Peanut butter and jelly, Mario and Luigi, breakfast foods and alcohol: some things are just better when they’re together. Here are a few of our favorite spots to grab a boozy brunch in Chicago.
A LA CARTE
Looking to avoid the over-served masses of Chicago’s bottomless brunch scene? Head to Avec, a trendy West Loop restaurant that serves a refined menu of dishes like Chorizo-Stuffed Medjool Dates and Breakfast Paella with tangerine aioli. Order up a creative cocktail on the side, like Le Chat Noir—a bourbon-spiked coffee drink that’s just strong enough to take the edge off. They don’t take reservations, so get ready to line up at 9:59am.
When: Sun: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: 615 W Randolph St
Phone: (312) 377-2002
Pick Your Poison: Le Chat Noir, Peach Fuzz, Harissa Bloody Mary
Wilde Bar & Restaurant
When it comes to hearty brunch favorites, Wilde Bar & Restaurant is one of the best. From the simple Bacon & Egg Sandwich to the decadent Jumbo Lump Crab Benedict, Wilde does it all. The brunch beverages also feature classics-with-a-twist, like the Wilde Mimosa made with strawberry vodka and Chicago Sunrise with ginger beer. This place is sure to please both traditionalists and adventurers alike.
When: Sat-Sun: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: 3130 N Broadway
Phone: (773) 244-0404
Pick Your Poison: Wilde Mimosa, Chicago Sunrise, Morning Mojito
m.henry is about healthy cookin’, using fresh, seasonal ingredients to craft their amazing breakfast and brunch dishes. We’ll bet you won’t find a Dandelion, Shallot, and Leek Omelet or Early Rhubarb & Raspberry Flapjacks anywhere else—and those items are just the tip of the menu. And while they don’t serve alcohol here, it is BYOB. So grab your champagne, order up some freshly-squeezed juice, and get ready to brunch the m.henry way.
When: Sat-Sun: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Where: 5707 N Clark St
Phone: (773) 561-1600
Pick Your Poison: BYOB
At Yolk, they’re about brunch, the whole brunch, and nothing but the brunch. Their menu is filled with a huge variety of omelets, frittatas, French toast, and pancakes—and while we don’t like to play favorites, the Nutella Crepes and Bacon Waffle are nothing short of amazing. And while Yolk doesn’t serve alcohol, they certainly don’t mind if you bring your own. A party that can start as early as 6:00am on a weekday? Count us in!
When: Mon-Fri: 6:00am – 3:00pm; Sat-Sun: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Where: 1120 S Michigan Ave
Phone: (312) 789-9655
Pick Your Poison: BYOB
You’ll get the most bang for your boozy brunch buck at a place like LOKal, which has an awesome bottomless brunch special that will satisfy both you and your wallet. Endless cocktails start at just $9, depending on what you pick for your poison. Soak it all up with a scrumptiously unique dish like the Duck Confit Benedict or Leeks Bacon Scramble.
When: Fri: 11:00am – 3:30pm; Sat: 9:00am – 3:30pm; Sun: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Where: 1904 W North Ave
Phone: (773) 904-8113
Pick Your Poison: Mimosa brunch, $9; Bloody Mary brunch, $10; Champagne brunch, $14
Patsy’s Pub & Grill
Patsy’s Pub & Grill aims to make brunch as simple as possible: one entrée and as many mimosas as you can stomach for under 25 bucks. Okay, so it’s not truly bottomless (they limit you to two bottles of champagne), but somehow we think that will be more than enough to get you on your way. Everything is made to order, so your food may take a little bit of time to come out—all the better for enjoying your mimosas, we say!
When: Sat: 10:00am – 3:00pm; Sun: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: 2825 N Lincoln Ave
Phone: (773) 248-2825
Pick Your Poison: One entrée + unlimited mimosas for under $22.95