Best brunch and breakfast in Chicago

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Best brunch and breakfast in Chicago

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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 in Chicago and in this article I am sharing with you my favorite addresses. Take a look to make sure to enjoy the best brunch and breakfast of Chicago!

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

1. The Allis

I was blown away by The Allis! First of all I love their interior: 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 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: http://www.theallis.com/

2. Goddess and the Baker

I really enjoy 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. 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: https://www.goddessandthebaker.com

3. Beatnik

This place 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!

You will be seduced by the boho-chic interior 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

Locations:

  • 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: https://www.beatnikchicago.com/

4. 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!

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: https://www.waldorfastoriachicagohotel.com/dining

5. Beatrix

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

Their coffee 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: https://www.beatrixrestaurants.com

6. Hanabusa Cafe

Have you ever tried soufflé 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: https://www.hanabusacafechicago.com

7. Real Good Stuff Co

At Real Good Stuff Co you will find real good food made from real good ingredients!

You can order juices, smoothies, acai bowls, non dairy ice-creams but also toats, sandwiches and bowls with veggies and meat. You should find everything you need for a real good breakfast or brunch (or lunch actually). I had the Michael Bolton acai bowl and the avocado toast.

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: https://realgoodstuffco.com

8. Juice Rx

I LOVE smoothie bowls! That’s why when I arrived in Chicago, I needed to find a place to have some for breakfast.

Juice Rx is a juice bar offering raw, organic juice cleanses and fresh-pressed juice. They also serve smoothie bowls to my greatest pleasure! It was hard to choose one because they all look very appealing. I opted for the Fruit Alchemist and I loved it!

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: https://drinkjuicerx.com

9. Limitless

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

They serve super pretty lattes (like the glitter charcoal lattes in the picture) and also food like avocado toasts. Their latte art are so beautiful that it’s almost a shame to drink it!

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: https://drinklimitless.com/

I am sure now you have enough information to eat your way through Chicago!

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4 Comments
  • 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.

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