Featuring lavish seasonal menus and bunny-led Easter egg hunts, Chicago’s restaurants embrace the spring festival with decadent Sunday brunches aplenty. Hop along to one of these eateries and feast away.
With its cosy, rustic vibe and modern renditions of Czech food, Bohemian House is a perennial fave with the weekend brunching crowd. This Easter they’re throwing a delicious central European-themed brunch on 1 April, with a fam-friendly three-course menu and optional mimosa pairing. Dine on savoury lamb pie and open pork schnitzel sandwiches and be sure to save room for dessert; the traditional Czech kolache with rhubarb compote is divine.
Another firm fixture on Chi-town’s weekend scene is the dapper Italian Nico Osteria. A-fish-ionados flock to this smart dining room for the freshly shucked oysters served with champagne vinegar or the tagliolini with clams. If you’re looking for a more egg-centric experience (it is Easter, after all) opt for the signature Nico breakfast, which comes with two eggs plus Italian sausage or bacon. Buona Pasqua!
For a buzz atmos, hearty fare and stellar waterfront situ, nab a table at River Roast Social House. On 1 April, this all-American eatery will be serving anl Easter brunch of farm-fresh, seasonally curated plates – the Chef’s Table boasts trad spring dishes, including hand-carved roasts and sweet-toothed treats galore. Arrive hungry.
The recently spruced Lobby at the Peninsula, is hosting a magnificent Easter feast with all the trimmings. The themed version of their weekly brunch features a dedicated breakfast bar with omelette station, seafood and oyster bar and carvery; menu highlights are the decadent eggs Benedict topped with truffle hollandaise and the dessert table laden with chocolate, pastries and sweets. A range of children’s activities, including egg hunts, a balloon artist and a visit from the Easter bunny will help wear off the sugar rush, while parents parents kick back with a Bloody Mary and enjoy the live music. Now that’s what we call an Easter parade.
River Roast Social House / 315 N LaSalle Dr / +1 312 822 0100 / Mon-Thu 11.30am-10pm, till 11am Fri, 11am-11pm Sat, 11am-9pm Sun / www.riverroastchicago.com
Lobby at the Peninsula / 5/F 108 East Superior Street (at North Michigan Avenue) / 1 April 10am-5pm / www.chicago.peninsula.com