11 Great Brunch Places in the City

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So we at LoveforChicago.com love brunches and Sunday Fundays. (For the record, we kinda dig Saturday Funday too. Come to think of it, we just like to go out in general). There is just something about Sunday morning bloody’s and omelets that make us happy. There is also something about the taste of Nino Franco Rustico poured into a stemmed glass of orange juice at 11am, that’s just a win/win situation.

Here are ten of our favorite brunch spots around the city picked by Love for Chicago
staff and members of our Chicago Socialites Meetup group…cheers!;

Red Velvet Waffle at @hutchchicago

Red Velvet Waffle at @hutchchicago

Hutch, Lakeview
I’m not just saying this because I got an awesome bottle of cabernet and carrying bag for my birthday. I’m saying it because their red velvet waffle is just a damn good time. I mean I could make an entire post about their red velvet waffles with whipped cream, but I digress. No really, we had a large group at Hutch, and they accommodated us very nicely. Our server was awesome, and the food was great. Just a quick note, that if you have a large group, they will require that everyone is there before you’re seated. That’s fairly common in Chicago however so not a huge deal. We highly recommend Hutch for Brunch if you’re ever in Lakeview.

Twisted Spoke, Near West Side
If you haven’t had a bloody mary at Twisted Spoke then you aren’t living the #ChicagoLife. At TS your bloody mary is basically a salami sandwich placed on top of a cocktail. (Don’t forget the beer chaser) They do have the bloody mary thing down, the brunch menu is solid as well.

Road Rash Bloody Mary @ Twisted Spoke with Beer Back

Road Rash Bloody Mary @ Twisted Spoke with Beer Back

Zia’s, Lakeview
Nice spot with great brunch fare. Go there for the unlimited bloodies/mimosas and stay there because it’s a great spot in the city. With winning menu items like Banana’s Foster French Toast and Breakfast Pizza, it’s a win/win.

Rockit Wrigley, Wrigleyville
I’m a fan of having egg white omelets and an American Pale Ale while chatting with a hot bartender at 8am. (But who isn’t right?) Rockit Wrigley has a great brunch selection in an awesome Wrigley location. Not to mention, Melanie is an awesome bartender that is great to talk to. Go and check them out for brunch and tell ’em we sent ya!

Derby Chicago, Lincoln Park
Derby has awesome American fare. The last time we went with a large group, we got great service and had a great time. Contact Ashley at Derby if you have an event to setup and she will take care of you.

The Original Pancake House, Kenwood
So yes it’s a chain, but there’s a reason this chain does so well. When you need a good hearty comfort meal, you should go to the Original pancake house. From the famous apple pie pancakes baked with brown sugar and granny smith apples to the Dutch Treat filled with
bananas and strawberries, you won’t be disappointed.

LOKaL, Wicker Park
Comfort food, crafted cocktails and a DJ. What more could you ask for? Wicker Park has become known for hipsters and a great place to socialize. LOKaL adds a great brunch spot to Wickers’ growing social status.

Bongo Room, Wicker Park
This place has creative trendy menu items galore and a great vibe. With items like chocolate pretzel pancake and white chocolate pancakes, they’re sure to some quite a few choices you’ll love. Of everyone we surveyed Bongo room popped up on several short-lists. The Wicker Park location is a popular spot, so bring your patience hat if you go during peak times.

Pl-zen, Pilsen
Who knew that a basement level “gastropub” in Pilsen could pack so much flavor.
From cinnamon sugar doughnut holes served with nutella to the meat omelete,
Pl-zen is certainly worth checking out if you’re ever over on the Lower West Side.

Ann Sather, Edgewater
If you’re a fan of large gooey cinnamon rolls and exploring the far north, then you will love Ann Sather’s in Edgewater. This location is fairly new, right on the corner of Granville and Broadway, but is a welcome site for sore eyes. If you want a cocktail, you may want to go next door to Revival, since the closest thing you’ll get to booze at Ann Sather is OJ.

Bull & Bear, Loop
You’re thinking the exact same thing that I used to think. Bull and Bear has brunch? I thought it was just a fun place to hangout after work for happy hour. Come to find out, they have a great brunch as well. We were there a while back with a large group and they did a great job of accommodating us. Oh yeah, did I mention they have the beer tap right at the table. So you can pour yourself cold bubbly Stella and not even leave your booth. Talk about #winning!

Thanks to the following friends of LoveforChicago.com that helped us to compile this list. Cheers to Nirav, Kimm, Marquecia, Katie, Kari & Natalie.

 

LaRon
Edgewater, Chicago
LoveforChicago.com
Instagram: @photosbylaron

 

Link: Ollie’s Lounge – Edgewater
Link: Umami Burger: The King of All Burger Joints
Link: Cesar’s – Home of the Killer Margaritas
Link: Nano Sushi

 

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