May 29, 2017 // Chicago· life· travel
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff of summer… and summer usually means elevating your brunch game. Whether you live in Chicago or are visiting, there are plenty of Instagrammable Chicago restaurants perfect for brunching that will keep your feed — and your stomach — full.
Park and Field
This relative newcomer in Logan Square (it opened in late 2016) is possibly the chicest sports bar you’ll ever go to. Brunch features a buffet and bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys, and there’s a great outdoor space complete with fire pit, too.
Mortar and Pestle
Mortar and Pestle is a daytime-only spot in Lakeview that serves elevated brunch classics in a rustic-yet-trendy setting… like if Anthropologie did a brunch restaurant, basically. The space is fairly small and doesn’t take reservations, so be prepared for a wait on weekends.
Eden is a little bit off the beaten path in West Town but very much worth the trek. The light, airy space is adjacent to its own onsite urban garden, where they grow many of the ingredients for the Mediterranean-inspired menu.
French chateau meets rock ‘n’ roll vibes in this West Loop spot, named after the villa where The Rolling Stones recorded “Exile on Main Street” in the 1970s. Think lots of marble and chandeliers mixed with and concrete and funky art.
Publican Anker is the fish-focused offshoot of Publican and Publican Quality Meats, located just off the intersection of North, Damen and Milwaukee in Wicker Park. Come for the industrial-chic decor, stay for the avocado and bialy and smoked trout scramble.
Summer House Santa Monica
Summer House Santa Monica is the Lincoln Park brunch spot to see and be seen. It maintains West Coast vibes even in wintertime thanks to a retractable glass ceiling, but is best experienced in the summertime and fresh air. Don’t miss the sea salt chocolate chip cookie from the bakery counter.
Bernie’s Lunch and Supper
The rule of thumb seems to be that if a restaurant features “Mediterranean-inspired” cuisine, it will probably have a killer decor scheme to go with it. Bernie’s Lunch and Supper is no exception. This River North restaurant also boasts a rooftop perfect for day-drinking and happy hours.
3 Arts Club Cafe
If you’re extra fancy (and rich), you can re-create the look of 3 Arts Club Cafe — a collaboration between Brendan Sodikoff and Restoration Hardware — at home. Yep, it’s a restaurant smack dab in the middle of Restoration Hardware’s flagship Gold Coast gallery, located inside the historic 3 Arts Club building, and it’s as stunning as you’d imagine. Food and drinks are a little on the pricey side, but hey, it’s inside a Restoration Hardware in the Gold Coast. What do you expect?
I’m low-key obsessed with The Winchester. It’s a perfect hidden gem of a restaurant in Ukranian Village with great food at all meals, bright decor (that I wouldn’t mind living in) and friendly service. True story: one time a friend and I were in search of a coffee cocktail in the neighborhood, and I remembered how amazing the Danish Coffee at The Winchester is. We walked over only to find that they were closed, since it was between lunch and dinner service…but they served us Danish Coffees anyway, and were really chill and cool about it. Now, I’m not saying you should barge in when they’re closed and ask for a drink, but I am saying that the place has great vibes.
The Hampton Social
There’s a neon sign that says rosé all day, which will basically get Instagram likes before you even post it. What more do you need? The food and service could be terrible and it would still be a scene. Luckily, the food is pretty good and the cocktails are refreshing…but the service does leave something to be desired.
Soho House locations around the world are so good at decorating, they put out a coffee table book about it. The Chicago House is located in an old factory in the West Loop and boasts The Allis on the lobby floor, a bar and cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and afternoon tea. It’s a great place to work or grab a drink, too. Words really can’t do it justice…the decor is to die for.
Are there any Instagrammable brunch spots I missed? Let me know your favorites in the comments!
Feature image via The Allis; all other images via each restaurant’s website unless otherwise noted.