Chicago brunch guide

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.

Best brunches in Chicago

20 best brunch spots

Critical praise for the gluttonous, strident, restorative culture of a weekend tradition

Best spots for Saturday brunch

Where to eat on this neglected weekend morning

The 9 best brunch dishes

From perfect pancakes to Bloody Marys topped with charcuterie, these are the brunch dishes and drinks we want every weekend

How to skip the wait at brunch

We chart the wait times at eight popular brunch spots

More of Chicago's best brunches

Breakfast classics

12 brunch pastries

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

Biscuits and gravy, four ways

Our favorite biscuits and gravy in the city

Over-the-top French toast

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


Where to get the best bacon in Chicago

5 great pancake restaurants

Chicago joints to get your syrup on

5 great French toasts for brunch

Great examples of the brunch staple

5 great huevos rancheros

Where to sate your brunch craving for the traditional Mexican dish

5 great quiches

Find buttery, flaky perfection.

More breakfast classics

Brunch beverage guide

6 coffee cocktails

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

Beyond the mimosa

Try these new classic brunch cocktails.

Evolution of Chicago coffee

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

How to navigate a Bloody Mary bar

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

Brunch reviews

Kinmont brunch review

Three words: Oyster Bloody Mary

Cicchetti brunch review

The Italian restaurant offers a great new brunch, including charcuterie-topped Bloody Marys

Stella Barra Pizzeria brunch review

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

Fat Rice brunch review

It's the most inventive brunch in town

Dusek's Board & Beer brunch review

Fried oyster hash, a giant cinnamon roll and brunch punch

Honey Butter Fried Chicken brunch review

Fried chicken gets more morning-friendly

Parson's Chicken & Fish brunch review

Now that the patio has closed for the season, Parson's the turns its attention to brunch

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