romaine.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout and delivery online.
The welcoming patio at Pilsen Yards sets a charming tone with a mass of exposed brick, soft lighting, and rustic exposed beams while the poured cement floor radiates heat beneath diners’ feet. Cozy menu options abound: Concha Toast jazzed up with tres leches cream and strawberry-mezcal compote, Flautas and Eggs with chicken tinga and salsa cruda, and Steak and Eggs topped with snappy chimichurri.
Real ones know: It doesn’t get much better than a big ol’ order of Salmon Croquettes from this inviting South Side legend. Bursting with wild-caught salmon, the crisp, flaky, heavenly medallions come cradled in a pool of warm cheese grits, just as the brunch gods—and every Southern grandma—intended. Everything else, from fluffy 7-Up Pancakes drizzled with tangy lemon cream cheese frosting to decadent Shrimp and Grits with garlic cream sauce and bacon, is icing on the proverbial cake.