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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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