Best Brunch and Breakfast in Chicago

Best brunch and breakfast in Chicago - The Allis

Best Brunch and Breakfast in Chicago

As a foodie, I love to hunt for the best places for brunch and breakfast every time I travel to a new city! I found many good cafes and restaurants in Chicago, and in this article I am sharing with you my favorite addresses. Take a look to make sure to enjoy the best places to eat brunch and breakfast in Chicago!

I mentioned in the details if those places offer vegan, gluten free or dairy free options. 

I was blown away by The Allis and it’s easily my favorite place to eat Brunch and Breakfast in Chicago! First of all I love their interior design: an industrial style mixed with very cosy armchairs and huge sparkling chandeliers. This is really the kind of place where you can stay and chill for hours!

The food in the Allis was really amazing too. I had seen pictures of their French toast before and it was one of the reasons why I wanted to go there for brunch. It was huge and I loved it! The avocado toast and the coconut pudding were very good too.

Too late for brunch? Not an issue: you can come here from breakfast to dinner! They do afternoon tea and cocktails too.

Vegan, gluten free and dairy free options

Location: 113-125 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

MenuThe Allis Menu

Opening hours: Mon – Tues: 7am – 12am; Weds – Thurs: 7am – 1am; Fri – Sat: 7am – 2am; Sun: 8am – 11pm

More info: The Allis

Goddess and the Baker

I really enjoyed eating in Goddess and the Baker, so much that I went there 3 times during the 2 weeks I stayed in Chicago! This would be my go to place for breakfast in Chicago. It is perfect especially if you are on the go and want to take away or if you are alone. Nevertheless I went there with a few friends and it was fine as well!

They have a cool selection of pretty food and drinks, like the sparkling confetti cookie, the glitter gold latte or the strawberry matcha latte (you can see them in the pictures). They do everything from sweet to savory, from cold drinks to hot drinks.

Vegan, gluten free and dairy free options

Locations: they have 5 places in Chicago: Millenium Park, Riverfront, Loop, River North and Wisconsin-Corners of Brookfield. I went to the Riverfront address: 225 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60601.

MenuGoddess and the Baker Menu

More info: Goddess and the Baker


Beatnik looks like its name: bohemian hipster! The restaurant’s design and cuisine will take you on a journey from Asia, Mexico, the Middle East and South America. It is very popular as it has been awarded Chicago’s best new restaurant of 2017! And for me it’s one of the best places for brunch in Chicago!

You will be seduced by the boho-chic interior design with the crystal chandeliers, the plants everywhere and the big wooden tables. The International cuisine can only convince you as well: they are so many tasty options to choose from! They also have a lot of creative cocktails. Definitely a great place to go from brunch to dinner!

Vegan, gluten free and dairy free options


  • Beatnik West Town in West Town: 1604 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 – I went there (here in pictures)
  • Beatnik on the River in the Loop: 180 N Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606 – this one has an amazing terrace over the Chicago river. A must in summer!


More info: Beatnik Chicago

Margeaux Brasserie

I could pretend I came to Margeaux Brasserie because I was missing France but it was above all to try their brioche French toast!

Margeaux Brasserie is James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s first Chicago restaurant. You will find it on the 3rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The design and the cuisine of the restaurant will bring you to the ambiance of a Parisian cafe.

I can reassure you the brioche French toast did match my expectations! We even had the opportunity to try a few of their desserts and they were amazing. I really want to highlight that the service was very good! I can say for sure it’s one of the best places for breakfast and brunch in Chicago!

Location: Waldorf Astoria Chicago – 11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611

MenuMargeaux Brasserie Menus

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday:  7am to midnight, Friday and Saturday: 7am to 01 am

More info: Margeaux Brasserie


With its very large selection of sweets and savory, Beatrix will for sure meet your needs for breakfast or brunch.

Their coffee shop and bakery open daily at 7am. I was impressed by the choice available at the pastry and bakery counter! The Coffee Bar features local Chicago roasters so you should check it out if you are a coffee lover.

Locations: there are several locations in Chicago: River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market and Oak Brook. I went to the restaurant of River North: 519 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options

MenuBeatrix River North Menu

More info: Beatrix Restaurants

Hanabusa Cafe

Hanabusa Cafe is THE soufflé pancake place in Chicago! Have you ever tried soufflé pancakes, aka fluffly pancakes? This is a very special type of pancake coming from Japan. Lightly toasted on each side but cloudy like in the center, they are a real foodie trend. I am literally obsessed since I ate them in Japan! When I discovered that there was a recently opened soufflé pancake cafe in Chicago I had to try! These pancakes can make the perfect dish for breakfast, brunch or even snack in the afternoon.

Because we were 4 around the table, I got the chance to taste 4 of their recipes: the Nutella pancake, the matcha pancake, the earl grey & sea salt caramel pancake and the custard pancake. Just a look at the pictures should motivate you to give it a try!

As this cafe is very new and very popular, they had to limit the pancake quantity each day in order to better serve customers and reduce wait time. Therefore do not come too late in the day and prefer weekdays if possible.

Location: 29 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60602

MenuHanabusa Cafe Menu

Opening hours: weekdays 11am to 6:30pm, weekends 10am to 6:30pm

More info: Hanabusa Cafe Chicago

Real Good Stuff Co

At Real Good Stuff Co you will find real good food made from real good ingredients! And who doesn’t need that for breakfast or brunch right?!

You can order juices, smoothies, acai bowls, non dairy ice-creams but also toats, sandwiches and bowls with veggies and meat. I had the Michael Bolton acai bowl and the avocado toast. It’s definitely a place I can recommend to eat breakfast or brunch in chicago. And you will find there everything you need for lunch too.

Vegan, dairy free and gluten free options

Locations: they have many locations in Chicago Real Good Stuff Co Locations . I went to the one in River North: 701 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

MenuReal Good Stuff Co Menu

More info: Real Good Stuff Co

Juice Rx

Juice Rx is a juice bar offering raw, organic juice cleanses and fresh-pressed juices. They also serve smoothie bowls to my greatest pleasure, as I LOVE them! ! It was hard to choose one because they all look very appealing. I opted for the Fruit Alchemist and it didn’t disappoint! So if you are vegan or vegetarian you should put this place high on your list of the best places to have breakfast and brunch in Chicago!

By the way, if you like kale chips you should check them out in their store: they have some cool recipes and they are super good!

Vegan, gluten free and dairy free

Location: they have 2 locations in Chicago

  • 211 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611 – I went there
  • 1880 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


More info: Drink Juice RX


Limitless is a Chicago born company focused on caffeine products: lightly caffeinated sparkling water, cold brew coffee, and matcha green teas. Given the fact the name of this cafe is almost the same as the one of my blog (limitless-secrets), I had to try it!

They serve super pretty lattes (like the glitter charcoal lattes in the picture) and also food like avocado toasts. Their latte art is so beautiful that it’s almost a shame to drink the cup! Therefore I had to share it with you as one of the best places for breakfast and brunch in Chicago!

Do not go too late for the food as the kitchen is closing early.

Locations: they have several locations in Chicago: Limitless Store locator. I went to the Limitless Coffee & and Tea located 675 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654.

More info: Drink Limitless.

In Conclusion…

I am sure that now with this great list of best places to eat brunch and breakfast in Chicago you have enough information to eat your way through the city! Which one do you want to try first?

If you are visiting Chicago do not hesitate to take a look at my other articles:


And as usual do not hesitate to reach out on the comments or by email if you have any questions!

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This blog, will give you all my secrets: my best addresses (sightseeing and food) all around the world and in Paris, and my travel and lifestyle tips!


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  • Sommer shiels
    Posted at 08:04h, 31 October Reply

    Fantastic post ! Really on point, well written and great pics ! Thanks for these tips for dining in Chi Town!!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 05:55h, 15 January Reply

      My pleasure, it’s so good to read your feedback!

  • Denise & Ryne
    Posted at 19:47h, 14 January Reply

    Great article! Will save this for when we go to Chicago next time! Do you have any recommendations for cheap dinner restaurants?

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 05:57h, 15 January Reply

      I am glad you liked it! For a cheap dinner I would go for deep dish pizza (it’s not expensive and very filling) at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria for example.

  • Tess
    Posted at 11:42h, 20 February Reply

    It’s dinner time for us here in Aus but this has made me soo keen for brunch! Love the souffle pancakes, we had them in Osaka a few years ago – what an experience!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 12:16h, 21 February Reply

      I am obsessed with the fluffy pancakes since I tried them in Japan Tess! It’s good to be able to eat some outside of Japan 😀

  • Sue
    Posted at 13:47h, 20 February Reply

    Wow! These all look amazing & have made me feel hungry just reading this. Especially keen to try the souffle pancakes – they sound delicious!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 12:18h, 21 February Reply

      The souffle pancakes, aka fluffy pancakes in Japan, are really yummy Sue! If you can try them in Chicago or in Japan. or anywhere else, I would highly recommend it!

  • Danni in the Desert
    Posted at 14:46h, 20 February Reply

    Wow, your photos are incredible! I’m definitely hungry now! haha

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 12:19h, 21 February Reply

      Thank you Danni! All these places make such delicious and pretty food!

  • Shelley
    Posted at 15:17h, 20 February Reply

    i must say that everything looked delish… but how beautiful is Beatnik?! i love a pretty brunch spot, so i’ll be heading there next time i’m in ChiTown.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 12:20h, 21 February Reply

      Beatnik is one of the coolest places I have visited Shelley! They have 2 addresses in Chicago, I hope you can check them soon!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 15:53h, 20 February Reply

    Wow, those colorful lattes are crazy.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 12:21h, 21 February Reply

      Aren’t they amazing Rebecca?! They tasted so good too!

  • Diana
    Posted at 16:58h, 20 February Reply

    Your food photos are absolutely stunning. My favorite from your list is Beatnik and Allis. The interior design of these restaurants is mind-blowing and the way they serve the food is fabulous.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 22:46h, 24 February Reply

      Thank you for the compliment Diana! I also love places that have an amazing design AND fantastic food!

  • Sara Essop
    Posted at 17:28h, 20 February Reply

    These breakfasts look amazing. They are definitely worth getting up for! I’m salivating now. 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 22:46h, 24 February Reply

      I can promise that you will enjoy eating these breakfast as much as you loved looking at them Sara!

  • Jenn - The Solivagant Soul
    Posted at 17:29h, 20 February Reply

    I always love the aesthetics of your photos and today these made me so ridiculously hungry…! I know Chicago for several books I read that happen there, but besides their pizza style I did not know food could look so extremely great there. All these brunches look amazing. Thanks for such compilation!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 22:47h, 24 February Reply

      Oh yes the food scene is amazing in Chicago Jenn! I hope you can visit the city soon and try some of these places!

  • Runaway Ann
    Posted at 17:37h, 20 February Reply

    The biggest issue for me with breakfast restaurants is to wake up before they close 😀 But looking on such delicious dishes I would have to get up from bed 😉 Adding to my bucket list for Chicago!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 22:48h, 24 February Reply

      Ahah I get that Ann! But be reassured most of those places in Chicago are open all day long anyway 😀

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 17:38h, 20 February Reply

    I’m also a foodie who loves finding good food, especially good places to go for brunch. The dishes at Hanabusa Cafe look delicious and gorgeous! I can’t wait to try some of these breakfast and brunch places the next time I am in Chicago!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 22:51h, 24 February Reply

      So glad to connect with another foodie Elizabeth! I am sure you will enjoy all these cafes and restaurants in Chicago!

  • Lina
    Posted at 18:20h, 20 February Reply

    I went to Chicago three years ago and I didn’t go to ANY of the places you recommens here 🙁 What a pity! Guess I need to go back 😀

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 22:53h, 24 February Reply

      I am so happy to make you discover new places Alina! I hope you can try them once you can travel to Chicago again!

  • Ruth
    Posted at 18:26h, 20 February Reply

    Hello! I have never been to Chicago but it is a place I have been dreaming of visiting. These brunch spots look amazing. The souffle pancakes caught my attention. I bet those taste really good (need to check where they are sold in Los Angeles).

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 22:55h, 24 February Reply

      I am so glad I motivated you even more to visit Chicago Ruth! I am sure you can find the fluffy pancakes, aka souffle pancakes in LA. They are a Japanese specialty.

  • Val
    Posted at 18:27h, 20 February Reply

    I’m a sucker for French toasts and that brioche French toast at Margeaux Brasserie sounds amazing! Great post Ophelie, thanks for sharing these great addresses!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 22:56h, 24 February Reply

      I also adore French Toasts Val, I can tell you the one at Margeaux was delish!

  • Taylor
    Posted at 18:27h, 20 February Reply

    This is an amazing guide Ophelie! I really need to go back to Chicago and try these places. The Allis looks amazing and so does Beatnik. I love spots like that! Chicago definitely is a great foodie city. 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 22:58h, 24 February Reply

      Chicago has definitely an amazing food scene Taylor! I am sure you will enjoy trying the Allis, Beatnik and the others!

  • Maria
    Posted at 18:39h, 20 February Reply

    YUM these places look amazing! I want to try every single one lol. Can’t wait to go to Chicago someday and have brunch in one of these restaurants!!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 23:00h, 24 February Reply

      I am so happy that these places in Chicago made you hungry Maria!

  • Krista
    Posted at 19:18h, 20 February Reply

    I really want to try a souffle pancake! All of these places look amazing to eat. I love brunch and breakfast so I would definitely be hitting some of these up!

  • Emma
    Posted at 19:23h, 20 February Reply

    All of this food looks like everything I need in my life, it’s all so pretty and delicious looking. Those drinks at Limitless! Wow! And The Allis looks like such a beautiful place before you even see the food. I haven’t been to Chicago in a few years but when I go back I’ll be hunting out some of these places

  • Kelly
    Posted at 20:17h, 20 February Reply

    Omg wow. I was literally just saying how I missed brunch and now I have this post. Those lattes at linitless look amazing and Beatnik looks stunning. Thanks for a great post.

  • Vanessa Shields
    Posted at 20:48h, 20 February Reply

    Love Chicago yet I really haven’t done many brunches during my visits. Now I’m excited to go back and try Allis and Beatnik as I love the decor. The French toast is definitely try. Do any have awesome eggs Benedict? That’s my favorite brunch go to.

  • Mayi
    Posted at 22:38h, 20 February Reply

    Wow, so many yummy breakfasts out there. I would love to try some of these like souffle pancakes and Limitless funky coffees. I have never been to Chicago but will hopefully explore one day. In the meantime, I will park this post.

  • Val
    Posted at 23:20h, 20 February Reply

    Your photography is Seriously off the charts ! So professional wowza- can you teach me virtually ha ha ! and all that food yum ! Been awhile since I’ve been to Chicago – gotta get back !

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:13h, 01 May Reply

      Thank you very much for your kind words Val! And now you have many good (and yummy) reasons to visit Chicago again!

  • galatia savva
    Posted at 01:18h, 21 February Reply

    im on a carb-free diet as i write this and I swear to God you are not doing me any favors right now haha! gooorgeous brunch and photos and those lattes look so adorable! yum!

  • Devin Held
    Posted at 03:04h, 21 February Reply

    These brunch and breakfast places look SO incredible!!! Definitely making me hungry right now. The Allis looks so amazing – I’ll have to check it out one day!!

  • Nat
    Posted at 11:13h, 21 February Reply

    OMG! These all look soooo good! Shouldn’t have read this post before breakfast! Now I am so hungry. I’d love to go back to Chicago, I was there about ten years ago, now I have even more reasons to go back!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:14h, 01 May Reply

      There is always a good reason to visit Chicago Nat, and food deserves a place high on the list! I hope you can go there again soon!

  • Susanna
    Posted at 12:01h, 21 February Reply

    Oh my goodness! I left the states five years ago to move to Germany, but if there’s one thing I really miss it is brunch. No one does brunch like the US and Chicago is one of the best spots for it. These all look so lovely, I can’t wait to visit next time I’m home and eat my way through all the avo toast and those fluffy pancakes from Hanabusa Cafe! <3

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:15h, 01 May Reply

      Brunch is one of my favorite activities Susanna so I feel you! I can tell you will really enjoy the places I have recommended in Chicago!

  • Taylor Taverna
    Posted at 14:27h, 21 February Reply

    Okay I literally had to pause in the middle of reading this to go make some breakfast but all of your food shots look SO good. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely be checking these out on my next trip to Chicago.

  • Ummi Nadrah
    Posted at 15:24h, 21 February Reply

    Wow, Ophelie, you simply have great taste! All the restaurants and dishes you picked look amazing, I’m sure they taste just as great too. Am keeping this for future reference.

  • Josy A
    Posted at 01:58h, 22 February Reply

    Oooh you found sooo many good options, but I am a sucker for a good avocado on toast, and the one at Real Good Stuff Co looks fab. I looove those colourful drinks at limitless too. Do they taste as good as they look?

  • Sam
    Posted at 03:00h, 22 February Reply

    If I wasn’t hungry before, I sure am now! Chicago has been on my list for a while now and adding all these places to my list!

  • Nina
    Posted at 00:48h, 23 February Reply

    I’m so sad I didn’t have this post years ago when I visited Chicago. I’ll definitely be back for that delicious looking fench toast at girl and baker!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:12h, 01 May Reply

      You will really appreciate that French Toast and all the yummy places I have shared Nina, it’so good!

  • Lyne
    Posted at 22:22h, 26 February Reply

    All those places look so amazing and all the dishes delicious 🤤 Will keep those in mi d if I ever visit Chicago!

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