Archive for September, 2008

Brunch and ‘ball: morning sports and sausage

Admittedly, while physically, mentally, and emotionally incapable of participating in or watching sports, I also recognize that I am in the minority and that despite my own aversion, some might find a sports-themed brunch appealing. It seems to be a common trend among a number of bars, so why not? As long as there’s food, I’m in. Also, after brunch there’s the benefit to stick around continue ordering from a fully-stocked bar. That said, here is a list of some restaurants currently offering brunch and ‘ball deals in Chicago. Unsurprisingly, most of them are in Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Read the rest of this entry »


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New Orleans Jazz Brunch

What: Lakeshore Ski and Sports Club Jazz Brunch
When: Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where: Bistro 110, 110 E. Pearson, Chicago, IL 60611
RSVP: By Oct. 1 to Donna Forsberg by calling 773.348.1469 or e-mail

There’s nothing like that feeling like you’ve just crashed a private party. Though, in this case, you wouldn’t necessarily be crashing as opposed to paying to smooze with legitimate members who actually enjoy skiing and sports (or pretend to and just pay dues to hang out at the Chalet). Either way, you’re only getting screwed out of $5 more than members to listen to sweet jazz alto sax player Grady Johnson and eating a three-course brunch at Bistro 110. The southern style menu promises to have entrees something along the lines of gumbo, french toast croissants, and Eggs Louisiana (crab meat with hollandaise). But if you want to take part in this, you have to RSVP quickly as the cut off date is Oct. 1.

— Carly Fisher

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Taste of the NFL Brunch

Sorry for the late notice, but this comes via the Greater Chicago Food Depository for tomorrow, September 28, 2008:

Join the Taste of the NFL, the Chicago Bears and NBC Sunday Night Football as they team up to help fight hunger during a special brunch held at Wildfire on Sept. 28. Enjoy fantastic food prepared by Chef Joe Decker, meet Chicago Bears alumni and bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items, including autographed memorabilia, Lettuce Entertain You restaurant gift certificates and Taste of the NFL Cookbooks, which contain 150 recipes from more than 60 NFL chefs and players.

Brunch tickets are $70 per person and include food and beverage, with all proceeds being donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to support hunger-relief efforts.

Wildfire is located at 159 W. Erie St. in River North. To purchase tickets, call Wildfire at 312.787.9000 or visit

— Carly Fisher

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Weekend brunch buzz 9/27-9/28

Man, October is going to be a total buzz-kill with the end of local farmer’s markets and the demise of the Starbucks breakfast sandwich — probably the only thing worth going to Starbucks for. That said, you have one whole month (and a half-week) left! So, take advantage of the Logan Square Farmer’s Market by picking up a panini and a lemonade from our favorite Vella Cafe, and grab a few pastries from Golden Rise Bakery. The market runs every Sunday until Oct. 26 at the southeast corner of Logan Blvd. and Milwaukee Ave,  next to the historic Illinois Centennial Monument in Logan Square. 

Sunday, Sept. 28 marks the first Breakfast with Lincoln Park Zoo’s apes program, which could very well be as fun as a barrel of monkeys.

If you didn’t get your fill of DJ’s the night before or are simply looking to nurse your hangover with another drink or three, (par) Lounge is hosting their weekly Sunday Funday Brunch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with full breakfast and lunch menu and pretty damn cheap drinks. $3 sangria and mimosas, $4 mojitos, and $5 bloody marys, with all the thumping music from local DJ’s you can handle. (par) Lounge is located at 1415 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. For more information, call 773.252.6410.

Known more for their bar than their brunch, Sushisamba Rio offers an eclectic $15 prix-fixe Japanese-Brazilian family-style brunch ranging from the traditional pancakes, eggs benedict, and bacon, to the Brazilian black beans and rice, collard greens, farofa, and orange batidas, and Japanese entrees like tamagoyaki omelet, grilled white fish, enoki mushroom tempura, oshinko pickle, and miso soup. Brunch runs on Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sushisamba Rio is located at 504 N. Wells St. in River North. For more information, call 312.595.2300.

In case you were getting bored with their menu or simply didn’t notice, New Orleans’ style Big Jones just updated their brunch menu for sweet Southern brunch outings any day of the week. Big Jones is located at 5347 N. Clark St. in Andersonville. For more information, call 773.275.5725.

— Carly Fisher

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The 411 on Duchamp’s Sunday brunch

With all the buzz circulating new-ish Bucktown restaurant, Duchamp, word concerning the Sunday brunch menu is fairly hushed. Not sure why, considering the restaurateurs clearly put effort into developing a separate menu. No word on if the menu is seasonal as of yet, but for the time being, it appears an eclectic blend of — well, everything. Don’t expect any French toast, as entrees are fairly unconventional and definitely more savory than sweet, averaging $10-15. It runs on Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and — oh, hell! Being that I’m feeling particulary charitable today, here is the current brunch menu.


— Carly Fisher

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A brunch with all-you-can-eat AND drink — lordy!

For the sole reason it doesn’t take reservations after Thursday, here’s a special heads up on a wonderful all-you-can-eat brunch: on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lakeview’s Joey’s Brickhouse offers a $15 all-you-can-eat-and-drink special. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

This is Joey, from Joeys Brickhouse

Joey is two-dimensional, apparently.

Pick up the coupon here.

— Carly Fisher

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Eat with some apes, if that’s your cup of tea

What:     Breakfast with Lincoln Park Zoo’s apes
When:    Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 9:30-11 a.m.,  Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008 9:30-11 a.m.

Where:  Regenstein Center for African Apes @ Lincoln Park Zoo

2200 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614

Don’t get me wrong, I love animals. It’s just that the thought of eating with chimps and gorillas sounds totally repulsive on my end. But perhaps those with a penchant for primates and/or those want to instill some sense of fun and education in their angsty teens might enjoy this upcoming event: a dine-and-learn session hosted by Curator of Primates Sue Margulis, Ph.D. The program includes a lecture, breakfast, and viewing session of primates in their most active time of day, which Lincoln Park Zoo promises will be “the wildest breakfast you’ll ever eat!” The program costs $65 for Lincoln Park Zoo members and $75 for non-members. Children under 12 years of age are not permitted, which makes me suspect potential frisky zoo business.

For more information, visit

— Carly Fisher

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