Easter brunches in Chicago
If you've got family and kids to entertain on Easter Sunday, consider the annual celebration at the Chicago Athletic Association. Set up in the hotel's White City Ballroom, brunch includes a loaded buffet, full bar and live music. For the youngsters, there's a face-painting station, a petting zoo, an egg hunt and storytelling. Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21 from 10:30am to 3pm. Adults $130, children $60 (kids 5 and under eat for free).
Dreaming of caviar on Easter Sunday? Head to this swanky West Loop restaurant and order from the à la carte brunch menu, which includes dishes like cured salmon toast, sourdough Johnny cakes with blueberry sauce and a stacked croque madame with truffle mornay. You can (and should) toss in a seafood tower or traditional caviar service for the table. Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21 from 10am to 2:30pm.
Chicago's newest Michelin-starred restaurant is serving brunch for the first time ever this Easter Sunday. Indulge in a three-course menu that includes playful tributes to the holiday, like rabbit en croute with rabbit brioche, mushroom sauce and fermented apricot jam. Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21 from 11am to 2pm. $75 per person.
No kids? No problem. Z Bar's boozy brunch is best suited for adults and includes upscale eats like a lobster omelet and French toast sticks that are made with croissants and nutmeg cream. The shared Magnum Mimosa includes a bottle of bubbles plus cold-pressed orange juice for everyone at the table to enjoy. Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21 from 11:30am to 3pm.
Break tradition and head to West Town for brunch at Bar Biscay, which opens early for the holiday. Mixing French and Basque cuisines, Bar Biscay offers Easter diners a morning menu complete with roasted lamb with spring onions and salbitxada (a salsa-like sauce). Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21 from 11am to 3pm.
Michelin-starred Sepia offers a hell of a deal on Easter brunch, with a prix-fixe menu that rings up under $60 per person. Guests are treated to the freshest seasonal ingredients in dishes like deviled eggs with caviar, butter lettuce salad with ramp vinaigrette and shakshuka with merguez sausage. Top it off with carrot cake for dessert. Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21 from 10am to 3pm. Adults $54, children $29.
Put your pinkies in the air and celebrate Easter with Margeaux Brasserie's three-course menu. Each course includes a handful of solid options, like seared diver scallops, croque madame crepes, braised lamb and banana cream pie. Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21 from 10am to 4pm. $68 per person.
This beloved Lakeview mainstay opens early on Easter Sunday to dish out special seafood-centric menu items like a smoked trout Benedict, shrimp and grits and rack of lamb with braised lentils. Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21 starting at 11am.
This no-frills Lakeview diner has you covered with a traditional Easter brunch. The regular menu is available, and specials include baked ham, leg of lam, grilled salmon, spinach lasagna and roasted turkey and dressing. No trip to Ann Sather would be complete without a heaping plate of cinnamon rolls, which are served warm and dripping with icing.
The whole family is invited to dig into the bounty at the Bristol in Bucktown. Feast on French toast with bourbon syrup, a smoked pork tostada with tomatillo salsa and a stacked sweet potato reuben. Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21. Adults $35, children 15 and under $19, children 9 and under free.
Chef Larry Feldmeier goes all in with a spring-forward tribute to Easter. The special brunch menu is packed with tempting choices, like green eggs and ham, spring lamb Benedict and carrot cake. Make it boozy with the Easter Egg(white) Cocktail, with gin, mint, lemon and egg white. Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21 from 11am to 3pm.
Kick things up a notch at two-Michelin-starred Acadia, where chef Ryan McCaskey throws down for the spring holiday. This year, the restaurant's menu includes decadent dishes like lobster eggs Benedict with truffle hollandaise, crab and kimchi fried rice with uni and a raw bar stocked with cured salmon, caviar and cocktail shrimp. Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21 from 10:30am to 2pm. Adults $95, children under 12 $35.
Find more of the best brunches in Chicago
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.