Labor Day weekend is bittersweet. As Chicagoans, we live for summertime in the city and while summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st, Labor Day weekend does mark the demise of outdoor music and food festivals, weekends at the beach, and summer Fridays. The sweet spot of Labor Day weekend is having an additional reason and day to brunch!
With a retractable roof, Benchmark is a perfect spot for catching rays while you bottomless brunch. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Benchmark offers a $30 bottomless brunch buffet that includes omelette and carving stations, waffle bar, smoked brisket, and a dessert station. A $20 Mimosa package is also available. Read our Benchmark review, here. Benchmark, 1510 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL. (312) 649-9640.
The Shore Club
Make plans with your Bitches to stop into The Shore Club for Sunday brunch before a day of basking in the sun on North Avenue beach. The Shore Club boasts a wide variety of breakfast items, including omelette, crepe, seafood, and carving stations. Opt for something lighter such as a smoothie at the wellness station This will be The Shore Club’s last brunch of the season, so be sure not to miss out! Read our Shore Club opening recap, here. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets and more information, click here. The Shore Club, 1603 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL. (708) 613-7132.
Not only does this Michigan Avenue wine bar offer half off select wines during Sunday brunch, Acanto will be adding a strawberry-studded rosé sangrini to the brunch menu. A sangrini is a twist between sangria and a bellini. Be sure to order the blueberry and ricotta pancakes. Acanto, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL. (312) 578-0763.
This Labor Day weekend on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4, I|O Godfrey invites Chicagoans to celebrate their hard-earned long weekend with a rooftop barbecue. Executive Chef Nathaniel Cayer will grill up backyard picnic favorites, such as hot dogs, burgers, corn on the cob, and more. There will also be plenty of craft cocktails to go around, like the frozen and refreshing Fuzzy Bullet – whether guests want to soak up some rays on the outdoor terrace or chill in the shade under the rooftop’s retractable glass roof. I|O at The Godfrey Hotel, 4th Floor 127 W Huron and LaSalle
This quaint French patisserie recently opened in Lakeview making Francophiles dreams come true. This is the perfect place to catch up with a friend over coffee and a croissant. The full menu is composed of healthy options that are organic and locally sourced. Maison Marcel, 3114 N Broadway, Chicago, IL. (773) 661-6942.
Stroll over to Nellcôte for a lavish brunch in the stunning white marble dining room. As if we need more of a reason to wear white head to toe, brunch patrons wearing white will receive a gift card equal to the price of the bill. Brunch starts at 11 a.m. Read our Nellcôte review, here. Nellcôte, 833 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL. (312) 432-0500.
If you are brunching with a large group, Hub 51 is an ideal spot. The menu offers a wide variety of items that span multiple different cuisines. It is perfect for accommodating the picky eater amongst the group. Take advantage of the day off by indulging in one of the many unique cocktails such as the Cereal Milk which is made with bourbon, almond milk, and Cocoa puffs! Fun! Read our Hub 51 review, here. Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL. (312) 828-0051.
Old Town Pour House
Extend your Labor Day brunchin’ with an extra day of brunch at Old Town Pour House! The Old Town staple restaurant is extending its brunch menu to be available on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. Enjoy menu items such as Stuffed French Toast, Steak and Eggs and Pork Benedict until 3 p.m. And don’t forget about that Churchill Bloody Mary, a 20 oz. goblet with house made bloody mix topped with grilled shrimp, pepper jack cheese, cornichon, tomato, onion and a Slim Jim. Old Town Pour House, 1419 N. Wells St.
Maple & Ash
On Monday, September 4 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the sexy and sultry steakhouse in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood is taking on a new lifeform and going al fresco for one day only! Guests will be able to experience Maple & Ash, downstairs at sister concept Eight Bar and Patio and feast and imbibe on Maple & Ash-only staples like the Fire Roasted Seafood Tower, caviar and steak all on the patio – with of course, candelabras to stay true to Maple & Ash form. The full Labor Day Menu can be found here and you can read our brunch review of Maple & Ash here. Maple and Ash, 8 W. Maple Street
The best part about brunch is being with your friends. The tapas style brunch at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba includes a variety of brunch tapas in addition to traditional Spanish tapas. One can never go wrong with a pitcher of house-made sangria, but for those looking to go in a slightly different direction, there will be a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar for you to be the master of your own creation. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Read our Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba review, here. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL. (773) 935-5000.
Eight Bar and Patio
Eight Bar and Patio is the perfect respite this Labor Day weekend. Starting Thursday, boozy snow cones are on the menu to celebrate the last days of summer. The flavors available are watermelon and tequila, a Tangsicle made with Tang and vodka, and a Pink Palmer made with bourbon and berry lemonade. If you work on Labor Day, notify your server for a boozy snow cone on the house! Eight Bar and Patio, 8 W. Maple St., Chicago, IL. (312) 944-8888.
Summer House Santa Monica
Summer House Santa Monica will be serving up three days of brunch to ring in the last weekend of summer! The Santa Monica Egg White Omelette with shaved turkey breast and tomato-avocado salsa and the Very Nice Caramelized French Toast are fan favorites. Brunch starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. Stroll in after 11 a.m. to choose from the lunch menu. Read our Santa Monica Summer House review, here. Summer House Santa Monica, 1954 N Halsted St., Chicago, IL. (773) 634-4100.
Mon Ami Gabi
Enjoy French fare on your Monday off at Mon Ami Gabi. Quintessentially French breakfast staples make up the delightful brunch menu. We recommend the Crème Brûlée French Toast and Smoked Salmon Benedict. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL. (773) 348-8886.
Stella Barra is pulling out the stops for Labor Day brunch. As soon as you sit down the drinks will be flowing as Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, and Bellinis are $5 a pop. The unlimited brunch buffet will include everything from enchiladas, to warm brioche cinnamon roll bread pudding, to yogurt parfaits with granola and fresh berries to a pancake bar. The buffet is $19.95 per person, and brunch will last from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Read our Stella Barra review, here. Stella Barra, 1954 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL. (773) 634-4101.
Tuco and Blondie
Come enjoy your Monday off with Margaritas at Tuco and Blondie. Tuco and Blondie will open for brunch at 10 a.m. on Labor Day. Menu favorites include the El Gringo Omelette with sausage, bacon, tomato, spinach and cheese, and the Breakfast Burrito with scrambled eggs, ground beef, refried beans, cheddar, avocado, cream, jalapeno and pico de gallo. Reservations can be made by calling 773-327-8226. Tuco and Blondie, 3358 N Southport Ave.
Dunlays on The Square and Dunlays on Clark will offer their brunch menu on Labor Day with signature Smoke Pork Hashmade with bacon, roasted vegetables, crispy potato, spicy bacon and hollandaise served with grilled ciabatta bread. Both locations will open at 10 a.m. Reservations for Dunlays on The Square can be made by calling 773-883-6000 and Dunlays on Clark by calling 773-227-2400. Typical Monday dinner menu and hours apply. Read our review of Dunlays on Clark here. Dunlays on The Square, 3137 W. Logan Blvd and Dunlays on Clark, 2600 N. Clark St.
Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar
Let’s get some ‘za! Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar will open for brunch at 10 a.m. on Labor Day. Menu favorites available include Breakfast Pizza made with three over easy eggs, sausage, bacon and cheese atohousemade crust, and the Good ‘Ol BLT made with bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese. Read our review of Frasca here! To make reservations call 773-248-5222. Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar, 3358 N Paulina St.
Smoke Daddy will open on Labor Day at 10 a.m. for brunch. Menu favorites include Smoke Daddy’s Famous Bloody Mary garnished with warm smoked beef brisket and pulled pork ($9) and the Brisket Breakfast Skillet with roasted potatoes, onions, bell peppers, chipotle glaze and two poached eggs ($12.50). Read our review of Smoke Daddy here. Reservations can be made by calling 773-772-6656. Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St.