Breakfast and Sightseeing

With so many sights in Chicago, you'll need to fuel up by starting your day with a hearty breakfast. Before you commune with the lions at the Lincoln Park Zoo or soar to the top of the Willis Tower, head to a nearby restaurant for an energizing-and delicious-breakfast.

Yolk (1120 S. Michigan Ave.)

Pair with: Museum Campus (Field Museum/Shedd Aquarium/Adler Planetarium)

The museums are walkable from the Roosevelt Red Line, and there's a Yolk location right near there. Yolk has a solid list of breakfast favorites, from a variety of eggs benedicts to creative omelets. For a truly substantive meal, build your own skillet by selecting meat and veggies to go with diced potatoes, melted cheese, and eggs cooked however you want them.

Toni Patisserie (65 E. Washington St.)

Pair with: the Art Institute of Chicago

Toni Patisserie feels like it should be in Paris. Luckily for Chicago, it's not, and you can start each day with croissants, quiche, biscuits, oatmeal, and other breakfast favorites. Toni just launched waffle weekends, and there are three different waffles available each Saturday and Sunday.

West Egg Café (620 N. Fairbanks Ct.)

Pair with: the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago AND/OR the Hancock Observatory

The West Egg is a cult favorite breakfast and lunch joint serving up unusual pancakes, like blueberries and granola and English walnut, along with omelets and steak and eggs. The colorful café is an excellent spot to start before diving into the contemporary art on view at the MCA or heading to the top of the John Hancock Observatory.

Lou Mitchell's Restaurant (565 W. Jackson St.)

Pair with: Willis Tower

The old-school diner opens at 5:30 a.m. to serve fluffy omelets, corned beef hash, and malted waffles. You'll be handed a doughnut hole to tide you over until you decide what to order, and there's a counter to sit at as well as booths.

Perennial Virant (1800 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Pair with: Lincoln Park Zoo

The sustainable, locally sourced menu features pancakes with seasonal fruit compote, granola with yogurt from Indiana's Traders Point Creamery, and homefries with Brunkow cheese curds from Wisconsin. It's an ideal start to a day spent wandering through Lincoln Park and visiting the animals.

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