5 New Year’s Day pajama brunches not to miss

There are very few instances when it is acceptable to wear pajamas in public. Fortunately, New Year’s Day is one of them, as a number of restaurants in the city and the suburbs offer pajama brunches for the whole family to enjoy. So roll out of bed (literally), grab some hair of the dog and eat until your heart’s content (thanks to the elastic waistbands). Please note, for all brunches, reservations are strongly encouraged.


Café Ba-Ba-Reeba


When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Where: 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago


Featuring one of the best Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary bars in the city, complete with olives, pickles, shrimp and various hot sauces, guests can pair drinks with savory brunch tapas. A huge bonus, come in your pajamas and you’ll receive a gift card equal to the price of your meal to use on a future visit.


Haymarket Pub & Brewery


When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Where: 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago


Kick off the New Year by enjoying dishes like Smoked Ham Hock Poutine, Bacon & Potato Pizza and Challah French Toast. A Bloody Mary Bar takes it to the next level.


Kitschn’n on Roscoe


When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Where: 2005 W. Roscoe St., Chicago


A tradition for 20 years and voted “Best Morning After Brunch” by Citysearch, enjoy a full bar (Deluxe Screwdrivers, Spicy Chipotle Bloody Marys, Massive Tiki Mai Tais, etc.), retro music, and menu favorites such as Fried Chicken & Waffles, Huevos Locos and The Hangover Breakfast Wrap.


Shaw’s Crab House


When: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Where: 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg


Shaw’s is one of the most lavish brunch buffets, offering shellfish and seafood stations (oysters, sushi, crab cakes, fried shrimp, etc.), traditional hot breakfast items and decadent desserts and pastries. All guests who don their PJs for the occasion will receive a gift card worth $20.20 towards their next visit.


Stella Barra


When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Where: 1954 N. Halsted Street, Chicago


Start 2020 off with Endless Egg Enchiladas, Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding and $5 Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Bellinis. Since it’s part of the Lettuce Entertain You group, those who come dressed in PJs will get a gift card equal to the price of their meal to use on a future visit.


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Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky is an award-winning journalist and bestselling children's book author. She is the mom of three little ladies who keep her on her toes.
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