Brunch Like a Local: @properties Christie’s International Real Estate’s Chicagoland Favorites

Whether you’re craving fluffy pancakes, savory eggs benedict, or bottomless mimosas, Chicagoland has plenty of savory brunch spots. Can’t decide which spot to hit? Our team has got you covered. We spoke to @properties Christie’s International Real Estate staff members to get the inside scoop on their favorite brunch spots in Chicagoland. From cozy neighborhood bistros to world-renowned eateries, each staff pick promises a memorable and delicious brunch experience that captures the essence of Chicago’s vibrant culinary scene.

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Lula Cafe

Thad Wong, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of @properties | Christie’s International Real Estate

2537 N Kedzie Boulevard (Logan Square)

Thad’s Pick: With its funky atmosphere and farm-to-table dining, it’s no wonder Lula Café has cemented its place as a beloved staple in Chicago. You can’t help but be charmed by its inventive dishes, such as the pasta ‘yiayia’ or beet bruschetta, which elevate brunch into an art form. You can also expect amazing service here – Lula Cafe recently won a James Beard Award for outstanding hospitality.

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Luella’s Southern Kitchen

Ryan Collins, Accounts Payable Team Lead

4609 N. Lincoln Avenue (Ravenswood)

Ryan’s Pick: Luella’s is the place for welcoming hospitality and home-style southern cooking. This soulful spot in Chicago offers a hip atmosphere that’s perfect for kicking back with friends and family. Ryan says every item on the menu is a hit. His go-to’s are the salmon cakes and the buttermilk fried chicken with collard greens.

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Tricia Riberto, Designated Managing Broker Western Springs & Hinsdale

272 Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook)

Tricia’s Pick: This bustling coffeehouse and restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants has one of the best brunch menus, complete with a cool, urban vibe. Tricia’s go-to order is the light and fluffy lemon pancakes – a brunch delight that shouldn’t be missed. And don’t forget about the delicious made-in-house pastries; they’re perfect companions to your morning coffee.

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Eric Cunningham, Senior Graphic Designer of Corporate Branding

807 W. Fulton Market (Fulton Market)

Eric’s pick: Boqueria, a lavish tapas bar, brings the taste of Barcelona to Fulton Market. With its authentic Spanish food and unbeatable brunch deals—unlimited mimosas and sangria for $42—it’s a must-try. According to Eric, the brunch paella and the patatas bravas are the best. So grab a seat, sip a sangria, and savor the flavors of Spain right here in Chicago.

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Peter Olesker, EVP of Corporate Communications

1434 W. Chicago Avenue (Noble Square)

Peter’s pick: For 25 years, Flo has been dishing out authentic and traditional Southwestern cuisine right in the heart of West Town. This beloved spot is perfect for locals seeking bold flavors and a cozy atmosphere. Peter usually orders the green chile chicken enchiladas, but if you’re craving something sweet, a Flo favorite is the fruity pebbles French toast.

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The Breakfast Club and Grill

Kevin Van Eck, President of Affiliate Strategy

1381 W. Hubbard Street (West Town)

Kevin’s pick: This charming old-school restaurant, adorned with a bright pink awning and a welcoming outdoor patio, has served the best French toast in the city for over 30 years. The Breakfast Club and Grill is a gem in the artsy West Town district, where basic breakfast is done right.

What’s your favorite brunch spot? Comment below!

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