Setting yourself up for the day with a hearty breakfast or brunch is easy in Chicago, with a prolific dining scene catering to those bacon cravings wherever they hit, whenever they hit.
With so many prime restaurants to choose from, the only trouble is making a decision. From classic diner menus with scrambled eggs by the pound to eggs with a Mexican twist or even a lobster seafood spread, the Windy city has a breakfast restaurant to satiate that breakfast belly rumble.
So next time it's brunch o'clock, morning, noon or night, and only a breakfast spread is going to cut it, here's our pick of Chicago's best brunch and breakfast spots in town:
Breakfast Restaurants in Chicago
Located in the heart of Chicago's Logan Square neighbourhood is one of the city's favourite brunch spots where Chef Jeffrey Mauro takes breakfast just as seriously as the lunchtime and dinner session.
Feeling hungry? Enjoy the hot buffet of breakfast favorites from buttermilk to gluten-free pancakes and maple-glazed bacon to biscuits and gravy sold for $9.95 a pound and washed down with Mimosas and bloody Marys for the ultimate hangover kill or cure.
Open from dawn till dusk this is a favourite one stop shop on the West Loop. Alongside the comfortable diner style restaurant there's also a handy bakery and a coffee shop next door. The breakfast menu is nothing short of good old fashioned comfort food at its finest, and being served all day, the best bit is there's an excuse to eat breakfast any time of day.
This Logan Square hangout is the place to be seen come brunch time with a hip and lively crowd kicking up the brunch time vibe. The farm to table sourcing philosophy and a menu with the familiar favourites given a gastronomic twist, expect truffle vinigarette, lavendar streusel, yucca chips and other interesting additions to the menu.
Seductive and elegant interiors make this a destination in itself. Add into the mix Paul McGee's carefully crafted cocktail menu and chef Pete Coenen's equally refined shared menu of breakfast and lunchtime favourites and there's a perfect excuse to while away the day.
Seafood and brunch aren't necessarily a pairing that naturally springs to mind, but here's a spot that manages to make sense of it all. With a fishy focus on the menu, there are some lavish options like lobster and biscuits for a brunch to remember.
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