Places for Brunch Around Chicago
Wondering where to go? Here’s a list of brunch places all around the city—you’ll never get bored!
Summer House Santa Monica
Without a doubt does Summer House live up to its name. Bright, open, and filled with sunlight: Summer House Santa Monica takes you back to California in the midst of Lincoln Park, Chicago. Their food reflects their Californian personality; with options such as avocado toast (my fave), blueberry pancakes, and spinach & kale omelette, you’ll feel just as though you were in Santa Monica on a gorgeous June day.
Mahalo is a trip to Hawaii. With aesthetics like nowhere else, Mahalo makes you feel warm, bubbly, and tropical. Whether it be the papaya salad, coconut macadamia pancakes, or fruit poké, you can’t go wrong with your choice of order! Make sure to try this Wicker Park restaurant, and, of course, don’t forget their delicious & sweet piña coladas 🙂
True Food Kitchen
Located right downtown, True Food Kitchen has a wide variety of healthy, nutritious options that taste just as good as they make you feel. The atmosphere is fresh, funky, and modern, while their ancient grains bowl, banana & date smoothie, and garden scramble will leave you satisfied and eager to try more!
A farm-to-table restaurant located in Chicago’s northern suburb of Wilmette, Fuel is fresh, authentic, and local. They have any kind of scrambled eggs you can imagine, delicious brioche french toast, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, and, of course, maple oatmeal with cinnamon and walnuts. Their environment is modern, welcoming, and bright; try Fuel to fuel up for a big day 🙂
With mouthwatering crepes, waffles, and croissants, Leonida’s is sure to fill your sweet tooth. Customize your crepe with chocolate, bananas, nutella, jam, and other wonderful toppings. Savory options are also available too! A warm environment located in Evanston (just north of Chicago) with couches, chairs, and tables, Leonida’s is a must when trying new brunch places. Do not forget to order their triple chocolate hot chocolate!!
Ah, Peeled in downtown Evanston is the queen of açaí bowls. With hundreds of options for smoothies, juices, and bowls, you’re sure to find something you like. My two favorites are their “workflow” and “autobiography” smoothie bowls—both filled with açaí, granola, fruit, and other deliciousness. You’ll feel light, fresh, energized, and ready to start your day.
Similar to Peeled, Mingle has tons of options for smoothies, bowls, and juices. Located in Glenview, another northern suburb of Chicago, Mingle is sunny, happy, and bright. Their unique smoothie options keeps things different and fun—I love their cinnamon roll and black forest smoothies! Plus, their açaí bowls are amazing, especially if you want to take them to-go.
Green Bay Café
A local, cozy restaurant located in Winnetka, IL, Green Bay Café is perfect for a variety of waffles, omelettes, and pancakes. There is always something for everyone! My personal favorite is their banana bread french toast and their hot chocolate with the perfect amount of whipped cream. Always festive for any holiday year-round, Green Bay Café is a necessary stop for trying all of Chicago’s best restaurants.
Other places I love –
- LYFE Kitchen (Evanston)
- M. Henry (Andersonville)
- Walker Brother’s Pancake House (seven locations in the Chicago area)
- Guildhall (Glencoe)
- True Juice (Winnetka)
Restaurants I have not been but want to try –