Brunch in Chicago: Best restaurants for eggs, waffles and booze

Our guide highlights the best brunch in Chicago, including the best restaurants to find those all-important brunch cocktails.



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Martha Williams

Brunch in Chicago means going beyond the mimosa, inventive takes on eggs Benedict and the latest brunch obsession: breakfast sandwiches. Yet brunch classics-from waffles to pancakes-still get plenty of love. And for any brunch haters out there, we have one word: breakfast.

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