Chicago breezes into brunch weather

Mon. March 19, 2018 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

The Windy City heats up the brunch

Brunch has been a thing since 1896 when mnetioned in a newspaper, quickly turned into a two meal day on Sundays, then branched out into Saturdays finally. While the overall brunch idea continues to stall in some parts of the Midwest, Chicago is an exception with tons of spots to try. When the weather changes, the brunch scene heats up and patios begin to open all around town.

Brunch is mixed with cocktail culture and if your restaurant doesn't have a Bloody Mary bar then it is most likely behind the times.

Baptiste & Bottle at the Conrad Chicago Hotel takes things to a whole new level. There's an Unlimited Baptiste Bloody & Mimosa bar that is unforgettable. The garnishes include shrimp and hush puppies thanks the chef's cajun background.

A waffle bar is offered on special occasions with fresh boozie inspired waffles to satisfy a variety of tastes.

The avocado toast is a must try item with tomato, arugula and eggs. While some of the food ventures on the heavy side. This brunch and breathtaking views will wake you up in the morning!

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Francesca's on Chestnut is breaking out a new brunch menu with some delicious items.

A Bloody Mary bar greets people as they enter the location at 200 East Chestnut Street in Chicago.

The arancini benedict combines risotto, prosciutto, poached eggs, hollandaise with potatoes. It really is a show stopper with high quality ingredients.

The blueberry pancakes make a perfect way to finish things off with a blueberry lemon compote that adds a different consistency to the dish.

More traditional pastas and signature items are also offered so no one will go home hungry after this mid day dining experience.

Head over to for more information on this restaurant group that is celebrating 25 years in the business.