Guide to the best brunch in Chicago

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

By Amy Cavanaugh

Posted: Wednesday April 8 2015

Photograph: Anthony Soave
Flapjacks at Gather

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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