Where In-the-Know Girls Get Brunch in Chicago
In terms of a culinary identity, Chicago is of course known for its famous deep dish pizza and hot dogs (better known as Chicago dogs). But that doesn't mean the Windy City doesn't also have killer brunch for its food-savvy denizens. Whether you're in desperate need of a bottomless mimosa, loaded Blooded Mary, indulgent donut, or egg dish of your dreams, we tracked down the best brunch destinations in Chicago right now. These are the places you're guaranteed to get a good dish—and 'gram of the cool interior while you're at it. From a '70s-inspired Wicker Park arthouse to a lively weekend hangout that offers bottomless brunch, ping-pong, and a DIY Bloody Mary bar, these are the spots to put on your "must-try" list now. Keep scrolling to discover them all.
RHYME OR REASON
The interior design of this Wicker Park restaurant resembles a graffiti artist's downtown loft blended with an artist's parlor. In a word: hip. The brunch menu includes edamame toast, when you want to take a break from avocado, a hangover special that includes "Better Than Sex Donut Bread Pudding" (nom), and uh, yeah, its Bloody Mary includes a legit corner of a grilled cheese sandwich (see above). BRB, booking a flight to Chicago.
1938 W. Division St., Chicago
This rowdy hangout known as "The Home of Ping-Pong" is not to be gone to unless you want a good time. On Saturdays and Sundays, they offer Bottomless Brunch from noon to 2 p.m. that involves games, a custom brunch menu that comes around on a rolling cart, '70s disco tunes, and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for $39. The cool interior is also begging to be Instagrammed, from the neon light-up sign that says "Let Me Play With You" (ping-pong, of course) to the heart-shaped wall installation made out of cups.
230 N. Clark St., Chicago
THE RUIN DAILY
For those times you're in the mood for a no-fuss, no-frills meal (read: no disco music or drunk brunchers playing ping-pong—our inclinations change depending on the day), The Ruin Daily is your spot. The light, bright, airy spot resembles a modern-day cafeteria, and also has a quaint outdoor patio. Though it doesn't bill itself as a brunch destination per se, (no traditional skillet items like pancakes or french toast), they've got sandwiches that will satisfy the savory-brunch lovers among us (mmmm, toasted, melty reubens) along with pastries to die for.
328 S. Jefferson St., Chicago
When cravings for a Mexican-flavored brunch hit, this is the place to go. On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., it offers brunch tacos such as eggs, potatoes, and cotija cheese, steak and egg, and brisket. There's also huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, Mexican omelets, banana french toast, churros, Mexican coffee, and horchata. Drink-wise, there are "morning margaritas," boozy smoothies, and more.
Inside Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St., Chicago
The Mediterranean-inspired menu at this chic West Loop destination is right up a foodie's alley, with sustainably sourced and inventive creations that have been highly reviewed on the Chicago culinary scene. There's Texas toast with salt roasted apple butter and whipped mascarpone, a cinnamon roll with miso-cream cheese frosting, duck confit, pastrami hash, and a wildly gorgeous bar/impressive cocktail menu.
1111 W. Lake Street
The menu at this industrial-cool gastro pub reads like true food porn: There's the smoked trout scramble with fava bean salsa and toast; pimento cheese with prosciutto and pickles for the table; and mojo rojo sausage potato with shallot aioli and egg. Above is the Instagram-famous "Banoffee Pudding." Whew, we need a fan.
1576 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
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