Remember the days of sleeping in, rolling out of bed and heading out for leisurely brunch? Those times may be long gone now that kids are in the picture, but a fun weekend brunch is still possible. These Chicagoland spots cater to both the mimosa crowd and the sippy cup crowd.
If you can’t spring for a family beach vacay right now, you can at least pretend you’re brunching beach side. This Lincoln Park favorite is bright, breezy and completely tot-friendly, offering a kids menu, highchairs and plenty of room to navigate a stroller through tables. Brunch selections include egg sandwiches, waffles and bagels (perfect for kiddos with blander palates, like mine). Make sure to grab one of the restaurant’s signature “huge” cinnamon rolls for the family to split.
1954 N Halsted St, Chicago
If you’re in the mood for a little Tex Mex flavor at breakfast, Tuco and Blondie has a mouthwatering Southwest brunch menu. You may think kids aren’t Mexican food fans, but chances are, they’ll chow down on the restaurant’s kids menu offerings like quesadillas, french toast, mini tacos and pancakes, of course. Meanwhile, parents can devour breakfast fajitas, chilaquiles and spicy eggs Benedict. Wash it all down with sangria and make sure to save room for churros!
3358 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
Let’s face it, going out to eat as a family can get pricey. Luckily, this casual breakfast joint caters to families on a budget. Every entree on the kids menu for brunch is just $6, including French toast, breakfast burritos and PB&J. Parents can indulge affordably, too, since most adult entrees are around $11-$14. Popular dishes include frittatas, shrimp & grits and brioche french toast. If you’re in need of a little pick-me-up during your meal (aren’t we all?), the cafe has a large coffee and tea menu (there’s also bloody marys and a champagne flight if you’re wanting something a bit stronger).
3120 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
All you need to know about this Roscoe Village spot can be summarized in two, magical words: Pancake. Flight. The restaurant whips up a variety of mini pancake stacks in rotating weekly flavors that will please both kids’ and adults’ taste buds. According to Orange’s Instagram page, mint chocolate chip, blueberry, banana and chocolate nut are a few of their regulars. If your kids are not pancake fans, Orange offers “frushi,” sushi made from fresh fruit, along with breakfast favorites like omelets and french toast.
2011 W. Roscoe St., Chicago
Wildberry is often pretty crowded on the weekends, but that’s no doubt due to their tasty brunch selections. The kids menu here is plentiful, offering everything from cinnamon roll pancakes to chicken tenders (all kids meals include a juice or soda, too!). For parents, there’s specialty Benedicts, biscuits & gravy, and stuffed crepes. The smoothie, juice and lemonade selections are sure to please little ones and there are mocha and espresso drinks for parents in need of a caffeine fix. Although the restaurant chain doesn’t offer reservations, they do allow you to use the “get in line” feature on Yelp, making the wait shorter for families with hungry kiddos.
Various locations around Chicago and suburbs
Northsiders will love these cute Evanston cafes, especially since they are a nonprofit that employs at-risk youth. The atmosphere is cozy, with couches, comfy chairs and board games decorating the space. Their all-day breakfast includes avocado toast, oatmeal and a quiche of the day, and the kids menu has faves like mini corn dogs. And don’t fear bringing your kids with food allergies here; the South cafe’s bakery is 100 percent nut-free.
2 locations in Evanston
Sometimes you need a break from the standard brunch fare. Caribella has got you covered with Puerto Rican specialties like plantain frittatas, guava french toast and tostones (fried plantains). Don’t let the ethnic menu make you hesitant to bring the littles along with you, however. The restaurant’s Nutella pancakes will easily win them over, plus kids meals are all under $7. Check out this low-key Caribbean diner the next time you’re in Logan Square.
3311 W. Fullerton, Chicago
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