Chicago Brunch Overview

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Brunch is one of those things that certainly deserves a spot on the list of ‘Things Chicago Does Really Well’, alongside deep dish pizza, blues music, and bitter cold weather. With more and more restaurants every year starting to serve brunch menus on weekends, it is not a stretch to call Chicago a brunch city.

Many of Chicago’s upscale dinner spots offer luxurious brunch menus on the weekends. Longman & Eagle and Lula Café in Logan Square feature lengthy waits for both brunch and dinner on a regular basis, with creative dishes like Tiramisu Bread Pudding French Toast and classy oyster-garnished Bloody Marys.

And then there is the overwhelming number of restaurants in Chicago that are open solely for breakfast and brunch. There are the slightly snooty single-syllable haunts, such as Yolk, Toast, and Flo, which offer a variety of creative omelets, benedicts, and scrambles. The Bongo Room, with locations in the South Loop, Wicker Park, and Andersonville, is certainly one of Chicago’s most famous brunch locations, but with up to two-hour waits on weekends, it is plenty easy to find another spot nearby in any of those neighborhoods.

And for those looking for a more casual Chicago brunch experience, Twisted Spoke is not to be missed. The biker-bar themed restaurant features the best Bloody Marys in town and seriously generous portions.

Brunch in Chicago is certainly a popular activity and it is not hard to find a delicious brunch spot in nearly every neighborhood in the city. Just be prepared to wait a while for a table on weekends.

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