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Guide to the best brunch in Chicago

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

Photograph: Martha Williams

For Chicago, brunch is an art form. Brunch at the best Chicago restaurants means inventive takes on eggs Benedict, perfectly done brunch classics like waffles and pancakes and well-crafted Bloody Marys to kick-start your day. And it's not just restaurants—some of the best bars in Chicago also serve up noteworthy brunches. And for any brunch haters out there, we have one word: breakfast.

Best brunches in Chicago

Restaurants

20 best brunches

Critical praise for the gluttonous, restorative weekend tradition

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Best brunch dishes in Chicago

From perfect pancakes to Bloody Marys, these are things we want every weekend

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Where to get Saturday & Sunday brunch

Where to eat on this neglected weekend morning

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Breakfast classics

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Best eggs Benedict

These are eggs Benedict worth getting out of bed for

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12 brunch pastries

When you need a small sweet during brunch, Chicago restaurants serve up coffee cakes, churros, cinnamon rolls and more

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Biscuits and gravy, four ways

Our favorite biscuits and gravy in the city

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Over-the-top French toast

Now with fried chicken, s'mores and foie gras.

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Bacon

Where to get the best bacon in Chicago

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5 great pancake restaurants

Chicago joints to get your syrup on

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5 great huevos rancheros

Where to sate your brunch craving for the traditional Mexican dish

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5 great quiches

Find buttery, flaky perfection.

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Restaurants

Hash browns vs. breakfast potatoes

A writer decides which potatoes have her heart: hash browns or home fries.

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Unusual brunch dishes

Noodles, hot dogs and poutine at brunch?

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Brunch beverage guide

Bars

Bloody Mary mixes

When you need to whip up a Bloody at home, you need to start with a solid mix

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Bars

6 coffee cocktails

Move over, Bloody Mary. This spring, Chicago brunch spots are all about coffee cocktails

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Beyond the mimosa

Try these new classic brunch cocktails.

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Restaurants

Evolution of Chicago coffee

How Chicago's coffee scene has changed from Starbucks to Intelligentsia to Asado.

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Bars

How to navigate a Bloody Mary bar

A master bartender from the Aviary tackles brunch’s most popular cocktail.

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Recent brunch reviews

Bars

Scofflaw brunch review

The gin bar masters the Red Snapper

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Restaurants

A10 brunch review

Hyde Park has a great new brunch

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Bars

Analogue brunch review

Cajun cuisine and killer beignets

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Restaurants

Xoco Wicker Park brunch review

The new Xoco outpost has better brunch hours

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The Dawson brunch review

Bloody Marys on a glorious patio

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Kinmont brunch review

Three words: Oyster Bloody Mary

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Stella Barra Pizzeria brunch review

The Lincoln Park pizza spot turns out breakfast pies, sandwiches and more

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Fat Rice brunch review

It's the most inventive brunch in town

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Dusek's Board & Beer brunch review

Fried oyster hash, a giant cinnamon roll and brunch punch

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Honey Butter Fried Chicken brunch review

Fried chicken gets more morning-friendly

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