Breakfast is the most important meal, and you're important, so you should make sure it counts. We realize that breakfast might mean two cups of coffee at your desk, but that doesn't always have to be the case.
There are plenty of places to get trendy brunch on the weekends, but options are more selective during the week. Whether you're faking a sick day, taking some personal time, or holding a business meeting early in the day, here are 15 great places we rely on for a morning meal.
Opens at 6:30am || The Breakfast Club feels like good ol’ fashioned America. It's very Midwestern, like you're sitting in someone's living room far outside the city behind a farm. Stick to the basics and check it out any day of the week. It’s the one that looks like a pink house, so it should be easy to find.
Opens at 5:30am || A classic diner that’s been serving breakfast and lunch for over 90 years. Lou Mitchell’s is one of our favorite spots to post up at the bar, and its location between the Loop and Greektown makes it ideal for business people too. The old Route 66 staple is a great place.
Opens at 8am (Closed Monday & Tuesday) || If you’re looking for a relatively easy situation with excellent homemade pastries and breads, pop in here Wednesday through Friday during the week. There’s a giant communal table, so it’s basically like sitting in someone's kitchen with a bunch of strangers you don't know. If you're cool with that, you'll think Cellar Door is cool too.
Opens at 7am || Fancy yourself the creative type looking for a casual breakfast to take pictures of your food in the West Loop? Enter The Allis, located on the ground floor of Soho House but open to the public. It’s more than just a pretty face though, because The Allis is one of the most comfortable places to hang, plus the food is good. Keep things light with a soft boiled egg and toast, or go all out with The Mean breakfast sandwich, complete with egg, bacon, cheese, aioli, and jalapeño.
Opens at 7am || Miss Ricky’s is a modern diner inside the Virgin Hotel, which means it comes complete with the usual Virgin design, hospitality, and flair. It all feels oddly British, is what we're saying. But if you’re looking to step out of the office for casual sit-down meeting with your team or clients in the Loop, Miss Ricky’s is a good idea.
Opens at 7am || Our favorite sit-down breakfast spot is open seven days a week. Now, we realize that most people can't have a full-blown sit down breakfast in Lakeview during the week. But if you're a student, stay-at-home-parent, unemployed individual, or your own boss, make sure to get the bread pudding pancakes.
Opens at 7am || Bang Bang, along with The MiroBakery, do some of our favorite fancy toasts. Both are are excellent, but each brings something a little bit unique. Bang Bang is all about the biscuit sandwiches for breakfast, and if it’s a nice day, there’s no better place to sit than their backyard picnic benches. Consider a slice of pie at 7am too - you deserve it.
Opens at 7am || M. Henry is an Andersonville favorite for anyone who find themselves further north. This cozy neighborhood spot has everything from bacon wrapped baked eggs with polenta to a roasted asparagus and prosciutto benedict. Open for breakfast everyday but Monday, M. Henry is always a strong move early in the morning.
Opens at 8am (Closed Tuesday) || If you don't like actually going out for breakfast, then good news, because Hash is like eating in your own living room. It's small, comfortable, and the mugs are mismatched just like the ones you keep stealing from other people. It’s an order-at-the-counter-then-grab-a-table situation, which is great because the food comes fast and the prices are cheap.
Opens at 7am || Tre Kronor is like sitting at a French cafe in Sweden. Luckily, it comes with Swedish pleasantries, not French. If time allows, sit for a Belgian waffle or Oslo omelette with smoked salmon, but it's also worth grabbing a danish or cinnamon roll on-the-go.
Opens at 6am || Beatrix is an excellent spot for a power business meeting on your way into work. Both the River North and Streeterville locations are comfortable spaces with healthy items like oatmeal and porridge, plus more substantial breakfast goods like shakshuka and pancakes. You can also stop at the coffee and pastry counter by yourself for something on the go.
Opens at 8am || Reno is a pizza joint, coffee, and bakery all rolled into one. Although we're sure you'd eat a fresh slize of pizza early in the morning, the pizza oven doubles as wood-fired bagels too early in the day. Everything from their breakfast sandwiches to pastries to granola and yogurt is good on the go, or you can sit and hang if you'd like.
Opens at 7:30am (Closed Monday) || The type of bakery that makes everything from scratch, including toast and jam, biscuit sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and other baked goods. If you're near the Western brown line L stop early in the morning, not stopping at Baker Miller would be a mistake.
Opens at 6am || Say what you want about Manny's, but the old-reliable deli is open all week starting at 6am. Stop in like so many others have been doing for years, but try not to sell any Senate seats as tempting as it might be. Ten to fifteen bucks tops will get you anything you could want and more, from eggs, pancakes, and cereal, to Jewish favorites like fried matzah.