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Where to eat brunch outside in Chicago

Pancakes are even better when you eat them al fresco. Here's where to have outdoor brunch in Chicago this summer.

Osteria Via Stato

Somehow, eating eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy outside just tastes better. Now that it's summer, head to one of these outdoor restaurants this weekend, and bask in the sun while sipping mimosas or Bloody Marys. 

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Outdoor brunch in Chicago

Ema

Clink wine glasses and down plates of house-cured king salmon, avocado toast and Spanish tortilla on this intimate 36-seat patio in River North. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 4pm. 

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River North

The Duck Inn

Grab breakfast in Bridgeport and get some sun while you're at it. The Duck Inn's bi-level backyard patio is surrounded by a working vegetable garden, making it a lush retreat when the weekend rolls around. Select from hearty brunch fare like the Damn Fine Bowl of Grits with house hot sauce and poached duck egg or the Horchata French toast with caramelized plantains and strawberries. Brunch is available on Sundays from 10am to 2pm. 

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Bridgeport

Bang Bang Pie Shop

On Saturday and Sunday, Bang Bang's Logan Square location opens at 9am with brunch favorites like candied bacon, cheddar grits, sausage-topped biscuits and pie (yes, pie is part of a complete breakfast). Take your order outside to the sunny, spacious patio, where pups are welcome to join. Brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

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Logan Square
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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

Tucked away in the Gold Coast, Blue Door's lush, romantic patio is a hidden escape surrounded by fresh flowers and a chef's garden. The menu matches with flower-forward cocktails and delightful brunch dishes, like vegetable hash, beignets and spaghetti squash salad. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm. 

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Rush & Division

Cindy's

The rooftop restaurant and bar at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers some of the best views of the city, with an expansive look at Millennium Park and the Lake. The brunch menu is just as impressive, with shareable plates like lox and bagels, buttermilk pancakes and a seasonal fruit platter. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. 

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Loop

Mad Social

If you're searching for a dog-friendly brunch spot in West Loop, Mad Social has you covered with a 32-seat patio and hearty, hangover-curing brunch options like Havarti mac and cheese, pancakes with salted caramel and a short rib Benedict. Brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am.  

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West Loop
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The Promontory

Lined with flowers and shaded from the sun, this Hyde Park patio is an easy, breezy weekend decision. Brunch dishes include lamb hash, grilled gulf prawns, a country Benedict and brioche French toast. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm. 

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Hyde Park

Osteria Via Stato

You'll have to wait to try Osteria Via Stato's forthcoming brunch, but when you do, request a seat on the restaurant's sunny patio. Expect Italian favorites like breakfast prosciutto and egg pizza, house-made sausage, vegetable strata and a build-your-own bellini bar. 

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River North

Scofflaw

For an especially boozy brunch, head to Logan Square to sip bellinis, drafts and Malört (yes, Malört). When hunger strikes, toss in whipped salmon toast, French toast with ginger-maple anglaise and roasted and fried cauliflower. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

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Logan Square
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LH Rooftop at LondonHouse Chicago

If you're seeking brunch with an epic view, look no further than the LH Rooftop at LondonHouse. Perfect for visiting parents or out-of-town guests, the gorgeous space offers upgraded brunch favorites like a king crab Benedict, seared redfish and heirloom tomato toast. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. 

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Loop
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