What better way to cheer on your alma mater and bond with your college friends than over brunch, right? Yes, we’re already deep into college football season but you still have plenty of time to plan a few more game day brunches. Trust us when we say, you don’t want to be sipping a Bloody at a bar that’s cheering for the opposing team, that’s just gross. Instead, put on your game day gear and head to a bar that loves your team as much as you do. Not sure where to go in Chicago? We’ve got your play by play right here. Sports, Bitches!
Best Wolverines Brunch: The Diag
Remember your Big House walk of shame? The Diag reminds us of the good ‘ole days—but in the form of a delicious brunch entree with eggs and applewood smoked bacon. The Diag’s brunch menu also hosts touchdown flavors like a scrambled egg breakfast pizza and hangover burrito, stuffed with tater tots and cheese. That’ll do the trick!
Runner Up: Rockit Bar & Grill
Rockit Bar & Grill features a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, mimosa kits, and a fabulous brunch menu with more breakfast pizza. What is it with Michigan fans and their breakfast pizzas? We like it.
Best Spartans Brunch: Anthem
With $30 mimosa buckets and a shortbut-sweet brunch menu, you can’t go wrong with Anthem on game day. The huge open space on Division Street is perfect for large groups, but get there early to snag enough chairs. May we suggest sharing the Orange French Toast and Ham Salad Deviled Eggs among your table? Sparty on!
Runner up: John Barleycorn River North
Head to River North to cheer on the Spartans over brunch at JBC. Build-your-own omelette or choose a pancake trio to share. You can’t go wrong with this huge space on game day, even if it is John Barleycorn.
Best Illini Brunch: Joe’s Bar on Weed Street
The good news: Joe’s Bar now has brunch! The better news: the menu looks insane. From breakfast sammies to babycakes (their version of cute ‘lil pancakes), you’ve got plenty of brunch options. Load up on cocktails with fun brunch specials like the sangria sunrise, Spanish smuggler, and Kentucky breakfast. To top it off, this Illini bar also has a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. You’ll be winning, even if your team doesn’t!
Best Badgers Brunch: Will’s Northwoods Inn
It’s no secret that Will’s Northwoods is the ultimate Wisconsin bar. When they’re not celebrating the Packers’ winning season or Muskie fest, they’re cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers while drinking Leinenkugels. Will’s tailored their brunch menu to feature Wisconsin classics like the beer brat, Wisconsin omelette (featuring more brats) and fried cheese curds, because, duh.
Runner Up: Fat Pour
When it comes to brunch, Fat Pour in Wicker Park has all the classics. Biscuits and gravy and stuffed French toast are winners on game day, so is their huge selection of beer.
Best Buckeyes Brunch: Woodie’s Flat
Old Town, home of bros and the Buckeyes (likely one in the same). Their brunch menu may be short and sweet, but the Ohio State crowd is rowdy enough to make up for it. We love their take on chicken and waffles in bite-size form and of course, the Chi-town skillet.
Best Notre Dame Brunch: Racine Plumbing
Racine Plumbing is the place to be on game day if you’re a Notre Dame fan, especially since nobody wants to be around you on game day anyway. First, they have a breakfast poutine, topped with a fried egg and their selection of Benedicts is impressive.
Runner Up: Kerryman
Just like their favorite college team, the brunch menu at Kerryman is inspired by the Irish. We’d opt for the Corn Beef Hash or “Gaelic” Skillet…when in Rome!
Best Hawkeyes Brunch: Theory
When it comes to watching Hawkeyes football in Chicago, your options are limited but fret not, Bitches! Theory has a brunch menu and loves the Hawkeyes, who knew?! Among the first few items on the menu are cinnamon doughnuts and brunch nachos, you really can’t go wrong here.