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Feb 27, 2013 08:38 PM

Impromptu baby shower brunch this Sunday

My friend's shower got cancelled because the hostess had a death in the family. I would like to take the mom to be and 2 other close friends out for a nice brunch this Sunday as an easy and quick alternative. She lives in Andersonville and I live in Bucktown. I haven't been to brunch in 6 years (my child has a severe egg allergy) so I am a little out of the loop. Any suggestions on a nice - not break the bank- brunch where 5 women(without children) can have a beautiful brunch - no buffets please. Location isn't that big of a concern except we would like to stick to the city possibly between our neighborhoods. I am ok with "downtown' too.

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  1. What a sweet gesture. I'd recommend somewhere with a reservation, so the ones that come to mind, and I'm sure others will add to the list, are North Pond, Perennial Virant, and Cafe Ba-Ba-Reba in Lincoln Park, and Deleece and Senza in Lakeview. You can find the menus on their websites and more detailed reviews through searches here.

    1. I would take a look at Big Jones. Great food, great room -- they also accept reservations. Brunch menu here:

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      1. re: danimalarkey

        Good call on Big Jones. Wish Chowhound could adopt/steal a "Like" button.

        1. re: danimalarkey

          I'm totally with you on BIG JONES. Io think the food is great. Good cocktails too and a warm unstuffy atmosphere.

        2. Thanks for the suggestions- someone else suggested Peninsula brunch. Anyone ever been? Is it break the bank brunch? I am considering Perennial as an alternative.

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          1. re: Francis

            The restaurant in the Peninsula that does Sunday brunch is called the Lobby. Last time I checked, their buffet Sunday brunch was $65-70 per person, plus alcohol and tax/tip. On holidays, it's around $120-130. Yes, for brunch.

            I agree with all the suggestions above (except I haven't been to Senza, which is new and just started brunch a couple of weeks ago). At $33, North Pond is a bit more expensive than the others, but its setting in the middle of the park is exquisite (and the food is very creative); if you really want a "beautiful brunch", that's the place to go. I've posted detailed reports on excellent brunches at Perennial Virant, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, Deleece, and Big Jones (as well as many other places) in the big brunch discussion at

            I also agree that getting a reservation for Sunday brunch is a big advantage over our daily-breakfast-focused restaurants, which do not accept reservations and where waits on Sundays are typically 30-60 minutes.

          2. I'm not much of a brunch person but my 20-something son raved about a brunch he recently had with friends at The Trenchermen in Bucktown. Here is the menu: I believe that they do take reservations for brunch.