Brunch is a Chicago tradition each weekend, although no one objects to brunch on other days of the week! Brunch offerings in the city continue to become more impressive and inventive. A 99-ingredient Bloody Mary bar, anyone? Or an all-you-can-eat seafood feast? Read on for unique Chicago brunches to try, happening now.
Prosecco Brunch at La Stanza
Make a reservation at La Stanza to enjoy $22 bottomless mimosas. La Stanza Ristorante is located in the fine dining room of Labriola Chicago. This is your spot if you’re looking for a relaxing, fine dining experience. The decadent brunch menu includes unique dishes such as Lobster Thermidor Benedict and Octopus Hash with a Sunny Up Egg, in addition to classic breakfast and lunch options. A variety of Bloody Marys and Mimosas will be customized to your liking table-side.
535 N. Michigan Avenue |312-955-3100
99-ingredient Bloody Mary Bar at Old Town Social (NOW CLOSED)
I've got 99 problems, but a Bloody Mary ain't one. Old Town Social's brand new 99-ingredient Bloody Mary Bar is as amazing as it sounds. First, you’ll have a choice of mix, including original or 'Southern Mary.' Then, load up on housemade pickles, veggies, sauces, spices and much more. There’s also a vast selection of charcuterie and artisanal cheeses. Old Town Social’s in-house charcuterie program was named one of the most ambitious in the city.
455 W. North Avenue | 312-266-2277
All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Brunch at Smack Shack
Smack Shack, located in Fulton Market, is known for their Maine Lobsters and New American cuisine with cool industrial decor. Their all-you-can-eat weekend brunch buffet includes a raw bar, omelette station, waffle bar, and more for just $35. This is a serious deal for unlimited shrimp, oysters, and crab.
326 N. Morgan Street | 312-973-1336
Batter & Berries is a highly rated restaurant in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. You can’t go wrong ordering any breakfast dish at this place, but The French Toast Flight is not to be missed for first-timers. B&B changes their special flavor of french toast each week and it never disappoints. Current seasonal flavors include boozy Peppermint Schnapps and Godiva french toast.
2748 N. Lincoln Avenue | 773-248-7710
A Touch of Greece at Kanela
Kanela Breakfast Club has five locations around Chicago to choose from. Their Greek-infused American brunch is made up of local and organic menu items... a few of which tie in kanela, which means "cinnamon" in Greek. The Baked French Toast has a crispy cinnamon crumble crust and the Monkey Bread is another sweet combo of cinnamon and honey butter. Kanela’s seasonal specials change constantly, so get there ASAP to indulge in Hot Chocolate French Toast or Eggnog Pancakes. The delicious cocktails are made with fresh fruit. Another favorite entree is Pork Belly Benedict.
Meal-in-a-Glass Bloody Mary at Belly Up
Belly Up is a smokehouse and saloon serving unique Southern brunch dishes. Their Meal-in-a-Glass Bloody Mary comes at a steep $20, but is completely worth it. Tito’s Vodka and Cicero Bev Bloody Mix comes with Guinness Celery, grilled cheese, fried pickles, an onion ring, Hot Link, shrimp, lemon, and lime. If you’re still hungry, try the 12-hour smoked brisket hash.
1132 S. Wabash Avenue | 312-929-3856
Which unique Chicago brunch spot will you try first? You can also get your fix from the many other AM options... whether it's new brunch menus downtown or favorite brunch trends. If there's something we missed, share your knowledge in the comments below!