Remember the Chicago summer bucket list we posted last week? Well, we forgot to mention one thing – eat brunch outside. The weather will only be suitable for a couple more months (and that's being optimistic), and the added outdoor seating makes it easier to get a spot at some of the more popular brunch spots to boot. Here’s our list of the best spots to sip your mimosa and laze away the late morning with the sun on your shoulders.
Nightwood: This Pilsen restaurant has one of the coolest patios in town; the modern décor is accented by wooden details while ceiling fans, a roof and a fireplace keep temperatures comfortable. Whatever you do, don’t forget to order Nightwood’s signature snack: the bacon-butterscotch doughnuts.
2119 S. Halsted St.; 312-526-3385
Fred’s at Barney’s: It’s difficult to beat the view from the terrace at Fred’s: six floors up, overlooking the city and a lovely look at Lake Michigan. You may need to dress up a little to fit in with this designer crowd, but it’s well worth it for the tasty prix fixe eats which cost just $28 per person.
15 E. Oak St.; 312-596-1111
Bistro Campagne: The hidden back patio of this Lincoln Square brunch spot isn’t for people-watchers. Instead, diners cozy up to intimate tables in this Secret Garden-esque locale, all while savoring eats like buckwheat crepes filled with vanilla ricotta and duck confit with potato hash.
4518 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-271-6100
Longman and Eagle: This hip Logan Square hangout serves up brunch to the hungover masses each weekend on its patio filled with rustic wooden tables. Hipsters will love the PBR breakfast, which includes eggs, house potatoes, bacon or sausage and (naturally) a can of PBR.
2657 N. Kedzie Ave.; 773-276-7110
Twisted Spoke: Biker-themed bar by night and casual eatery by day, Twisted Spoke has a rooftop patio that will make you swoon in summer. Slide up to one of the picnic-style tables and order up some serious brunch grub like corned beef hash with eggs, a breakfast burrito or the chili scramble.
501 N. Ogden Ave.; 312-666-1500
Jam: This Ukranian Village eatery juxtaposes minimalist interior décor with towering trees and metal sculptures outside. Take a seat in Jam’s cute garden patio and sample some of the upscale (yet reasonably priced) brunch fare, like eggs benedict with pork belly or malted custard French toast.
937 N. Damen Ave.; 773-489-0302