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Chicago Father’s Day Brunch Guide 2019

“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” And while you surely already have dad’s heart, it doesn’t hurt to send reinforcements via brunch. If you’re scrambling to make Father’s Day plans, here are our recommendations to make dad’s day special.


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“Aba” actually means “father,” so you get points for thoughtfulness before you even walk through the door! You know what else says “dad?” Kebabs! While meat skewers might not top my list of brunch necessities, they certainly will appeal to dad, and they are Aba’s specialty. Choose from a variety of chicken, beef, or salmon kebabs, classic brunch dishes, and Mediterranean food.

Aba, 302 N Green St 3rd floor, (773) 645-1400


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Booth One

This iconic restaurant – formerly “Pump Room” – is perfect for special occasions. The Gold Coast space is rich with history from the era of Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack. For Father’s Day, the restaurant is serving a special $40 per person, three-course prix-fixe brunch menu. It includes choices of steak and eggs, duck confit “chilaquiles,” French toast and other brunch classics. All dads will leave with a mustache sugar cookie – or course!

Booth One, 1301 N State Pkwy, (312) 649-0535


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Shaw’s Crab House

If your dad’s a seafood guy, there’s no better brunch in town than Shaw’s! It’s something every Chicagoan has to do at least once because it is an event. The famous brunch buffet includes an omelet station, waffle bar, and a raw bar with oysters, sushi, and shrimp. The dessert selection is pretty amazing too. The holiday brunch is a bit pricey at $75 per person… but isn’t dad worth it?

Shaw’s Crab House, 21 E Hubbard St, (312) 527-2722


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We are a little bit obsessed with Mordecai’s brunch menu. The restaurant made our spring list of “Chicago’s Most Instagrammable Dishes,” and topped our spring 2019 list of “The Best Things We Tried at Brunch.” While dad might not especially care how Instagrammable the French toast is, he certainly will be interested in the comprehensive whiskey bar and libations at the attached, new cocktail bar “Hush Money.” This brunch will be a grand slam considering the restaurant sits across the street from the Wrigley Field marquee. Maybe make it a double-header and take him to a Cubs game after? Read our review of Mordecai here.

Mordecai, 3632 N Clark St, (773) 269-5410


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Chicago Q

Chicago Q is my husband’s favorite restaurant and the place we’ve celebrated many special occasions, including his 30th birthday party. The reason? They’ve got some of the best barbecue in town in an elevated, celebratory atmosphere. Sip on craft cocktails while dining on smoked meats, Benedicts, and classic southern brunch dishes.

Chicago Q, 1160 N Dearborn St, (312) 642-1160

Jackie Bender


As a TV host, reporter and producer, Jackie has a well-manicured finger on all things "lifestyle" from red carpets to parties, travel destinations, and - of course - the hottest restaurants in cities around the country. She's been known to crash chefs' kitchens with cameras to learn their trade secrets and is trying to live her best life one mimosa at a time.

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