Looking for the BEST brunch in Chicago? Whether you're craving healthy or hearty, veggies or protein, cozy or glam, I have a spot for you!
Chicago is one of the most visited cities in America. And for good reason! The architecture is stunning, the music and performing arts scene offers a wide range of evening activities, and the number of museums, boutique shops, restaurants, and cocktail bars will keep visitors (and locals) busy for days on end.
As with any major US city, brunch is a weekend tradition not to be missed, and the "Windy City" does not disappoint. Chicago has a thriving brunch scene and a long list of solid options. I've listed my favorite five places that have delicious food and an awesome atmosphere.
If you need help deciding on where to grab coffee, read my post listing the best coffee shops in Chicago.
1. Blue Door Kitchen and Garden – Gold Coast/Near North Side
Best brunch in Chicago for patio dining
Blue Door Kitchen and Garden is one of my favorite brunch spots in Chicago, especially when the weather is nice. They have a lovely garden patio filled with bright umbrellas and big, cozy wicker chairs. The building is an old carriage house from the 1800s and decorated in blues and creams and has an intimate feel.
The menu is Southern-inspired and will please both those wanting healthy or heavy options. The eggs benedict (there are four options) is very popular and the chicken and waffles entree is legendary.
For lighter options, the quiche is amazing but runs out quickly, the salads are refreshing (I love the Moroccan carrot salad), and the deviled eggs are a hit. This is one of the best brunch places in Chicago during the warmer months when you want to sit outside.
2. Summerhouse Santa Monica – Lincoln Park
Best brunch in Chicago for a casual California vibe
Summerhouse has the West Coast vibe down with its light and airy design, beach house decor, retractable glass ceiling, and menu focusing on local ingredients. I knew the moment I walked in that Summerhouse had major potential for making the best brunch in Chicago list based on the decor and lively vibe alone.
Thankfully, the menu of seasonal and farm-fresh ingredients did not disappoint and secured Summerhouse a spot on the TOP 5 brunch spots in Chicago. You will find healthy brunch options including avocado toast, omelets, and salads.
Most menu items can be made gluten-free including their popular egg sandwiches and pancakes. Or you can go all out and try some of their delicious baked goods. The giant cookies are particularly good.
3. Somerset – River North
One of the best brunch places in Chicago with a Michelin Star
If you’re feeling a swanky mid-century setting, Somerset is your place. Take your pick from seating options on the first level (with 40 ft. ceilings), second-level, or patio.
The menu is solid and includes items like the crispy chicken sandwich, gooey butter coffee cake, monkey bread, and waffle-pressed French toast with fried chicken. The smoked beet tartar, avocado toast, and kale and brussels sprout salad are tasty healthy options.
Don’t forget to try a pastry or two since their pastry chef is a Jean Banchet Award winner. This is one of the best brunch spots in Chicago if you're going for a posh vibe.
4. Beatrix – River North, Streeterville, West Loop
The best brunch in Chicago to accommodate all diets and restrictions
Beatrix is a sure win for the best brunch in Chicago as it caters to all diets and restrictions. Are you a vegetarian, bulletproof coffee addict, gluten-free, or health-conscious eater? You won't have a problem finding something to fit your diet here!
Freshly squeezed juices, chia cereal bowl, green chili enchiladas, cauliflower grits and eggs, and lemon pancakes are a few standout menu items. The place is packed for brunch, lunch, and dinner and makes for a lively atmosphere.
5. 3 Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware – GOLD COAST/NEAR NORTH SIDE
The best brunch in Chicago for an ultra-chic setting
Restoration Hardware has opened several stunning restaurants at select RH design galleries in the US and Canada. Destinations like Toronto, Napa Valley, Charlotte, NYC, and Chicago have been among the select few to welcome these highly prized dining experiences.
3 Arts Club is located in the center of a 70,000 square foot design gallery. The space is breathtaking. A glass ceiling encloses the central garden space. Glittering crystal chandeliers hang from above. You'll feel like you've entered a secret garden as you take in the trickling stone fountain and the olive trees lining the walls.
The decor and furniture is, of course, exquisite...this is Restoration Hardware after all. The brunch items are scrumptious...though overpriced as you are paying for the atmosphere.
$20 for a burger, $7 for a latte, $18 for an egg scramble. I'm not joking when I say the prices are quite high. But if atmosphere is your thing, the high price point will be worth the experience.
Go savory and try the truffled grilled cheese, lobster roll, or burger. The burrata is as creamy as can be and the coffee and tea selection is top quality.
Reservations are a must.
I hope this post of the best brunch in Chicago helps you find the perfect place to spend your Saturday or Sunday morning. These are my five absolute favorite spots and I try to visit them every time I find myself in the city.
Now that you know where you're eating, start planning your activities!