Ah, Memorial Day! The official ‘kick-off’ of summer and the date we can finally start wearing our white pants–who are we kidding, we started wearing them weeks ago. We love Memorial Day for many reasons, but the extra day to brunch is high on our love-list. And despite the rainy weather we had earlier this month, we also recently curated our favorite outdoor brunch spots with a Chicago Patio Guide, check it out here. Ready to make your Memorial Day brunch plans? Let’s do this.
Head to Kick Restaurant on the North side for some sweet U.S.A. specials like red, white, and blue pancakes (red velvet, buttermilk, and blueberry,) and a stars and stripes cocktail. Plus, celebrate our own favorite red, white, and blue team with a Cubs home game at 4:05 p.m. A little day drinking, anyone? Kick will serve brunch Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1943 W Byron St Chicago, IL.
Oyster Bah is one of the hottest new restaurants in Lincoln Park, and we’ve already done the due diligence of testing out the brunch menu! The East coast inspired fish restaurant has a carefree vibe that’s perfect for a Monday off work. We loved the Bloody Mary accompanied by a jumbo shrimp and the buttery Maine lobster roll is a must. Read about our brunch at Oyster Bah here. Oyster Bah will serve brunch Memorial Day from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1962 N Halsted St. Chicago, IL.
It’s no surprise that Bub City is one of our favorite spots to celebrate ‘Merica holidays. You can’t go wrong with live country music, authentic Southern cooking, and a huge Bloody Mary bar on Memorial Day. And take note, the bacon and sweet corn waffle does not disappoint. See what else we loved about the Bub City brunch here. Bub City will serve brunch on Memorial Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 435 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL.
In the heart of Wicker Park. you’ll find one of our favorite brunch menus at Chop Shop. We love it not only for the menu, but for the hidden-gem patio and large indoor dining room, which means no long waits for brunch! We particularly enjoyed the bacon and cheddar biscuits served with warm honey butter, and prosciutto wrapped buratta. Both are perfect for sharing with your Memorial Day crew! See what we thought of Chop Shop brunch here. Chop Shop will serve brunch Memorial Day from…2033 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL.
If you’re looking for a foodie-approved brunch spot on Memorial Day, head to The Dawson in West Town. The huge industrial-chic space is perfect for a fancy-pants date with your gal pals, and if the weather is right, the patio is perfection. We love The Dawson’s fresh twists on traditional brunch menu items, one of our favorites is the Steak & Eggs! Read our full review of The Dawson here. The Dawson will serve brunch Memorial Day from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.730 W Grand Ave. Chicago, IL.
With locations across the city, Meli Cafe is one of the best convenient week-day brunch spots. The brunch menu boasts fresh squeezed juices and quite a few healthy options, making it easy to stay on track with your swimsuit body regiment, even on Memorial Day. We particularly loved the avocado toast, piled high with fresh veggies and perfect for sharing. Read our full Meli Cafe review here. Meli Cafe will serve brunch Memorial Day all day. 500 South Dearborn St. Chicago, IL.
If you haven’t heard of Publican Quality Meats, don’t fret. It’s simply a smaller dining room near its larger sister restaurant, The Publican. Both have an amazing brunch menu full of cured meats and traditional brunch favorites. Not to mention, the patio dining is perfect for Memorial Day brunch! Read about our brunch experience here. Publican Quality Meats will serve brunch Memorial Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 825 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL.
Brunching aside, we’ll be taking time this Memorial Day to remember all those who have bravely risked their lives to protect and serve this country. Cheers to that!