If there’s one thing Chicagoans do best, it’s brunch. The town is home to some of the most delicious restaurants around, and Windy City locals know it. Whether you’re in the mood for an Insta-worthy meal, a trustworthy greasy spoon to tide you over post-hangover or a trendy bottomless bash to keep the party going, here’s a definitive guide to [what I think are] the best brunch places in Chicago.
Eat here if you’re in the mood for Southern-style pub grub and hearty Bloody Marys.
Address: 501 North Ogden Avenue.
The West Side staple, Twisted Spoke, is a must stop for those keen on a hipster vibe and filling food. This semi-biker bar is known around town for serving up some of the best burgers in Chicago and more importantly the quality of their Bloody Marys.
This spot is an excellent choice if you’re in the mood to chill out with a group of friends, but know there will most likely be a wait.
Eat here if you just started dating the person you’re dining with.
Address: 746 West Webster Avenue.
Located in the heart of the trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood, Toast is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Whether you’ve got an appetite for comforting eggs benedict or one of the many offerings of French toasts, this place will never disappoint.I frequented this place throughout college, as it was located literally across the street from my apartment. Toast, I love ya!
Fun fact: I frequented this place throughout college, as it was located literally across the street from my first apartment. Toast, I love ya!
Toast is conveniently located across the street from Oz Park – perfect for a pre-breakfast stroll or spot to chill as you’re waiting to be seated. Trust me: there will be a line on the weekends.
Flo Cafe and Bar
Eat here if you want to Instagram your food
Address: 1434 West Chicago Avenue
Flo is basically a blogger’s dream. Not only is this Noble Square eatery’s menu totally stacked with mouthwateringly ridiculous items like Fruity Pebbles encrusted French toast, the atmosphere itself is perfect for a photoshoot, too. Whether you’re in the mood for some Southwestern-style fare or a more traditional breakfast, Flo’s got you covered. 10/10 would eat every day.
Fun fact: I also lived across the street from Flo for a year.
Eat here if you are a fan of sports
Address: 935 West Webster Avenue
If you’re a gal looking for a nice catch up with your man, do not bring him here. The amount of televisions in STATE is a bit over-the-top, but the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar on the weekends is top notch. While it might not be the most romantic spot, it’s a perfect place to pregame before cheering on your favorite college football team on a Saturday afternoon. OH-IO!
Eat here if you are in the mood for a party brunch
Address: 15 West Illinois Avenue
Let’s be honest about something here: Fremont is the most ridiculous Sunday Funday spot in town. Located in the heart of the city’s River North neighborhood, this place boasts a swanky, lounge atmosphere and offers one of Chicago’s most epic brunch buffets. Guests will be treated to a waffle bar, artisan doughnuts and a carving station along with all-you-can-drink alcohol deals. Protip: Don’t show up in hangover chic; dress to impress!
Fun fact: My friend Miss DJ Meg is often killin’ it on the decks, so check it out!
Eat here if you want a unique farm-to-table experience
Address: 2537 North Kedzie Avenue
This staple, Lula, is one of the city’s earliest trailblazers for the farm-to-table movement. The menu is succinct yet plentiful, as evidenced by the buzz of people flocking to the cafe every weekend. The fare is a perfect fusion of classic breakfasts with a modern twist and fresh ingredients. You won’t be disappointed!
The Chicago Diner
Eat here if you are a vegan
Address: 3411 North Halsted Street
This classic and quirky dining spot, Chicago Diner, has been serving up the masses meat-free since 1983. Not only is it popular among both vegans and carnivores, this eco-conscious joint is located in one of the best neighborhoods in town. It’s an ideal choice for anyone who’s on the hunt for trustworthy comfort food.
Which one would you choose?