Boho House Brunch - courtesy of Lion + Maven

Brunch Bucket List

As strange as it may seem, I find that there is something cozy and romantic about rainy weekends. It gives me an excuse to wear an oversized sweater and curl up on the couch with Netflix and my favorite bottle of Pinot Grigio.

However, it looks like the weather isn’t changing anytime soon and I couldn’t very well stay inside for an entire week! So, I’m making it a personal goal of mine to hit as many hot brunch spots as possible before the snow comes (I’m telling you it will be sooner than we think).

From crudo and tacos to grits and Bloody Mary’s, I’m doing it big. While Chicago is rolling deep in hot restaurants, I narrowed it down to my top 7. Some I’ve tried, but most I’m dying to check off my list!

Pop a bottle of bubbly and keep scrolling for my bucket list of brunch spots. Hope to see you there, babes!

1. Somerset

Adjacent to the Viceroy, Somerset is probably the most popular spot in Chicago right now. Referred to as the “All American Club,” the Boka Group restaurant is vibrant, fun and delicious. The 1920s atmosphere takes you back and makes brunchin’ at Somerset a retro experience. I’ve been here for cocktails and OMG was it amazing. Now time to check brunch off the list!

Somerset - courtesy of Eater

Somerset | 1112 N. State St. | Gold Coast

2. Barrio

First of all, the interior of this River North restaurant is STUNNING. The colors and patterns give off a rustic and eccentric vibe. With a “Top Chef” alum as head of the kitchen, you know that the food is going to exquisite. I am counting down the minutes until I can get my hands on the Churro French Toast.

Barrio | 65 W. Kinzie St. | River North


3. Beatnik

The interior of this restaurant, oh my goodness. It is absolutely breathtaking. The extravagant design of Beatnik is inspired by the bohemian lifestyles in America and Europe during the 19650s. This gorgeous restaurant is known for playing a variety of enticing music from Reggae, to Middle Eastern Classic Rock, to Brazilian Soul. But babes. I’m most excited to try the Chai Cinnamon Rolls.

Beatnik - courtesy of The Infatuation

Beatnik | 1604 W. Chicago Ave. | West Town

4. Roister

Anson Mills Grits. Scallop XO, egg yolk and parmesan.. How delicious? This is just one item on the menu that had me drooling on my Chanel.


Roister | 951 W. Fulton Market | West Loop


5. 3 Arts Club Cafe

An oldie, but a goodie. 3 Arts Club Cafe e is easily one of my favorite places in all of Chicago. It is simply enchanting. The perfect place to munch on toast and jam with your girlfriends or to come by yourself and enjoy a cappuccino while you get some work done.


3 Arts Club Cafe | 1300 N. Dearborn St. | Gold Coast


6. Bohemian House

Babes, you absolutely cannot miss a chance to visit this beautiful Michelin restaurant for brunch Thursday-Sunday. The Smoked Trout Toast is unlike anything I have ever tasted.

Boho House Brunch - courtesy of Lion + Maven

Boho House | 11 W. Illinois St. | River North


7. Maple & Ash

Maple & Ash has always been a favorite restaurant of mine. While the dinner staff probably know me by name, I haven’t had the chance to check out the Sunday Brunch. With Bottomless Bubbles on the menu, you better believe I am clearing my schedule this Sunday.

Maple & Ash - Architectural Digest - brunch

Maple & Ash | 8 W. Maple St. | Gold Coast


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