7 Must-Try Pancakes in Chicago to Please Picky Eaters

As if any of us needed an excuse to devour a plate stacked high with pancakes the size of Jupiter, getting out of the house is excuse enough. To end the stay-at-home blues, or take a few home to feed the whole family, try one of these Chicagoland spots for tasty pancake goodness.

Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe


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With locations in Chicago, Schaumburg and Libertyville, you have no excuse not to get yourself in here and order the Signature Berry Bliss with vanilla anglaise, blackberry coulis, berry mascarpone and fresh berries. Or, order to-go for breakfast at home.

Multiple Chicagoland locations

Bongo Room


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Nearly all of the pancakes on the menu start with one special word: fluffy. Enjoy them topped with white chocolate, pretzels, lemon and blackberry or even pineapples. The menu changes seasonally, so there’s always something new to try and fall in love with.

1470 N. Milwaukee, Chicago & 5022 N. Clark, Chicago

Sweet Maple Cafe


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The maple syrup at Sweet Maple Cafe comes from Vermont and the recipe for the pancakes is all original. Try it “bursting with blueberries” or “not-so-plain” buttermilk, and add the extra maple syrup for a sweet breakfast taste. A must-try is the cinnamon roll pancake. Cinnamon. Roll. Pancake.

1339 W. Taylor St., Chicago

Walker Bros. Original Pancake House

With a name like that, you better serve some dang good pancakes — and these guys do. My personal favorite is the Swedish rendition with lingonberries and whipped butter, but I also have to hand it to Walker Bros. for offering an option that contains no gluten, wheat or peanuts.

Multiple Chicagoland locations



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Cindy’s serves a platter of pancakes meant for 3-4 people to share. Now open, weekend brunch (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) includes a deliciously huge plate of buttermilk pancakes with blueberries and aged maple syrup, all with the killer views that Cindy’s on Michigan Ave. is known for.

12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Elly’s Restaurants


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Do not come here if you don’t plan on ordering the oven-baked pancakes. That’s not to say there’s no other reason to visit—it’s to say you’d have regrets for daaays. Choose from apple pancakes or the signature German pancakes in a small or large serving. You can’t really hate on the fact that each one takes between 30 and 40 minutes to make, because honestly, just imagine how good that first bite will taste.

Locations in Jefferson Park, Mundelein, Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village and Norridge

Pannenkoeken Cafe


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Pannenkoeken isn’t just Dutch for pancake, it’s a better way to “say” pancake. A pannenkoeken is larger than a typical American pancake and much thinner. That means they can be topped with oh so much more. Think: ham, cheese and pineapple or chicken sausage, mushroom and cheese or even any sweet fruit of your heart’s desire.

4757 N Western, Chicago

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This story originally published March 7, 2017. It has been updated with the most recent information.


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