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Spring Theater Guide and Where to Brunch Before Your Matinee

Where to Brunch Before Your Broadway Matinee 2

Spring is the best time of year in Chicago for so many reasons: patio weather, the end of hibernation season, and of course – theater openings! Broadway in Chicago has a phenomenal show lineup this spring, starting with the Chicago premiere of “Anastasia” this week. They invited us to opening night, which brought to life all the magic of the animated movie in 3D with a full orchestra. The set was mesmerizing, and lead actress Lila Coogan was incredible. Catch it before it closes April 7.

Where to Brunch Before Your Broadway Matinee 1

The shows coming to Chicago this spring are as solid as we’ve ever seen a seasonal lineup. April 2 marks the opening of “Jersey Boys” and “Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical.” “Chicago” plays for one weekend only starting May 7, and “Rent” opens for a 10-day run on May 10. So you need to get your tickets and brunch reservations now! Fortunately, there are plenty of good options for mimosas and French toast within walking distance of the theaters. We’ve compiled a list of our top picks for brunch before your Broadway matinee.

Cochon Volant Brasserie
This chic, French restaurant is the perfect place for waffles made from scratch, big French pancakes, and signature Benedicts. Located in the heart of the Loop, it’s steps away from the CIBC Theatre, which has been home to “Hamilton” since its Chicago opening in 2016. (Pro tip: on certain nights, Hamilton tickets are now under $100. If you’ve been waiting for a price drop, now’s the time to check out the show – or see it again – and spend the savings on brunch).

Cochon Volant Brasserie, 100 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 754-6560

The Gage 4

The Gage
The brunch at this upscale Irish pub has earned five Champagne flutes from the Bitches, and its South Michigan Avenue location makes it a centrally located option for any pre-theater brunch. Our top recommendations include the coffee cake and the habanero margarita, but you can’t go wrong with any order. Read our brunch review, here.

The Gage, 24 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 372-4243

Adjacent to The Gage is this Italian gem by the same owner and executive chef. The brunch menu is sprinkled with classics (like eggs and toast, a frittata, and strawberry and almond granola), but also boasts Italian accents like beef Carpaccio, cacio e pepe cappelletti, salumi, cheese, and fine wine selections.

Acanto, 18 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 578-0763

Free Reign Brunch

Free Rein
This newest addition to the theater brunch circuit opened in the much buzzed about St. Jane Hotel last year. The French-American fusion restaurant offers dishes including truffle eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes alongside an innovative brunch cocktail list. The front of the restaurant includes a posh coffee bar for those running late to their matinee and seeking a quick breakfast bite!

Free Rein, 224 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 334-6700

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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