Brunch, not quite breakfast or lunch, is often overlooked but we’re here to give it all the attention it deserves. While the Essential Brunch Map highlights longtime favorites, the Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap is a continually updated list showing the newest places that are doing great things with their brunch menus. Because after a long week, everyone should kick back and relax over an omelet and Bloody Mary. So don’t ruin your weekend by making the wrong choice. Nobody likes soggy bacon.

This month brings lots of exciting additions, starting with the stunning Honey’s. Ever-changing Intro is also launching dim sum brunch service while Kurdish newcomer Gundis is offering a fresh take on breakfast fare. They join a growing number of restaurants dedicated to making brunch as equally delicious as dinner service. Sure, you can order a McMuffin at all hours of the day but why settle? Start Sunday Funday off right and get your eggs (and much more) on at these red hot restaurants.


It’s certainly not the kind of traditional dim sum found in Chinatown but executive chef Stephen Gillanders’ current menu is an East-meets-West interpretation that thoroughly excites nonetheless. Starting on Feb. 26th, Intro will kick off brunch service with a shared dim sum menu for $22.95 per person. Items will also be available a la carte and include breakfast baos with smoked salmon, papaya salad with tamarind vinaigrette, and bacon and egg fried rice with jalapeno hot sauce.