If you’re living and breathing, then chances are you like brunch. Especially if you’re a 20 something girl and even more so if you live in one of the most magnificent cities for cuisine. My Instagram feed is constantly full of people’s early morning meals and practically every boutique has a brunch themed shirt.
Breakfast food has always been a favorite of mine and that was only reaffirmed when I explored some of Chicago’s best brunch places. I live for adventuring in my own city and finding the best gems, so whether you’re a fellow DePaul student or simply visiting Chicago, I hope my list can help you make a decision on where to eat next!
Jam ‘N Honey, 958 W. Webster Avenue ($$) //
For all DePaul students, Jam ‘N Honey is an absolute staple and for good reason. It’s practically on our campus. Unfortunately, they usually only take cash which can be inconvenient but it’s honestly worth it. Don’t miss the stuffed French toast (YUM), turkey sausage, banana Nutella crepes and perhaps the house potatoes! Everything is delicious.
Cafe Vienna, 2523 N. Clark Street ($) //
In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated cafes in Lincoln Park. It’s also an Austrian bakery and they serve incredible croissant sandwiches with eggs and three ingredients of your choice. Definitely try the crepes and take a loaf of sourdough bread home. The prices are insanely reasonable as well.
Batter and Berries, 2748 N. Lincoln Avenue ($) //
I can’t say enough about this place. It’s always packed for breakfast so you usually have to wait a bit for a table but when you taste the food, you won’t mind. The owners and staff are so eccentric and make your visit fun. Get the French toast sampler (see above), crab cake egg’s Benedict, and the chicken and waffles!
Toni Patisserie and Cafe, 65 E. Washington Street ($$) //
I happened upon Toni when I was too impatient to wait for a table at the next place I discuss (see below). Ironically, they’re both on my list! Toni is a gorgeous French cafe inside and out. I had the smoked salmon and it was delectable. The atmosphere itself made the place worth trying. If you like French food that isn’t too “out there,” try Toni for a late brunch sometime.
Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe, 130 E. Randolph Street ($$) //
Wow. After waiting a half hour for a table on a Friday morning, Austin and I were finally seated. Once I tasted my sausage and gravy, I was so over the wait. I couldn’t resist trying their infamous Wildberry pancakes either so we ordered a side of those and I didn’t regret it. Try their freshly squeezed juices and a iced chai tea latte!
The Bongo Room, 1470 N. Milwaukee Avenue ($$) //
I just tried the Bongo Room a few weeks ago and it was so, so good. I tried one of their savory dishes, something I don’t typically do but it was great. My friend got the caramel pretzel pancakes and it was a HUGE portion! They weren’t too rich. The mixture of sweet and salty was just balanced. My only bone to pick was that the service wasn’t the best but I’d go back.