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    5 CHICAGO BRUNCH TRENDS

    Discover the city's most popular brunch trends, from breakfast buffets to bottomless cocktails.

In Chicago, the only thing bigger than Willis Tower is the love of brunch. Every Sunday (and Saturday whenever possible!), diners bound out of bed and make their way to Chicago brunch restaurants for late-morning meals both savory and sweet. Whatever you crave, these Chicago brunch trends will ensure you've had your fill.

Do brunch five different ways at these top Chicago restaurants for brunch.

 

1. BUFFET-STYLE

  • 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

 

2. HEALTH CONSCIOUS

Avocado Toast at Cafe Robey

  • 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.

 

3. MIDWEST-FOCUSED FARM FARE

  • 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

 

4. BOTTOMLESS COCKTAILS

  • Dolce Italian: Come chic when you arrive for brunch at this eatery in the luxury boutique Godfrey Hotel Chicago and live "La Dolce Vita" with their Bubbles Package that adds bottomless bellinis, mimosas, and bloody marys for $25/person
  • 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

 

5. UNBEATABLE BLOODY MARYS

  • 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 blood 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!

  
Browse more restaurants or see what else is new on the Chicago food scene on our blog ChicagoLikeaLocal.com.

 

Additional photo credits: Stella Barra, Anjali Pinto/Lettuce Entertain You

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