Chicago’s Best Pancakes

Pancakes are hard to screw up, and they’re even harder to set apart from the rest of the pack. Locally famous for good reason, our top three take the classic batter on a pan to a whole new level, selling like hotcakes, and tasting as good as regular cake.

Elly’s Pancake House


via Flickr user opacity

Six locations, one in the city and five in the suburbs, makes Elly’s a convenience of deliciousness no matter where you find yourself, and as the name suggests, the pancakes are on point. Choose from their many old-fashioned pancake varieties, or go for the famous oven-baked pancakes, a taste and texture of excellence like you’ve never experienced.

Wildberry Pancakes and Café


via Flickr user Esther Westerveld

Pancakes and berries go together better than pretty much any other two things, and Wildberry’s warm, inviting environment is only furthered by the specialty pancakes. We’re talking such varieties as banana cream pie, caramel apple pecan, and our favorite, the “Signature Berry Bliss.” Blissful you will be.

Bongo Room


via Flickr user Paul Kenjerski

Points right off the bat for the awesomely classic name, then points off the charts for the pancakes and hotcakes. The unique varieties, like the citrus and ginger snap and the Oreo and praline, are exquisite, and we especially recommend the lethal brunch cocktails.

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