By Jasmin Curtiss
Chicago’s Best Brunch Bucket List
Brunching is a true art form. Every weekend, people across the world gather between breakfast and lunch to enjoy bottomless mimosas topped with fresh fruit, drizzle warm maple syrup on their coconut-crusted french toast topped with a blueberry compote or poached eggs with a dash of hot sauce and a side of fresh avocado. Chicago is not exempt from the experience, and is filled with hidden gems to help put together and complete the ultimate brunch bucket list.
Go big or go home
Brunch isn’t brunch without bloody Mary’s, rosè and of course, mimosas. Parlay at Joy District in River North took the phrase “go big or go home” to a new level with its “Mega Mimosa.” Big enough to share with six friends, this classic brunch cocktail comes with two bottles of Prosecco, topped off with OJ and is served in, well, a mega-sized glass. It’ll run you $100, but it’s definitely photo worthy. Available Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seeing the SCENE
Is it really brunch without an artsy photo? Great scenery can make or break the experience. From rooftops to eye-capturing floral arrangements and even color coordinated décor, visuals are everything. Inspired by the Beat Generation from the 1950s and 60s that was known to push away from societal norms, Beatnik is a combination of vibes from across the world. Complete with multiple chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, lush fauna, shapes, colors, textures and antiques from different cultures. No two angles will deliver the same backdrop. Brunch is served at the West Town location Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Looking for a comforting beverage to help recover from a long week? Mindy’s Hot Chocolate puts a sweet year-round twist on a winter favorite. Served hot or iced and topped with a homemade marshmallow, Mindy’s offers seven options to choose from. Try the Lemon, with Belgian and French white chocolate, vanilla and lemon, the Dark Oat Milk with a touch of maple syrup, or the Boozy with rum, cognac, brandy or whisky. Don’t worry, they do serve coffee, so java lovers can still get their morning fix. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but hot cocoa is served daily.
Views from the top
There are plenty of rooftop spots to grab brunch, but how many of them offer the chance to brunch poolside? Cabra Cevicheria, the Peruvian-influenced restaurant on top of The Hoxton Hotel does. The open-air patio has plenty of spaces to lounge while enjoying dishes made with brunch classics including salmon hash, ceviche, quinoa and tuna or sunny side eggs.
Check it out for Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pool towels are provided.
River Roast on the Chicago River comes with views and blues. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. brunch goers are treated to the sounds of local musicians during the Blues and Brews Brunch. Jam out while nibbling on savory chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, a fried shrimp po-boy sandwich or the Brunch Burger, complete with two patties, fried egg, bacon, LTO, pickles and more.