Brunch is easily one of the more brilliant ideas ever put forth by man. With the mix-and-match combinations of lunch and breakfast, as well as a go-ahead to have a drink before 5 pm, brunch is oftentimes not only a meal, but an event. Restaurants around Chicago have always strived to present new, delectable takes on the typical brunch menu. However, it all comes down to the offerings on that Super Bowl of brunch weekends: Easter. If you're looking to celebrate spring with a few mimosas, some prime rib, and plenty of pancakes, here are some restaurants across the city that will put you (and your stomach) in the holiday spirit.
Grass Fed - Wicker Park/Bucktown
This simple and bright bistro focuses, as you may guess by the name, on grass fed beef. However, their Easter Brunch menu highlights some of their other quality dishes, such as rosemary marinated leg of lamb, baby shrimp risotto, and herb roasted salmon. The three course menu is offered at a reasonable $25 per person.
Sepia - River West
Sip your morning cocktails in style at Sepia. Their sophisticated menu offers four courses: two family-style to share, along with individual entrees and assorted breads and pastries. While such classic treats as cheese blintzes and crunchy French toast will be tempting to fill up on, save room for the decadent desserts that are sure to please. You can see all there is on offer here.
Mon Ami Gabi - Lincoln Park
This French favorite will not disappoint this Easter. From quiches and crepes to the king of Easter brunch dishes, prime rib, there are plenty of worthwhile options. Diners who haven't yet satisfied their sweet tooth with a chocolate bunny have two delicious French toasts to choose from. Of course, mimosas and bloody Marys will be pouring freely. The full menu can be seen here.
Tapas Valencia - South Loop
Head to this colorful tapas restaurant for a vibrant brunch unlike any you've had. Putting a Spanish spin on the Easter meal, expect a selection of their usual small plates, as well as paella, desserts, and a carving table serving generous portions of prime rib and lamb. A free glass of champagne or mimosa will accompany the meal.
LM Bistro - River North
This charming bistro will be a cozy place for your spring celebration. The three course menu is filled with classy dishes like lobster bisque, buckwheat crepes with smoked salmon and fromage blanc, and brioche French toast. It won't take much to imagine that you're spending your Easter on the banks of the Seine. You can get a head start on your daydreams with a glance at the full menu.
Salpicon - Old Town
Put some fiesta into your Easter at this upscale Mexican restaurant. Why eat Eggs Benedict when you can have Arrachera con Huevos? Other delicious Mexican brunch dishes like chilaquiles and jalapenos rellenos will kick your meal into high gear. Top it off with one of their many quality tequilas, and you'll definitely be having more fun at Easter brunch than anyone else in town. Check out the menu.
Due Lire - Lincoln Square
Nobody does Easter quite like the Italians, and Due Lire will certainly make sure you do not leave hungry. Frittatas and mascarpone-stuffed French toast will satisfy the more breakfast-oriented brunch lovers; if you lean towards the lunch side, dive into their pasta carbonara. Their a la carte menu is available from 11 am to 3 pm.
Little Market Brasserie - Gold Coast
This warm and friendly cafe opened not long ago, but it's ready to show its chops with an impressive Easter spread. Delivering a four course meal, complete with a cocktail, you can get familiar dishes with delicious details. The pork belly egg scramble elevates your usual "bacon & eggs" dish, while short rib poutine is a tasty visitor from the north. There's a kid friendly menu as well, making this a great family choice. You can see both menus here.
Signature Room at the 95th - Streeterville
This one is for the class acts. If you want to sip champagne and celebrate Easter with the best view in Chicago, the brunch at the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building should be your pick. A buffet of appetizers will start you off, followed by plated entrees of all the traditional brunch favorites. A dessert station makes treats to order. Between 11 am and 3 pm, the Easter Bunny will be in attendance, and if anyone knows where to brunch, it's him.
Park Grill - Loop
Right on the edge on Millenium Park, this iconic restaurant nestled under Cloud Gate (also called "The Bean") is the ideal place for a spring celebration. Their a la carte menu offers anything your heart and stomach could desire. Chipotle Crab Benedict gives the usual dish a saucy twist, and the Spring Risotto will put you in the mood to go strolling among the flowers. The Bloody Mary Bar is a must as the perfect brunch accompaniment. Take a look at the menu here.