12 Breakfast Spots Near The Dock

Posted on March 17, 2015

Coffee, donuts and omelettes, oh my! Whether you are looking for a good spot to grab a pre-cruise coffee or want the full weekend brunch experience, see our recommendations for 12 delicious places for morning eats within walking distance from our dock. It’s time to get your breakfast on.

1. David Burke’s Primehouse, The James Hotel, 616 N. Rush St.
Breakfast and brunch spot from its famous, namesake chef. Special call out for its homemade stuffed donuts and fabulous shopping location just off Mag Mile.

Don’t miss: James Omelet with filet tips, truffled mushrooms, caramelized onions, asiago cheese and roasted potatoes

2. Seven Lions, 130 S. Michigan Ave.
Newly opened on Michigan Avenue across from The Art Institute of Chicago, this sleek spot from its famous owner – sommelier, restaurateur and TV personality Alpana Singh – elevates the weekend brunch experience.

Don’t miss: Their mouth-watering selection of pre-brunch pastries, like the Blueberry Finger Sandwich, a grilled muffin with strawberry soup and mascarpone-cream cheese

3. Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe, 130 E. Randolph St.
Breakfast sweet tooth lovers rejoice! Large drool-worthy menu with plenty of sweet and savory options. Serves breakfast all day and offers outdoor seating.

Don’t miss: Their Signature Berry Bliss (Vanilla Anglaise, Blackberry Coulis, Berry Mascarpone & Fresh Berries) which can be made as a Pancake, Waffle, Crepe or French Toast

4. espressamente illy, 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr. (at base of NBC Tower)
Global Italian coffee chain with a contemporary design. Good for the serious espresso lover. Abundant indoor and outdoor seating. Pastry and breakfast sandwich options for those looking for a grab-and-go, light option.

Don’t miss: illycrema, a refreshing icy treat made of espresso and micro crystals of ice (hey, it’s not just about the food at breakfast)

5. Pierrot Gourmet, The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St.
Quaint European-style café and bistro at base of The Peninsula, known for its delectable French Pastries and al fresco dining, complete with an impeccable level of service one would expect from a Peninsula property restaurant.

Don’t miss: Dutch Apple Pancake, an oven baked caramelized cinnamon apple pancake (melts in your mouth)

6. Do-Rite Donuts, 233 E. Erie St. & 50 W. Randolph St.
Scrumdidilyumptious donut shop from popular Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Gluten-free donuts and daily vegan specials. Get a small Dark Matter Coffee just $1 with donut purchase. Also serves breakfast sandwiches.

Don’t miss: For the salty/sweet lover, Pistachio-Meyer Lemon, a meyer-lemon glazed pistachio cake donut covered in toasted Sicilian pistachios

7. Beatrix, 519 N. Clark St.
Spacious, hip restaurant regularly jam-packed with people and inventive flavors. Walk up to their coffee/juice/pastry bar for on-the-go options or to grab some morsels to tide you over while you wait for your table. Another LEYE concept that delivers big, reservations recommended to skip the wait (and on weekends, there is always a wait). 

Don’t miss: their fresh squeezed juices and super fancy coffees; their off-menu specials, in particular the build-your-own Chicken Chilaquiles; their gluten-free menu.

8. Lavazza at Eataly, 43 E. Ohio St.
Italian coffee shop in base of the Italian food mega-eatery, Eataly. Expect espresso-based drinks, smooth coffee and decadent pastries. And after you eat, don’t miss the chance to explore the 63,000 square foot land of Italian food and drink awesomeness.

Don’t miss: Nutella Bar – slather nutella on a mouth-watering carb of your choice. Need we say more?

9. Howell’s & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave.*
We’re not sure which is the primary reason to visit: the incredible views, the scrumptious brunch or the 114 craft beers on 360 beer taps. How about all three? Located at the base of the Tribune Building, their outdoor patio is also dog-friendly.

Don’t miss: Sample some of the best Chicago-based craft beers and beyond with their Beer Flight.

10. HUB 51, 51 W. Hubbard St.*
Popular dinner and late-night spot from LEYE opens its doors for weekend brunch and promises discounts for anyone who shows up in their pajamas (seriously). Great breakfast options and favorites from their lunch menu as well. A Bloody Mary Menu and Make-Your-Own Mimosa option are the cherry on top.

Don’t miss: Breakfast Nachos. With a menu description of “Trust us, you’ll like them”, how can you go wrong? We recommend trusting them indeed.

11. D4 Irish Pub & Café, 345 E. Ohio St.*
Expect a hearty brunch menu with pub classics like an Egg & Banger Sandwich, Smoked Salmon, D4 Benedict (with corned beef, what else?) and much more. For those hungry, will not disappoint. Mostly savory options, but a pancake, French toast and Irish oatmeal caters to those wanting something sweet.

Don't miss: D4 Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, corned beef, tomato, hollandaise, english muffin, breakfast potatoes

12. Travelle, The Langham Chicago, 330 N. Wabash Ave.
The Langham’s sleek restaurant and lounge serves both weekday breakfast and weekend brunch, but it was the brunch menu that caught our attention. Beautiful space with prime River views features breakfast creations from acclaimed Executive Chef Tim Graham.

Don’t miss: their Benedictine Traveler menu, particularly the "travelle" with lobster, spinach, truffled hollandaise