Brunch in Chicago

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Seven Lions, 130 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60603

The Loop in Chicago can be a difficult place to find food that doesn’t just feel like an expensive tourist trap. But Seven Lions is central and worth a visit. Situated directly across the road from the Chicago Art Institute, I couldn’t think of a better place to fuel for a morning’s worth of museum strolling. I went for the Eggs Benedict with crab cakes – it was an absolute must. With a side of roasted broccoli it was one of my favourite meals in Chicago.

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 The Pancake House, 22 E Bellevue Place, Chicago

This is one for the late risers – if you don’t feel like being adventurous (or getting up before 11.00am) you will find that a lot of places in Chicago have already moved on to their lunch menu, but not the Pancake House. And my justification is that it doesn’t even feel like a boring choice for a London girl like me, America should be all about the short stack pancakes, bottomless coffee pots, maple syrup and crispy, crispy bacon. So for the day you have jet lag and can’t face being imaginative, bookmark this as a place to go.

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Pain Quotidien, 10 E Delaware Place ,Chicago

We stumbled across Pain Quotidien during a thunderstorm and we huddled inside for hours until it had passed by. Fortunately for us, there was so much to eat on the menu we were able to wile away the time eating and talking. I had the steel-cut oatmeal with berries and agave nectar. After feeling like perhaps I’d been a little too healthy I rewarded myself in the second round of breakfast with a Pain Au Chocolat – the best I’ve had outside of France (what a claim!). Whilst my sister had the soft boiled eggs and I enjoyed them so much I had them myself the next day.

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Beatrix, 519 N Clark Street, Chicago

Beatrix is a full on health-lovers destination. A complete juice menu (my favourite is the mango and pineapple nectar) which makes for a great start, and one of the only ways I’m getting anywhere near the 5 a day territory on holiday. As well as warming dishes such as oatmeal, topped with dried sour cherries and almonds. Again feeling too healthy, I followed up with a slice of banana loaf bread and peppermint tea.

  • I’ve added Chicago to my bucket list. You look like you’re having the BEST time – I’ve followed your blog, can’t wait to see what you get up to next! It’s literally my dream to hop over to the US.

    Georgina
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    • Hi Georgina, thank you so much – that is such a lovely comment! Chicago was wonderful, but New York is still my favourite :) (although the food in Chicago was fantastic!) I really hope you get a chance to visit someday. And thank you for reading. Love Sophie x

      • I loved New York – though I went when I was in school so I would love to revisit now I’m older and (a bit) wiser!

      • Definitely – I went when I was about 11 the first time and it’s just so much better when you go back and can explore yourself :) Plus I think it’s changed a lot in the last 10 years. Especially areas like the East Village. x

      • Definitely plan on going back!

      • Can’t wait to see the photographs if you do!! xx

  • The pancake house is so good, brings back memories! Love this post :)

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the post Eden – thanks for reading :) and yes the Pancake House is my favourite – can’t beat a short stack with maple syrup! xx

  • Carolin

    Your photography is outstanding and all your pictures look gorgeous. Sorry the comment is rather short, I’m off to the kitchen now because reading your post made me so, so hungry!

    Caz | Lunch Break Adventures

    • Thank you so much for coming and reading my blog Carolin! I’m glad you enjoyed this post and sorry it made you hungry 😉 have a lovely weekend xx

  • Wow. I got to visit Chicago, Sophie! I love food, and all those pictures makes me really hungry! Which is bad considering its 12:41 am! xxx

    • You really should go to Chicago it’s a fantastic city! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for stopping to leave comment :) now go get yourself a midnight snack!! Love Sophie x

  • Lisa

    I love the look of all these brunches! They are making me hungry just thinking about it :) xx

    • Thank you Lisa! Yes when I look back at these pictures I wish I could eat it all again :) xxx

  • Valerie

    I LOVE these pictures – the eggs look so good! xx

    • Thanks so much Valerie :) xxx

  • Sarah

    I haven’t been to Chicago – but I am tempted now just for the food!

    • You definitely should – it’s a great city!! xxx

      • And not JUST for the food (although obviously that is important!!) xx

  • Stunning photos, the pancakes look sooooo tasty!

    Anika | http://www.anikamay.co.uk

    • Thank you so much Anika! I know I wish I could eat them right now :) and thanks for leaving a comment – much appreciated. Sophie xxx

  • Stacey Louise

    So So lovely!

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    xx

    • Thank you Stacey!! And thanks for taking the time to leave comment – much appreciated :)xxx

  • Oh, the Pancake House looks so cute! I love Pancake Houses, they are so tasty and so delicious <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin’

    • I LOVED the pancake house – it can be a bit of a tourist trap – but who cares they have great pancakes 😉 xxxx

  • Tal

    This looks dreamy!

    HUGE
    Essence Makeup Haul

    • Thank you Tal !!! And thanks for stopping to leave a comment – always much appreciated xxx :)

  • rachh1994

    Wow, this all looks amazing! I now just need a trip to Chicago! xo

    http://rachelnicole.co.uk/

    • You definitely should – I was surprised by how much I liked it – I thought no where would come close to NY :) xxx

  • Ashlee

    That eggs benedict making my mouth water!!

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    @favro

    • Thanks so much for leaving a lovely comment Ashlee! Plus I love your blog name :) xx

  • Tia

    I like banana loaf bread and peppermint tea! This post makes me hungry :ooo

    Tia | GARNETIA

    • The perfect combination :) Xx

  • oh my gosh! what beautiful food! this all looks so delicious!

    kelseybang.com

    • Thank you so much Kelsey and thanks for stopping to comment :)xxxx

  • Arden Rubens

    OMG. Amazing brunchspo here. Looks so goooood!! x

    TOPCOAT – FASHION BLOG

    • Thanks so much Arden! Yes it makes me hungry every time I look at it :) xx

  • Beautiful photos. I love Chicago! I’ve only visited once but I’d love to go back. Also, that brunch looks great. Definitely reminded me of the fact that I still need to eat breakfast haha

    xx Naomi in Wonderland

    • Thank you so much Naomi – that’s very kind :) I hope you’ve had breakfast by now?!! xx

  • OMG! So much food!
    This looks so yummy, I want it all!

    X

    Anjelique

    http://www.anjelique.com.au

    • Thanks for leaving a comment Anjelique :) xxx

  • Michèle

    wow. this food looks very good

    http://www.thefashionfraction.com

    • Thank you Michele!! xxx

  • Corinne C

    I just saw one of my blog friends post an instagram about brunch in Pain Quotidien in London today! How weird!

    The photos all lovely lovely.

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

    • What a strange coincidence! That surely means you definitely have to visit Pain Quotidien yourself? :) xxx