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See Listings Below: "Great Places for Brunch" Chicago Restaurant Tip by TRimer

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Chicagoans like to "do brunch". Here are a few suggestions of where to go. Note that the majority of places do not take reservations for brunch so be prepared to wait (which can be part of the experience).

Bongo Room
1470 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Wicker Park)
(773) 489-0690
This is one of the places to go if you want something sweet. The weekday menu offers the standards -- pancakes, omelettes, and sandwiches -- but the pancakes might be cranberry buttermilk (w/ tangerine macaroon butter) or pumpkin spice, and the omelettes may have roasted red peppers or fresh basil. The weekend brunch menu adds specials like Eggs Benedict, black bean burritos, and French toast. On weekends, it's a mob scene so plan to wait at least 1 hour. Expect a bustling pace with blaring music.

John's Place
1202 W. Webster Ave. @ Racine
(Lincoln Park)
One of my all time favorites. This is a neighborhood place with small tables and a few booths. They even have outside tables in the summer. We have determined that this place is better for small groups (less than 6 people) as they don't seem to handle the timing of dishes with larger groups. The vanilla french toast and the pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon butter are to die for.

746 W. Webster Ave. (Lincoln Park)
2046 N Damen Ave (Wicker Park)
Be prepared to wait if you want to eat the wonderful brunch here. Everyone seems to have their baby with them. They have recently added on alcoholic beverages. Try the french toast stuffed with berries and chocolate! The steak benedict is good too.

Hilary's Urban Eatery - closed for now. reopenning later this year
1500 W Division St. @ Greenview
(East Village/Wicker Park)
With scattered tchotchkes, unique light fixtures and jelly beans jars on every table, it manages to be hip but nostalgic, creative but not kitschy. Try the Frisbee-sized specialty pancakes. In addition to daily pancake specials like oatmeal-banana and spicy pumpkin-raisin. The pan special gets you 3 pancakes, 3 eggs, 2 sausage patties and 2 bacon strips for $6.

Favorite Dish: Orange
3231 N. Clark (Lakeview)
(773) 549-4400
This is the place to go for unique food and waitresses with tatoos and piercings. The menu is organic, veggie-and-fruit infused but everything is yummy. There's a daily fruit sushi, called "frushi", coconutty French toast kebobs (my favorite), 'green eggs and ham' made with pesto and pancetta, and a weekly pancake flight that allow you to taste four different delcious dishes. They also have orange flavored coffee that is very good. We took my fiance's mother at XMas and she loved it.

3300 N Lincoln @ Paulina
(Roscoe Village)
This is where I go when craving cheese grits. They serve up southern style breakfast cuisine in a place that packs them in. They have one of the longest waits but be sure to try the corn flake french toast when you get to finally sit down. Weird artwork (pigs and chickens). Great for kids.

Rating: 5
Theme: Breakfast

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 3, 2006
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