Feast Like Harry Potter at this Pop-Up Brunch
Proudly organic restaurant in a cozy exposed-brick space
One of Chicago's most prominent organic and sustainable restaurants, Nana still manages to do epic brunch fare like huevos rancheros, a killer Cuban sandwich, and subtly spicy Mexican hot chocolate French toast with marshmallow cream and a flurry of toasted coconut. As if that wasn't good enough, you can even reserve group tables on weekends here.
A comfy South Side spot with breakfast served all week
If you’re looking for that delicious, filling, down-home Southern cooking, look no further than Peach’s. With filling favorites like gravy-smothered homemade biscuits with chicken sausage, green peppers, and onion gravy, and a duck bowl with duck bacon, house potatoes, sweet peppers, onions, spinach, and an egg with cheese, you’re going to eat comfy and leave happy.
A stacked menu served in a beautiful blue-and-gold space
The folks behind Michelin-starred Boka bring serious weekend brunch chops (and seven-days-a-week breakfast!) to the Viagra Triangle. Sweet bites range from gooey butter coffee cake and a house-made lemon meringue pop tart to French toast blanketed with roasted bananas, walnuts, and butterscotch, while savory options hit high notes with the crispy chicken sandwich with kimchi aioli and a Somerset burger with red onion marmalade, pickles, cheddar, and dijonnaise .
Where the cool kids get down with hearty favorites
This hip spot in a bustling South Side neighborhood serves as both a restaurant and a music venue, and its weekend brunch is not to be missed. Enjoy house pastries like a pistachio cake with pistachio crumble and lemon cheesecake, plus a slew of creative brunch cocktails like the Wife of Pablo with mezcal, orange liqueur, pepper syrup, port, and lime. For the main event, you can’t go wrong with the pork belly Benedict, featuring slow roasted pork belly, poached eggs, lime onions, hearth English muffins, and mojo hollandaise.
A fresh upscale spot in ever-changing Wrigleyville
Last year, Mordecai opened in the Hotel Zachary, the brand new, Cubs-obsessed hotel across the street from Wrigley Field. A new home base for spirit aficionados and cocktail connoisseurs, Mordecai also offers a fabulous brunch menu. Given its reputation for excellent spirits, you can’t miss the bourbon cured salmon toast with PQB seeded rye, cream cheese, egg, cucumber, capers, and red onion. Also check out the "Hamsel & Gretel," featuring a pretzel bun, ham steak, brown mustard, sunny-side egg, and crispy sauerkraut, or the Mordecai burger with slagel beef, Cooper cheese, aioli, and fries.
A shrine to French toast
If you fancy yourself some fancy French toast, look no further than this cafe, where a French toast flight is the obvious order move. It comes with a sample of all four varieties, including blueberry, strawberry, lemon, and caramel, so there's no need to deliberate. For something a little less sweet but still involving the eponymous batter, go for the "Cluck-N-Gaufre" waffle, which spotlights a sweet potato waffle that's stuffed with bits of fried chicken and topped with a buttermilk herb fried chicken breast and nutmeg hot sauce.
Farm-to-table focus on community and Southern flavor
This quiet hideaway offers classic brunch fare done right, with a Southern edge. Try the chicken and waffle with maple syrup, daikon radish, cucumber, bean sprouts, cilantro, and sweet chili aioli for a unique comfort food commingling, and wash it down with one of several creative cocktail options, coffee, juice, or a breakfast beer.
Stick-to-your-ribs soul food
Whether you're looking to cure a hangover or bulk up to survive winter in Chicago, this Southern staple on the North Side is here to provide the weekends-only brunch goods. It takes its name in honor of chef/owner Darnell Reed's great-grandmother who moved to Chicago from Mississippi the '40's, and brought a bevy of recipes and a passion for cooking with her. Her memory lives on through dishes like kale ambrosia (kale, citrus segments, pineapple, goat cheese, candied pecans, toasted coconut, and cranberry vinaigrette), biscuits drenched in tasso and andouille gravy, and Southern Benedict made with Slagel Farm pork belly, poached eggs, Creole hollandaise, and a sweet potato biscuit.
A neighborhood favorite staffed by self-taught chefs
A perennial favorite among local chefs and everyday eaters alike, this sunny eatery, helmed by recent Jean Banchet Award-winning chef Jason Hammel, has long been one of Chicago's brightest brunch stars. The menu changes at the season's whim, but house-made pastries and whole wheat French toast with rhubarb compote, mixed seed crumble, and caramelized white chocolate creme anglaise provide a bit of stick-to-your-ribs satisfaction, while the ever-evolving "Royale" breakfast sandwich, which recently featured Mortadella, provolone, gardiniera, caper aioli, and a fried egg,, tries to redefine the common breakfast sandwich -- and succeeds.
Where Portuguese and Asian food collide in Logan Square
Go for the namesake arroz gordo brimming with curried chicken, char siu, chili prawns, and clams, and stick around for Portuguese egg tarts and Macau rice crisps with nori, sesame, pork floss, and fish-sauce caramel. And you should absolutely wash it all down with a sweet bourbon tea imbued with red vermouth, anise hyssop, and mint.
The chicest food hall in a mall you’ll ever see
Latinicity is a food hall in Block 37 in the Loop, but don’t let its seemingly un-hip setting in a mall fool you; Chef Richard Sandoval leads a talented team in eight innovative kitchens, bringing the flavors of Latin America to you no matter what kind of dining experience you’re looking for. As for brunch, Latinicity delivers. Every Sunday from 11am-3pm, take your pick of a bottomless selection of brunch specialties, including an array of cocktails like Latin-inspired mimosas, micheladas, cheladas, and a Bloody Mary bar. Don’t miss the sushi and ceviche bar for a deliciously unique brunch experience.
A trendy spot for lovers of modern art and delicious eats
If your idea of a good brunch is eating Mexican food while staring at portraits of Frida Kahlo, Frida Room is the place for you. The new-ish Pilsen spot serves Mexican breakfast favorites like chilaquiles, enchiladas verdes con huevos, and huevos rancheros. If you’re more into burgers at brunch, definitely try the Pilsen Burger, with caramelized onions, mushrooms, pepper jack cheese, and a sunny-side up egg.
A self-proclaimed culinary brewhouse with a brunch lineup as serious as its beer
Stop by this Michelin-starred brewpub for this tantalizingly botanical Jasmine Rice brew soaked up with a colossal Osetra Reserve caviar crepe cake layered with smoked sturgeon, creme fraiche, and cultured butter, tempura fried chicken and a nori-spiked biscuit, and a wholly rich and hearty Bohemian creme doughnut lacquered with chocolate stout glaze and burgeoning with Bohemian malted filling.
A vegan oasis even a carnivore would love
Majani has become a South Shore neighborhood staple even while standing out from the crowd as an exclusively vegan restaurant. Its Sunday brunch is not to be missed—enjoy scrambled tofu, lentil sausage with tomato gravy, cheese grits, fried potatoes, collard greens, and pancakes. Or opt for a pancake sandwich with lettuce, tomato, scrambled tofu, sausage, and vanilla syrup. Trust me, it’s amazing.
Amazing breakfast options in a warm, wood-paneled space
MAD Social's pancakes might just be the best in Chicago, and you really aren't going to want to miss out on these airy, salted caramel whipped butter-topped babies. There's also an impressive lineup of savory eats, like Korean-style short rib Benedict, Havarti mac and cheese tossed with sweet corn, wild mushrooms, and crispy Brussels sprouts, and an exceptionally photogenic chicken-and-waffles number made with a churro waffle and pork belly.
Part farmhouse and part beer hall with plenty of space to sit
The formula at The Publican is simple. Order the smoked mackerel, the pork belly hash with waxman potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, kimchi aioli, and sunnyside eggs, and the wheat beer mimosa, or even some bourbon-spiked coffee. You can't go wrong.
Intimacy doesn't get much closer with this restaurant-in-a-kitchen
It's no secret that this Michelin-starred spot's fried chicken is otherworldly, but thanks to the addition of a supremely fluffy waffle, rich honey butter, and whiskey syrup, its brunch form arguably is its best form. Find a spot at the bustling kitchen bar, and enjoy both the energy and the warmth of the open hearth as you knock back a breakfast-y cocktail, like the key lime Mimosa crafted with sparkling wine, licor 43, and condensed milk, cinnamon toast smeared with foie gras mousse, strawberry jam, and a sprinkling of black pepper, sausage-stuffed biscuits and gravy with pickled greens, and more.
Globetrotting brunch fare by way of Randolph Row
On the heels of its dinner service success, this eclectic spot adds "weekend brunch" to the ever-growing list of reasons to pay it a visit. Kick things off with a Proxi Michelada (Mesh & Bone Sotol, Negra Modelo, Clamato, gochujang, Worcestershire, lime, and Tajin salt rim), before immersing yourself in a wondrous world of grilled sourdough laden with whipped bone marrow butter and strawberry-Thai basil jam, coconut and pandan leaf French toast, kimchi fried rice, and chef Andrew Zimmerman's famous tempura elotes.
For a cozy but artful dining experience
Tweet opened in 2003 as the sister restaurant to Big Chicks, a beloved (and famous) gay bar north of all the Boystown hullabaloo. Here, enjoy traditional brunch menu items, as well as some more adventurous fare. With a particular flair for Southwest foods, you have to try the Santa Fe Special, featuring two housemade organic black bean patties topped with organic eggs and housemade salsa. Or check out the corn arepas with two eggs, housemade guajillo sauce, creme faiche, avocado, cilantro, and a side of organic black beans.
The best place in town for Filipino breakfast
Ditch the American brunch standards for a proper Filipino breakfast at this all-day eatery. The longaniza breakfast features anise wine-cured sweet chorizo with two eggs (any style) and garlic fried rice, while the top-selling marinated skirt steak is served with two eggs, your choice of hash browns or grits, and toast; both dishes are fan favorites, and shouldn't be overlooked.
Sweets and a titanic burger that are equally delightful
Mindy's is one of Damen Ave's brunch heavy-hitters. The rotating cocktail menu, which sometimes includes creations with cold-brew coffee and fresh-squeezed fruits, is perfect for quenching your booze thirst. And the standard brunch fare (French toast, steak & eggs, etc.) and unique seasonal dishes are perfect for quenching pretty much anything else. Their burger is also one of the best in Chicago, by the by.
Brunch favorites with an Asian fusion twist
Chili-marinated pork job skillets, kalbi and eggs, and ricotta brick toast with beets, preserved lemon, and pepitas comprise the heart and soul of this Sunday brunch haven led by chef/owner Edward Kim. The concept's lauded Mott Burger (double chuck patties, sweet potato frizzles, pickled jalapenos, hoisin aioli, miso butter, American cheese, and dill pickles) is also available and worth trying -- if you haven't already.