Is there anything better than weekend brunch? The answer is yes – weekend brunch in Chicago. Chi is doing it so right with all of its incredible brunch options. There are so many places in this big city to get your eggs and bloody mary’s, so I thought I would create a list of the best brunch that I’ve had in Chicago. Happy Brunching!
Over Easy (Ravenswood): I have to mention Over Easy first because it’s the brunch spot that I go to most often and honestly my favorite. Located in the northern neighborhood of Ravenswood, Over Easy provides an extensive menu with so much variety. Every week there are 4-5 specials, one of which is always a special benedict. The best thing to get at Over Easy? Without a doubt is the Sassy Eggs. It’s potato, egg + guacamole goodness. A few things to know about Over Easy – There will most likely be a wait and you’ll have to wait outside (although there is complimentary coffee while you wait) and there are no espresso drinks on the menu, so go to Starbucks beforehand if you need a latte fix. Trust me, this place is SO GOOOOD.
The Bongo Room (Uptown & Wicker Park): The Bongo Room is a pretty well known spot, and for good reasons! If you go to the Uptown location, try to sit outside. The back patio is lined with a fence of plants and flowers. Also if you can, get there right when they open at 9, otherwise you’ll be waiting for a table for a while. Anything from the “sweet” section of the menu is incredible. The tea selection is also really great with options like Toasted Almond. So much yum!
Summer House (Lincoln Park): This is the spot to go with a bunch of girlfriends and take photos. Seriously, this space is so pretty and airy. I want my home to look like it! If you can, try to sit in the Vitamin D room. The ceiling is made of glass and the light it lets in is so great. The menu is a knockout as well. The Morning Sandwiches are really good and they have a full bakery with endless sweets. I recommend taking a cookie to go.
Big Jones (Andersonville): Delicious Southern cooking in the Swedish neighborhood Andersonville. Oh my Goodness. Firstly, get a latte. It’s one of the best lattes I’ve had. Secondly, when you go on the weekends, you’re given complimentary beignets. Is there anything better? No. For the main dish, I think the corn griddle cakes are incredible and Sam recommends the Gumbo Ya-Ya.
Tre Kronor (Albany Park): Albany Park might not be the most convenient spot to get to, but trust me, Tre Kronor is sooo worth it. Tre Kronor is traditional Swedish breakfast with menu items like Pannekaker, Swedish pancakes with lingon berries. The restaurant itself is nestled inside a two story home, making it so warm and inviting. Make sure to get the raspberry danish and latte to start! And after your meal, visit the Sweden Shop next door! It’s my second favorite part about going to Tre Kronor (after the danishes).
Homeslice (Lincoln Park): Normally I would not recommend a pizza place for brunch, but Homeslice brunch kills it. First things first, your bloody mary is served with a tiny slice of pizza on top. Incredible. If you are craving a sweet, indulgent breakfast, order the french toast sticks. They’re served with ice cream making them brunch and dessert all in one. If you aren’t feeling so decadent, I recommend the pulled pork hash. The menu isn’t extensive, but the bloody mary alone makes this place worth it.
The Publican (West Loop): A somewhat classy, German farmhouse is how I would describe The Publican. There’s a lot of meats and cheeses on the menu, and it’s oh-so good. It has to be if it’s located in the West Loop, right? Most of the seating is communal, so get a coffee, the crab scramble and make friends with the people sitting next to you.