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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.

Best brunch in Chicago

20 best brunches
Restaurants

20 best brunches

Critical praise for the gluttonous, restorative weekend tradition

Best brunch dishes in Chicago
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Best brunch dishes in Chicago

These are things we want every weekend

Where to get Saturday & Sunday brunch
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Where to get Saturday & Sunday brunch

In short: everywhere

Kid-friendly brunches in Chicago
Kids

Kid-friendly brunches in Chicago

These spots accommodate little ones and offer dishes they'll love

Breakfast classics

Best eggs Benedict
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Best eggs Benedict

These are eggs Benedict worth getting out of bed for

5 places for Mexican breakfast
Restaurants

5 places for Mexican breakfast

Score morning burritos, tacos and tortas

12 brunch pastries
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

Biscuits and gravy, four ways

Our favorite biscuits and gravy in the city

Over-the-top French toast
Restaurants

Over-the-top French toast

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

Bacon
Restaurants

Bacon

Where to get the best bacon in Chicago

5 great pancake restaurants
Restaurants

5 great pancake restaurants

Chicago joints to get your syrup on

5 great quiches
Restaurants

5 great quiches

Find buttery, flaky perfection.

Waffles
Restaurants

Waffles

In our search for the perfect Belgian waffle, we found several contenders. But only one was perfect.

Brunch beverage guide

Bloody Mary mixes
Bars

Bloody Mary mixes

When you need to whip up a Bloody at home, you need to start with a solid mix

6 coffee cocktails
Bars

6 coffee cocktails

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

Beyond the mimosa
Restaurants

Beyond the mimosa

Try these new classic brunch cocktails.

Evolution of Chicago coffee
Restaurants

Evolution of Chicago coffee

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

How to navigate a Bloody Mary bar
Bars

How to navigate a Bloody Mary bar

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

Recent brunch reviews

Balena
Restaurants

Balena

Rustic Italian for brunch

Pub Royale
Bars

Pub Royale

Bars are an underappreciated spot for brunch

La Sirena Clandestina
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La Sirena Clandestina

Brunch, away from the Randolph St. crowd

Scofflaw
Bars

Scofflaw

The gin bar masters the Red Snapper

A10
Restaurants

A10

Hyde Park has a great new brunch

Analogue
Bars

Analogue

Cajun cuisine and killer beignets

Xoco Wicker Park
Restaurants

Xoco Wicker Park

The new Xoco outpost has better brunch hours

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
The Dawson
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The Dawson

Bloody Marys on a glorious patio

Stella Barra Pizzeria
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Stella Barra Pizzeria

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

Fat Rice
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Fat Rice

It's the most inventive brunch in town

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