Chicago’s Best Brunches to Enjoy From Home
Just in time for Mother's Day.
Life under lock-down might 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. Celebrate Sunday funday (or is it Saturday caturday?) with a belt-busting helping of lifegiving deliciousness lovingly boxed up by one of these excellent area brunch specialists. (With Mother’s Day just around the corner, a show-stopping breakfast in bed has never been easier to execute.)
There’s nothing quite like good old-fashioned Southern home cooking -- especially when it’s not actually cooked in your home. This Andersonville darling will gladly take care of the prep and cleanup so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the biscuits (not to mention the creamy Anson Mills grits, crispy rice and corn flour-breaded Alabama catfish, red beans with tangy green tomato relish, Creole-style sourdough beignets, and cinnamon rolls with Sazerac-spiked icing).
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This easy breezy Lincoln Park outpost is delivering its signature California vibes to your doorstep via a full bill of brunchtime favorites. Avocado toast, loaded cobb salad, housemade English muffins, breakfast burritos stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs and sausage, and Guiliana Prosecco-fueled mimosa kits keep the grown-ups humming while junior digs into his very own Kids Pancake Party, a dozen silver dollar buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh berries, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and maple syrup.
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Buttermilk biscuit slathered in pineapple-orange jam, sea salt, and duck fat whipped butter; duck confit sopes layered with soft scrambled eggs, salsa rojas, pinto refrito, and cotija cheese; smoked salmon avocado toast dusted with Chorizo spice, mango, and Meyer lemon -- these unfathomably enticing creations represent a mere fraction of this famed Bridgeport gastropub’s totally bonkers brunch offerings. Head for the apps or dial them up to see for yourself.
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If you can attend a board meeting in your sweatpants there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a Michelin-starred brunch in bed. Drop by this forward-thinking River North stunner on Friday or Saturday night to pick-up your own Weekend Pastry Package, a lovingly boxed assortment of freshly baked croissants with whipped butter or toasted cinnamon kouign amann paired with a 16-ounce bag of the restaurant’s signature Sparrow Coffee blend.
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After a month-long sabbatical, Top Chef winner and all around culinary badass Stephanie Izard is thankfully back in action peddling curated meal kits, groceries, and video recipes out of Little Goat’s sleek West Loop digs. Browse the weekend wares online before placing your order for tasty DIY combos like Little Goat shrimp and grits with braised pistachio and blueberry-pickled pepper corn muffins and Cabra’s quinoa sourdough French toast with strawberry aji jam, queso helado, and passion fruit honey, then click over to the virtual “goat-cery store” to sweeten the deal with ready-to-bake Funfetti scones and a quart of Little Goat Bloody Mary mix with all the fixins.
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This Avondale beauty has made lemonade out of pandemic lemons by launching their brunch service via delivery and pick-up. The talented team shakes up the menu weekly with recent highlights ranging from a massive slab of smoked trout accompanied by over-easy eggs to lemon poppyseed buttermilk pancakes. A daily rotation of ridiculously delicious pastries like cheese-laden rosemary focaccia topped with Iberico ham and egg are also available as are natural wines, ciders, craft beer, and cocktail kits. For Mother’s Day, they’re doing it up with a la cart options like quiche loaded with locally sourced vegetables and crispy bacon, cherry-cream cheese coffee cake, peach bellinis with fresh fruit puree, and a special Cornell Florist bouquet to boot.
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This all-day Bucktown stalwart is stacked with brunch essentials like handmade bagels heavy with smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, and red onion and egg sandwiches overflowing with maple-chili-glazed bacon and slow-roasted tomato jam. These days it’s all available for delivery or pick-up, complete with juices, snacks, and a healthy array of booze, and they’ve also added a particularly alluring Mother’s Day special to the fleet. The Mother’s Day Room Service Menu pits a bevvy of finger foods, hearty mains, and desserts against “Bloody Mother” or mimosa cocktail kits and fresh-cut spring flowers.
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Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson’s Mediterrainian hotspot has been killing the brunchtime pick-up and delivery game every Saturday since the quarantine took hold, spoiling weekend isolationists with housemade hummus, spreads, kebabs, and other mezze shareables. This Mother’s Day the handsome West Loop devils are expanding their horizons with mom-friendly bundles like the $40 Bagels & Bubbly package (everything bagels, labneh and smoked salmon spreads, OJ, and Giuliana Prosecco) as well as a four-course prix-fixe feast for $25.95 per person. Order ahead if you know what’s good for you.
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PQM has quietly been cooking up one of the Chicago’s top all-day menus for years now and after a brief intermission the One Off Hospitality mainstay is back at it with James Beard Award Winning-breads, overstuffed artisan sandwiches, salads, soups, and sides for your lazy morning dining pleasure. What’s more, the crew recently teamed up with their siblings over at avec to prepare the Mother’s Day meal kit of yo’ mama’s dreams: roasted asparagus with smoked salmon, sieved egg gribiche, and crisp quinoa, French toast with whipped ricotta, maple-glazed bacon, a whole baguette with butter and French radishes, optional cocktail kit add-ons, and so much more.
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Take a bite out of the Big Easy without leaving your living room with help from this festive Wicker Park Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient. New Orleans native Chef Brian Jupiter’s weekend pick-up and delivery 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 breakfast burritos jam packed with tender alligator Sausage, scrambled eggs, and salsa verde leading the charge.
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This cheeky German-inflected West Town hangout has gone digital with its mouthwatering and hangover-zapping brunch. Place your order ahead of time and the creative folks in the kitchen will whip up your carved ham and pimento cheese-stuffed breakfast sandwich, spaetzle carbonara, or juicy burger topped with caramelized onions and bacon while you’re still sleeping off Friday night’s Zoom happy hour. All that’s missing is the shotski (unless you happen to own a shotski, in which case, good on you).
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The statewide shutdown hasn’t kept this Streeterville emporium from supplying Chicagoans with flavorful and health-conscious brunch staples all weekend long. Hunker-downers have their pick of AM delights from spicy egg white sandwiches loaded with shishitos, jalapenos, and pepperjack cheese to pillowy pancakes dressed with blackberries and tart lemon syrup. This Mother’s Day, go the extra mile for your leading lady with a special brunch that pairs scrambled eggs, brown sugar bacon, maple chicken sausage, baked apple French toast, berry parfaits, fresh-squeezed OJ, and Intelligentsia coffee with a hand-picked bouquet from Flowers for Dreams.
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