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Where to eat for Easter and Passover in Chicago

Celebrate the spring holidays with brunch, barbecue and other delights.

Written by
Lindsay Eanet
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If you haven't made Easter or Passover plans yet this year, you're in luck. You can count on some of the best restaurants in Chicago to pull out all the stops with spring-inspired dishes and plenty of sweet treats, no matter what you're celebrating. Whether you're looking for a traditional spread of ham or brisket, barbecue or a Mediterranean feast, your Easter brunch and Passover options are plentiful for dine-in or for being the star of your family's at-home gathering. Get ready to feast: We've gathered some of the best Easter and Passover dining specials in Chicago.

Easter brunches in Chicago

  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • West Loop

Whether you're preparing for an Easter brunch with the family or an elaborate Seder dinner, let the team at Aba do the work for you. The Mediterranean spot is offering both Passover and Easter to-go meals, with the former featuring matzo ball soup and slow-braised short rib, and the latter with fava bean spread, crispy chicken thighs and a mouth-watering beef tenderloin kebab. (Both to-go packages are $54.95 per person.)

If you'd rather take the family to Aba's lush dining room, you can enjoy spring-y Easter brunch items like the spring frittata with crab, shaved asparagus and peas.

Order your Passover to-to meal by April 13 or Easter to-go by April 14. To-go orders and reservations available via Tock.

Big Star Wrigleyville
Photograph: Martha Williams

Big Star Wrigleyville

At $30 per person or just $10 for kids under 12, the Easter brunch buffet at Big Star's Wrigleyville outpost is a fun and reasonably priced Easter outing option. Featuring brunch items ranging from the classic (bacon and eggs) to the whimsical (horchata French toast)—plus a visit from the Easter Bunny and cookie and egg-decorating stations—there's something fun here for everyone.

Seatings at 11am, 12:30pm and 2 p.m. Reservations available via Tock.

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There's a reason Bistronomic has become an Easter brunch go-to, with a variety of delicious options and bottomless mimosas available for your mid-morning imbibing. Enjoy fresh, seasonal soups and salads and brunch options that pump up French standards like an ahi tuna niçoise salad, or an croque monsieur with truffle fries.

From April 15 through April 23, check out the "Passover With a French Accent" prix-fixe menu, featuring the restaurant's take on holiday classics like chicken liver mousse with an arugula and apple salad, Faroe Island salmon or glazed beef short ribs, and a strawberry balsamic cheesecake.

Reservations available via the restaurant's website.

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  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Logan Square

Join Chef Doug Psaltis and his team for a week-long Easter celebration. The mouth-watering menu includes Greek Easter favorites like magiritsa soup, Psaltis's take on kokoretsi and, of course, a feast of lamb with chops, shank, sausages and more (bring your friends)! You can book a table from the April 17–24 to dine in, or pre-order the menu for pickup or delivery on both Easter and Greek Easter.

Reservations for dine-in available via Resy; Easter at home available via Tock.

Pizzeria Portofino
Photograph: Melissa Hom

Pizzeria Portofino

Enjoy brunch with a sparkling view of the skyline and the Riverwalk when you dine at this Italian Riviera-inspired pizzeria. Specials include a bellini bar and house-baked cinnamon rolls, but what sets Portofino's brunch apart is the Easter basket—including sugar cookies, lollipops and other festive treats for the whole family—that comes with each table reservation.  

Brunch served 11am–3pm. Reserve via Tock.

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Both the Bucktown and River North locations of this warm, sunny, Mediterranean-inspired favorite are offering a spring-inspired prix-fixe Easter brunch. Start with some tempting shareables like burrata, strawberry rhubarb crumb bars—and of course, The Chopped Salad—before digging into the entrée of your choice and sides like crispy potatoes and maple-glazed bacon.

Brunch served 10:30am–3pm. Reserve via the restaurant's website

The iconic Lincoln Park tapas hall describes their holiday brunch special as a way to "celebrate Easter in Spain—without the airline fees!" Enjoy the expansive space (and the even more expansive brunch tapas menu) when you dine in, or opt for the Easter Brunch To-Go package, featuring toothsome Spanish-inspired dishes like breakfast paella and chorizo mac and cheese. A $50 package serves two; a $100 package serves four; or you could opt for an extra fee and get a "Ba-Ba Bloody Mary," Sangria or "Ba-Ba Mosa" kit to go with all your delicious eats.

Dine-in 9 am–3pm, to-go pickup available 9am–2pm. Orders must be placed by April 14. Reservations available via Tock.

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This cozy North Center bistro packs the house for Easter brunch, where locals can enjoy good food and good craic. They're serving some holiday specials, but you can always go classic with their fish and chips, award-winning ribs or bangers and mash. But the real star on Easter is the live Irish music from Sean Cleland's Kilgubbin Project, who will perform from noon–3pm.

Reservations available via Tock.

FireLake Grill & Cocktail Bar

The contemporary farm-to-table spot inside the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel is offering a cornucopia of delights for their Easter brunch, including an omelette station, a Bloody Mary bar, a carving station and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The a la carte menu is equally enticing, with wild mushroom gnocchi and rioja-braieed shortribs with Manchego grits.

Seatings at 9am, 10am, 12:30pm and 2pm. Reservations available via OpenTable.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

If you're up for an extravagant brunch buffet, Osteria Via Stato is ready to fill your table with delicious treats. For $59.95 per person, you'll start off with the made-to-order omelet station before encountering a host of Italian-inspired eats, including a station serving fresh ricotta donuts. If that's not enough sweetness, there's also a candy table for the kids. 

Reservations available via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • West Loop
  • price 2 of 4

Chicago's favorite purveyor of artisanal sandwich components has all the makings of a spectacular Easter feast. Choose from a show-stopping leg of lamb package perfectly trimmed for roasting with a pomegranate molasses glaze ($175) or a Slagel Farm spiral ham that has been brined and smoked over hickory ($125); both come with potatoes and glazed carrots. If that's not enough goodness for you, pick up their fluffy, aromatic hot cross buns or James Beard Award-winning baker Greg Wade's babka adorned with a chocolate streusel (both $16).

Order for pickup at least four days in advance via Tock

Find more of the best brunches in Chicago

  • Restaurants

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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