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Breakfast or Brunch Spots

Flying into Chicago for a day on a Friday morning arriving at 9AM. Looking for amazing brunch or breakfast restaurant. This is my first time in Chicago so hoping for either a local favorite or just anywhere outstanding/unique.

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  1. Any particular area? This is a very big city.

    1. Where will you be staying? Or, where will you be at breakfast time? That will help us make practical suggestions.

      Welcome to Chicago!

      1. I am not staying anywhere. I get to Chicago O'Hare at 9AM and basically have 12 hours to kill before meeting friends for a road trip down to Indiana. Anywhere easily accessible via public transportation would be fine. That should be the only practical consideration as I have so much time. I am most likely going to try to go see the shiny round thing in Millenium Park but otherwise no plans. I am flexible.

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        1. re: blatantdream

          Your best bets would be along the Blue Line then. Logan Square is an easy one (about halfway between O'Hare and the Loop). Longman and Eagle is a good choice there.

          If you venture farther South then Bongo Room in Wicker Park is a good choice (there's another location in the South Loop, walking distance from Millennium Park).

          1. re: ferret

            Longman & Eagle is good and I'd add in Jam as well for weekday breakfast/brunch in Logan Square.

            1. re: kathryn

              Love Jam and L&E, but note that Jam is cash only.

          2. re: blatantdream

            Near Millenium Park, if you get hungry, try Do Rite Donuts.

            On Magnificent Mile, I might stop into Xoco or The Purple Pig for a snack.

            1. re: kathryn

              I'm not sure if you will be near Lincoln Park at all, but I would recommend Ann Sauthers (I hope I'm remembering the name correctly.) I've never lived in Chicago, but I spent a month there over the Summer. They have the best and largest cinnamon rolls, and I've saw their rolls featured on the Food Network a couple of times.

              1. re: Wintergoblin

                Ann Sather's cinnamon rolls are good, but the rest of their offerings are just average.

                1. re: ferret

                  Agreed; good (but ridiculously unhealthy) cinnamon rolls, but otherwise boring menu with average food, lackluster service and meh ambiance. Lots of better options.

                  1. re: Gonzo70

                    I'll agree that the rest of the food wasn't anything special. I had the swedish pancakes. Which I've had better, but they are really hard to find where I live, so that was kind of nice.