I am someone who wakes up hungry nearly morning, so one of the first things I do after getting up is eat breakfast. Weekend brunch is understandably my favorite meal of the week!
Unfortunately, I also suffer from crippling case of hangry syndrome (definition: bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger), which is why I HATE waiting for brunch. Thankfully, Chicago has a ton of wonderful brunch choices that don’t require you to wait because they accept reservations.
Below are my top 10 favorite Chicago brunch restaurants that accept reservations
Publican — Sat & Sun brunch from 10:00 am -2:00pm
A West Loop staple with a newly opened location in Wicker Park, Publican has been on many of Chicago’s best brunch lists. Their menu offers approachable yet elevated classics, as well as more unusual dishes that you might not normally think of for brunch (raw oysters, soft shell crab sandwich and weisswurst to name a few). Their Saturday and Sunday menus vary slightly, but both are awesome! And with good cocktails to boot, this is always a safe bet for any weekend crowd.
Dusek’s — Sat & Sun brunch from 9:00am – 3:00pm
In the mood for a Michelin quality brunch? Then Dusek’s is your spot! This one star eatery has been a destination restaurant in Pilsen since 2014, serving up an eclectic menu of iconic brunch dishes — french toast, benedict, chilaquiles — with unique twists. Their beermosas are a hit with the young crowd and the brunch punch will put you on your ass after a few glasses.
Cherry Circle Room — Daily breakfast from 7:00am – 2:30pm
Located inside the iconic and entertaining Chicago Athletic Association, Cherry Circle Room is my favorite place to take out-of-towners for brunch because the location makes for a great jumping off point to explore all of the Loop’s tourist sites. The windowless restaurant offers a mid-century chic meets swanky boys club vibe, and their booths are straight up nap-worthy (for when you eat too much). The small menu offers the best brunch in the neighborhood, and I would highly recommend the scotch egg, maple cured bacon and savory pancakes.
Gather — Sat & Sun brunch from 10:00 am -2:00pm
A great place for unadventurous eaters, Gather has a traditional brunch menu made with top quality ingredients and prepared with a little extra love. Everything I’ve ever had here has been great. The service is stellar and the cozy ambiance really makes it feel like you’re eating inside someone’s home. The skillet is delicious as is the benedict, and I was a big fan of the johnny cakes.
Bread & Wine — Sat & Sun brunch from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Rarely on any round up articles by Eater or Thrillist, the laundromat-turned-restaurant Bread & Wine is a hidden local favorite that does not disappoint. The Irving Park location is a little far flung so you’ll need to drive, but thankfully they have a parking lot right in front. Their food is modern American meets homey Midwestern with house cured meats and homemade breads. I would recommend ordering a few sides and their benedict and biscuits and gravy are some of my favorites in the city!
Roister — Sat & Sun lunch from 11:45am – 2:00pm
Ok so Roister doesn’t offer a traditional “brunch” per say, but they make a weekend lunch that deserves a spot on this list. This Grant Achatz’s owned open concept restaurant has a massive kitchen right in the center with a wood fired oven that makes the whole restaurant smell like a campfire. Sit at the bar for a tableside view of the cooking action! Dishing up seasonal and casual American food, the menu can read unusual but is all sorts of delicious. Their fried chicken sandwich is the best I’ve ever had. Make sure to order the foie gras candy bar dessert — it is life-changing.
Quiote — Sunday brunch from 10:00am – 2:30pm
A newcomer on the Logan Square scene, Quiote is hands down one of the best new openings in 2017. It’s got a big patio making for a perfect summer spot. You’ll see a menu full of regional Mexican inspired cuisine with local ingredients. Definitely try the grapefruit brûlée as well as the huevos inferno or pozole. If you’re still looking to hang after your brunch, their downstairs mezcal bar shouldn’t be missed!
Bohemian House —Brunch on Thurs – Sun from 11:00am – 2:00pm
The decor in this place is to die for, and then you see the menu and swoon a little bit. The Bohemian House is unique to the Chicago brunch scene, serving up bohemian cuisine from Hungary, Czech Republic and southern Germany. The dishes are heavy and hearty so come hungry and then plan to go for a walk afterwards. You should definitely try the grammable pork schnitzel sandwich or bavarian pancakes. Or you could go for the brunch pre-fixe which allows you to choose between a few curated menu options. Their non-alcoholic beverages are surprisingly good!
Trench (formerly Trencherman) — Sat & Sun brunch from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Always a contender for one of Chicago’s best brunches, Trench recently rebranded to better their breakfast game even more! Michelin-stared chef Jared Wentworth is dishing up contemporary American food inside a swanky and historic 1920 building. I’m always a sucker for the pastry board or the pre-set breakfast combo, but the chicken and waffles or breakfast burger are also great options. The generous portions will leave you very full, so don’t over order.
Pub Royale — Sat & Sun brunch from 11am – 3:00pm
Indian food for breakfast sound like a weird concept to you? It did to me too until I tried the paratha and kati roll at Pub Royale and then I was sold. You’ll need to come with an open mind and empty stomach, because most of the menu will likely be unfamiliar as brunch fare. Their knowledgable and friendly staff can help guide you in choosing some tasty and shareable options. Obviously order a chai on the side regardless of what food selection you make. The servings are generous, so you won’t be walking away hungry!