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Mar 11, 2010 01:53 PM

River North Breakfast Ideas

Hi Everyone -

My wife and I and our 13-year old twin boys are going to be in Chicago for a few days in April and are staying at the Trump Hotel in the River North area.

Can anyone please give me some ideas for breakfast places near the hotel? The hotel looks very nice, but we'll probably want to avoid paying $100+ for breakfast (in order to be able to spend the $$ on dinners out, of course).

Thanks very much.

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  1. Here are some places to consider for breakfast in that area, in addition to Sixteen, the restaurant in the Trump. Prices will vary (some are expensive) and I recommend checking out the menus on their websites, most of which show prices. I'll start with the closest to the Trump and then work outward:

    South Water Kitchen ( )

    LB Bistro in the Sheraton ( ) - first restaurant of World Champion Pastry Chef Laurent Branlard.

    Fox & Obel ( ) - our premier gourmet grocery store. Get baked goods to go (don't miss the cinnamon swirl rolls) or go to the cafe in the rear of the store for food cooked to order, like their "Cobb omelet".

    Eggsperience Pancakes and Cafe ( )

    XOCO ( ) - Rick Bayless is known for his creative provincial Mexican restaurants, and recently opened XOCO, serving Mexican street food like churros, empanadas, and six kinds of hot chocolate.

    Orange ( - location at Clark and Superior just opened) - specializes in pancake "flights" and custom-made fruit juice combinations

    Heaven on Seven ( ) - Wabash location serves Cajun breakfast starting at 9 on weekdays, 10 on Saturdays; Rush location serves Sunday brunch

    Yolk ( ) has a River North location but it's to the west

    All of the above are within a 10-minute walk or so of the Trump. If you're willing to go a bit further for a place that's really good and also unique, about a mile and a half south of the Trump is Bongo Room ( ). They serve unusual pancakes with sauces, like their pretzel pancakes with white chocolate sauce or their blueberry pancakes with almond panna cotta sauce. The pancakes are ENORMOUS and a standard portion size is three of them; you can also get a one-third or two-thirds portion size at a reduced price, for smaller appetites or if you'd like to try more than one dish.

    Also note that there are a LOT of restaurants in the area not open for breakfast during the week, but serving brunch on Sundays (or, in the case of Frontera Grill, on Saturdays).

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      The following restaurants located in hotels are open for breakfast too:

      Sixteen in the Trump Hotel ( )

      Sable in the Hotel Palomar ( )

      The Restaurant at Conrad in the Conrad Chicago ( )

      David Burke's Primehouse in the James Hotel ( )

      Aja in the Dana Hotel ( )

      1. re: nsxtasy

        Eatt is a new restaurant from the Rosebud Italian steakhouse folks, and they serve breakfast every day starting at 6 on weekdays and 7 on weekends. Details are in its Metromix listing at

        and Metromix did a big photoessay on it at

      2. You can go to "chicago restaurant menus" to see menus (and prices) at a couple of thousand restaurants--- a useful resource.

        I especially second another poster's suggestion of Le Bistro in the Sheraton since you have two teenage boys who probably could eat the sofa without even trying. You pay a flat rate of about $25 pp and eat ad lib from all the many chef stations---they have tons of stuff---but the cost is less than half of what it would be at one of the big brunch buffets.

        1. A new breakfast/brunch place has opened in River North. The name of the restaurant is Brunch, which is going to give you way too many hits if you try googling it! The menu sounds very attractive. Here's the info:

          644 N. Orleans