When Lula Cafe opened in 1999, it helped turn Logan Square into a dining destination while fueling the city’s farm-to-table movement. The cafe's brunch menu offers a more laid back way to experience chef Jason Hammel’s cooking, which emphasizes seasonal produce in dishes like a summer squash breakfast sandwich with soft scrambled eggs and brioche French toast with peaches. Add a Bloody Mary or mimosa, or blend your booze with caffeine by ordering an espresso martini made with mezcal and cold brew. And try to get a seat on the patio, assuming it's warm outside.
The origins of this late morning meal may be contested, but there’s no questioning Chicago’s admiration for brunch. From standards like pancakes and French toast to creative fusions like schnitzels and waffles or za’atar and blue corn bagels, you’ll find brunch at the best Chicago restaurants for whatever craving—or hangover cure—you’re after. And whether it’s to cozy up with close friends inside on a cold winter day, turn with a bottomless brunch or fuel up before exploring the city, there's a spot that has exactly what you need. Here’s where you’ll find the best brunch in Chicago.
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