Easter Dining

Easter calls for a festive brunch or dinner complete with colorful eggs and all the sweet treats of the season. There's an Easter brunch in Chicago for everyone, whether you're looking to bowl with the bunny or sip bottomless mimosas on a sunny patio. Here's a guide to finding the your best brunch fit for your family.

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If you're looking for a sweet Southern touch...

Luella's Southern Kitchen

Luella's Southern Kitchen in Chicago's Lincoln Square offers the best of the best in Southern regional cuisine. Easter Brunch this year will feature two wonderful specials in addition to the regular brunch menu: crawfish etouffée with Carolina gold rice and dessert sampler that includes a beignet, blackberry hand pie, milk chocolate bread pudding and caramel ice cream. Try Chef/Owner Darnell Reed's rendition of a classic brunch item in the chicory coffee French toast, with coffee créme brulee batter and fresh berries (above). 4609 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-961-8196



If you're all about the sweet table...

Shaw's Crab House Sweet Table

The grand Easter buffet at Shaw's Crab House will feature classic breakfast fare, including an omelet and waffle station, a surf and turf station with lobster bisque, king crab legs, and hand-carved beef and a cold seafood bar heaped with sushi, oysters, shrimp, smoked salmon and cold crab. But the star of the show as always is Shaw's Sweet Table (above), where you'll find all of Shaw's favorite desserts in bite size portions: crème brulee, raspberry tartlets, key lime pie, mini cupcakes, and assorted fruits and candy with Easter treats. 21 East Hubbard St.; 312-527-2722



If you're looking for a good old fashioned Easter Sunday supper...

Table Fifty-Two

Table fifty-two will be preparing a good, old-fashioned Easter Sunday supper: pan-seared lamb chops with crispy amaranth, buttermilk and blueberry, Chef Art Smith's famous fried chicken and waffles, Executive Chef Rey Villalobos' southern fried catfish, crab cake benedict, spring omelets and quiche (above) and the restaurant's signature brick oven baked mac and cheese. 52 W. Elm St.; 312-573-4000

 

If you love traditional Easter leg of lamb...

Chicagoans who visit Commonwealth Tavern on Easter Sunday will enjoy brunch specials from Chef Donny Farrell like lamb and eggs featuring Slagel Family Farm lamb. Additional brunch items from the regular menu include brunch schnitzel, corned beef hash, falafel frittata and more. Patrons can also indulge in a $6 build-your-own bloody mary and $12 mimosa bar. 2000 W Roscoe St.; 773-697-7965

 

If you're all about the cocktails...

Kanela [kuh-nel-uh] promises a local, organic, and Greek-inspired approach to Easter brunch: Executive Chef Don Penza will be serving pan roasted duck, spring poached egg salad with orange truffle vinaigrette and carrot cake pancakes. Save space for plenty of handcrafted cocktails like the strawberry mimosa, Kanela bloody mary and blue moon bellini. 1552 N. Wells St.; 312-255- 1206

 

If you'd like to enjoy brunch with a skyline view...

RIVA Crab House

At RIVA Crab Houe's Easter brunch, Chef Luigi Garcia will showcase a chef-attended omelet station, carving station, raw bar, fresh fruit buffet, a mouthwatering dessert display, and a variety of sides at RIVA Crab House's Easter brunch. The beautiful view of the lakefront and skyline from RIVA's home on Navy Pier make this Easter brunch extra special. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the main dinner menu will be served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 700 E. Grand Ave.; 312.644.7482; rivanavypier.com



If you're looking for a French-inspired take on brunch...

Brasserie by LM is an excellent family friendly Easter Brunch this year. You'll find all your French favorites, including apple tatin pancakes with caramelized apple, crème chantilly, homemade pancakes, caramel sauce for $13; brie croissant with fresh baked croissant, scrambled eggs, brie, arugula, choice of meat for $11; and LM Benedict with ham, tomato, arugula, tomato béarnaise sauce for $11. Kids will adore the pancake skyscrapers, pancakes layered with Nutella and fruit and all kids under the age of 12 will receive a special Easter treat.800 S Michigan Ave.; 312-431-1788



If you're looking for a Prix Fixe menu in the Loop...

South Water Kitchen

South Water Kitchen is offering a deliciously affordable Easter Brunch Pre-Fixe Menu ($26 per person). Deviled eggs (above), crab cakes benedict, citrus ginger glazed salmon and oven roasted prime rib are among the offerings, with marble pound cake and berries for dessert. Conveniently located in the Loop, this is a good pick if you're looking to catch some theater or museum or Millennium Park time post-brunch. Hotel Monaco, 225 N Wabash Ave.; 312-236-9300

 

If you're a BBQ lover...

Chicago Q

This Easter Sunday, Chicago q invites families to a delicious Southern-style brunch with barbecue favorites: Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen will also prepare two specials - smoked deviled eggs with pickled shrimp to start and an apple-smoked rabbit confit with roasted baby carrots. Guests can also choose from her signature pulled meats or ribs, alongside decadent sides like the new pitmaster mac ‘n Cheese. Kids will enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting and an Easter egg hunt while parents can visit the Bloody Mary Bar or indulge in build-your-own mimosas.1160 N. Dearborn St.; 312-642-1160



If you want to brunch and bowl with the Easter Bunny...

At the Pinstripes gourmet Easter Brunch Buffet, families will delight in an endless spread of holiday favorites from carved prime rib, a new bruschetta bar, shrimp cocktail and poached salmon, waffles with a choice of toppings, made-to-order omelets, salad bar, chocolate fountain and more. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fun photo opportunities with each guest. Five bocce courts (5 indoor, 2 outdoor) and 11 bowling lanes including two private lanes round out this date for guaranteed family fun. 435 E. Illinois; 312-527-3010



If you're looking to embrace spring and dine outdoors...

Enjoy crab cakes benedict, stuffed french toast, breakfast pizza and more at the special Brunch with the Easter Bunny at Tavern on Rush on Sunday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Weather permitting, patrons can dine on Tavern's beautiful Gold Coast patio. 1031 N. Rush St.; 312-664-9600


If you're looking for a Latin-inspired Easter brunch...

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más, a modern Mexican restaurant and tequila bar in the West Loop, invites guests to a Latin-inspired Easter feast. Enjoy an Easter mimosa flight of three uniquely flavored mimosas (including prickly pear, ruby red grapefruit and mango) with your Mexican brunch faves such as chilaquiles verdes or rojos, pozole, huevos rancheros and more. 800 W. Washington Blvd.;  312-243-1995

Photos: Easter Brunch via Istock; Luella's Southern Kitchen via flickr; Shaw's Crab House via Facebook; RIVA Crab House via Facebook; South Water Kitchen; Chicago q; más