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Where to Brunch in Chicago

By Sophie Brochu
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Hot stacks of pancakes, bottomless drinks, or all-day dim-sum. Here are five beloved brunch spots to check off your list in Chicago.

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Lil' Ba-Ba-Brunch!

Known for its iconic Spanish plates and pitchers of sangria, Lil’ Ba-Ba-Reeba! is the perfect place to gather for weekend brunch tapas, especially for those who lean toward a more savory spread. To start, share some chorizo-wrapped dates, Ibérico ham croquetas, and deviled egg pinxtos. Heartier dishes include a bacon, egg, & cheddar sandwich made with spicy pepper marmalade—or the beef tenderloin skewers served with mojo picón sauce.

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Dumplings, Dumplings, Dumplings

Chicago magazine called Qing Xiang Yuan, lovingly known as QXY, as one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Chicago. Why? Because no matter which hand-made dumplings you order, you can’t go wrong. Some are gently fried, some are steamed, some are seasonal, some are of the soup variety. Round out your order with spicy cabbage kimchi, cucumber salad, and a pot of loose leaf oolong tea.

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Brunch, But Make it Greek

Greek omelets, Greek bagels, Greek potatoes. Yes, please. Avli specializes in all things Greek and their weekend brunch is no exception. Gather around for a beautifully-curated menu by chef Nikos Kapernaros. The Tsoureki “French” toast is made with Greek sweetbread, then topped with fresh fruit and honey, while the Kagiana eggs are scrambled with tomato and feta. Add a side of the housemade Greek sausage.

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You had us at Beignets

New Orleans native chef Brian Jupiter brings a taste of the free-spirited South to Chicago. This decadent brunch has the Southern-style staples that you crave. From classic shrimp & grits to housemade beignets, there’s no leaving Ina Mae hungry. To drink? Try the brunch punch—or order a mimosa bucket for the table.

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El Borracho Brunch

It’s hard to make decisions when there are so many great options. Chilaquiles or Huevos Rancheros? Breakfast burrito or enchiladas? Spicy verde margarita or Loca Paloma? You get the point. There are so many excellent options on this extensive brunch menu. Make this meal extra lively with $2 pineapple-infused tequila shots.

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