A guide to the best best brunches downtown

(Published April 1, 2019)

By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer

Easter Sunday is a day of church service and reflection for some. Besides church, Easter is a great day for brunch with many restaurants offering special brunch menus. Chicago has an array of brunch options, including classics, or something new never tried before, here are the top picks in Streeterville and New Eastside.

Streeterville

Yolk

355 E Ohio St

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One of many chain locations throughout the city, Yolk is located at the corner of Grand and McClurg. Open 6am-3pm on weekdays, 7am on weekends. Yolk has plenty of egg-based options, including build your own skillets, scramblers, or omelets. They also have a variety of burgers to choose from, for those who prefer lunch at brunch.

Hot Tip: They are BYOB!  Yolk offers fresh orange juice for mimosas and Bloody Mary mix.

Kanela Breakfast Club

502 E Illinois St

Kanela, open 8am to 3pm every day, is a brunch spot with Greek influences has options for every type of brunchgoer. They have vegan options, like an impossible burger, avocado toast, or chia seed pudding. Their vegetarian options include egg white omelets with spicy feta. For everyone else, they have specialty options like, a pork and jam sandwich and a crab cake benedict.

Hot Tip: Try any of the authentic Greek options, especially loukoumades, which are honey doughnuts!

Beatrix

671 N St Clair St

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Beatrix is an all-day restaurant, which offers breakfast during the week until 11am and brunch on the weekends, 8am-3pm. They have an assortment of brunch cocktails, juices, coffees, and teas. “The New Healthy” restaurant has quinoa cakes, a poke bowl, and a chia cereal bowl.

Hot Tip: They have a bakery and coffee bar for quick fixes. The bakery includes gluten-free options.

Hampton Social

164 E. Grand Ave

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Newly opened in Fall 2018, Hampton Social in Streeterville has brunch on the weekends 10am to 3pm. Their East Coast-inspired brunch includes clam chowder, yellowtail ceviche, and shrimp tacos. Their terrace is covered for colder days, but will be open once it warms up.

Hot Tip: Make a reservation on OpenTable to secure your brunch spot!

The Signature Room

875 N. Michigan Ave.

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Families and friends can enjoy a gourmet brunch buffet and a visit with the Easter Bunny in the sky on the 95th floor. Easter brunch is served from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 21 for $80 per adult, and $35 per child aged 4-12, excluding tax and gratuity. Children under the age of three eat for free. Pricing includes one glass of Signature Room Sparkling Wine and choice of soda, juice, coffee, and tea. The restaurant opens for regular dinner service from 6-9:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312-787-9596.

Hot Tip: The Easter brunch at The Signature Room features live piano music, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, and a spread of chilled seafood, salad, charcuterie, fresh fruit, soup, and more. Guests have access to a chef-attended carving station, made-to-order entrées, and a dessert buffet.

E.T.A Restaurant and Bar

455 N. Park Drive

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E.T.A., located inside Loew’s Hotel, E.T.A. is a great spot for residents as well as visitors. E.T.A. offers diners a classic, wood-ensconced dining room meant to evoke classic Chicago’s taverns, even while the food is modern, fresh and locally sourced.

Hot Tip: While E.T.A. always offers breakfast lunch and dinner options, for Easter, E.T.A. has a special brunch menu available 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. that’s $45 per person or $17 for children 5-12 and free for kids under 4. Brunch comes with a chance for kids to decorate Easter eggs, a take away gift for the table and a free bloody mary or mimosa.

New Eastside

City that Brunches (NES)

By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer

Easter Sunday is a day of church service and reflection for some. Besides church, Easter is a great day for brunch with many restaurants offering special brunch menus. Chicago has an array of brunch options, including classics, or something new never tried before, here are the top picks in New Eastside and nearby.

Eggy’s Diner

333 E. Benton Place

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Eggy’s is a New Eastside mainstay, with an “urban comfort food” tagline. Located in the Park at Lakeshore East, Eggy’s is open 7:30am-3pm. Eggy’s offers a variety of brunch and lunch options, both unique and classic. With a focus on eggs, patrons can order a classic benedict or combo; or enjoy novelties like chilaquiles or breakfast poutine.

Hot tip: The chicken and waffles is a signature specialty that includes a half a fried chicken!

Wildberry

130 E. Randolph Street

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Wildberry is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike in Prudential Plaza, open every day 6:30am-2pm. There is an assortment of pancakes, crepes, waffles, and French toast to choose from. Waffles can be done gluten free and both savory and sweet crepes are available. Their signature berry bliss includes fresh berries, mascarpone, vanilla anglaise, and blackberry coulis.

Hot Tip: There is often a long wait at Wildberry during peak hours on weekends. Get in line virtually via Yelp, but make sure you arrive 10-15 minutes before your seat time. Sometimes they’re early!

About Last Knife

168 North Michigan Avenue

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About Last Knife is the restaurant inside the Hotel Julian at Michigan and Randolph with brunch availabilities every day until 2pm. The steakhouse offers timeless steak and eggs, but adds twists like the beef wellington benedict that comes with béarnaise sauce.  

Hot Tip: Enjoy steakhouse classics during brunch times as well—they have beef wellington, filet, or hanger steak available.  

Cindy’s

12 S Michigan Ave

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Cindy’s, located in the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, is a rooftop brunch destination. They have an open-air terrace, with great views of Millennium Park and the lake. Brunch is available on weekends, 10am-2pm. The menu includes platters, which are shareable between 3-4 people. Platter options include pancakes, lox and bagels, and oysters on the half shell.Hot Tip: They have curated cocktails for an alcohol-infused brunch!

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