Breakfast/Brunch » Chicago, IL

Breakfast/Brunch in Chicago, IL

Chicago is home to hundreds of beloved breakfast haunts, from family-friendly spots to boozy bloody mary bars and all that's in between.
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Big Star

This Wicker Park bar is famous across Chicago for a wickedly delicious brunch. With an enormous outdoor beer garden (it seats 125!) this former Pontiac dealership-turned-iconic-brunch-spot is located conveniently right off the Damen blue line CTA stop. If tacos and whiskey are your thing, Big Star is the bar for you - don't miss the delicious DIY taco bar. This popular taqueria is open Sunday-Friday 'til 2 a.m. and until 3 a.m. on Saturday nights. Keep in mind their Sunday brunch is packed so saddle up for a seat as soon as you can drag your hungover self out of bed!

Duffy's Tavern and Grille

This Lincoln Park bar is known for two things: late night dance parties and one of the booziest brunches in town. Amped up, University of Michigan bar by night, mimosa and bloody mary brunch haven by day, this is the place to go to catch up on the night before's shenangians with your girlfriends. With wall-to-wall flatscreen TV's playing, what seems like, every imagineable sports event, Duffy's is a popular destination for the 20-something post college crowd. Be sure to try a plate of their homefries - generously layered with cheese and bell peppers, it could be an entire meal in itself. Take advantage of their $20 bottomless mimosas and all-you-can-eat brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., you won't be sorry!


Named Best Chicago Breakfast by 2010 by CitySearch, Orange is an inventive, contemporary brunch spot that is known for using fresh ingredients and having a healthier twist on traditional brunch fare. There are a few exceptions of course - one of which being the "pancake flights" that feature specially crafted themed pancakes that change weekly! A sampling of Orange's intoxicating pancakes include Mexican chocolate, chai-coffee, ginger parfait and s'mores. Orange is also home to the famous "frushi", a.k.a. sushi made out of fresh fruit! Visit one of their four locations throughout the city: River West, River North, Roscoe Village and Lincoln Park.


Pronounced "kitchen", Kitsch'n is an award winning comfort food brunch spot that serves their popular breakfast fare from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. As a bonus, their food is seasonally offered al fresco from May-September, weather permitting. This retro-chic restaurant has a mod 70's vibe and also has two locations: River North and Roscoe Village. This not-to-be-missed brunch spot has a full bar for those who need their mimosa and bloody mary fix. Kitsch'n has been featured on dozens of nationally publicized television shows and is a staple on the Chicago brunch scene. Check out their website for the most up to date informaiton on their menu items.