After a late night of drinking, dancing and ringing in the new year, your body may tell you to stay in bed and sleep it off. But these five restaurants in Chicago all have great incentives to get you out of bed to enjoy a New Year’s Day brunch complete with Bloody Marys and other cocktails. All promote wearing your pajamas and making yourself comfortable while you chow down and try to cure that hangover. The only thing you need to do? Wake up early enough to go (and make a reservation in advance).
837 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
Enjoy a side of pork rinds at this West Loop hot spot when brunch is served between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The a la carte menu will feature seasonal items as well as Publican brunch classics, such as Publican bacon and red wine poached eggs. There will also be plenty of Bloody Marys and Publican mimosas — made with beer — flowing.
2024 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Roll out of bed and head over to this Lincoln Park hotspot. January 1, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the restaurant’s annual pajama brunch. This time around, there will be a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar as well as specialty sangrias, the perfect cure for your New Year’s Eve hangover. To fill your belly, nosh on traditional brunch fare, including omelets and French toast, as well as the cafe’s signature savory tapas. The brunch is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. While your bed head is invited, be sure to make a reservation. Need more enticement? Everyone who shows up in their PJs will receive a Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba gift certificate.
Kitsch’N on Roscoe
2005 W. Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL 60618
For the 16th year, this Roscoe Village diner is offering its aptly named Hangover Brunch. While watching the New Year’s Day football game, imbibe from the fully stocked bar, which includes Bloody Marys, and enjoy a plethora of good eats, including such favorites as chilaquiles “Levanata Los Muertos” — a mix of scrambled eggs, salsa and tortillas with cheese — and fried chicken and waffles, to name a couple. The brunch is available starting at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. If that’s not enough to drag you out of bed, consider this: everyone who wears their PJs will get a door prize (as long as supplies last).
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Angel Food Bakery
1636 W. Montrose St.
Chicago, IL 60613
If the Easy Bake decorations aren’t enough to draw you in to this Ravenswood bakery/cafe, then perhaps free donuts will. In past years, the retro cafe has offered free donuts to anyone who wears their pajamas to brunch on New Year’s Day. It also traditionally offers drink mixes, as the cafe is BYOB.
116 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Go gourmet this New Year’s Day. River North’s Slurping Turtle received yet another Michelin Bib Gourmand for its stellar Japanese comfort food, which you can enjoy in your PJs on January 1st once again. Since this is no typical brunch, expect such delectable dishes as a pork belly snack, duck fat fried chicken, ceviche and homemade silky tofu, to name a few.
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.