Chicago's Brunch Scene Focuses on Local and Organic Fare

Chicagoans have a sweet spot for weekend brunch. Maybe it’s the Bloody Mary’s talking or the fact that we only have something like two weekends to enjoy dining al fresco (just kidding, maybe). In any event, you could have brunch every weekend day for a year straight and still have plenty of places to try in this town.

While this list is by no means exhaustive (we can already see the “you missed my favorite spot!” comments), these 10 restaurants are serious about their brunch offerings. One of them even pairs brunch with a gospel choir performance. We told you we’re serious about brunch. 

If you’re jonesing for a Bloody Mary or Mimosa to accompany your brunch dish, head to Twisted Spoke or Big Jones. Both have a killer cocktail menu.

Want to hear some live music with your brunch? Book your spot at House of Blues during its weekly Sunday all-you-can-eat buffet Gospel Brunch.

If atmosphere is just as important as your meal, head to JAM and Lula Café, both in Logan Square, or Jane’s in Bucktown. Each serves its own menu loaded with creative dishes you won’t see on any other menu in Chicago, many of which incorporate freshly sourced vegetables.

Standy favorites include Frontera Grill and North Pond where Chefs Rick Bayless and Bruce Sherman continue to crank out flavorful farm-to-table favorites at their respective restaurants on a regular basis.


Lincoln Park

Set in the middle of an idyllic park, this cozy cabin (formerly a skater's warming house in Lincoln Park), rife with Arts & Crafts style, is known for its great brunch. The warm, simple structure keeps a focus on the views - tree-lined...  Read More

The menu at Lula's is an eclectic mix of American eats that includes an excellent cheese plate, a homemade pancetta and arugula salad, pan-roasted wild stripe bass, and lamb shakes served with crispy polenta and carrots. The menu changes...  Read More

Saturday brunch earns raves at Frontera Grill, which is considered by some to be one of the best Mexican restaurants in the country. The room boasts folk art and vivid colors inside and sunny sidewalk seating outside. The ever-changing menu...  Read More

Bongo Room South

This unique coffee house (which is literally one room and not huge), full of hip, colorful decor, provides the perfect backdrop for eye-opening breakfasts. Each dish has a creative twist, such as raspberry cheesecake hotcakes, pumpkin pancakes...  Read More

House of Blues
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House of Blues is well-known for its cool, hip decor and its stellar line-up of music. It's also known for its Gospel Brunch, which includes an all-you-can-eat buffet with cooked-to-order omelets, amazing Cajun potatoes, tons of fresh fish...  Read More

Jane's, which makes its residence in a green brick home in Bucktown, is simply adorable. The rather eclectic menu focuses on New American cuisine and has a number of Asian and Spanish influences.You'll find herb-stuffed chicken breast, seared...  Read More

Roscoe Village

Watch passers-by through large plate-glass windows in this bright, cheery brunch nook. The fare is vegetarian, but with ingredients like soy sausage, veggie bacon and marinated tofu, you won't miss the meat. Omelets and frittatas contain tasty...  Read More

Decor is contemporary as is the food presentation found at JAM but that doesn't mean taste is an afterthought at this popular Logan Square breakfast, brunch and lunch spot. Chef Jeff Mauro and his team develop use locally grown and sustainable...  Read More

A skeleton on a giant spinning motorcycle on the roof of the building greets hungry diners morning, noon and night. It's biker-friendly (Think bikes from the '40s.), but the diverse crowd doesn't make anyone feel excluded. Motorcycle parts are...  Read More

Blame it on the weather, but Chicago is not populated by many Southerners. You'll meet plenty of folk from north of the Mason-Dixon Line, but rare is the Georgian, Carolinian or Louisianan. That leaves chef Paul Fehribach (only from as far south...  Read More


Meet Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and most of her life in Chicago. While she’s traveled extensively internationally, visiting each of the 50 states is on her...  More About Megy

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