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The best way to start a day of sightseeing in the city is on a full stomach and these Chicago brunch picks will leave you full indeed. From tall stacks of pancakes and artful french toast presentations to health-conscious offerings, brunch restaurants in Chicago cover it all. Start your morning with sweet or savory options among the brunch dishes below.

 

Margeaux Brasserie

Brunch spread at Margeaux Brasserie

Classic Paris comes to the Gold Coast, and the luxe Waldof Astoria Hotel is a proper new home for famed Chef Michael Mina to settle into. Enjoy breakfast served daily, as well as a weekend brunch starting July 22, 2017. Sweet and savory combine (a French Omelette features fines herbes, gruyère, petite salade; a Hearth-Baked Quiche du Jour changes daily; and the Nutella Sticky Bun with warm Tahitian vanilla brioche, brown sugar and toasted hazelnut is a special treat) while pairing delightfully with a French Press. Check out the menus

 

The Albert

Tea service at The Albert

Who doesn't want to check out what the Chicago Tribune food critic is calling a "foodie photographer fantasty" on their next brunch excursion? One highlight: the tea service with offerings such as Emperor’s Jasmine Pearls, Fields of France Rooibos, and Rose Noir. Sip and sample for yourself (the restaurant is located in the thoughtfully art- and science-themed Hotel EMC2) and add to their Instagram gallery while you're at it. Check out the menu

 

Osteria Via Stato

Nueske's Black-Peppered Bacon Pizza with Farm Egg from Osteria Via Stato, Chicago

This casual Italian tavern is home to the most delicious brunch treat served in a glass: The Frozen Lemon Prosecco Sgroppino, with housemade lemon sorbetto, vodka and prosecco. The Nueske's Black-Peppered Bacon Pizza — topped with a farm egg — is a hearty accompaniment. Check out the menu

 

Chop Shop

Italian Breakfast at Chop Shop Chicago

As a hybrid restaurant, bar, deli and butcher shop, the Wicker Park workhorse known as Chop Shop covers all things food and drink. This summer, take a seat on the rooftop patio where new artwork is being installed by a traveling muralist and a new brunch menu being served up by the chefs offers meat-focused dishes like the Italian Breakfast: house-made caprese sausage topped with sunnyside eggs and pistou. Check out the menu

 

Summer House Santa Monica

French Toast at Summer House Santa Monica, Chicago

This bright, West Coast-inspired Lincoln Park eatery will tempt you with a full bakery bar of sweets right at the entrance but bypass that (though a Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treat to-go is highly recommended!) and go for the Avocado Toast or Roasted Vegetable Hash. The aptly named "Our Very Nice Caramelized French Toast" is another sugary temptation. Check out the menu

 

Beacon Tavern

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Guests enjoy elevated interpretations of tavern classics and floor-to-ceiling downtown views at this new American upscale gastropub. Try Uncle Eric's Roadhouse Burger and a seasonal libation. Check out the menu

 

GT Fish & Oyster

GT Fish & Oyster Chicago

Got a hankering for the sea? This Michelin-rated River North splurge space brings the ocean's finest together with creative cocktails and a buzzy, modern space. Ask about the day's oysters pulled from salty waters along Washington, Nova Scotia and Virginia. Eat light with the Seared Tuna Salad. Or go big with the lobster and beyond Seafood Tower. Check out the menu

 

Café Marie-Jeanne

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Parisian cafe-inspired, the all-day café in Humboldt Park 
is perfect for a simple espresso and croissant or a full-on indulgent plate of custardy French toast with smoked pecans. Prefer savory? 
Sink into the buttery ham, 
blue cheese and olive omelet. Check out the menu

 

Beatrix

Matt Kirouac

Dive into comfort food plates at this wholesome weekend brunch destination. Multiple locations — River North, Streeterville and now a Fulton Market spot as of May 2017 — serve up feel-good picks like Cauliflower Grits with fried egg, plus housemade pastries like the Strawberry Angel Food Cake Muffin. Pair your plate with a fresh-squeezed blue boost juice or a breakfast sangrita cocktail. Check out the menu

 
Additional image credits: Summer House Santa Monica/Beatrix (Lettuce Entertain You), Osteria Via Stato (Christina Slaton)

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