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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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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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Pannekoeken Cafe makes its way to Wicker Park

Not coming soon enough (Photo: Carly Fisher_

Not coming soon enough (Photo: Carly Fisher)

Misty eyed at the impending closure of Bucktown brunch staple, Vella Cafe? Where one door closes, another must open. In this case, that door belongs to Pannekoeken Cafe, the popular Lincoln Square Dutch pancake house, which is currently expanding with a second location in the former Su-Ra Korean Restaurant space at 2257 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park. As a lazy west sider, I, for one, am thrilled at the brunch expansion that’s taken hold in this neck of the woods. The only downside is the inevitable frowning upon raccoon eyes and the encouragement of strollers.

— Carly Fisher

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Carmine’s wakes up and smells the brunch

Well, it’s about time! Looks like the ol’ Viagra Triangle restaurant still has it. After years of filling the plates and stomachs of countless patrons with monster sized portions of pasta, Carmine’s will finally begin serving weekend brunch starting Saturday, May 23 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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News flash: brunch is back for summer, duh!

While most of the restaurants in Chicago that offer brunch serve year round, a good portion of them hibernate during those cold months until the local forecast shows smiley-faced sun graphics. These are some restaurants that have decided to dust off the front stoop for a pleasant Sunday morning rise ‘n’ shine.

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Duchamp serving brunch again

For those of you who have been showing up to Duchamp for brunch for the past few months, sorry for the late notice, but apparently they have not been serving brunch since winter. But good news! Duchamp is set to start serving brunch again starting on Mother’s Day and continuing forth on Sundays from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The restaurant will also be opening up their patio for some sweet summer time al fresco dining. Duchamp is located at 2118 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown. For more information, call 773.235.6434, or visit duchamp-chicago.com.

— Carly Fisher

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Yolk to open River North location in May

Apparently, there are a number of people who turn around as soon as they start seeing numbered streets. If you fall into that special category of people, you’ve probably been missing out on South Loop’s Yolk, as well as half of the city. Still can’t be bothered? Now you can be less inconvenienced as Yolk is set to open a second location in River North near the corner of Chicago and Wells, tentatively dated June 1. The space is still being renovated, but if you want to sneak a peek, the sign is already up at 741 N. Wells St.

— Carly Fisher

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