[Chicago] Lunch/Brunch Suggestions Needed

I’m doing a quick overnighter in Chicago this weekend. I get booted from my Airbnb at 11 am on Sunday and my flight home doesn’t leave until 6 pm. I thought perhaps I could find a restaurant that serves a long, leisurely, tasting menu lunch or brunch to pass the time. Dress code can’t be too stringent as the best I’ll be able to do is a nice pair of shorts and a blouse. Price and cuisine flexible. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Have you looked at LTH forum?

I had not. I was not even aware of it! Thanks for the heads up.

What neighborhood? I know some places in the south Lincoln Park/north Old Town area and if they let me in they obviously don’t have much of a dress code.

They were one of the original forums to form out of CH dissatisfaction. Good people.

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Neighbourhood isn’t much of an issue, but closer to the airport will save on some transportation fees. I’m currently leaning toward North Pond, but if you have other suggestions, I’m all ears.

Slipped my mind that this is Air and Water Show weekend so these places may be packed. None have tasting menus but a couple serve small plates and all have brunch menus on weekends.

Chez Moi at 2100 N. Halsted

French bistro.

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba at 2024 N. Halsted

Spanish tapas.

Stella Barra at 1954 N. Halsted
Artisanal pizza place that has a brunch buffet on weekends with about a dozen items, regular menu is also available during brunch.

Taco Joint at 1969 N. Halsted

Great Viking food, no wait, they sell tacos. Good guacamole, tortas and other Mexican street food.

Adobo Grill at 215 W. North Ave
A bit more upscale Mexican than Taco Joint.

Woodie’s Flat at 1535 N. Wells
Have a brunch menu on weekends along with their regular menu that features items cooked on a wood fire grill.

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head, if you’re looking to try a lot of different things them Cafe Ba Ba Reeba and Taco Joint would probably be good choices. Not sure how the Air and Water Show crowds are going to impact how difficult it will be to get a table.

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Thanks Coogles. I managed to get on a morning flight, so didn’t get to any of these places. All sound great and I’ll keep the list for next time. Thanks again!

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