By Amy Bizzarri
Easter calls for a festive brunch complete with colorful eggs and all the sweet treats of the season. Brunch options abound in Chicago, but here are my suggestions for unique brunch offerings this upcoming Easter.
Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park will open earlier on Sunday, April 8, from 10:30am to 3:00pm for a Parisian-style Easter Brunch. Start with a bubbly mimosa then move onto the savory and sweet crêpes, quiches (including Classic Quiche Lorraine) and delightful Vanilla and Blueberry French Toast. Don’t miss the bold Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar. Children are welcome too: each will receive a little Easter basket filled with treats.
Osteria Via Stato
Celebrate Pasqua at Osteria Via Stato from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, where you’ll enjoy Chef David DiGregorio’s expansive buffet brimming with Italian delights, including a savory vegetable frittata, Ciabatta ‘French” toast and an Egg & Omelet station. You won’t want to miss the Ricotta Doughnut station, where mouthwatering, handmade on demand donuts await. Children will adore the Easter Candy table, which will feature candy and chocolates galore. The cost is $45.95 per person; Children aged 10 and under are half-price and children aged 5 and under eat free!
On Sunday, April 8, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, celebrate Pascua with a delicious Easter Brunch at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba. Unique Pintxos (bite-sized tapas) are made for sharing family-style and are best paired with the house Sangria. My fave tapa here is the classic tortilla espanola, a warm potato and onion omlette. Children are welcome will also be gifted with an Easter basket special goodies.
Join the folks at Mity Nice on Easter Sunday, from 10 a.m. -3 p.m., for a traditional Easter brunch featuring all your breakfast favorites, including Belgium waffles, praline pecan french toast, salmon and lox, sausage, bacon, potatoes, yogurt and assorted pastries. Save room for the carving and omelet station, and make it a boozy Sunday at the bloody mary and mimosa bar for an additional $8.
The Lobby at the Peninsula
Don your very Sunday best and spend Easter Sunday at Chicago’s most elegant hotel, the Peninsula, where an extensive brunch menu of fancy delights will be offered in The Lobby, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.. Take in the sunshine streaming in from the 20 -foot windows and enjoy the life music and stunning spring flower arrangements. Various stations will be offering everything from Latin favorites (enchiladas, and build-you-own fajitas), Carvings (Cedar plank Scottish salmon and cheese and herb crusted rack of lamb) and Amuse Bouche (Orange Bubbles with Pea Panna Cotta). Brunch is priced at $138 per person ($42 for children 12 years and under), with seating available from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.