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Chicago has become a foodie’s haven with a wide variety of award-winning places to wine and dine, and when it comes to breakfast and brunch, the city also delivers. Whether you are looking for the finest house-roasted coffee and a freshly baked muffin on the go or a long, lazy mimosa-laden Sunday brunch with friends, Chicago has a spot just for you. Tuck into breakfast brioles and banana bread French toast bites at Brunch, enjoy bowls of matzoh ball soup and endless soda from a traditional soda fountain at the Eleven City Diner or fly with the high-rollers over French bistro cuisine at the Peninsula Hotel’s elegant Pierrot Gourmet. No matter what your breakfast craving, Chicago has it all.
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Located at the in the Virgin Hotels Chicago on Wabash Avenue, Miss Ricky’s is a street-side ground-floor 16-hour diner that offers a delightful and playful approach to breakfast, lunch, and brunch. The casual yet trendy space features quirky décor, including a London phone booth converted into a host stand, tables, booths and banquettes with colorful mismatched chairs, and a ties-and-skirts montage. The open kitchen serves diner-style comfort food such as egg-based dishes, French toast, pancakes and waffles, and sweet donuts for breakfast along with gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, savory pies, and homemade soups for brunch.
203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, Phone: 312-940-4777
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Housed in the former Yusho space, Jam is one of the city’s most essential brunch spots, serving contemporary morning fare to hungry Chicagoans. The sleek, upscale diner seats nearly 100 diners with a comfortable seating area with coffee service for folks waiting for a table. The menu features gourmet American breakfast and lunch dishes, ranging from classics such as malted custard French toasts, hot chicken and waffles, burrito suizo, and egg sandwiches to modern concepts like gluten-free almond bread toast with kohlrabi brandade, poached eggs, and blood orange and Asian-inspired eggs Benedict made with red-chili hollandaise and served with pickled winter vegetables.
2853 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, Phone: 773-292-6011
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Located in Chicago's Reliance Building just steps from the bustle of The Loop, Atwood is a stylish respite that offers a wildly imaginative menu of American cuisine for breakfast and lunch, creative libations, and a late evening happy hour. Based in one of the city’s 19th century architectural gems, the soaring dining room features glossy subway-tiled walls, white marble surfaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows that boast beautiful cityscape views. Executive Chef David Fingerman creates a menu of breakfast favorites such as bacon waffles, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, brioche French toast, oatmeal with sliced banana, and Greek yogurt along with freshly brewed house-roasted coffee.
1 West Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602, Phone: 312-368-1900,
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4.Batter & Berries
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Batter & Berries is a bright and inviting café that serves a hearty breakfast of creative pancakes, eggy omelets, and other treats along with gourmet sandwiches and lunch fare. Boasting brick flooring and eclectic décor, the quirky café-style eatery offers a relaxed spot to begin the day over sweet classics such as caramel French toast topped with caramel sauce, candied walnuts, and maple butter or chicken-stuffed sweet potato waffles stacked with fried chicken breast and smothered in hot nutmeg sauce and house-made maple butter. The Lincoln Park café is BYOB for mimosas, so take along a bottle of bubbly for fun.
2748 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614-1321, Phone: +1 773-248-7710,
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5.Kanela Breakfast Club
© Kanela Breakfast Club
If you feel like having something different for breakfast, head to your neighborhood Kanela. They are popping up all over Chicago, introducing Chicagoans to a modern spin on American breakfast favorites together with some Greek-inspired treats. They serve lunch too. Their “clubs” are small and unpretentious but are always packed with happy eaters, buzzing with chatter and the clatter of dishes. The food is local and organic with a delightful Mediterranean flavor. Try the Goat Cheese Omelette with whipped sun dried tomato pesto, goat cheese, and arugula on toast or Avocado Toast with avocado spread and avocado slices, black and white sesame seeds, pickled red onion, sunflower seeds, kale slaw, red pepper flakes, and vegan tartine.
502 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312-380-0071
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© Bongo Room
Located on Milwaukee Avenue, The Bongo Room is a casual café that serves fresh, seasonal breakfast and brunch fare in a relaxed setting. Mornings are started with classics such as breakfast burrito, croissant sandwiches, and vegetarian croissant sandwiches along with a seasonally changing selection of made-to-order pancakes and French toast creations. Other breakfast items range from tomato scrambles and three-egg omelets with a range of fillings to breakfast sandwiches, all accompanied by freshly brewed coffee and tea. The Bongo Room can be found in three locations around the city and is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, seven days a week.
1470 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654, Phone 773-489-0690,
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© Breakfast House
Breakfast House is a family-friendly restaurant that offers high-quality homemade food in a casual setting. Located on Grand Avenue and open for breakfast and lunch throughout the week, the restaurant's menu ranges from classic breakfast staples, such as omelets, chicken and waffles, French toast, and cornmeal cakes to new plates with a Latin twist like chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and frittatas. Freshly roasted coffee is provided by Intelligentsia coffee and served in a variety of ways from espresso to macchiato, along with fresh juices and imported teas.
1800 West Grand Avenue (at Wood Street), Chicago, IL 60622, Phone: 312-997-2400,
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Aptly named, Brunch is one of Chicago’s go-to spots for a hearty start to the day. Serving brunch, lunch, and signature cocktails, the casual spot draws a trendy crowd who come to snack on breakfast brioles, banana bread French toast bites, brunch nachos, and breakfast burritos. Healthy options range from brunch sliders and acai power bowls to power parfaits and classic eggs Benny, while signature skillets include the usual combination of bacon, sausage, cheese, tomato, and peppers as well as vege-tofu options. Sweet selections for brunch bites range from pancakes and waffles to brioche and French toast. Things to Do in Chicago
644 N. Orleans (at Erie), Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: 312-265-1411,
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© Eggy's Diner
Designed by Karen Herold of the renowned 555 International, Eggy's Diner is a hip neighborhood café in Chicago’s Lakeshore East neighborhood that boasts a 1960s “Mayberry” feel. Exuding a contemporary and approachable ambiance, the casual café-style diner features a new age soda fountain and serves all-day breakfast, lunches, family-style dinners, and decadent desserts with a fresh, lighter approach. Focusing on freshness, local ingredient sourcing, and seasonality, the menu features classic breakfast dishes such as egg Benedict, omelets, homemade pancakes as well as biscuits and gravy, pastrami hash, and chicken and waffles.
333 E Benton Place Suite 103, Chicago, IL 60601, Phone: 773-234-3449,
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10.Eleven City Diner
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Located in the South Loop in a building that was once home to a printing press and then a bank before it became one of the city’s favorite diners, Eleven City Diner is a traditional Jewish deli that serves a variety of deli-style fare in a casual diner setting. Boasting neon lights and the crackle of WWII-era tunes, the diner takes patrons back in time to the 1940s and 1950s with leather-button booths where bowls of matzoh ball soup and latkes can be enjoyed. The deli serves a variety of deli-style fare such as gargantuan gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, mac and cheese, melts, and Reubens along with drinks from an authentic soda fountain, house-brewed root beer, and floats.
1112 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, Phone: 312-212-1112,
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© Frances' Deli
France’s Deli is a renowned Chicago institution that has been serving up traditional comfort food in an old-fashioned diner setting since 1938. Located a few blocks north of its original hole-in-the-wall location at 2552 North Clark Street and recognized by its bright neon sign, Frances' offers traditional deli fare, such as corned beef, pastrami, and other traditional delicatessen mainstays as well as modern plates such as a range of meat-and-cheese sandwiches and burgers and egg-heavy omelets. Other ethnic deli delights include blintzes, fried matzo, corned beef, and potato pancakes washed down with Dr. Brown’s soda, Maker's Mark spiked milkshakes, or a mimosa.
2552 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 773-248-4580,
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12.Goddess and the Baker
© Goddess and the Baker
Goddess and the Baker is a hip all-day café that serves gourmet breakfast and brunch plates, freshly baked goodies, hearty sandwiches, flatbreads, and a selection of beer and wine. Boasting three locations around the city, Goddess and the Baker provides a good food experience for busy Chicagoans in a mid-century-meets-modern-day setting. Menus feature seasonal flavors with a global spin, from freshly prepared salads and homemade soups to gourmet made-to-order sandwiches, classic breakfast and brunch plates, and a variety of home-baked treats and sweet desserts. House-roasted coffee from the one-of-a-kind coffee program is always hot, and the Zarlengo’s creamy gelato is to die for.
Legacy Tower, S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, Phone: 312-877-5176,
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13.Grand Lux Cafe
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The Grand Lux Café is an upmarket chain that serves a wide-ranging menu of internationally inspired cuisine in elegant and relaxed surroundings. Created by the founders of The Cheesecake Factory®, the Grand Lux Café was inspired by the quaint trattorias of Italy, the stylish bistros of France, and the grand cafes and pastry shops of Vienna. Blending the grandeur and luxury of European cafés with the spirit of an all-American restaurant, the upscale-casual eatery features a lavish interior design with marble floors and tabletops, sumptuous fabrics and textures, intricate mosaics, and handblown glass fixtures and offers guests a unique dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
600 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312-276-2500,
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14.Kanela Breakfast Club
© Kanela Breakfast Club
Hailed as serving the best breakfast in the city, Kanela Breakfast Club offers a little slice of foodie heaven with delicious Greek-inspired American breakfast and lunch menus. Named after the Greek word for cinnamon, Kanela serves hearty dishes of freshly made cuisine prepared from locally sourced organic ingredients and cooked with global flavors and accents. Simple, delicious dishes include childhood classics such as French toast, blueberry pancakes, omelets, waffles, and eggs Benedict and global flavors range from loukoumades, kanela rolls, and Greek yogurt to chilaquiles and breakfast burritos. Freshly roasted American and Greek coffee is the best start to the day at one of the six Kanela Breakfast Club locations around the city.
1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622, Phone: 773-661-1010,
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15.Little Goat Diner
© Little Goat Diner
Part of renowned Chef Stephanie Izard’s Goat concept, the Little Goat Diner is a retro diner that serves all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual and cozy setting. Drawing inspiration from global influences, the menu features classic dishes with creative twists such as Spanish omelets stuffed with cheese, pickled peppers, and masa chips, okonomiyaki (Osaka street food with pork belly), and parathas burritos with Indian flatbread, sunny side up eggs, and avocado bean salad. There are also the regular favorites such as bagels, biscuits, pancakes, and waffles along with heartier dishes such as bowls of goat chili heaped with sour cream, cheddar, and tortilla strips.
820 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607, Phone: 312-888-3455
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One of Chicago’s oldest restaurants, Lou Mitchell’s offers a traditional old-school dining experience. Based on Jackson Boulevard, Lou Mitchell’s has been serving hungry diners for more than a century and continues to operate like a well-oiled machine. Following the ancient Greek tradition of offering a sweet treat to visitors in your home, guests are welcomed with complimentary Milk Duds and donut holes on arrival before sitting down to delicious dishes of freshly prepared food for breakfast, such as jumbo omelets, fluffy pancakes, fresh eggs, and homemade pastries along with a range of daily specials and “the world’s finest coffee.”
565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661, Phone: 312-939-3111
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© Lula Cafe
Long established on Logan Square, Lula Café is a favorite breakfast spot and welcomed for its creative, delicious, locally sourced menu, ever-popular Sunday brunch and Monday night farm-to-table dinners. The casual, trendy space is always packed with locals who flock to the little slice of foodie heaven to tuck into the seasonally changing menus of inventive, market-driven food such as smoked lake trout scramble, egg noodles and yuba in mushroom broth, and coconut brioche French toast. Freshly baked house pastries are always a winner, with mouthwatering selections such as poppy seed and fennel biscuits, chocolate sesame babka, and delicate pear and cranberry coffee cake.
2537 N Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647, Phone: 773-489-9554
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m.henry is a well-known and trendy neighborhood gathering place on Clark Street for casual breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Hailed as one of the top spots for weekday breakfast and weekend brunch, the cozy café serves mainstay dishes such as “Fannie’s killer fried egg sandwich,” which is served with eggs, bacon, gorgonzola cheese, sliced plum tomatoes, and fresh thyme. Other comfort foods on the menu include homemade black bean cakes served with tortillas stacked with chorizo, eggs or scrambled tofu and adobo sauce, and vegan tofu scrambles with rapini, sweet onions, and tempeh strips. Try the dandelion, shallot, and leek omelet, which is stuffed with dandelion greens, caramelized leeks, shallots, and Fontinella cheese.
5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660, Phone: 773-561-1600
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© Meli Cafe
Named for the Greek word for honey, Meli Café is a friendly neighborhood café that serves home-cooked comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a warm and welcoming setting. Using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, the menu is crafted for comfort, with classic dishes such as steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, three-egg omelets, breakfast bowls, chicken and waffles, pancakes, and French toast. The café produces their own freshly baked challah bread, all-natural homemade seasonal marmalades, house-whipped butter, and high-grade maple syrup and uses only organic eggs. Meli Café has three locations, in Dearborn, Halstead, and Wells.
500 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60605, Phone: 312-834-0500,
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20.Over Easy Cafe
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The Over Easy Café is a cozy neighborhood eatery on Damen Avenue in Ravenswood that serves inventive breakfast, lunch, and brunch fare with a twist. Owners Jon Cignarale and Gwyneth Nordine pride themselves on offering a welcoming nook where locals with a love of food can relax over the creative menu of unpretentious and delicious cuisine. Signature dishes for a breakfast of champions include the Nueva Mexicana Omelet, El Gordito’s Corn Cakes, Sassy Eggs, the Banana Spiked French Toast, blueberry crunch pancakes, and the Candy Apple French Roast, along with evolving weekly specials such as the breakfast sandwich, special scramble, and special French toast. Sundays see Benedict and Mexican specials on the menu, and complimentary Intelligentsia coffee is served at the door for those waiting in line to get a table on busy weekends.
4943 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, Phone: 773-506-2605,
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21.Pierrot Gourmet at The Peninsula
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Based in the luxurious Peninsula Hotel, Pierrot Gourmet is an upscale European-style café and bistro with rustic wood panels, wrought iron accents, and a cozy farmhouse-inspired ambiance. Boasting tables surrounded by colorful flowers that overlook bustling Rush Street, the all-day street-side café serves a menu of satisfying yet straightforward French bistro cuisine with favorites such as boeuf bourguignon, duck cassoulet, hearty home-made soup, and a selection of French-style flatbreads and a decadent tarte flambée. Pierrot Gourmet’s biggest drawcard, however, is its magical bakery, which produces mouthwatering pastries, macaroons, cakes, and croissants.
108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312-573-6749,
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© Tempo Cafe
The Tempo Café is a family-friendly 24-hour diner that serves an all-day breakfast that is packed with favorites such as fluffy omelets, egg scramblers, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, hamburgers, and more. Established over three decades ago, the warm and welcoming neighborhood diner has been providing locals with delicious comfort food for more than 30 years and continues to do so today. Breakfasts are wholesome and hearty, with dishes such as huevos rancheros, continental chicken livers, steak & eggs, corned beef hash & eggs, eggs Florentine, poached eggs and eggs Benedict. Freshly roasted coffee is always available along with a variety of soft drinks and juices.
6 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312-943-4373,
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23.West Egg Cafe
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An institution in downtown Chicago since 1988, the West Café is the quintessential American diner that has mastered the art of casual dining by providing guests with delicious comfort food made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and served with a smile. The friendly café boasts a family-friendly atmosphere where home-cooked cuisine is king, and menus feature classic and traditional diner food such as gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh salads, rotisserie chicken, steak and eggs, pancakes, chicken and waffles, and French toast. A variety of freshly brewed coffee is available, along with fresh fruit juices and sodas.
1100 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-872-3973,
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24.Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe
© Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe
Located just steps away from Millennium Park in Chicago’s South Loop, Wildberry Pancakes & Café is one of the best breakfast joints in town, with a range of mouthwateringly delicious choices for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. The café’s all-encompassing menu features everything from eggs and skillets to yes, you guessed it, pancakes, and the casual eatery is always packed with crowds of locals and tourists alike waiting for a table. The menu boasts a wide range of egg dishes from omelets and scrambles to egg entrees and skillets, but it’s the signature specialty pancakes that draw the crowds, with toppings such as chocolate chip and banana, Oreo cookies, fresh berries and granola, and lemon buttercream and vanilla crème Anglaise.
130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, Phone: 312-938-9777,
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Yolk is a family-friendly chain that serves excellent breakfast and lunch dishes around the city. Open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily, Yolk has an innovative menu of classic cuisine with dishes that promises to satisfy even the hardiest of appetites. Tuck into five-egg omelets and three-egg scramblers with a variety of fillings as well as chicken and waffles, potato pancakes, and fluffy frittatas along with sweet treats such as red velvet French toast, banana and blueberry crunch cakes, and Nutella crepes. Health-nuts can gorge on oatmeal and yogurt, fresh-baked muffins or scones, almond granola and Greek yogurt, and fresh fruit and nut bowls.
1120 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, Phone: 312-789-YOLK (9655),
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25 Best Breakfast and Weekend Brunch Spots in Chicago
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A friendly neighborhood chain of cafés, Beatrix is an all-day eatery that offers an abundance of healthy, gluten-free dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Perfect for the breakfasters or brunchers who want a bit of everything, the cozy bistro serves creative dishes such as quinoa cakes and poached eggs, the Sgt. Pepper with red bell pepper and rye whiskey, spicy chicken tinga and shakshouka, and chili-and-chocolate-glazed salmon. Don’t forget to try one of Beatrix’s house-made juices mixed with a spirit of choice, such as the Blue Boost with gin or the Power Greens with tequila – brunch will never be the same again.
519 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: 312-284-1377,