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7 Sensational Brunches In Chicago

These Hot Picks Make Us Wish Brunch Was Every Day

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Brunch is for lingering over ridiculously generous stacks of pancakes and bottomless mimosas with a group of like-minded folks. It’s also a chance to check out some of Chicago’s most prominent restaurants without breaking the bank.

From chef-driven neighborhood favorites to the perfect places for kids with fickle palates, here are some of the very best brunches around town:

1. Allium

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Overall, buffets appear to be a thing of the past for local brunchers, but Allium gets a pass. The Four Seasons' lobby-level restaurant goes contemporary with its $58 per person offering. Guests share small plates (oyster shooters, charcuterie, chilled jumbo shrimp, bison sloppy Joes, etc.) from a towering display, then choose an entrée such as steak & eggs, Nutella hot cakes or a savory French toast. A signature brunch cocktail (or beer or mimosa) is included in the price as well as a dessert buffet where you can make your own ice cream sandwich. 120 E. Delaware St., 312-799-4900

Brunch hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

2. Carmine's

One of the biggest attractions at the Gold Coast location for Carmine's is its $15 bottomless mimosa deal. Tabs at the Italian steakhouse will typically run about $50 per person during dinner, but at brunch entrees range $9 to $14 for peppercorn-crusted salmon Benedict, white chocolate raspberry French toast, and a breakfast quesadilla of Italian sausage, scrambled egg and pico de gallo. 1043 N. Rush St., 312-988-7676

Brunch hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday through Sunday

3. The Gage

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During the week, The Gage bustles with business executives and after-work crowds, but weekends are reserved for chilling out. That's when the restaurant specializes in a mostly Irish breakfast with updated spins on traditional dishes like a Scotch egg, corned beef hash, bangers and black pudding. 24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243

Brunch hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

4. Longman & Eagle

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The Northwest Side's Logan Square is one of the hottest dining neighborhoods in the city with the Michelin-star rated Longman & Eagle at the top of the pack. Brunch is homey with hearty, shareable dishes like fried chicken and waffles with sweet potato and pork belly hash; kid-friendly cinnamon-spiced brioche French toast with praline pecans; and house-made biscuits smothered in pork sausage gravy. Diners will also find an entrée on this menu that's meant to appeal to its hipster heavy neighborhood: the PBR Breakfast of two eggs, bacon or house-made sausage, house potatoes and an ice-cold can of PBR. 2657 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-276-7110

Brunch hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

5. Perennial Virant

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Located directly across the street from Green City Market, Perennial Virant takes advantage of its prime location by incorporating farm-fresh and local ingredients into all its seasonal dishes. That means, of course, brunch is never the same (that's a good thing!) and the morning cocktails follow the same rule of thumb with ever-changing ingredients in the signature bloody Mary and mimosa. 1800 N. Lincoln Ave., 312-981-7070

Brunch hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

6. Publican

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The brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Paul Kahan, Publican cranks out unconventional bites to the delight of its many fans. Brunch is seasonal and consistent with a few savory standbys: red wine poached eggs with prosciutto and sourdough; maple syrup-braised bacon; pork schnitzel with waffles; and the signature Publican "mimosa" of Belgian beer and freshly squeezed OJ. 837 W. Fulton Market, 312-733-9555

Brunch hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

7. Yolk

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What started off as an unassuming little breakfast nook in the South Loop now draws long lines at newer locations in River North (747 N. Wells St., 312-787-2277) and Streeterville (355 E. Ohio St., 312-822-9655). Yolk specializes in superior egg dishes--particularly its fluffy frittatas--but also look out for some tasty crepes, waffles and burgers. The bright and cheery room gets thumbs up from the stroller set, and the staff knows how to keep kids happy. 1120 S. Michigan Ave., 312-789-9655

Brunch hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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