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Chicago’s Brunch Hot Spots

Our New Year’s resolution? To eat, drink and be merry, and spend more time with family and friends. And what better way to keep this resolution than conversing over a leisurely brunch? Here are some of the brunch destinations where you’ll be sure to find us.

Tavern on Rush

1. Tavern on Rush
John Gatsos, executive chef of this Gold Coast go-to, has assembled the perfect (and expansive) brunch menu—think everything from brick oven-fired pizzas (we’re partial to the sunnyside eggs, bacon and spinach) and classic benedicts to downright decadent filet mignon and eggs. Cap it off with a round of perfectly made Kir royals, Bellinis, bloody marys and strawberry orange mimosas. 1031 N. Rush St., 312.664.9600

2. Frontier
This West Town gem’s brunch menu is not to be missed. Feast on hearty signature dishes, such as fried rabbit and waffles ($15), duck tacos ($11) and lamb chorizo and eggs ($13), while sipping a Mood for a Day (Death’s Door gin, hibiscus liquor, fresh lemon juice, demerara, egg white and grapefruit bitters; $10). Can’t make it out of bed? Come in the afternoon and catch the day’s game on Frontier’s 11 42-inch TVs and two 6-foot projectors! Fri 11AM-3PM; Sat-Sun 10AM-3PM. 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.773.4322

3. 2 Sparrows
This local favorite nestled in the heart of Lincoln Park takes its cocktails and hyper-seasonal menu very seriously. Start the day off right with a spiked coffee (Few Spirits white whiskey, orange and espresso liqueurs, coffee and cream) or a pear elderflower Bellini. We can’t think of a better complement to 2 Sparrows’ menu, featuring comforting biscuits and gravy, maple bacon doughnuts and foie gras and cherry “pop tarts.” Sat-Sun 8AM-3PM. 553 W. Diversey Parkway, 773.234.2320

4. Big Jones
Take a stroll off the beaten path and head north to Big Jones, where chef Paul Fehribach offers a decadent weekend brunch filled with Southern favorites. Highlights include oat flour pancakes toped with almonds, salted caramel and banana anglaise ($11) and omelets filled with Louisiana crawfish and spicy smoked andouille ($15). In need of the hair of the dog? Then tip back Big Jones’ Corpse Reviver #2, a fortifying mix of North Shore gin, Cocchi Americano, Mathilde Orange XO and Herbsainte ($12). Sat and Sun 9AM-3PM. 5347 N. Clark St., 773.275.5725

5. Luxbar
We love all things luxe, and Luxbar is no exception! Start off with glazed apple fritters ($4) or a granola yogurt parfait ($6-$10), then segue to any one of the delicious egg dishes or house specialties. (You’ll see us noshing on the Luxbar skillet: two eggs, hash browns with caramelized onions and bacon, breakfast sausage and toast, all for $13.50). Be sure to catch the game day action on Luxbar’s 42-inch screens. Service begins at 8AM Fri-Sun and 11AM Mon-Thurs. 18 E. Bellevue Place, 312.642.3400