Chicagoan's love brunch. On weekend mornings, diners bound out of bed and make their way to their favorite places for late-morning meals. That the city's brunch spots stay up-to-the-minute with what's trending for breakfast food, whatever they may be.

Here are the latest brunch trends and the Chicago restaurants to try them.


  • NoMI Kitchen: Michelin-starred NoMI, dishes are prepared with products from regional farmers, bakers, and artisans. Popular pick: Oysters on the half shell
  • ZED451: This steakhouse offers a doubly delicious brunch with a buffet plus tableside service from the chefs. Popular pick: Duck Confit Hash Browns
  • Stella Barra: Get your fill with an unlimited package that is not only adult-friendly (brunch cocktails are just $5) but kid-friendly too (kids 10 and under eat FREE) Popular pick: Warm Brioche Cinnamon Rolls


Avocado toast at Cafe Robey's brunch in Chicago

  • Cafe Robey: Simple wholesome ingredients (think avocado toast with pickled red onion on old world sourdough) are the standout at this new charmer in a hip Wicker Park hotel.
  • Beatrix: Now with multiple locations, these sunny coffeehouse/restaurants have a healthy-meets-delicious mantra that applies to their comfort foods like Ten-Grain Oatmeal, Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs, and Cauliflower Grits. Bonus: There's a gluten-free menu
  • Cherry Circle Room: This richly-decorated dining den keeps the overly sweet and sugary options in check with their CCR Fruit Board, House Smoke Nova Salmon and a dedicated Lite Fare section of the menu.


Steak and eggs from The Bristol brunch restaurant in Chicago
The Bristol

  • Blue Door Kitchen & Garden: Owned by Art Smith (Oprah Winfrey's former personal chef, and a TV personality in his own right), this downtown Gold Coast oasis is home to true Southern hospitality but sources seasonal ingredients specifically from Midwest farms — including its namesake and Oprah’s former Indiana property, Blue Door Farm.
  • The Bristol: For a locally sourced menu, book at table at The Bristol in Bucktown where the Midwestern menu has Mediterranean roots — and plenty of pork options.
  • Lula Café: Minimal and hip, this longstanding café features local artwork and ever-changing menu options. Popular pick: Classic Lula Breakfast Burrito with green chile and avocado


Couple enjoying brunch on Mystic Blue Cruises in Chicago

  • Troquet River North: Step into a neighborhood French bar for four — count them, FOUR! — days of their signature Mimosa Brunch (offered Friday to Monday) which pairs a brunch entree with 1.5 hours of mimosa drinking for $27
  • Mystic Blue Cruises: Perhaps the only way to make bottomless brunch cocktails even better is to have them on a boat! Set off from Navy Pier for the Sunday Funday Brunch Cruise (the last Sunday of each month) for a 2-hour escape complete with skyline views, a 3-course spread, plus a DJ and games like Giant Jenga on the rooftop
  • Southport & Irving (SIP): Sip on endless mimosas in cozy digs at this globally focused spot. Their "nearly bottomless" brunch package, available with the purchase of a brunch meal, includes three refills an hour. Pair it with their crab cake benedict, chicken & waffles or seasonal pancakes.


  • Sunda: East meets West at Sunda, home to one of the best, biggest and craziest Bloody Marys in town — "Sumo Mary" must clock in at 10 lbs since its loaded with crispy pork belly AND applewood bacon, tocino grilled cheese, a Filipino eggroll, a full steamed duck bao bun and more!
  • Rockit Bar & Grill: Trendy and urban, hit up Rockit's build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and pile on toppings like spicy shrimp, roasted garlic, and toothpick rolls of ham and Swiss.
  • Hub 51: At Hub 51, the menu is diverse, the vibe is relaxed and the bloody marys are bold. For a twist on the traditional, try the Bloody Samurai, made with sake.
  • Café Ba-Ba-Reeba: Start the day exploring Spanish small bites at this premier 30+-year-old favorite in Lincoln Park where there's a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary, or alternatively, six different types of sangria!

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Photo credits: Stella Barra (Anjali Pinto/Lettuce Entertain You); Cafe Robey; Mystic Blue (Entertainment Cruises)

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