It’s easy to see why brunch is a weekend staple for every Chicagoan: alcohol and breakfast food make for an indulgent combination that most can’t resist. And although River North isn’t the first place that comes to mind when looking for brunch options, they actually have a good selection of places to grab brunch.
Whether you’re a mimosas and muesli, or bacon and Bloody Marys kind of person, here are a few great spots to check out for brunch in River North.
644 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60654
Although naming the restaurant after the eponymous meal lacks creativity, their menu is anything but boring. They serve classic American brunch fare with inventive twists, such as Fruity Pebble French Toast and Tres Leches pancakes. People who opt for healthier alternatives need not worry, as they also have vegetarian and protein-heavy options, which includes any of their Signature Skillet options. The Banana Split French Toast stuffed with bananas and strawberries is another thing not to be missed, even if it means taking it to-go for your next meal.
353 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
At Hampton Social, which opened in 2015, you’ll instantly be transported to the summer destination of the East Coast, no matter what time of the year. The chic and vibrant atmosphere makes it perfect for meeting friends over brunch. Sip rosé all day while having the crowd favorite Crab Cake Benedict, a dish with cream cotta ham, arugula and hollandaise. Or, try the LBLT, the Hampton take on the classic BLT sandwich, with lobster and bacon.
74 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60654
For a taste of the West Coast, Ema is the place to go for brunch in River North. Bringing lighter California-style cooking to Chicago’s River North, Ema features dishes with Mediterranean-inspired flavors, such as hummus and kebabs as staples. For brunch, we recommend the lamb ragu and baked eggs, house-cured king salmon, and kefta and eggs.
714 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
Fabcakes is primarily a pastry shop, but it is also a restaurant that serves delicious European-style meals. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you need not worry about limited options, because the breakfast menu is vegetarian! After brunch, indulge yourself in their cakes, pastries, and desserts, paired with coffee from Ipsento.
441 N Clark Chicago, IL 60654
Stepping into Bottlefork, it isn’t hard to understand why the new American kitchen and bar was recognized as one of the Best Brunch Restaurants by Thrillist. Featuring cuisine that is exciting yet approachable, Bottlefork brunch menu items include inventive coffee cocktails among an extensive libations list. These are best paired with favorites such as the Cast Iron Baked French Toast, and the Rich Man Po’ Boy, lobsters and crispy oysters on a foie-coated, in a buttered brioche roll.
519 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Beatrix, the coffeehouse-cum-neighborhood restaurant has branches in River North, Streeterville, and now Fulton Market, which means a healthy and sumptuous meal is always within reach–no matter where you are in the city. Healthy eats do not mean compromised flavors, thanks to brunch fare that includes quinoa cakes and poached eggs, as well as 10-grain oatmeal, topped with dried cherries, all paired with freshly squeezed juices that include power greens for that added boost.
Have you been to any of these spots for brunch in River North? Any favorites to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below!
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