Brunch is the perfect way for friends to gather on a weekend morning to catch up. Chicago offers several eclectic brunch locations offering classics like french toast, pancakes, and classic eggs. Grab your friends and go explore all the deliciousness Chicago has to offer.
Summer House Santa Monica
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House presents an escape to the warmth and laid-back vibes of the West Coast. Here you’ll find beach house décor and also a beautiful retractable glass ceiling. The California-inspired menu focuses on market fresh ingredients, local and sustainable farming, and seasonal specialties. Of course, there’s also a carefully curated list of California and Pacific North Coast wines. Plus, The Market counter is shared with Stella Barra Pizzeria and offers a variety of signature pastries, cookies, sourdough English muffins, along with locally sourced coffee and specialty espresso drinks.
Jam, one of the nation’s most celebrated brunch restaurants, is located at 2853 N. Kedzie Ave in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Breakfast and brunch get the treatment they deserve at this creative Logan Square spot. Chef Ian Voakes elevates morning cuisine and delivers malted custard French toast, hot chicken and waffles, lamb and grits, and more. Jam was awarded six consecutive Michelin Bib Gourmand awards from 2013 through 2018.
Hutch American Bistro and Hutch Cafe
In 2013, Marc Wuenschel developed and opened Hutch American Bistro in Lakeview, Chicago. Hutch was conceived based on two ideas; people want to be comfortable where they eat and what they eat and drink has to be cravable. It’s not a surprise, with Chef Marc Wuenschel at the helm, that Hutch represents a warm and inviting place to truly enjoy yourself. Plus, the food is approachable, and most importantly delicious!
Chef Marc Wuenschel has over 35 years of culinary experience, having held top chef positions with Hard Rock Café’s Planet Hollywood and the House of Blues. Hutch American Bistro is known for their daily brunch. You don’t have to wait for the weekend to enjoy your favorite breakfast delights. You can comfortably dine in the rustic inspired space where twinkling, wheel-shaped chandeliers shower light onto tables clustered across vintage tile and gleaming hardwood floors.
Hutch Cafe opened in fall of 2016 and is located in the heart of River North Chicago. Diners enjoy American classics that are impressive in portion size, flavor and quality ingredients. This space is perfect for bridal and baby showers, or for any occasion where brunch is a must. Here you’ll find creative cocktails, traditional breakfast items along with chicken & waffles, avocado toast, totchos, and also nutella dough poppers.
3 Arts Cafe
The 3 Arts Club Café offers a curated menu inspired by Northern California and Mediterranean cuisine featuring seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes. In addition to amazing food, guests may choose to dine in the Grand Courtyard which is a light-filled, all-season oasis featuring a restored historic fountain and Heritage olive trees, or anywhere else in the gallery.
In addition, there is an elegant coffee house on the main level. The Pantry serves a proprietary 3 Arts Club Café coffee blend, as well as a selection of fine teas, cold-press juices, sodas and beers. Freshly baked pastries, including doughnuts from Doughnut Vault, are also offered.
Looking for tradition breakfast and brunch specialties? The Wildberry Cafe is known for their delicious, big portions. If it’s your first time, you’ll want to have at least one person at your table order the Signature Berry Bliss Pancakes. Of course, there are a unique selection of Benedict dishes all served with cage free eggs. Also, the french toast, crepes, and waffles will make your decision on what to order a tough one. Wherever you are in Chicago, you can choose from their four locations to meet up for some tasty brunch.
Batter and Berries
Batter and Berries was established in 2012 by Dr. Tanya & Craig Richardson. They wanted to add an eclectic world class restaurant to the vibrant Chicago brunch scene. Their simple idea to offer fresh food with favorite flavors has been a success. Batter and Berries is the Home of the French Toast Flight and they are known for their highly rated french toast flavor of the month. Family owned and operated, Batter and Berries has collaborated with several local artisans, craftspeople and purveyors to provide a uniquely Chicago experience. Also, just to make sure they are bringing the best breakfast experience to your table, they crack their own eggs and shred the potatoes daily.
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