The Absolute Best Brunches in Chicago Right Now
The relentless unpredictability of the past 12 months may have thrown your entire concept of the spacetime continuum for a loop, but that’s no reason to skip out on every millenial’s favorite meal: weekend brunch. Whether you’re masking up and venturing out or hunkering down and ordering in, raise your glass to Sunday funday (or is it Saturday caturday?) with a belt-busting helping of lifegiving deliciousness lovingly prepared by these excellent area brunch specialists.
Summer House Santa Monica
This sunny Lincoln Park outpost continues to serve up Cali swag via a full bill of brunchtime favorites. Hass avocado BLTs, loaded cobb salads, housemade English muffins, breakfast burritos stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs and sausage, and Guiliana Prosecco-fueled mimosas keep the grown-ups humming while junior takes on a heap of silver dollar pancakes crowned with fresh fruit and maple syrup.
How to order: Head to OpenTable for all-season courtyard and indoor dining reservations or grab pick-up and delivery via ChowNow, Caviar, Uber Eats, GrubHub, and DoorDash.
The Duck Inn
Buttermilk biscuits slathered in duck fat whipped butter; sopes layered with chili braised duck, salsa verde, refried beans, cotija cheese, and eggs; smoked salmon on toast with curried avocado, spiced mango, and a crisp radish—these unfathomably enticing invention represent a mere fraction of this famed Bridgeport gastropub’s totally bonkers brunch offerings. A whopping four different gourmet hot dog options (elote corn dog, anyone?) add to the mouthwatering madness.
How to order: Head to OpenTable for all-season courtyard and indoor dining reservations or grab pick-up and delivery via Tock, Caviar, GrubHub, and Uber Eats.
Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson’s Mediterrainian hotspot has been stepping up and crushing the brunch game since day one, spoiling weekenders with a bounty of hummus, spreads, kebabs, and other mezze shareables. And while their take-out and delivery program remains solid as ever, these handsome West Loop devils have officially reopened their magical rooftop patio and breezy dining room so you can enjoy your AM feast in style.
How to order: Head to Tock for patio, greenhouse, and indoor dining reservations or grab pick-up and delivery via ChowNow, Caviar, Uber Eats, GrubHub, and DoorDash.
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 Chef Brian Jupiter’s weekend lineup showcases his deep love for all things Cajun cuisine with craveworthy dishes like crispy chicken wings and salted praline pancakes, BBQ shrimp with stone ground grits, and a Grand Slam platter stacked with eggs, alligator sausage, fruit, and homestyle grits leading the parade.
How to order: Head to Tock for sidewalk and indoor dining reservations or grab pick-up and delivery via Toast, ChowNow, Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Postmates.
Beatnik On The River
Kick back and soak up the BoHo vibes at this loungey greenery-strewn eatery where updated takes on global fixtures and sweeping waterfront views woo boisterous brunch crowds on the regular. Expect colorful shareables like roasted butternut squash and Beluga lentil soup studded with Spanish pimentó, delicate hamachi ceviche in coconut Leche De Tigre, steamy shakshuka served in a Berber tagine, and mezze platters stocked with avocado shatta, harissa carrot hummus, Aleppo pepper-spiked tzatziki, and more.
How to order: Head to Resy for patio and indoor dining reservations or grab pick-up and delivery via Postmates.
Take your brunch poolside at all star chef Stephanie Izard’s vibrant Peruvian-inspired stunner 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, signature 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 a round of Lima Dreamin’ cocktails (Luna Azul tequila, huckleberry, cardamom, lime, ginger ale) handily cools things down.
How to order: Head to OpenTable for patio and indoor dining reservations or grab pick-up and delivery via Caviar, DoorDash, and Cabra’s online portal.
While this Logan Square farm-to-table pioneer is holding off on fully reopening, you can sleep well knowing that all it takes is a quick trip to their walk-up window to procure award-winning brunch essentials. Order ahead to get in on take-out specialties like their classic breakfast burrito, seasonal quesadillas stuffed with koginut squash, pasilla chile, scallions, and queso oaxaca, and chilled peanut satay noodles. A kid’s menu, specialty blends from Metric coffee, and a full roster of day drink-friendly craft cocktails sweeten the deal.
How to order: Stroll over to the walk-up window for in-person takeaway or grab pick-up and delivery via Tock, Upserve, and Caviar.
This Ukrainian Village outpost is coming in hot with an ambitious all-day menu of cheffed-up Filipino comforts like housemade longganisa sausage with garlic fried rice and fried eggs and plump pork-stuffed lumpia Shanghai complemented by deliciously offbeat pastries like palm-sized Basque cakes laden with ube and huckleberry and aromatic cardamom Kouign-Amann. Throw in some locally roasted coffee, handpicked natural wines, and picturesque sidewalk seating and you’ve got yourself one quality Sunday hang.
How to order: Stroll over to the Augusta Avenue storefront for counter service or grab pick-up and delivery via Toast, Tock, and DoorDash.
Chef-owner Carlos Gaytán pulls out all the stops when it comes to this swank River North destination’s full-service weekend brunch. Rev up with inspired starters like a chorizo crepe bubbling over with Chihuahua cheese, pico de gallo, and creamy chipotle or an order of orange-infused French toast topped with spiced Mexican chocolate before embarking on the joint’s famous duck waffle, a clever take on the fried fowl standard layered with unctuous duck leg carnitas, chipotle-hibiscus glaze, sweet potato purée, and a soft poached egg. Toss in a fiery Bloody Mary made with zesty ancho and guajillo peppers and consider your cipher complete.
How to order: Head to Resy for patio, semi-outdoor, and indoor dining reservations or grap pick-up and delivery via Caviar, GrubHub, and Uber Eats.
Robust Lebanese flavors breathe new life into expertly prepared Mexican fare inside this splashy Lincoln Park newcomer where each thoughtful dish arrives just as Instagram-ready as the spot’s sunny, pastel-hued decor. Brunch, of course, is primetime here, a never ending cascade of belly-warmers like the inimitable hashbrown sandwich (two waffle hashbrowns slathered with chipotle mayo, salsa verde, gooey cheese, and bacon) alongside dantier offerings like Pretty Toast, a pillowy arrangement of whipped fig cream, dried pomegranate, mint, nuts, seeds, crunchy radish, and molasses atop a slice of old-fashioned sourdough.
How to order: Stroll up to the West Armitage storefront for in-person dining or grab pick-up and delivery online and via Ordering.app, Uber Eats, and GrubHub.
Logan Square’s dapper Italian enclave is back in action, dishing up a reinvigorated menu of head-turners fresh from the glossy tile-lined wood-burning oven. It’s hard to resist the breakfast pizza, a best-of-both-worlds production marrying velvety ricotta, bold preserved tomato, and black trumpet mushrooms with a sunny side egg, while a country toast tartines with toppings like shaved turkey with lemon aioli, hass avocado with salty sunflower seeds, and porchetta with spicy giardiniera form a powerfully tempting trio. Whatever you choose, make sure to pair it with a bright and bubbly Brunch G&T (dry gin, grapefruit, plum bitters, tonic, basil) for some much-needed Roman restoration.
How to order: Head to Resy for indoor dining reservations or grab pick-up and delivery via Toast, DoorDash, and Caviar.
This new kid on the South Side block has officially stepped into recently-departed neighborhood institution Monnie Burke’s shoes as Pilsen’s latest Latin-inspired charmer. The patio is even more welcoming this time, a mass of exposed brick, soft lighting, and rustic exposed beams setting the tone while the poured cement floor radiates heat beneath diners’ feet. Food-wise, you’re looking at equally warm and cozy options like concha toast jazzed up with tres leches cream and strawberry-mezcal compote, nachos laced with cheddar and mango-braised beef, and steak and eggs topped with snappy chimichurri.
How to order: Head to OpenTable for patio and indoor dining reservations or grab pick-up via Toast.
This hotter-than-hotly anticipated collab from Wishbone heir chef Tyler Nickson and the boys behind nearby streetwear meccas Round Two and Half Evil is living up to the hype inside Bar Biscay’s former West Town haunt. Weekend brunch is a no BS affair, spanning smashers like a focaccia BEC with aged cheddar, peppery arugula, and garlic aioli and homemade buttermilk biscuits bundled with fried chicken and chorizo gravy plus pastries and a range of coffee creations to maintain the buzz. Don’t forget to cop a branded hat, hoodie, or T-shirt on your way out.
How to order: Stroll over to Chicago Avenue storefront for counter service or grab pick-up and delivery via Tock.
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 everybody’s Southern grandma—intended it. 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.
How to order: Available for pick-up and delivery via GrubHub and Toast.