The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago
Balena is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

1. Balena

9.0
1633 N Halsted St (btwn Willow St & North Ave), Chicago, IL
Restaurante italiano · Lincoln Park · 70 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: Chef Chris Pandel shows off his rustic Italian side with a breakfast-y selection of dishes including scrambled egg bruschetta, crispy polenta hash with pork ragout and a porchetta sandwich. Leer más.

Batter & Berries is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

2. Batter & Berries

8.7
2748 N Lincoln Ave (btwn W Diversey Pkwy & W Schubert Ave), Chicago, IL
Café · North Side · 153 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: At this Lincoln Park café, guests can indulge their sweet tooth on a variety of decadent creations, such as caramel French toast topped with candied walnuts, caramel sauce and maple butter. Leer más.

Big Jones is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

3. Big Jones

8.9
5347 N Clark St (btwn W Summerdale Ave & W Balmoral Ave), Chicago, IL
Restaurante de comida para el alma/sureña · Andersonville · 128 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: Weekend brunch features staples such as gumbo, shrimp & grits and the popular Eggs New Orleans, a riff on eggs benedict with blue crab cakes. Leer más.

Bohemian House is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

4. Bohemian House

9.0
11 W Illinois St (at N State St), Chicago, IL
Restaurante de Europa del Este · Near North Side · 46 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: At brunch, try the open-faced pork schnitzel sandwich, smoked beef tongue hash, and a strawberry kolacky. Leer más.

Dove's Luncheonette is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

5. Dove's Luncheonette

9.4
1545 N Damen Ave (btwn Milwaukee Ave & Wicker Park Ave), Chicago, IL
Cafetería · Wicker Park · 82 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: If you need a little morning pick-me-up, the "Back to Life Cocktail" ceviche is a refreshing starter that’ll do the trick. Leer más.

Dusek's is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

6. Dusek's

9.2
1227 W 18th St (at S Allport St), Chicago, IL
Bar · Pilsen · 85 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: Drop in for a plate of chicken and waffles or pancetta benedict and wash it down with a cold beermosa. Leer más.

Frontera Grill is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

7. Frontera Grill

9.2
445 N Clark St (btwn Illinois St & Hubbard St), Chicago, IL
Restaurante mexicano · Near North Side · 250 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: The brunch menu features huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and hot cakes so you can start the day off with a hearty, satisfying meal. Leer más.

Gather is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

8. Gather

9.3
4539 N Lincoln Ave (btwn Wilson Ave & Sunnyside Ave), Chicago, IL
Restaurante americano · Ravenswood · 39 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: Lounge on the backyard terrace and nosh on contemporary American bites like shrimp & grits, flapjacks, chicken & waffles and more at this well-done restaurant and wine bar in Lincoln Square. Leer más.

GT Fish and Oyster is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

9. GT Fish and Oyster

9.1
531 N Wells St (at Grand Ave), Chicago, IL
Marisquería · River North · 187 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: For brunch, start with some fresh oysters and go to town on biscuits & gravy, crab benedict and chicken & waffles. Leer más.

Mindy's Hot Chocolate is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

10. Mindy's Hot Chocolate

9.0
1747 N Damen Ave (at W Willow St), Chicago, IL
Confitería · Bucktown · 194 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: For brunch Mindy kicks it into overdrive and delivers an assortment of sweet and savory dishes, ranging from buttermilk blueberry pancakes to brisket hash and a breakfast banh mi.  Leer más.

Jam is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

11. Jam

7.8
3057 W Logan Blvd (at Milwaukee Ave), Chicago, IL
Café · Logan Square · 54 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: Chef Jeffrey Mauro elevates morning cuisine with dishes such as malted custard French toast, lake trout quiche and a rotating waffle of the day. Leer más.

Longman & Eagle is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

12. Longman & Eagle

9.4
2657 N Kedzie Ave (at W Schubert Ave), Chicago, IL
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Logan Square · 331 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: If you’re nursing a hangover, try the PBR breakfast—two eggs, bacon or sausage, maple glazed spam, house potatoes, can of PBR—along with a shot of whisky to help with the recovery process. Leer más.

Lula Café is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

13. Lula Café

9.4
2537 N Kedzie Blvd (btwn Linden & Logan Sq.), Chicago, IL
Café · Logan Square · 237 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: The brunch menu features rotating items like a breakfast burrito, cornbread French toast and a rotating selection of breakfast sandwiches. Leer más.

M. Henry is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

14. M. Henry

8.9
5707 N Clark St (at W Hollywood Ave), Chicago, IL
Café · Edgewater · 128 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: Satiate the sweet tooth with cinnamon roll French toast; go vegan with an organic tofu scramble with veggies; or try "Fannie’s Killer Fried Egg Sandwich" loaded with eggs and bacon. Leer más.

Nana is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

15. Nana

8.7
3267 S Halsted St (W 33rd St), Chicago, IL
Café · Bridgeport · 79 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: The menu changes to highlight what’s in season but avocado fries, the nanadict (pupusas, chorizos, poached eggs, poblano cream sauce) and huevos rancheros are all signature items worth your attention. Leer más.

North Pond is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

16. North Pond

8.6
2610 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Lincoln Park · 36 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: Take in the gorgeous views of the skyline while enjoying a seasonal and locally-sourced three-course prix fixe menu. For $35 per person, it’s one of best and most overlooked brunch deals in town. Leer más.

Sweet Maple Cafe is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

17. Sweet Maple Cafe

8.8
1339 W Taylor St (btwn Loomis & Throop), Chicago, IL
Café · University Village - Little Italy · 67 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: There’s usually a line at the down-home breakfast cafe but wait it out and be rewarded with country scrambles, customizable omelets, pancakes, French toast, breakfast tacos and more. Leer más.

The Duck Inn is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

18. The Duck Inn

8.7
2701 S Eleanor St, Chicago, IL
Gastropub · Bridgeport · 38 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: The neighborhood gem offers chef-driven comfort foods. The brunch fare includes brioche French toast and, predictably, duck confit hash. Leer más.

The Publican is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

19. The Publican

9.2
837 W Fulton Market (at N Green St), Chicago, IL
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Fulton Market · 345 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: Dishes constantly change but you can expect to find fresh oysters from the coast and items like crab scramble and chili-glazed pork shoulder. Leer más.

Trenchermen is one of The 20 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Chicago.

20. Trenchermen

2039 W North Ave, Chicago, IL
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Wicker Park · 104 tips y reseñas

EaterEater: The brunch program is given the same attention as the dinner menu and features an ever-changing array of seasonal dishes to go along with a robust pastry and coffee program. Leer más.