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Brunching my way through Chicago

Brunch, it’s a decision us city people taking very seriously. It is often the highlight to a weekend. Brunch isn’t just about eating a quick meal, its meant to be a prolonged eating experience. From endless mimosas to lavished buffet bars, weekend brunch is seriously quite a big deal.

And personally, speaking for those of us who love sleeping in, one of the best parts of brunch by far is the timeline. Most restaurants weekend brunch menu starts by 10 AM and carries on through to midafternoon. In today’s blog, I am sharing just a few of the many amazing brunch experiences you will find while brunching your way through Chicago

Siena Tavern

My eyes are always way bigger them my stomach when I go here. With such a great brunch menu I find it hard to decide what to order so I often convince my husband or guests we are brunching with to all order something different, so we have a little bit of everything from sweet to savory. Siena Tavern is located within walking blocks of my home and has become my happy familiar go to for weekend brunching. I highly recommend pretty much anything on their brunch menu but here are my top favs: 

  • Egg Sandwich
  • Goat Cheese and Truffle Omelet
  • Monkey Bread
  • Caramel Banana French Toast

Siena Tavern is located at 51 W Kinzie St, Chicago 60654

Brunch is offered 10-3 on Saturday and Sunday and is comprised of both a savory and sweet menu.

676 Restaurant & Bar

Located on the 4th floor in the Omni Chicago Hotel overlooking the mag mile of Michigan Ave you will find a warm and classic restaurant that I call my secret gem. 676 Restaurant & Bar has not only great food but stellar service!! Most folks tend to brunch at a designated breakfast restaurant which often means one thing … very looooong wait times, but that is not really an issue at 676 Restaurant.  

Open daily, 676 Restaurant & Bar offers a brunch experience that includes stellar service a beautiful buffet spread as well as the option of table menu service for those who prefer to remain seated though out the meal. The details and variety in the buffet will have you refilling your plate over and over. The buffet includes charcuturie, danish bakery, breads and croissants and leads to sweets like French toast, waffles, a savory custom omelet station with sides including sausage and bacon and ends with fruits and yogurts, and juice/coffee/tea bar are all included.

Omni Chicago Hotel, - 676 Restaurant & Bar is located at 676 North Michigan Ave.


Open for breakfast daily 7:00 AM - 11:00AM


Sleeping in till 11 and waking up with a super hungry appetite? I hear you!! That sounds like weekend living and there is no better way to kickstart your weekend then with a brunch at Freemont.  Located in the heart of River North, Freemont offers their guests a 2-hour brunch experience with an all you can eat buffet and bottomless mimosas. With stations set up throughout the restaurant you might just leave 5 pounds heavier but there is no way you are ever leaving here hungry!

Included amongst some of my favorites brunch stations is the waffle, omelet, seafood and carving station …. oh, and let’s not forget about the donut and desert station!!

Fremont’s ambiance lines right up there with their food. The two-story venue has both retractable windows and a roof that only enhance the ultimate summer brunch experience.  In their own words – “Fremont has defined the brunch game in Chicago” and I couldn’t agree more! 

Brunch Hours are 9:30-4:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Reservations are required.  312.844.7270

Fremont is located at 15 W Illinois Street, Chicago IL 60654

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