Best Places to Eat in Chicago for Brunch

Chicago does brunch just right.

I’m a true-blue, native New Yorker and my love of my hometown will forbid me from admitting publicly that Chicago’s brunch scene could ever rival New York’s. That being said, I think most people can agree that Chicago knows how to kick brunch’s ass.

Whenever I come to the Third Coast to visit my friends, we always try to get our eat on. Here’s a list of some of our favorite places to eat in Chicago for brunch:

I had the best Cubano sandwich I’ve ever had here. Try as I might, I haven’t found a place to top this one no matter which of the best places to eat in Chicago we dine at.

Mortal and Pestle is a classic, hipstery, modern-looking restaurant with big windows perfect for people watching.

Last time I was there, I felt comfortable seated in the window seats watching the world go by. I love going somewhere I don’t feel I need to rush out of, ya’ know?

Pro Tip: They are walk-in only and don’t take reservations.

☞ NOTE: another top thing to do in the city is going on the Chicago Architecture River Cruise. After you’ve had a fantastic lunch, hop aboard a boat and learn about the history and architecture along the Chicago River. Don’t miss it!

If you are looking for one of the best places to eat in Chicago, look no further. People love this restaurant not just for the wonderful owners, but for the fantastic meals. How about apple pie french toast with maple butter? Or maybe some cheesy hash browns?

Batter and Berries is also BYOB, so don’t expect to order a Bellini here.

Pro Tip: This place is popular! Expect a wait, but the line moves fast.

This is one of my go-to spots to score some awesome biscuits and gravy. Their menu is not all stodgy carbs, though. They have excellent gluten-free options and vegan scrambles to die for.

Located in a really cute restaurant with a bunch of local art on the walls, this cash-only brunch restaurant is a great stop.

Pro-tip: Get one of their Bloody Marys, they are huge and delicious and will give you a great buzz to start your mid-morning stroll.

Update 2021: Both locations have closed permanently.

With 2 branches in Bucktown and Lincoln Park, Toast has got you covered. This is a cute restaurant filled with knickknacks and fantastic aromas coming from the kitchen.

Try their “pancake orgy”, a stack of different varieties of rich and fluffy pancakes (pine nut and mascarpone? Yes please!) and at only $10, this place is a real bargain. This is BYOB, so if you’re looking for mimosas, bring the champagne.

Pro Tip: Get there early. Both branches tend to fill up quickly for brunch on the weekends.

Recently featured in Thrillist’s Best Brunch Spots in America, this one is a real show-stopper among the best places to eat in Chicago. They specialize in farm-to-table fare, mixing up their menus to suit which ingredients are currently in season.

They have a fantastic vegetarian / vegan menu that uses organic, seasonal ingredients. So, enjoy stuffing your face with greens and fruits…and if you have space in your stomach, get the side dish of coleslaw. It’s fantastic!

Pro Tip: They have amazing organic coffee here.

If you are looking for something more in the downtown core, then this would be one of the best places to eat in Chicago. They have two branches around town and offer an amazing breakfast.

What I really enjoyed most about this place was the effort they made for Pride Week in Chicago. They had glitter and rainbow coffee, and rainbow pastries!

There are also lots of vegan options. But if you are looking for more of a heart-stopping meal, their Mac and Cheese is delicious. Here is, truly, a hipster paradise.

Pro Tip: Great to stop in for a coffee on your way to Millennium Park.

Vegans and vegetarians, rejoice! Here is a good, cheap, veggie-friendly restaurant featuring tons of brunchy yumminess. Don’t miss this casual restaurant’s delicious vegan french toast.

Pro Tip: There’s a lot of available parking outside in case you decide to drive.

This American, hipster restaurant is not to be scoffed at. Featuring farm-to-table menus and a rotating line-up of fresh ingredients, there is always something special being cooked at Longman and Eagle.

The real humdinger about this place is the huge list of delicious cocktails and spirits they serve, setting this brunch apart from the rest of the cool places to eat in Chicago.

Pro Tip: Although famous for their brunch, these guys are open late into the night serving food and drink. According to some of my local friends, sometimes they’ll offer really cheap drinks like $1 PBRs.

Here are my 5 tips for where and what to eat in Chicago:

Ask three people where the best deep dish pizza in Chicago is and you’ll get three different answers.

I’m going out on a limb and will suggest if you have only one night to dine on such sinful cheesy delight, you go to Giordano’s. The crust is crispy, the cheese gooey, add your fillings (if you want them) and the tomato sauce is on the top. A small is plenty for two.

Yes popcorn is a food! Garrett is another icon of Chicago, famous for their cheese and caramel popcorn. Trust me, it’s outstanding.

I visited the flagship store on Michigan Avenue and got a tour of the basement kitchen. They only have seven recipes and have been operating since 1947. Make a beeline here at the end of your shopping day. Here’s my post on my secret kitchen tour!

If I said this was a food hall you’d probably roll your eyes, but to pop into Eataly for lunch, a snack, coffee or even dinner, is to see just how cool the food hall idea can be.

It’s Italian, of course, and just the gelato nook will have you hooked. But for great coffee visit Il Gran Bar Lavazza, pick up wine, order a pizza, buy truffles and fresh produce. It’s all here.

For the best sunset views in the city, head to the 96th floor of John Hancock Center.

But have your camera ready for more than the view because I found the weirdest cocktail you ever did meet. Bacon-infused whisky. It’s a delicious mix of whisky, butterscotch schnapps and a crispy piece of bacon standing in it. A smoky and winter-warmer for your soul. Trust me, you’ll thank me!

The Donald had put New Zealander Morgan Eagles in charge of Food and Beverage at his Chicago hotel when we visited and to dine at his two-Michelin Star restaurant, Terrace 16, is to experience more than just food with a flourish.

The view takes you down the river to the lake and at Christmas time they have real reindeer living on the veranda. Come for lunch or dinner and prepare to be treated like royalty. Here’s my photo blog of our divine lunch>>

But if you’re looking for tips on things to do in Chicago you’ll like my post on 18 epic things to do on a long weekend in Chicago!

1. Superdawg Drive-In

Superdawg Drive-In is a classic circa-1948 drive-in where carhops deliver Chicago-style dogs, fries, and milkshakes.

Avatars of Superdawg founders Maurie and Flaurie Berman stand guard over this venerable Chicago drive-in at the intersection of Devon, Nagle, and Milwaukee; customers can spot those giant hot dog statues bearing the Bermans’ likenesses from blocks away.

Superdawg is a throwback dining experience where customers park their cars and talk to staff through crackling drive-in speakers and carhops bring out trays of food.

Superdawg’s offering isn’t a traditional Chicago-style dog, and you wouldn’t want to miss the coolest spot to head to with a foodie for some classic (but with a twist) hotdogs.

Rather than a Vienna Beef frank, Superdawg uses a thick, proprietary all-beef sausage that comes with mustard, pickled green tomato, and chopped Spanish onions, and if you’re not drooling just from reading that, you’ll want to experience it yourself first.

This is all cradled in a box of crinkle fries, so grab a box and chow down.

The Very Best Restaurants to Eat at in Chicago

Below you’ll find the best restaurants in Chicago organized by which neighborhood the restaurant is in.  I’ve also listed what type of cuisine each restaurant serves, when I recommend eating at the restaurant (i.e. breakfast, lunch, or dinner), and what you can expect from the atmosphere of the restaurant.  You should know that generally, Chicagoans know how to dress up when they hit the town, so I would error on the side of caution (dress up more than you dress down) when going out.

 

 

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden is a really fun, beautifully decorated, and elegant restaurant with an awesome patio.  They’ve proclaimed to be a “farm-to-table oasis in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast” and I can’t argue with that.  The menu is thoughtfully crafted and the ingredients are locally sourced.  If you can, I highly recommend visiting during the warmer months when the patio is open and people are spilling out.  Otherwise, the inside is just as nice.

Fun fact, the head chef was Oprah’s chef for 10 years.  If he’s good enough for Oprah, he’s good enough for me!

 

Maple & Ash is one of the hottest restaurants in Chicago.  It’s lively, draws a good crowd, has incredible food, and the interior design is impeccable.  This fancy restaurant does have a dress code but trust me, it’s far from “stuffy” inside.  And while you can expect to pay a pretty penny dining here, they do have $30 seafood towers and $10 martinis every night of the week from 5pm – 6pm at the bar – first come, first serve.

 

 

 

Summer House Santa Monica is another great brunch/lunch spot.  There’s usually live music and the restaurant has a warm and welcoming feel to it.  (It almost has a “summer” feel -which I extra appreciate in the winter months).  I have been to this restaurant twice now – once for a girls’ brunch and another time for apps and drinks at a bachelorette party.  Both times were so fun given the light and fun atmosphere at Summer House.

Summer House is also a fun place to go if you’re day drinking!  In the summer they open all of the windows and the bar is usually pretty packed.

 

 

This pizzeria is anything but your average pizzeria.  Happy Camper has two locations in Chicago, one in Old Town and one in Wrigleyville; plus they have a third location in Denver.  It’s a uniquely designed restaurant with odes to camping, twinkle lights along the ceiling, and tons of big-screen TVs to watch sports on.  Happy Camper is the perfect place on the weekend to grab a group of friends and watch a big football game – just make sure to make reservations in advance as it can get packed.

 

Topo Gigio is what Italian dreams are made of!  This restaurant has the best vibe – laid-back, family-friendly, big pours of wine… it all feels very authentically Italian.  Plus their pasta dish – conchiglie alla sarda – is insane.  I crave it every single day.  Most people refer to this dish (pictured above) as “Topo crack” and it isn’t until you’ve tried it for yourself that you see why.  (I’ve even ordered it as “Topo crack” a few times out and the waiters always know what I’m talking about).

 

 

Bavettes is another fun and unique Chicago restaurant.  This classic and upscale steakhouse is incredibly good, and quite small, meaning that you usually have to book a reservation in advance (currently they are accepting reservations 30 days in advance and you can’t book for more than six people due to their small size).  If you can’t get a reservation, the bar allows walk-in guests.  What I like most about Bavette’s is that if you take a bottle of wine and share a glass with another table, the corkage fee is waived.  This is fun because sometimes you’re at the table that gets gifted wine!

 

Gilt Bar is one of those restaurants that transform the world around you and takes you back to a later time.  It has such an “old school” feel to it with plush chairs, ornate decor, upholstered walls, marble floors, and timbered ceilings, all contributing to a moody and elegant feeling.

There is also a speakeasy in the basement called “The Library”, open Thursday-Saturday, reservations not accepted.

 

I’ve struggled to find good Asian food in Chicago (but don’t worry – Italian food is plenty!).  But luckily, Sunda changed my mind and showed me that Chicago CAN do Asian right.  Located in River North, Sunda is a hip restaurant that focuses on Southeast Asian cuisine and sushi.  Sunda focuses heavily on sharing food and celebrating culture from Thailand, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and China.

 

 

Aba is by far the most fun restaurant that I’ve dined at in Chicago.  It’s upbeat, posh, lively, and is not only impeccably decorated indoors, but also has an amazing rooftop patio situation.  The Mediterranean menu is designed to be shared and is influenced by Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece.

 

Remember above when I was saying that it is nearly impossible to get into some of Chicago’s premier restaurants?  Well, Alla Vita is one of those restaurants.  Serving some of the best Italian food in Chicago (their wood-fired table bread is divine) Alla Vita has it all – unique decor, incredible food, a lively atmosphere.  It’s created such high demand that people wait for months to get in and even then, the reservations aren’t always ideal having you dine early in the evening or at closing time.  But if you’re lucky enough to get a coveted table at Alla Vita, I say you take it no matter what.

 

Au Cheval has hands down, the best burgers in Chicago – and that’s exactly what they’re known for!  At this restaurant you can’t make reservations and because of its popularity and you can certainly expect to wait awhile.  But trust me when I tell you – it’s worth it.

There’s also a Small Coeval that is equally as good, but more casual.

 

Avec is one of those restaurants that I was on the fence about before trying it.  I made last-minute dinner reservations for a Saturday night out, and it bothered me that there were so many open tables to choose from – I worried that the restaurant wasn’t going to be good.  But boy was I mistaken!  Avec stole my heart from the second that I sat down.  This restaurant is innovative – both in terms of design and food – and not a day goes by that I don’t crave the crisp short rib and sumac hummus (pictured above).  Not to mention Avec hosts monthly dinner parties that are all themed and come with wine pairings, a great activity if you’re looking to do something aside from your typical dinner out.

You should also know that there are two different locations.  One in the West Loop, the original restaurant, and one in River North.  I highly recommend visiting the West Loop restaurant if you can get in.

 

Created by the famous chef Stephanie Izard, Duck Duck Goat has to be one of my all time favorite restaurants in Chicago.  The restaurant has an incredible homey feeling, while also being unique, vibrant, and fun.  Not to mention, the food is absolutely incredible.  Chef Izard has three other restaurants in Chicago, Cabra, Little Goat Diner, and Girl and the Goat.

 

As mentioned above, Little Goat Diner is owned by the esteemed chef Stephanie Izard.  It has to be my favorite brunch – ever – and has a bit of an Asian spin on comfort food.  Little Goat Diner frequently has a long line out the door so I highly recommend making reservations ahead of time.

 

LÝRA is the hottest new restaurant to come to the West Loop.  Serving Greek food, the chef and most of the cooks hail from Greece, specifically Mykonos, so there’s a bit of a party vibe at this hot new restaurant.  The lamb gyros were incredible, and each dish that is served is a bit of a show.  You’ll also notice that many desserts come out with sparklers on top, giving it the ultimate Mykonos party vibe feel.

 

Surprise!  Another pizza restaurant on this list – it is Chicago after all, what do you expect?  Parlor is one of my favorite pizza bars in the city for its lively atmosphere, great pizza (hot chix is my all-time favorite), and don’t even get me started on the nachos that I have proclaimed are “the best nachos in the world”.  Whenever guests visit me in Chicago, Parlor is a staple restaurant that I revisit time and time again.  It’s the perfect spot to grab some grub and stay to hang out for the night, and the perfect spot for a bigger group of people.

There are two locations, West Loop and River North, and the West Loop location blows the River North location out of the water.

 

Similar to Alla Vita, Rose Mary is another one of those Chicago restaurants where you need to book reservations months in advance to be able to get a table.  Rose Mary was opened by award-winning Top Chef Joe Flamm.  The restaurant is named after his wife’s grandma and his grandma – Rose and Mary.  One has an Italian background and the other has a Croatian background which is how the concept for an Italian Croatian restaurant came to be.

If you’re lucky enough to snag a table at Rose Mary, don’t miss out on the stracciatella.

 

Trivoli Tavern blew me away.  When I looked at this restaurant online, I thought it looked completely sub-par.  (And don’t get me started on the amount of food on the menu).  It turns out I was mistaken.  Trivoli Tavern is a restaurant that feels like it has transported you back in time to the 1920s (similarly to Gilt Bar).  The food is incredible, the music was unlike any playlist I’ve heard at a restaurant, and the dark interior made me feel as though I was just escaping prohibition.

 

While most restaurants that I’ve come across in Chicago are incredible, there are a few that just didn’t do it for me and I don’t want you wasting any time on a bad meal (that can ruin a trip after all).  The following restaurants just weren’t up my alley be it mediocre food, bad service, not worth the hype, or just a general bad vibe.  And while I usually suggest trying things for yourself, if you’re visiting Chicago on a limited timeframe I would avoid eating out at the following restaurants:

 

Below you’ll find some of my tried and true tips for getting coveted restaurant reservations in Chicago.

 

The first step in getting restaurant reservations is to know when restaurant reservations open up.  For example, at the time of writing, Bavette’s opens their reservations one month in advance and Alla Vita opens their reservations two months in advance.  If you have a specific day that you want to eat at a popular restaurant, I suggest setting an alarm on your phone in advance so that when reservations open up you can be one of the first to grab a table.

 

Even if a restaurant looks as though it doesn’t have a reservation available, in the past I’ve either called or walked in and have had mediocre luck.  It can go either way but it doesn’t hurt to try!  If I’m going to walk in, I usually like to have a backup plan or know other restaurants nearby that I can pop into in case plan A doesn’t work out.

 

Each Chicago restaurant uses its open app when it comes to making reservations, and the popular ones are OpenTable, Resy, or Tock.  Find out which app the restaurant you want to eat at uses and make sure to download it to your phone.  You can then set notifications if a table were to open up at any random point.  As long as you can be flexible, this is a great way to get in at a hot restaurant.

 

For restaurants that are hard to get into, typically making a reservation early or late will do the trick.  Be flexible in when you eat whether that means that it’s when the restaurant opens or right before the restaurant is closing.

 

I hope that you find this guide to restaurants in Chicago helpful!  What restaurants am I missing?  Leave a comment so I can add them to my ever-growing Chicago bucket list!

 

 

 

Kylee is a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) nurse passionate about making travel affordable and accessible to nurses. Inspiring nurses to travel both near and far, Kylee began Passports and Preemies in 2017 while volunteering in Skopje, North Macedonia as a way to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – a vacation geared towards nurses who aim to take advantage of the potentially 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO.

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Thanks for this, Kylee. I just learned that to be able to eat in fancy restaurants in Chicago, and I must make a reservation for it months prior before the date. It hurts to know it, but I know that restaurants that are good will offer nice food. That is why they are always packed. So, a long-time of waiting may be worthwhile. Also, I appreciate how you put additional information essential for knowing about those restaurants, including the best time to eat, the price, and tips on how to make reservations.

Hi Michael, thanks for the comment. Chicago has a great food scene, I hope you’re able to find something you love!

Hi friends! I’m Kylee, a NICU nurse… who loves to travel! I started Passports and Preemies in 2017 when I was volunteering in Skopje, North Macedonia. The aim of Passports and Preemies is to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. I’m here to inspire you to take advantage of your days off from the hospital by traveling to destinations both near and far!

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Southport Grocery and Cafe

Southport Grocery and Cafe is perfect for a weekday breakfast. It’s great on the weekends, too, but it tends to get slammed, so take advantage of a calmer morning if you can.

Everything here is made in-house, and tastes like it – we particularly like the grown-up pop tart and the bread pudding pancakes.

Best Places to Eat in Chicago for Brunch

Chicago does brunch just right.

I’m a true-blue, native New Yorker and my love of my hometown will forbid me from admitting publicly that Chicago’s brunch scene could ever rival New York’s. That being said, I think most people can agree that Chicago knows how to kick brunch’s ass.

Whenever I come to the Third Coast to visit my friends, we always try to get our eat on. Here’s a list of some of our favorite places to eat in Chicago for brunch:

I had the best Cubano sandwich I’ve ever had here. Try as I might, I haven’t found a place to top this one no matter which of the best places to eat in Chicago we dine at.

Mortal and Pestle is a classic, hipstery, modern-looking restaurant with big windows perfect for people watching.

Last time I was there, I felt comfortable seated in the window seats watching the world go by. I love going somewhere I don’t feel I need to rush out of, ya’ know?

Pro Tip: They are walk-in only and don’t take reservations.

☞ NOTE: another top thing to do in the city is going on the Chicago Architecture River Cruise. After you’ve had a fantastic lunch, hop aboard a boat and learn about the history and architecture along the Chicago River. Don’t miss it!

If you are looking for one of the best places to eat in Chicago, look no further. People love this restaurant not just for the wonderful owners, but for the fantastic meals. How about apple pie french toast with maple butter? Or maybe some cheesy hash browns?

Batter and Berries is also BYOB, so don’t expect to order a Bellini here.

Pro Tip: This place is popular! Expect a wait, but the line moves fast.

This is one of my go-to spots to score some awesome biscuits and gravy. Their menu is not all stodgy carbs, though. They have excellent gluten-free options and vegan scrambles to die for.

Located in a really cute restaurant with a bunch of local art on the walls, this cash-only brunch restaurant is a great stop.

Pro-tip: Get one of their Bloody Marys, they are huge and delicious and will give you a great buzz to start your mid-morning stroll.

Update 2021: Both locations have closed permanently.

With 2 branches in Bucktown and Lincoln Park, Toast has got you covered. This is a cute restaurant filled with knickknacks and fantastic aromas coming from the kitchen.

Try their “pancake orgy”, a stack of different varieties of rich and fluffy pancakes (pine nut and mascarpone? Yes please!) and at only $10, this place is a real bargain. This is BYOB, so if you’re looking for mimosas, bring the champagne.

Pro Tip: Get there early. Both branches tend to fill up quickly for brunch on the weekends.

Recently featured in Thrillist’s Best Brunch Spots in America, this one is a real show-stopper among the best places to eat in Chicago. They specialize in farm-to-table fare, mixing up their menus to suit which ingredients are currently in season.

They have a fantastic vegetarian / vegan menu that uses organic, seasonal ingredients. So, enjoy stuffing your face with greens and fruits…and if you have space in your stomach, get the side dish of coleslaw. It’s fantastic!

Pro Tip: They have amazing organic coffee here.

If you are looking for something more in the downtown core, then this would be one of the best places to eat in Chicago. They have two branches around town and offer an amazing breakfast.

What I really enjoyed most about this place was the effort they made for Pride Week in Chicago. They had glitter and rainbow coffee, and rainbow pastries!

There are also lots of vegan options. But if you are looking for more of a heart-stopping meal, their Mac and Cheese is delicious. Here is, truly, a hipster paradise.

Pro Tip: Great to stop in for a coffee on your way to Millennium Park.

Vegans and vegetarians, rejoice! Here is a good, cheap, veggie-friendly restaurant featuring tons of brunchy yumminess. Don’t miss this casual restaurant’s delicious vegan french toast.

Pro Tip: There’s a lot of available parking outside in case you decide to drive.

This American, hipster restaurant is not to be scoffed at. Featuring farm-to-table menus and a rotating line-up of fresh ingredients, there is always something special being cooked at Longman and Eagle.

The real humdinger about this place is the huge list of delicious cocktails and spirits they serve, setting this brunch apart from the rest of the cool places to eat in Chicago.

Pro Tip: Although famous for their brunch, these guys are open late into the night serving food and drink. According to some of my local friends, sometimes they’ll offer really cheap drinks like $1 PBRs.

15 Best Places For Breakfast In Chicago

This family-run business has been in operation for over 30 years and is now located on North Jefferson Street having moved here from Chicago’s West Loop.

The chef calls his cooking ‘southern reconstruction cooking’ and people love it.

This is home-cooked, made-from-scratch comfort food, and is not the place to come if you prefer a lighter breakfast. Eggs, spices, and fish dominate the menu.

Expect dishes like Corn Cakes and Red Eggs, Wishbone’s Shrimp & Grits, Smoked Briquet Hash, and Chicken and Waffles. While there seem to be a few vegetarian dishes, vegans may be left with just avocado.

If you really want to fill up for the day at a reasonable price this is the place to come. The service is southern style and friendly and if you have a dog it is welcome on the patio.

Situated in the Andersonville area of Chicago, M.Henry is one of the best places for breakfast in Chicago. The menu is creative and the focus is on quality ingredients.

Opened in 2003 but with roots going back to 1971, the restaurant offers what it calls ‘globally inspired, new American style cooking’.

The ingredients are seasonal and the produce is local and organic whenever possible.

The menu is a delight and there are vegan and vegetarian options here. The Blackberry Bliss Cakes are a real hit and the Lemon-Raspberry Brioche French Toast sounds divine.

The prices are reasonable, and it is popular with the locals which is always a good sign. Breakfast in Chicago Illinois doesn’t get much better than this.

An epic place to visit with kids in Chicago!

The owner of Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club previously worked at M. Henry so you can expect this place is going to be excellent.

Open from 7 am to 3 pm this North Park restaurant is always buzzing.

The menu includes items such as Blackberry & Kiwi French Toast, Breakfast Torta, and for vegans Acorn Squash & Tofu Plate.

This is one of the breakfast restaurants in Chicago that is always busy which indicates how delicious the food is so expect a wait, but it is well worth it.

What a great option the morning after a date night in Chicago.

Owner/Chefs Patty Rasmussen and Larry Anderson serve breakfast here with a Scandinavian flavor. The two-story building on the north side is popular and always smells of delicious baked goods.

The locals love this place and it is so quirky with Swedish gnomes and ceramic plates hung up on the wall. The menu has reasonable prices and, of course, a Scandinavian feel.

Chicago breakfast here looks like Swedish pancakes, omelets with salmon, and oatmeal with brown sugar and milk. The atmosphere is very hygge, the food fresh and delicious and the staff friendly.

A great place for breakfast in Chicago if you fancy something different.

If you are too busy for breakfast or brunch, there are fantastic restaurants in Chicago to explore.

If you love Mexican food then you are going to love this place. It is one of Chicago’s best Mexican restaurants in the uptown area that is well-loved.

Known for its Chilaquiles which are a combination of fried chips, green salsa, and the eggs style of your choice. This restaurant offers something different yet delicious.

If chilaquiles are not your thing try one of the omelets or creamy oatmeal milkshakes. In the summer there is a lovely patio where you can enjoy your breakfast in the sun.

Partial to a sweet breakfast and a fan of the cinnamon bun? Then Ann Sathers is the place to be.

The first Ann Sather diner was opened over 70 years ago and the sweet treats are just as good now as they were then.

There are several of these location restaurants on the north side and they all get really busy so be prepared to wait.

For those not with a sweet tooth, there are many ways to have your eggs here. So many you may get overwhelmed.

There have all the usual breakfast fare and a few items that would work for vegans.

In Lincoln Park, this popular eatery is known for what is called its ‘French toast flights’. Who knew there were more than 100 varieties of french toast?

It’s a busy happening place with fun and friendly service.

On weekdays you will find this place a little less busy. The restaurant prides itself on its french toast which combines four signature flavors of batter-dipped Brioche.

Everything is made from scratch even down to the potato shredding for the hashbrowns. The menu is extensive and a little more expensive than some but the experience is well worth it.

If you want your breakfast in Chicago to be a French toast delight this is the place for you.

Here is another restaurant for a Mexican breakfast, this time in Logan square. This café originally opened in 2001 and is on Milwaukee Avenue.

Cafe Con Leche prides itself in its Latin and Mexican food and the head chef Jose prides himself in home-cooked food with a dash of creativity.

The breakfast menu has all the usual Mexican dishes we have become used to like Huevos Rancheros and Chilaquiles Verdes as well as some more unusual dishes.

The Latin drinks seem very appetizing and while Kahula in my coffee is a new thing I might be willing to give it a go.

This is a restaurant that really cares about food and cares about you loving it.

Home of Chicago’s famous Filipino breakfast, a breakfast here will last you well past lunchtime.

This place is a mix of so many cuisines and it’s a place that seems full of excitement.

The Full Marinated Skirt Steak Breakfast is quite the thing here. Set in Ukrainian Village this restaurant gets busy and people love it.

Oh, and every guest received a complimentary bowl of lugao (rice porridge). What a fun place with loads of atmosphere.

This restaurant really is the old boy in town that has been around for nearly a century. They know how to do it old style and this place has such an interesting story and many famous visitors.

The restaurant embodies that true American spirit and the food is served old style. The food here is recognized both nationally and internationally with endless accolades.

Among the list are USA Today, American Way, newspapers, magazines, food critics, television. “It’s a must-see place.”

Women and children entering the restaurants receive Milk Duds.

Greeks like to welcome people into their homes with sweet treats, and Milk Duds were originally manufactured in Chicago so this makes sense!

This place is more of an experience than an eatery. It prides itself on its good food and great quality ingredients.

If you can only have breakfast in Chicago in one place make it this one.

Breakfast here is served all day which is a bonus by anyone’s standards.

The restaurant describes its food as ‘A Feast for Your Eyes, A Treat for your Tastebuds With That Down Home Flavor You’ve Been Searching For’.

It serves Southern-Style Comfort Food. As well as an extensive a la carte menu there is a breakfast buffet and who doesn’t love a buffet breakfast.

This place has character and personality and just oozes friendliness. It’s in Chicago’s Historic Bronzeville Neighborhood and there is complimentary parking.

Breakfast in Chicago does not get more traditional than this. The oldest restaurant in Chicago this restaurant has history and then some.

Originally opened by John Daley, an Irish ironworker, to feed all the men building the University of Chicago, the portion sizes are testament that they still think they are feeding those construction workers.

The menu is extensive and many items pass as breakfast items here.

If a restaurant has survived that long it must be doing something right and locals love this place.

This place has a motto “meat-free since ‘83” so they know what they are doing here when it comes to vegetarianism. They even have vegan shakes.

Inside its decorated with vintage ads and neon lights.

This restaurant has won many awards including the best vegetarian and vegan restaurant for years running.

Now this place doesn’t open until noon however it serves brunch until 3 pm. Who says breakfast has to be eaten in the morning?

Also, the vegan options are outstanding. The cheese is vegan the eggs are scrambled tofu. I really am in my element here. And if I haven’t mentioned it already, vegan shakes!

If you are looking to shake things up a bit, consider exploring the breweries in Chicago.

This restaurant is vegetarian and most of the dishes are vegan or can be easily made vegan.

If you are vegetarian or vegan, it is a relief to actually order something off the menu without having to explain what you need to leave out.

The menu isn’t huge but it all looks delicious. For any vegetarian and vegan this place is a real find. It is situated in Logan Square on Kedzie Boulevard.

The restaurant has been featured in  NPR’s “This American Life,” in The New York TimesFood and WineBon Appetit, and in Chicago press.

Lula has been named an LTH Forum Great Neighborhood Restaurant.

If you want your breakfast in Chicago to be meat-free this is the place for you.  

The juices here look so good and it would be a great place to grab a liquid breakfast before taking a day trip from Chicago. The food also looks delicious and most of it is vegan-friendly.

Think West coast vibes, greens, and grains and you have the feel of this place. It’s trendy hip and very vegan friendly.

This café prides itself on being more of a lifestyle café and really has nailed healthy and flavorsome food.

I do hope one of these breakfast places in Chicago is the right one for you. I have tried my best to cater to all types of breakfast choices in Chicago so there should be one for every kind of eater.

If you eat at one please come back and tell me about your experience and if you think I have missed one you love please add it in the comments so others can see it.

If you need some tips for packing read about how to pack lightly here.

It is full of suggestions when heading out to explore the great city of Chicago and beyond.

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