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.
Bringing the kids along? There is no reason to trade in your Bloody Mary’s for sippy cups at spots like Ann Sather’s in Lakeview. And Lou Mitchell’s is a breakfast institution, and a popular spot for politicians and presidents to stop by for a cup of coffee (and a photo op).
Whether you need a great, casual breakfast restaurant near the Loop or want to venture into Chicago’s neighborhoods, you’ll find options from solid to spectacular at our top 10 breakfast recommendations.
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