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Pancakes with a purpose

COPWATCH, an organization that works to prevent police brutality and educate the community on citizen rights, is holding a breakfast benefit to recover the costs of $750 worth of stolen equipment used to monitor the police that was being stored at the Catholic Worker House in Uptown. The benefit will feature banana pecan pancakes, tomato basil eggs, Metropolis coffee and the reward of being a good samaritan.

Brunch will be served 10:00 a.m-1:00 p.m. at the Catholic Worker House at 4652 N. Kenmore on Sunday, August 23 with a $5 suggested donation. For more information, contact program coordinator Katie Bezrouch at 708.921.6948.

— Carly Fisher


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Last call for The Spot’s Diva Brunch

If you haven’t experienced the most fabulous brunch variety show in town, there are two weekends left before the final curtain call for waffles and wigs hosted by house cabaret veterans, Scooty and Jojo. The Spot‘s notorious Diva Brunch has had a great run this past season, but is making way for new programming. The final Diva Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, August 30, with seatings at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. A full brunch package, including campy brunch items like “Strip those eggs,” and unlimited bellinis and mimosas is only $35. Show-only tickets are $15.

Certified divas (Photo: Scott Bradley)

Real life divas (Photo: Scott Bradley)

Those who manage to make it to this upcoming Sunday’s brunch can expect to see among the scheduled performers Lauren Wolf and Mari Stratton’s Thelma & Louisin’ Diva showcase, which should be as empowering as it is delicious.

The Spot is located at 4437 N. Broadway Ave. in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. For more information, call 773.728.8934.

— Carly Fisher

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Make ’em say bruuuunch, Nana

Bridgeport is really the underdog of Chicago neighborhoods. Not too surprising considering that the area is repped by the White Sox, a team that forever stays in the shadow of its obnoxiously drunk sibling, the Cubs. As is the problem with overlooked ‘hoods, Bridgeport has been in dire need of some major brunch help for awhile now. Luckily, the arrival of organic eatery, Nana, which is set to open this Monday, August 24, is offering a ray of hope, serving eco-friendly brunch bites with a twist.

Soon to be populated with patrons

Inside Nana; soon to be populated with patrons (Photo: Tamara Bell)

An eclectic menu of dishes inspired from both sides of the border, stand out dishes include sweets like banana-hemp cakes and corn-oat waffles made with a raw oat, cornmeal and vanilla soymilk batter sweetened with Medjool dates, as well as savory skillets and benedicts, such as the house Nanadict: a pupusa (a thick cheese-stuffed corn flatbread) topped with crumbled chorizo, poached eggs and poblano sauce. Late risers leaning towards the lunch end of brunch have a full lunch menu of burgers, sandwiches and salads to choose from. Indecision is inevitable, so let hunger be your guiding voice. See the menu here.

Nana will open its doors bright ‘n’ early at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 24. Brunch is served Mon.-Fri. 6:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Nana is located at 3267 S. Halsted St. in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. For more information, call 312.929.2486.

— Carly Fisher

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North and West siders, but still best friends

Torn apart by geographical boundaries and an inefficient public transportation system, can two friends find the courage to have brunch at 11:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning?

Favorite homefry (Photo: Carly Fisher)

Favorite home girl eating house taters (Photo: Carly Fisher)

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The Golden Nugget

The creperie was closed and we had thirty minutes. Golden Nugget restaurants always seem to come to the rescue during moments like this. It was a warm summer morning and we did crosswords together. He ordered a breakfast burrito, while I stuck with pancakes and eggs. He seemed anxious, certainly unlike the passionate and sweet Casanova from the night before. This felt forced. He picked at his breakfast burrito.

“You should take that on the road with you,” I suggested.

He said nothing and raised an eyebrow. I invited him to sit next to me and fill out some crosswords. We passed back and forth the copy of the Will Shortz book, inked in varying degrees of certainty. I looked disgusting. Did he notice? Was this why he did not want to stick his tongue in my mouth anymore? The pancakes were filling and delicious.
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Pitchfork and pancakes: the pre-festival brunch guide

For those of you who plan on attending the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 17-19, a word of advice: have a solid brunch. Three days of being sequestered among the huddled, sweaty and excessively fashionable masses requires a certain amount of energy that even free samples of Fuze and overpriced beer can’t satisfy. Before beginning an epic journey of chain smoking and looking bored, pick up brunch at one of these fine establishments.

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Taking it to the streets: al fresco dining

Flowers in bloom, birds chirping and the temperatures warm enough to melt the iciest of hearts means it’s al fresco brunch time. Whether you’re catching up on your tan or you gambled all your money away and need to cry about it over a stack of french toast, here are a variety of outdoor dining options to shed some sunlight on the pit of despair better known as your life.


Party of Five at Duchamp? (image courtesy of Grace PR)

Party of Five at Duchamp? (image courtesy of Grace PR)

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