Check Out These Restaurants and Cafes for an Unforgettable Breakfast in Chicago
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a delicious breakfast in Chicago during the summer. The sun is out. The warm air has returned. You can finally walk through the city without bundling yourself up in an outfit that makes you look like a marshmallow. It’s time to celebrate the long-awaited summer season with a little breakfast. Whether you are hungry for a monster-sized meal or you want something a little more upscale with a glass of mimosa, Chicago has it all.
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1408 N Milwaukee Ave. | Wicker Park, West Town | kanelabreakfastclub.com
Known for being one of the premier Greek breakfast spots in Chicago, the Kanela [kuh-nel-uh] Breakfast Club serves only the freshest ingredients in its savory dishes and sweet smoothies. Kanela, which means cinnamon in Greek, displays its deep connection to its roots through its dishes made completely from scratch and its refreshing twist on traditional recipes. Customers can start their breakfast off with Kanela’s famous La Colombe Coffee before selecting a savory or sweet dish off the menu. Whether you are in the mood for a filling meal of fried chicken and waffles or you want something a little sweeter, like an acai bowl, Kanela has a dish that will satisfy your craving.
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“I saw they had Chilaquiles which are by far one of my favorite breakfast food, so of course I got them. Who doesn't love nachos for breakfast?! The chorizo was slightly spicy and very delicious. The tomatillo salsa was refreshing and cool. So good!! I also got amazing breakfast potatoes. And a Skin Revive fresh-squeezed juice. So amazing!!” - Yelp Review
196 E Pearson St. Streeterville | Near North Side | wildberrycafe.com
Since 2004, guests have flocked to the Wildberry Cafe for its warm hospitality and unforgettable dishes. Both breakfast and lunch are served, with each individual dish drawing upon traditional homemade recipes built to please one’s pallet. In order to ensure delicious, high-quality dishes are made every day, Wildberry only uses fresh, seasonal ingredients for all of its meals. Their most popular dishes include the Fried Chicken and Biscuits, Create Your Own Signature Omelette, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, and Wild Pan Crepes.
“With each bite came ohhhss and ahhs of pure bliss. I got the Slow Roast Brisket Hash. It also came with pancakes which I upgraded to cinnamon bun flavor. It was a large portion but I couldn't stop. My boyfriend got the vegan hash. He said the veggie patty was amazing. Lastly my friend got the Los Altos Benedict. Again amazing!!” - Yelp Review
820 W Randolph St. West Loop | Near West Side | littlegoatchicago.com
Located in West Loop, the Little Goat Diner brings its own twist on the classic American diner to residents and visitors alike. Whenever you walk in here, you will likely find groups of friends enjoying coffee over pancakes and families indulging in classic breakfast meals. Whether you pick the diner’s famous Bull’s Eye French Toast or its flavorful Bi Bimp Bop Breakfast Bowl, you are sure to leave the place full and satisfied. For those who arrive for brunch or lunch, they can choose an alcoholic beverage from the diner’s comprehensive selection of beers, wines, and cocktails.
“We ordered the Naan your average crudité platter to share. all three dips were delicious! I could have easily inhaled this all if I wasn't being judged by my friend. For my meal, I ordered a veggie burger and Cheerwine. Yum! The bun was soft, the veggie burger itself was so flavorful, I would order this again.” - Yelp Review
1104 West Madison | St. West Loop | chicagowaffles.com
For years, Chicago Waffles has whipped up five-star breakfast and lunch dishes to residents and visitors of the West Loop. Guests can expect a welcoming atmosphere, speedy service, and a delicious meal. All meals are made fresh and piping-hot. Order a hefty serving of Belgian waffles or cinnamon apple pancakes to start off the day. Don’t forget to bring the rest of the family! The kids can choose from mini waffles, chocolate chip pancakes, bacon and eggs, french toast, and more.
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“Their "sweet" is just the right amount, the "savory" just so, and the portions very generous. You won't leave Waffles anything but satisfied. They have a wide variety of tastes and something for everyone. We live in the neighborhood and are regulars. We highly recommend it!” - Yelp Review
1781 N Clybourn Ave. | St. DePaul | jaimitos.com
Jaimito’s Burritos offers fresh, authentic Mexican breakfast burritos that are perfect for starting your day off right. Guests can choose from a comprehensive menu that includes burritos filled with steak, chicken, ground beef, chorizo & egg, and more! Not in the mood for a burrito? No worries. Jaimito’s also serves a wide selection of tacos and enchiladas. Their breakfast specials also include tacos and burritos filled with turkey sausage, eggs, bacon, ham, and veggies.
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“Been visiting on and off for 20+ years. Recommend the steak tacos Americano style. One of the best things on the menu. They'll make nachos if you ask nicely, though that's not on the menu (best with chicken).” - Yelp Review
1358 E 47th | St. Kenwood | ophchicagoland.com
For a hearty, traditional breakfast, you can’t go wrong with The Original Pancake House. With locations in Hyde Park, Lincoln Park, Oak Forest, Orland Park, and the Gold Coast, you can enjoy one of their signature dishes almost anywhere you go. Guests can choose from its wide variety of original world-famous specialties, such as the Apple Pancake or the Dutch Baby. Each menu differs a little per location, so make sure you double-check its menu online before ordering in or dining out there. Each branch of The Original Pancake House offers an extensive menu that goes on for pages, so giving it an extra look ahead of time may prevent you from becoming too overwhelmed.
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“First visit I had to have one of their omelets. They are so good, I think the baking makes them super fluffy. The spinach omelet is my favorite, they serve it with a mushroom/sherry sauce. I asked for cheddar vs. feta and Hollandaise on the side as that is how they serve it at my old local OPH. Ahhhhh, it was so wonderful!” - Yelp Review
620 N Fairbanks Ct. River East | Near North Side | westeggchicago.com
For an upscale, casual breakfast experience in Downtown Chicago, you can’t go wrong with West Egg Cafe. Guests are treated with a wide array of fresh breakfast options inspired by Italian, Tex-Mex, and Greek cuisine. Some of their most popular menu items include the Huevos Rancheros Our Way, Albuquerque Turkey Benedict, Feta Frittata, and California Crepe.
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“They know their eggs! The breakfast options are varied. I had the California crepes - so good, I forgot to get a picture. It came with a poppy seed vinaigrette, potatoes, and an English muffin. I added a side of hollandaise sauce. The other dish was the Mag Mile. Tons of mushrooms with melted cheese, 2 eggs your way, potatoes, and an English muffin. The mushrooms were cooked just right. The eggs came out exactly as ordered.” - Yelp Review
No matter where you go in Chicago, you are bound to find a new breakfast spot to fall in love with. That’s one of the many reasons why people adore Chi-Town. What are your go-to breakfast places in Chicago? Let us know in the comments!