It’s no surprise that the go-to boozy drink at this New Orleans-inspired spot is the Hurricane, a mix of rum, orange, passionfruit and pomegranate. Savor Ina Mae’s rendition of the popular cocktail as you soak up the sun at sidewalk tables just a few steps from Wicker Park’s bustling Milwaukee Avenue corridor. When you’re ready for food, try Chef Jup’s famous chicken and waffles or the Grand Slam Breakfast, a hearty favorite with eggs, gator sausage and your choice of lagniappe: biscuit, fruit or grits.
Tell a Chicagoan it’s above 40 degrees and they’ll tell you at least three patios and a rooftop bar where you should spend such a balmy day. With so much of our year spent indoors, we’re a city that relishes open-air spaces to soak up the sunshine (or stars)–maybe even more than we love feasting on the best brunch in Chicago. Combine the two and you’ve got the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and spend time outdoors before sightseeing or enjoying a summer street festival. These brunch spots feature irresistible globally-inspired dishes from Mexico, Greece and beyond, and their outdoor seating—whether it’s a lush patio, breezy rooftop or sidewalk tables—is the cherry on top of your chicken and waffles. Say cheers to warm weather at the best restaurants for outdoor brunch in Chicago.
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