It’s that time again, folks: our quarterly round-up of the best new/revamped brunches to hit Chicago’s ever-bourgeoning brunch scene. Whether you like your afternoons with an Argentinean lean, covered in Nutella, or paired with a hair-of-the-dog Champagne, here’s the scoop on the nine latest and greatest places for getting your brunch on this summer.
Kailley Lindman/ThrillistRiver North
What you’re getting: Pork schnitzel sandwich
Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos adds his signature Czech flair to a variety of sweet and savory brunchtime favorites for BoHo’s new weekends-only brunch service. Soak up the remnants of a wild night out with the gargantuan, stick-to-your-ribs pork schnitzel sandwich on rye with horseradish cream, sauerkraut, Emmentaler cheese, and a runny fried egg, or go the sweet route with a bevy of house-made pastries like apricot kolacky and almond poppy seed cake coated in a citrus glaze and streusel.
Courtesy of White Oak TavernLincoln Park
What you’re getting: The Brunch Burger
Farm-to-fork fare is the name of the game for White Oak Tavern’s brunch, and if the Brunch Burger - laden with kimchi aioli, house bacon, aged cheddar, butterkase, lettuce, and spicy pickles - is any indication, said game is on point. Executive Chef John Asbaty’s menu highlights the restaurant’s commitment to Midwestern farms and purveyors, and includes dishes with local grains, nuts, and fruits (oats, purple barley, farro, Earl Grey crema-infused milk, seasonal fruit, and candied pecans), and options like an open-faced Cuban sandwich with crispy pork shoulder, ham hock, fried egg, cheese sauce, and spicy pickles on a mustard-drenched slice of house brioche.Bucktown
What you’re getting: Lobster Benedict
Drop everything you’re doing and swing by this California-informed lounge and restaurant for one of the prettiest (read: Instagrammable) takes on eggs Benny in town: lobster Benedict with poached farm eggs and asparagus served atop brioche and drenched in poppy seed-flecked Maltaise sauce. Like your brunch best with a buzz? Presidio has traditional pisco punch (Peruvian pisco, pineapple gum, lemon, and distilled water served on the rocks) for that.
Sean Cooley/ThrillistLogan Square
What you’re getting: The Bedazzled Enterprise and a Brunch Burger
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