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Where to brunch this weekend

Real talk: currently nursing the world’s most debilitating hangover and kind of want to throw up, but when you have a tangled life of extreme poverty and opulence, there’s a natural tendency to go a little O.D. at the open bar. Oh man, and I totally reek from all the Marc Jacobs I tested in the bougie ladies room at Macy’s last night. Kill me.

Never again, she cried again (Photo: Carly Fisher)

Never again, she cried again (Photo: Carly Fisher)

I digress: brunch. There’s a lot of it this weekend. Openings, closings, fundraisers and, of course, the never-ending list of brunch spots in the Restaurant Directory, where you can conveniently make a reservation.

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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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Last brunch at Vella

Some belated, but very sad news to hit the brunch world: Chicagoist has reported that Our Lady of the Blue Line, Vella Cafe, will be closing their doors on Aug. 23. Though the replacement resident at the Western stop storefront is none other than Bill Kim’s  highly-anticipated Belly Shack, we’ll truly miss daily access to amaranth pancakes and smashers. 

Vella will be hosting one last pizza dinner on Aug. 14, including personal favorite the Baconegger: a heavenly, cholesterol-laden dreamboat of bacon, egg, mozzarella and fresh basil. 

— Carly Fisher

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Later, Le Lan

Make sure to cross Le Lan off your list of dining options for brunch or dinner. The popular River North restaurant shut their doors with the unfortunately typical “economic downturn” explanation.

Le Lan and Soul owner Howard Davis has released the following statement about the closing of Le Lan and Soul restaurants.

“We had to close due to a downturn in business that we attribute to the current economic situation. We appreciate all of the great effort our staff made over the years in creating very high quality restaurants and we are grateful to all of our customers who supported us over the years.”

— Carly Fisher

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Orange to close mid-September

Gapers Block reports that Orange’s second location is scheduled to close mid-September due to a jump in the new lease price.  Unsurprising considering the off-set South Loop location is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it find for anyone not purposefully finding it, and certainly not a tourist hotspot as it’s located adjacent to the weekend-desolate Printer’s Row, thus leaving only the empty-pocketed Depaul/Columbia student population to make up weekend brunch profits. No worries, the flagship store on Clark and Belmont and the third Roscoe Village franchise will soon be joined with a reported Clark and Fullerton location.

– Carly Fisher

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