It’s common knowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy for the rest of your day, but it’s also the first meal you eat to recover from your long night out. From eggs to pancakes to chocolate-drenched waffles, there’s an option for everyone.
Don’t spend your summer inside. Grab your friends and head to one or all of these breakfast havens. Breakfast food, you are the major key.
You haven’t eaten real #foodporn until you’ve had the s’mores waffle. The waffle doesn’t stop at the traditional s’mores ingredients of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers, but is also layered with Nutella. Try to hold back your drool while thinking about that.
Wildberry has a huge selection of breakfast options, but their popular “Signature Berry Bliss” Pancakes are a must.
3. Over Easy
There’s a reason that there is always a wait for this trendy breakfast spot. Over Easy takes your breakfast favorites and adds their own unique and yummy twist. From sassy eggs to banana-spiked french toast, there’s something for every sweet or savory person.
Feast lives up to its name by offering some of the best hearty brunch dishes. You will not be disappointed by anything on the menu. They even manage to make a green smoothie taste good.
#SpoonTip: Go for brunch in the summer to take advantage of the outdoor seating. You could spend all morning on their patio in the sun.
Adding eggs to a pizza makes it suitable breakfast food, right? Ditch your leftover pizza that’s been sitting in your dorm and go get some fresh cheesy goodness while enjoying Homeslice’s belief in the “shampoo effect.”
The only thing better than going to a gourmet grocery store is eating at one. Southport Grocery and Cafe doesn’t just offer the finest food products, but also the finest hot food. If you eat only one thing, make it the cupcake pancakes. They’re heavenly.
Nothing beats dining near Millennium Park. Their menu has a wide range of Modern American cuisine. This is a unique place to go if you are stuck in the same breakfast routine.
There’s nowhere else in Chicago where can you get simple breakfast basics that taste this good.
Enjoy the endless amount of French toast possibilities. Their French toast flight is a sample of their delicious flavors.
10. Ann Sather
A Chicago staple for the ages. These giant cinnamon rolls will never stop being worth getting your butt out of bed.
11. Bongo Room
If I could only eat one thing for breakfast for the rest of my life, it would be the white chocolate & caramel pretzel pancakes. You might not be able to eat for the rest of the day after having them, but they’re worth every single bite.
12. Sunny Side Up
Tired of the typical bacon and eggs? Here you will find skillets and Benedicts with eggceptional flavors.
13. Sweet Maple Cafe
The best old-fashioned, homemade breakfast in Chicago. Don’t be deterred by its size or the wait, you won’t find better “sweet milk biscuits” anywhere else.
Forget about your morning cup of coffee and try their specialty hot chocolates. They are topped with house-made marshmallows that compliment your decadent drink. If you’re feeling extra brave, complement your hot chocolate with bite-size doughnuts.
15. 3 Arts Club Cafe
While they only offer a small selection of breakfast food, nothing can beat the atmosphere here. You will not find a prettier place to brunch in Chicago. Do note that it’s still one of the newer places, so try to arrive as early as possible on the weekends to avoid the long wait.
#SpoonTip: Treat yourself for getting up early and order the house-made chocolate chip cookies.
Yes, you can have dessert for breakfast. As the namesake of this breakfast spot, the pancakes are a must. You can even stack your own by choosing your choice of healthy or sweet toppings.
17. Waffles Cafe
Not quite sure how we’ve gotten through life without wonuts for breakfast. The waffle doughnut is a breakfast bucket list must. If doughnuts aren’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with any of their other more traditional menu items.
This is the spot for hearty breakfast options and lots of outdoor seating. There are options for even the pickiest of eaters. I highly recommend trying the grits.
Whether you are in the mood for sweet or savory, Yolk has something for everyone. Their 5-egg omelets are for any true breakfast champ.
Little Goat offers your favorites breakfast meals with a fun twist. From Fat Elvis Waffles to Dark Chocolate Chip Crunch Pancakes to the Sloppy Goat, the food is as great as the names.
21. Oak Tree
This is the perfect spot to go to when strolling on the Magnificent Mile. They have a wide variety and serve breakfast all day. Their bakery items are fresh everyday, so make sure to try one of their artisan breads.
22. Bakin & Eggs
Add adventure to your breakfast plate by ordering one or more of their unique bacon flavors that include maple pepper, jalapeño, honey, cherry smoked, and mesquite.
23. Stax Cafe
Breakfast is served late into the afternoon at Stax Cafe. You can choose from typical breakfast fare or enjoy one of their more unique options like chocolate chip bacon pancakes or mini egg sandwiches.
#TreatYoSelf to the Sophie’s experience. Overlooking Michigan Avenue on the 7th floor in Saks Fifth Avenue, Sophie’s gives the traditional brunch a modern and upscale twist.
25. Jam and Honey
Brunchin’ on a budget? No problem. Nothing is over $15 on the menu. Make sure to order slices of toast. They have a large Nutella container sitting on every table along with pots of delicious marmalade and, of course, jam.
Escape to the Golden State without leaving Chicagoe and dine under the beach-inspired decor. They have a wide selection of fresh baked pastries. Remember to take one or two of their famous cookies to go (imagine Rice Krispie treats on top of a chocolate chunk cookie).
Spice things up with traditional Mexican-inspired dishes.
While known for their monkey bread, the pumpernickel grilled cheese, nutella pancakes, and breakfast burritos also give a tasty spin on favorite breakfast classics.
29. Bar Siena
Don’t be fooled by its Italian parent restaurant, Siena Tavern. Bar Siena offers enough sweet and savory brunch options to fulfill your brunch needs. Complete your boozy brunch with one of their many drink options.