Brunch is one of the best reasons to put on pants on weekend mornings, and luckily Chicago is full of great options. But in case your go-to spots are starting to feel a little tired, or you just want to try something new, check out one of the restaurants on this guide. All of these places have either recently opened, reopened, or just started serving brunch. Go forth and enjoy some pancakes.
Uproar is a new-ish bar in Old Town, and has bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays for $50 a person. You can choose from dishes like Fruit Loop pancakes, biscuits and gravy, or a chicken and waffle sandwich. Unlimited drink options include mimosas, Bloody Marys, margaritas, White Claw, along with several other options to encourage an alcohol-induced nap. The space has loud music, a garage-style window that opens all the way, and a sidewalk patio with heaters.
You go to Azul Mariscos when you’re in the mood for the kind of brunch spot that has a live DJ, bottle service, a view of the water, and gives you the option to order cocktails for the table in a $150 clay pot. This seafood restaurant recently opened along the Chicago River in Goose Island, and the food is Latin-inspired. They have a long brunch menu, with dishes like churro French toast, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, shrimp queso fundido, ceviche, tacos, and more.
On May 9th Funkenhausen, a German-inspired restaurant in West Town, is relaunching their weekend brunch. They haven’t served Funkenbrunchen (we have always loved that name) for over six months. You’ll find dishes like pretzel French toast, spaetzle carbonara, and you can get your mimosa served in a boot too. God, we really missed this place.
This Italian restaurant in Logan Square opened late last summer, and now you can enjoy brunch on their cute back patio. The brunch menu is relatively short, with a few pastries, dishes like prosciutto and melon, sweet potato hash, a breakfast pizza, and some tartines. The food here is great, the space is lovely, and if you’re looking for a low-key brunch to catch up with friends, come here.
Land & Lake
The original Land & Lake is in the London House hotel downtown, but this is the Andersonville location. On the weekend they serve bottomless lunch. However, in our opinion, the option to have unlimited mimosas for $18 makes this a brunch, and that’s why it’s on this guide. So, no eggs - but they do have dishes like mac and cheese, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and pasta. Right now they’re open for carryout, indoor, and outdoor dining on their covered back patio.
This Greek restaurant in Logan Square is a recent addition to our Hit List, and they just started serving brunch. They have dishes like strapatsada, scrambled eggs with tomatoes and feta, spanakopita, and most importantly (to us at least) delicious pastries, like pistachio and olive danishes, chocolate halva croissants, and an olive oil lemon cake. Right now Andros is available for takeout and indoor dining, but they have a large patio that will be opening for outdoor dining soon.
We recently added Three House to the Hit List thanks to their delicious smashburger and curried chicken empanada. But they also serve a brunch menu that’s available every day, with dishes like french toast topped with coffee anglaise and jam, fried chicken biscuit with chorizo gravy, and a very good BEC. Grab a smoothie to go with it and prepare to take over the world. Or, watch five episodes of Drag Race back-to-back. Either way, you’re being productive.
Kasama is a West Town spot that does everything exceedingly well, and that includes breakfast, which they serve every day. Order their Filipino breakfast with longanisa, a fried egg, and fluffy garlic rice, or their incredible egg, cheese, and hashbrown sandwich. And whatever you do, don’t leave without one of Kasama’s fantastic pastries - like, for example, the ham and raclette danish, or Boston creme brioche that’s filled with silky vanilla pastry cream. Right now, it’s carryout and delivery-only, but they will be opening their patio in the near future.
Wake 'N Bacon
Wake ’N Bacon is a somewhat 4/20-friendly brunch spot in Lakeview that opened last October, and recently started offering dine-in service. The menu has things like breakfast burritos (called “the phatty”), ube pancakes, chicken and waffles, and peach crepes. There’s a long cocktail list, and you can add CBD to anything on the menu.
PB & J
PB & J (which stands for pizza, beer, and jukebox) opened last summer in the West Loop, a neighborhood that isn’t suffering from a shortage of brunch options. But if you’ve already run through them all, or are in the market for a Bloody Mary garnished with candied bacon and a slice of cheese pizza, go ahead and check this place out. They also have things like biscuits and gravy pizza, a shakshuka-inspired pizza, and peanut butter french toast with berry jam, apple butter, white chocolate, and whipped cream. Basically, lots of tasty hangover food.
The secluded outdoor space at the now-closed Monty Burke’s in Pilsen was fantastic, so we were happy when we heard that a new restaurant recently took over the space. Pilsen Yards added heated floors and a covering, and hosts “hangover vinyl brunches,” which include vinyl, brunch dishes like chilaquiles and tres leches concha toast, and (presumably) hangovers.
Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink
This Wicker Park spot recently reopened their plant-filled sidewalk patio. If you’re familiar with Machine, you know this place is really into flowers (they have a flower shop inside their restaurant) and elaborate cocktails (the kind that comes with a sugar cage and tiny hammer). Alongside their big drink menu, they also have brunch plates like graham cracker-crusted french toast with banana jam and lime fluff, truffled mushroom omelettes, and beef and potato hash. Which does not, to our knowledge, come in a sugar cage.
Oooh Wee It Is
This is a brand new cereal bar and soul food-inspired restaurant in Chatham. In addition to over 75 types of cereal, Ooh Wee It Is also serves dishes like shrimp and grits, pot roast cupcakes, salads, and burgers. Right now they’re open for dine-in only, with plans for patio seating in the future.
The Perch is a brewpub that’s a collaboration between 4 Star Restaurant Group (who owns Smoke Daddy and Crosby Kitchen) and Finch Beer Co. You’ll find things that are at their other restaurants (like lobster deviled eggs) along with brunch dishes like skillet blueberry cornbread, red velvet pancakes, breakfast tacos, and a BEC. One thing that we really like is that this place also has a lot of outdoor space - there’s a large patio and a sculpture garden, too.
After closing two years ago, Ms. Biscuit just reopened in Washington Park. This classic South Side breakfast spot originally opened in the late ’70s, so this is good news for anyone who remembers their buttery biscuits. Along with the famous biscuits, they have dishes like pancakes, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, and steak and eggs. Ms. Biscuit is open for takeout, dine-in, and they have a large front patio where you can eat outside.