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Located in a chic new building where State and Rush converge in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Maple & Ash continues to receive attention as one of the city’s compelling new steakhouses, with an outside seating area that draws looks from passers-by and a menu curated by Chef Danny Grant that has received thoughtful accolades from all corners.

In Chicago, brunch is a sport that ranks right up there with the Bulls, Bears and Sox teams. Discovering the perfect brunch spot is a serious thing, and the city's restaurants scramble constantly to meet all the requirements for menus, drinks and ambiance. But beyond the perfect mimosa and ultimate avocado toast (more on those brunch trends here), some diners want dishes that will satisfy their healthy appetites while also displaying culinary creativity. So for foodies searching for a well-crafted and belly-busting brunch, check out these picks for summer mornings.

6 Unique Ways to Do Brunch in Chicago

Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Old Town Social

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.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

It’s time to prepare your loose-fitting pants for another incredible Chicago Restaurant Week. The festivities take place January 27–February 9, and for the first time, brunch is on the menu! Why stop at dinner when this year’s brunch offerings are just as drool-worthy. Round out your Chicago Restaurant Week experience with brunch deals and restaurants you'll want to add to your list.

Logan Square is an up-and-coming area that many might consider to be the new Wicker Park with less hipster, more artsy vibe. It's become a go-to spot for food, beer, and music festivals thanks to an abundance of open space and a lovely park system. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of the neighborhood. From brunch and record stores to mezcal and arcade games, here's what an ideal visit to Logan Square on a budget might look like: 

Bistronomic Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

The late gourmand Lucius Beebe was fond of many Chicago restaurants and he preferred to dine in the Gallic fashion when possible at a number of long-gone haunts in the River North neighborhood. After my recent visit to Bistronomic located off the Magnificent Mile, I can say with complete certainty that we would enjoy their vigorously prepared viands. Here are 12 essential items on the menu now at French restaurant Bistronomic.

Matt KirouacHe was your first main man; the guy who taught you what it means to be a real man. Take some time to say thanks to Dad this Father's Day by treating him to some one-one-time with the kid he loves the most. Here are eight ideas for celebrating Father's Day in Chicago with the awesome dad in your life.

What if I told you it was possible to have perfectly prepared blueberry pancakes, creatively prepared chilaquiles and much more while taking in stellar views of Millennium Park and beyond? And oh yes: there’s downtempo soul music carefully curated as well. It’s all possible and it happens every Sunday from 10am-3pm at Cindy’s on the 13th floor of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in the Loop.

A Guide To Brunching Around Downtown

Monday, November 4, 2013 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Public House Brunch

Brunch is the chicest of meals, shrouded in relaxation and comfort, bolstered with booze, and rich with decadent flavors. When it comes to brunch in Chicago, it's hard to beat the downtown dining scene, awash in a variety of brunch spots that offer different takes on the weekend ritual. Since you'll be groggy come Sunday morning, it helps to whittle down your options ahead of time and make your brunch choice as seamless as possible. Here are six top spots for brunch downtown.

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