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Guide to the best brunch in Chicago

For brunch, Chicago restaurants deliver great pastries, creative eggs Benedict and lots of brunch cocktails

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When it comes to brunch, Chicago takes the meal to another level. 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.

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Balena

Rustic Italian for brunch

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Pub Royale

Bars are an underappreciated spot for brunch

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La Sirena Clandestina

Brunch, away from the Randolph St. crowd

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Scofflaw

The gin bar masters the Red Snapper

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A10

Hyde Park has a great new brunch

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Analogue

Cajun cuisine and killer beignets

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Xoco Wicker Park

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The Dawson

Bloody Marys on a glorious patio

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Stella Barra Pizzeria

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

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Fat Rice

It's the most inventive brunch in town

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