5 Picks For Outdoor Brunch

May 18, 2011 3:00 PM


Summer in Chicago almost makes us forget about the days when we nearly lost our fingers to frostbite on a below zero afternoon (almost). It also makes us remember why we need to cherish every moment of nice weather we receive.

An outdoor brunch is the perfect opportunity to savor just those moments (however fleeting they may seem).

We know there’s hundreds out there, but here are 5 picks for outdoor brunch to try this summer.


Despite the sometimes long wait for a spot on their outdoor patio, John’s Place provides plenty of perks to patient patrons. Free water and coffee are provided to those waiting to be seated. A limited number of chairs are also available to those waiting. Aside from the outdoor brunch crowd, this kid-friendly spot is also a favorite among neighborhood families. Brunch favorites include; french toast, eggs benedict and omelets.


Sunrise is a classic, no-frills brunch cafe. With staple menu items, reasonable prices and outdoor seating, Sunrise has all the makings of great a local gem. Another bonus for vegetarians, vegetarian sausage and soy products are also available. If you’re in the Ukrainian Village area, get out there and enjoy a sunny morning – they guarantee, your coffee cup will never be empty!


Great food, drink specials and outdoor roof deck- can it get any better? The Twisted Spoke is an edgy, bar and brunch spot full of unexpected menu items and some of the best bloody mary’s on the planet! With veggies, deli meat and a beer side car, the bloody mary’s here could almost be a meal on their own. In warmer months, take advantage of their rooftop deck and outdoor patio. It even comes equipped with heat lamps for those famous Chicago temperature drops.

Nookies Tree

3 Chicago locations:
Old Town, Lincoln Park, Edgewater
(773) 248-9888

With 3 Chicago locations, Nookies Tree is the definition of the all-night breakfast hangout. Though they do serve lunch and dinner, brunch is king. Great prices, outdoor seating and fresh squeezed orange juice are my 3 favorite things about Nookies. With hefty portions and reasonable prices, this is a great brunch for your buck.


(credit: feedrestaurantchicago.com)


Three words to describe brunch at Feed; BYOB, patio and cheap! Feed is comfort food at it’s best. Fried chicken for brunch, why not? Great food, prices and unlimited coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice make this a Humboldt Park hot spot on sunny mornings.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago