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Chicago Easter brunches 2011

Ham-filled brunches and dinners for every type of Easter-eater.
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By Samantha Saiyavongsa |

Ann Sather
Breakfast ham? Dinner ham? Here, that ham goes all day long, with breakfast items available throughout the day alongside a holiday dinner menu featuring roasted leg of lamb, broiled salmon and vegetable lasagna. 909 W Belmont Ave (773-348-2378). Breakfast begins at 7am; dinner 11am–6pm; complete dinner meals $18.95, kids 12 and under $10.95.

The Bristol
What’s pork but ham in other forms, are we right? So consider this hammy two-course prix-fixe brunch, which starts with a shareable plate of baked goods and continues with porky plates such as pork chilaquiles or the “hangover breakfast”— spicy noodles with pork belly and a poached egg. 2152 N Damen Ave (773-862-5555). 10am–2:30pm; $23, kids 10 and under $12.

Café des Architectes
Leg of lamb. Turkey. Chateaubriand. Those are the proteins offered at this three-course Easter feast (which also includes shareable sides like roasted baby vegetables, sweet potatoes and truffled mac and cheese). What’s that? You miss the ham? Don’t worry—there’s a grown man in an Easter Bunny outfit who’ll be stopping by each table. 20 E Chestnut St (312-324-4063). 10am–4pm; $45, kids 12 and under $19, kids 5 and under free.

Kit Kat Lounge
Okay, sure, this Easter brunch prix fixe offers unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas, as well as plates like blueberry beignets, jumbo lump crab-cake Benedict and chicken fried steak. But when it comes to hamminess, all Kit Kat offers are performances from somebody named Diva Madame X. Too hammy? Not hammy enough? We say: just right! 3700 N Halsted St (773-525-1111). 11am–3pm; $29.95.

Easter with the fanciest of Chicagoans at the Trump Tower, where children will receive baskets to fill with eggs and housemade candies (during an Easter egg hunt), and adults and children will get access to a spread that includes spring pea soup; crispy trout with mushroom and fava bean ragù; veal medallions with caramelized artichokes and spinach; carving stations; and lamb loin with fennel and Vidalia onion jam. 401 N Wabash Ave (312-588-8030). 10:30am–3pm; $115, kids 8 and under $25.

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