The Best Brunch in Your Chicago Neighborhood
When it comes to deciding where to go to brunch, we all could use a little help. First of all, you’re probably not in the shape to be deciding much of anything on those hungover mornings, and second, the sheer number of restaurants in this city makes it difficult to pick a spot for some weekend indulgence/recovery. Luckily, brunch has become such a part of our culture that one of Chicago’s best restaurants is guaranteed to be serving Benedicts and Bloodys in your neighborhood. We’ve handpicked the best of those for you, so you can pretty much just roll out of bed — no debating, deciding, or traveling required.
Summer House Santa Monica
A taste of California in the heart of Lincoln Park
When you’re looking to escape Chicago in the middle of winter, look no further than Summer House. The West Coast-inspired vibe and menu features a wide selection of breakfast sandwiches, omelets, pancakes, and lighter fare. Summer House’s famous homemade English muffins provide the perfect canvas for its Commuter sandwich served with tomato, Cheddar, spicy mayo, and bacon, sausage, or avocado. Try the Mexican Hashbrowns with Oaxaca cheese, charred tomato salsa, avocado, and sunny side eggs, or the chocolate chip waffle with fudge syrup and cocoa whipped cream. Be sure to save room for big-as-your-face cookies and Rice Krispies Treats at the bakery counter.
Better-for-you fare meets an irresistible pastry case
At Beatrix you don’t need to compromise flavor for healthy eats. Choose from a selection of flavorful brunch dishes like the quinoa cakes with poached eggs served with tomato-basil sauce, poached egg mayo and herbs, or cauliflower grits & eggs with fried eggs, crispy Brussels sprouts, and Parmesan. A trip to Beatrix is not complete without paying a visit to the pastry case where you can pick up a cinnamon bun, coffee cake, or Beatrix’s outrageously decadent Oh My! Caramel Pie.
Coastal Italian vibes on the Chicago River
Hot spot Pizzeria Portofino recently introduced weekend brunch, giving you more opportunities to snag a coveted reservation. Start with pastries like the homemade cornettos (aka Italian croissants) with your choice of lemon curd, vanilla custard, or Nutella filling. The simple menu is rounded out with egg dishes like Eggs in Purgatory and eggs Florentine, as well as brunch-inspired pies like the Carbonara & Farm egg with pancetta, bucatini, and black pepper.