Brunch can often be an overlooked and under-appreciated meal that not all people take advantage of. However, it is the perfect combination of all of the dishes you might love in a breakfast meal with all of the entrees found on a dinner menu, and everything in between. Chicago offers a number of great restaurants that offer a brunch menu, but not all of them include an extensive drink selection. Take advantage of some brunch hotspots that will help satisfy your hunger and your thirst for a boozy brunch that might turn into your weekend tradition.
Sedgwick’s Bar & Grill
1935 N. Sedgwick St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Unlike some restaurants that offer a brunch menu geared towards ladies that luncheon, Sedgwick’s Bar & Grill offers a brunch that is great for both men and women. Instead of fine china and crystal chandeliers, the ambiance is more of a socializing atmosphere filled with flat screen TVs and comfortable seating. The weekend brunch menu is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features everything from the quiche of the day to Sedgwick’s world famous quesadillas. There is a huge selection of beers, wines and cocktails, but many people flock to the weekend brunch for the $4 mimosas and $5 Sedgwick’s homestyle bloody marys.
1330 W. Morse Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
Located in the Rogers Park neighborhood, Act One is part of Mayne Stage but definitely brings in its own crowd. The brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. What makes this brunch special from the rest is the $20 bottomless brunch menu. Guests can choose any single entree from the menu and drinks are included in the $20 fee. Choose from mimosas, bloody marys or beer-mosas and take the entire brunch time slot to drink and eat to your heart’s content.
Longman & Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
While some restaurants offer a brunch selection only on the weekends, Longman & Eagle offers brunch seven days a week. Stop in between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. any day of the week and indulge in some truly unique dishes. Because the menu emphasizes local ingredients and a farm-to-table mentality, the food is always fresh and the dishes are ever-changing. There are separate brunch menus during the week and for the weekend brunch, but the entire drink menu is available no matter what day you choose to visit. There are bottled and draft beer, craft cocktails, unusual spirits and 198 different whiskeys to choose from.
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2537 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Located in the Logan Square neighborhood, this is a laid-back and cozy restaurant that has been able to maintain a steady stream of customers through the years. Whether it’s inside filling the tables or outside filling the outdoor dining area, Lula Cafe keeps them coming back time and time again for great food and drink. Breakfast and brunch are served from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the exception of being closed on Tuesdays. The brunch menu boasts peanut butter griddle cakes, winter farro and herb-basted egg and a number of other tasty dishes that are worth reserving a table over. The drink menu offers some truly unique cocktails, a number of different wines to choose from and an extensive beer selection.
136 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Located close to popular entertainment venues in Chicago, 312 Chicago is a popular brunch spot for those attending matinee shows on the weekends. The brunch menu is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. While many brunch menus stick to the classic American fare, 312 Chicago defines its cuisine as Italian and puts that flair towards the dishes featured on its brunch menu. Some of the favorite brunch dishes include the homemade stuffed tortelloni with butternut squash and amaretto or the frittata. The drink menu offers a number of high-quality Italian wines, as well as unique cocktails like the Sicilian Sunrise or the Negroni Sbagliato.
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