Like pretty much everyone else, I planned to get ready for summer by spending more time in a gym. So there was no better brunch spot for fitspo than Park & Field. This restaurant has serious old school gymnasium vibes, including a chalk station for the bathroom soap and bocce courts outside. It was the perfect balance between delicious, unlimited drinks, and feeling like I hit the gym without even working up a sweat.
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Park & Field opened in 2017 in Logan Square in a former car repair garage. It stays true to the building’s garage roots with large windows and concrete walls. The chic venue mixes vintage sports club vibes with Instagrammable umbrellas and hammocks.
In the warm months, the large, dog-friendly patio attracts crowds to the outdoor camper bar. Even when there’s a chill in the air, Park & Field provides warm wool blankets to those who wanted to enjoy the sunny but brisk day.
We decided to start our meal inside, so the boys could watch some game highlights.
If you’re looking for a bottomless drink deal, Park & Field is for you. For $40, you get the all-inclusive, unlimited buffet and your pick of mimosas, sparkling rosé, Modelo, Miller High Life, or Bloody Marys. You can alternate between the drink choices or stick to your favorite. For those not drinking, Park & Field offers $25 for the buffet and unlimited juice, soda or coffee.
I started with the sparkling rosé, which was delightfully light with a hint of raspberry. My boyfriend, Cam, started with Modelo and was excited about the array of options outside of the traditional mimosas. Our friends John and Lauren joined us. John went with orange juice and Lauren decided to stick with mimosas, which were both sweet and tart but not very strong.
Brunch is served buffet-style with lots of local, farm-fresh options to choose from. On our first round, I went with eggs Benedict, bacon, and chicken pot pie. Park & Field did a great job keeping the eggs Benedict oozy and warm on its muffin while in the buffet warmer. The chicken pot pie was flaky while being a perfect vessel for sopping up all of the gravy.
Lauren stacked her first plate high with a bagel and fresh veggie toppings, the vegan eggplant marinara roll-up, eggs Benedict, and bacon. Her favorite part was the DIY topping station for the bagel, but she wasn’t a fan of the eggplant. It was cold by the time it made it back to the table.
Both boys started with a very traditional breakfast of bacon, pancakes, and hash browns. The pancakes reminded them of cafeteria food and were too dry, but the hash browns were a big hit with the table for their softness and seasoning.
After we finished our first plates, we decided to sit outside by a fire pit to watch groups play bocce. Park & Field operates on a wristband system, so we closed out with our waitress and could wander the patio, still ordering more drinks or grabbing another plate. We enjoyed not being tied to our table.
Outside, I switched to beer while Cam and Lauren continued with mimosas and a second helping. Cam tackled the omelet station (his favorite part of the day), while Lauren looped back for another eggs Benedict and some watermelon and pineapple.
The Bitches Say: three Champagne flutes.
The alcohol options were top-notch and the atmosphere evokes fun memories of elementary school field days, but unfortunately the food was cafeteria-esque.
Park & Field offers brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.