West Loop has boldly declared itself the best loop, and its brunch options deliver on that claim. With restaurant row on Randolph Street, a plethora of chef Stephanie Izard’s restaurants, and gorgeous patios and rooftops, you can’t go wrong brunching in this area.
We combined our favorite brunches in Fulton Market and West Loop. While they’re technically separate neighborhoods, they’re geographically in close proximity and decidedly the center of Chicago’s foodie world right now.
Duck Duck Goat
Ditch the avocado toast order this weekend and mix up your brunch with Stephanie Izard’s Duck Duck Goat. The menu is the James Beard award winner’s twist on traditional dim sum. The shareable plates include favorites like Xiao Long Bao and duck fried rice. Read our review here.
Duck Duck Goat, 857 W Fulton Market, (312) 902-3825
Little Goat Diner
While we support renaming West Loop “Stephanie Izard’s kingdom,” it doesn’t roll off the tongue as well. She opened Little Goat Diner two years after the Girl and the Goat and ever since, it’s been a strong contender for best breakfast. This diner is a casual, cute, and crazy-delicious brunch spot. If you get there early enough, snag an “ooey gooey cinnabun,” before they sell out. Read our review here.
Little Goat Diner, 820 W Randolph St, (312) 888-3455
I promise other non-Stephanie Izard restaurants made this list. This just isn’t one of them. Cabra is her newest venture, a Peruvian restaurant on top of The Hoxton Hotel. It has strong Golden Girls Miami vibes and on nice days, you can sit out and admire the pool. But no matter the weather, Cabra serves up tasty shareable plates. Our favorite was the plantain waffle with pork belly, pickled mango syrup, pork fat butter, and pickled mango. Read the review here.
Cabra, 200 N Green St, (312) 761-1717
This brunch spot is simply magical. From the Instagramable interior and rooftop to the delicious Mediterranean menu, this restaurant is the ideal destination to take your out of town guests. We can’t recommend the whipped feta enough. Read our review here.
Aba, 302 N Green St, (773) 645-1400
Parlor Pizza Bar
If you’re looking to for some day drinking fun, Parlor Pizza is for you. This party-brunch spot has an expansive rooftop and patio area and deals on shareable mimosas and margarita pitchers. It’ll feel like college – getting drunk and eating pizza. Gather the crew and spend your morning having fun in the sun. Read our review here.
Parlor Pizza Bar, 108 N Green St, (312) 600-6090
Often named the best burger in America, Au Cheval is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Be prepared to wait a little to get brunch spots, but I promise the wait is worth your time. While the brunch menu is all good, you will want to stick with the classics and get a burger. If you want to feel extra breakfast-y, top your fries and burgers with a fried egg. Read the review here.
Au Cheval, 800 W Randolph St, (312) 929-4580
If a wine bar brunch sounds like your perfect day, Joe’s Imports is for you. This restaurant delivers a farm fresh, light brunch that will leave you in the terribly wonderful predicament of being satisfied but wanting more. An insider tip is to split an appetizer of the parmesan puffs and then end on the sweet, crisp French pancakes. Read our review here.
Joe’s Imports, 813 W Fulton Market, (312) 736-1750