Best Breakfast Spots in Chicago Focus on Local, Sustainable Ingredients

Megy Karydes

By , Local Expert, Chicago
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Breakfast in Chicago isn’t an afterthought for many restaurateurs and chefs. For some, it’s their bread and butter.

The terms local and sustainable may be buzzwords for some but it’s also what many chefs are serving for breakfast. Chef Jeff Mauro at Jam is lucky to have a weekly farmers market at his disposal because it’s where he sources many of the fresh ingredients for his Logan Square breakfast and lunch spot. Nana in Bridgeport features a list of its local farmers and producers on its website. Make sure to arrive early if your breakfast plans are over a weekend because both locations are popular.

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    Birchwood Kitchen

    There aren't a lot of breakfast places around Chicago that provide a neat little quiet backyard as a seating option. Birchwood Kitchen is a gem.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to add an oatmeal butterscotch cookie to your order."

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    Nana uses local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients to prepare everything from its signature to seasonal dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Coconut fans will love the coconut cheesecake stuffed french toast"

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    Crosby's Kitchen

    • Cuisine: American
    • Neighborhood: Lake View

    This Lakeview sit-down restaurant appeals to those dining with and without kids.

    Local Expert Tip: "Kids eat free everyday from 4-6pm."

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    Chef Jeff Mauro and his team develop use locally grown and sustainable ingredients whenever possible to...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "The Malted Custard French Toast is worth the calories."

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    Wishbone on Washington is popular among locals for its Southern-style soul food and the fact that it's loud makes it even better for kids.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the shrimp and grits."

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    Lou Mitchell's

    A Chicago institution that has been serving up the best in diner cuisine since 1923.

    Local Expert Tip: "Expect to wait for a table"

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    2 Sparrows

    2 Sparrows Chef Gregory Ellis, who studied under the tutelage of Charlie Trotter, focuses on hyper-local...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Your entire party must be ready before host will seat you."

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    Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen

    This Chicago institution counts presidents to regular Joe and Jane among its fans who flock to the deli for mile-high corned beef sandwiches.

    Local Expert Tip: "Read up on how to order before heading to this local institution frequented by presidents and blue collars alike."

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    Artist's Cafe

    Artist's CafĂ© offers a delicious mix of artisan sandwiches and wraps, fresh and flavorful salads,...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the "Not Your Kids" Grilled Cheese sandwich."

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    Ann Sather's

    Ann Sather's offers Swedish and American breakfast favorites, including its famous cinnamon rolls which also are available for takeout.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the cinnamon rolls for which it's well-known for good reason."



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