Note from the Bitches: Introducing Jacqueline, our Chicago Baby Bitch! She’s scoped out the latest and greatest patio brunches across Chicago. Keep reading to find out where to brunch this spring and summer.
It’s finally getting warm outside … warm enough to pack away the winter coats and booties and opt for spring trenches and wedges. The Chicago Bitches are super excited because this means we can enjoy our brunch while catching a few rays on patios across Chicago. Check out our Patio Brunch Guide, as we’ve curated a list of Chicago’s best places to enjoy a patio or rooftop brunch.
For a taste of the south in Andersonville, head to Big Jones. Yes, complimentary beignets are provided to welcome you in, while getting you in the mood for rich, southern, dishes inspired by New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, Carolina Lowcountry, and Appalachia. This is the place that keeps popping up in conversation for the best brunch on the north side. The only way to find out the truth is to check it out for yourself. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Big Jones is located at 5347 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL. (773) 275-5725.
Need a break from strolling the beautiful streets of the Gold Coast? Duck into the Thompson Hotel for a fancy pants brunch at Nico Osteria. Whether you start your day with a porchetta sandwich or a bowl of rigatoni, you will be sure to enjoy authentic Italian dishes at a chic venue. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nico Osteria is located at 1015 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611. (312) 994-7100.
Tavern on Rush
For Bitches who like having options, Tavern on Rush will not disappoint with their extensive menu, including endless seafood appetizers and burgers. With menu options for everyone, this is the place to bask under the sun with your fellow Bitches. Tavern on Rush is located at 1031 North Rush Street Chicago, IL 60611. (312) 664-9600. Check out our review here.
One of the Chicago Bitches’ brunch favorites is Nookies. Serving traditional, comforting, brunch staples, Nookies is the place to bring out of towners for the “local experience.” Since it’s BYOB, there’s even a place to buy bubbles just around the corner. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday. Nookies is located at 1746 North Wells Street, Chicago IL 60614. (312) 337-2454. Read review here.
Come hungry for Fork’s “showstopper” consisting of two Belgian waffles, a 1-pound prime beef patty layered with cheddar, and swiss cheese. For those fit Bitches watching their figure, try their equally delicious locally-sourced roasted vegetable succotash. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fork is located at 4600 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625. (773) 751-1500.
You can skip the farmer’s market and head straight to Gather for a farm to table Sunday brunch. Celebrate spring with their brioche french toast or their brunch salad which is finished with a poached egg. Chicago Bitches love their beer, so why not try a new brunch beverage, like a breakfast stout or a Sunday session ale? Brunch is served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gather is located at 4539 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL.(773) 506-9300.
Lula Cafe is the spot for a carb lover’s breakfast. We’re just going to pretend we’re training for the marathon or a 5k and chow down the buckwheat pappardelle with lamb bolognese, bianco sardo, and a sunny farm egg. For brunch traditionalists, Lula Cafe serves up rye griddle cakes that are sweet and satisfying. Brunch is served from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lula Cafe is located at 2537 North Kedzie Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60647. (773) 489-9554.
Bottlefork is for Bitches who love their cocktails as much as their food. They strive to find “a culinary marriage where food and beverage play an equal role.” Start your brunch with a bag of red velvet doughnut holes. Who says dessert must be eaten last? Follow up those delicious treats with one of Bottlefork’s various craft cocktails. Brunch is served Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bottlefork is located at 441 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.
For Bitches with a sweet tooth head to the Public House. As you can tell, we love our doughnuts. Public House offers doughnut fried French toast…need we say more? Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Public House is located at 400 North State, Chicago, IL 60654.
Belly Q’s motto is “satisfying people one belly at a time” and that is exactly what they do. Belly Q’s Chef Bill Kim serves up Asian barbecue fare with a modern twist. This means brunch items such as tea smoked duck benedict, Korean breakfast tacos, and Vietnamese cinnamon doughnuts (an alternative to dim sum,) Brunch is served Sunday 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Belly Q is located at 1400 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607. (312) 563-1010.
Feast is a neighborhood spot, and a great place to hit after you had too much fun the night before. In addition to Bloody Marys and mimosas, Feast is serving up global influenced dishes and “adult smoothies.” Smoothies (with strawberry puree and vodka), still count as a healthy breakfast, right? Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Feast is located at 1616 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647. (773) 772-7100.
Milk & Honey
Enjoy people watching at this Wicker Park staple, Milk & Honey. They are serving up their famous granola, which is layered on top of vanilla yogurt, and fresh fruit (usually Michigan sour cherries.) For those willing to indulge, try their orange brioche French toast or huevos rancheros. At Milk & Honey, you don’t need to wait until the weekends to enjoy brunch. Brunch is served Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to noon as well as Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Milk & Honey is located at 1920 W Division St #1, Chicago, IL 60622. (773) 395-9434.
For those looking for a relaxed, casual brunch, Whisk is your place. This rustic-chic spot has something for everyone with their extensive brunch menu. Their signature pear pancakes, coupled with their BYO policy, are a sure fire hit. Brunch served daily 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Whisk is located at 2018 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622. (773) 252-9060.
The Winchester is a welcoming Ukrainian Village brunch spot with their bright, clean space and Instagram worthy food. They are serving up a twist on the traditional Eggs Benedict with their house-braised bacon, and creamed kale. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Winchester is located at 1001 North Winchester, Chicago, IL 60622. (773) 698-8703.