Where to Brunch Outdoors: 6 Nearby Spots

Posted on April 07, 2017

Weekend brunch is a favorite pastime for Chicago locals and visitors alike and there’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful spring and summer days than a delicious breakfast outside. Here are six options for easy brunching before or after a Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

Howells & Hood

435 N. Michigan Ave.

Breakfast-with-a-view is an understatement for this Michigan Avenue restaurant nestled at the base of the Tribune Tower. Enjoy interesting brunch items from their robust brunch menu like Pastrami Hash and their Breakfast Sandwich made with a savory green onion cheddar biscuit while sipping mimosas on their beautiful outdoor patio. Try not to get a neck cramp gazing up at neighboring giants Wrigley Building and Trump Tower. Another impressive feat: 120 craft beers flowing from three bars on 360 beer taps. 

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"...Sunday brunch at its finest!" - Ukraine95, TripAdvisor

Miss Ricky’s

203 N. Wabash Ave., Virgin Hotel

Have some morning sass with your chicken and waffles at the Virgin Hotel’s contemporary diner. Miss Ricky’s combines comfort food with a playful approach - case in point, the Rubenedict, a corned beef benedict. Besides, any place that serves S’Mores Buttermilk Pancakes is a winner in our book. Double bonus for the all-day breakfast menu.

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"Highlight on the breakfast menu was the sriracha fried chicken and sriracha waffles. Miss Ricky's absolutely NAILED this dish." -Mohammad, Yelp

Labriola Ristorante and Cafe

535 N. Michigan Ave.

If bread is your thing, where better to go than a restaurant that was founded on the making of delicious bread? Enjoy their flower adorned outdoor patio tucked just off Michigan Avenue. Great to enjoy breakfast or grab something to go at their bakery cafe offering freshly baked Labriola bread, pastries, Stan’s Donuts and Intelligentsia coffee.

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"The bakery offers the bread guru's pastries, breads, sandwiches, and coffee with daily service beginning at 7 a.m." - Labriola Baking Founder and Stan's Donuts Owner Opens Mag Mile Restaurant", Eater Chicago

Siena Tavern

51 W. Kinzie St.

Step up your brunch game with Lobster Hash, Monkeybread (a hazelnut dream), Tiramisu French Toast...and that’s just the beginning. Top Chef Fabio Viviani’s Italian hot spot is not one for indecisive brunchers, with more than 50 breakfast and lunch menu items to choose from. The problem will be are your bellies big enough to fit all that goodness. One of the pricier brunch options in town, but a regular on “Chicago brunch musts” lists.

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"The bomboloni comes with three sauces (whiskey, caramel, chocolate and raspberr). And wow. A donut, a cake, not exactly sure but so very good. Could have eaten those until I exploded!"
- Cathy D, Yelp

Kanela Breakfast Club

502 E. Illinois St.

You know a place is serious about their morning food when they offer breakfast appetizers like housemade cinnamon rolls, LOUKOUMADES (Greek doughnuts) and chia seed pudding, just to name a few. With a robust menu catering to both sweet and savory fans, there is sure to be something for everyone. Kanela prioritizes supporting local farms and markets with fresh ingredients and cage-free organic eggs.

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"Come prepared to try and share meals with a friend so you can get a good mix between sweet and savory options."
- Lisa T, Yelp


12 S. Michigan Ave., The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Brunch is served family style at this rooftop restaurant with open-air terrace, so plan to come with a group of four or more (or come extra hungry with plans for a doggy bags). The outdoor terrace offers panoramic views of Millennium Park, Lake Michigan and beyond; while the airy interior with glass roof makes you feel like you’re sitting outside. Craft cocktails are the cherry on top of this fresh breakfast experience.

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"They are not messing around with their french toast. It’s made with cinnamon raisin brioche! If that wasn’t enough, they top it with vanilla creme fraiche, caramelized pineapple and maple syrup on top.” 
The Mandatory Chicago Brunch, Lakeshore Lady