Along the southern shores of Lake Michigan, many of Chicago’s best restaurants serve up stunning water views alongside mimosas and eggs Benedict, either from lakeside locations or lofty rooftop lounges.
There’s no better way to start the day in Chicago than with delicious food, quality cocktails, and breathtaking lake vistas. Get your brunch on while enjoying the view at these nine top brunch spots around Chicago.
1 City Cruises Lake Michigan brunch cruise
If you’re looking for the best brunch in Chicago with a view, Lake Michigan itself is the place to be. You can go for a scenic lake cruise and enjoy brunch at the same time on the City Cruises Signature Sunday Brunch Cruise, which includes a brunch buffet, bottomless mimosas, DJ music, and views of the Chicago skyline.
2 Cindy’s Rooftop
Located across from Millennium Park, Cindy’s Rooftop offers brunch-goers awesome views of the park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Lake Michigan from its open-air terrace and sun-filled indoor glass atrium.
The seasonal New American brunch fare includes classics like buttermilk pancakes and oysters, as well as fun new options like chicken katsu sandwiches to pair with DIY mimosas or Bloody Marys.
3 The Lakefront Restaurant at Theater on the Lake
You can get double-whammy views of the lake and the Chicago skyline from the chic Lakefront Restaurant near Fullerton Beach in Lincoln Park.
Situated inside the historic Theater on the Lake building, the hearty Midwestern weekend brunch gives a fun, breakfasty twist to non-breakfast foods, like brunch burgers and breakfast nachos. The lakefront location and budget-friendly options makes this a great option for families who want to spend a day in the park.
4 Shore Club Chicago
With a Mediterranean-style brunch featuring small plates like salmon ceviche and mains like lobster Benedict, Shore Club Chicago is steps away from the white-sand expanse of North Avenue Beach. The airy restaurant has indoor waterfront dining, and after brunch you can relax in a lounge chair at the Oasis Shore Club or enjoy cold drinks or a flight of refreshing frozen cocktails on the patio.
All the attractions of Lincoln Park, including the North Pond, South Pond, and Lincoln Park Zoo, are a short walk away on the other side of North Lake Shore Drive.
5 Offshore Rooftop
Reaching out into the waters of Lake Michigan at the end of Grand Avenue, Navy Pier is a Chicago institution. Offshore Rooftop is located at the far east end of the pier and offers panoramic lake and skyline views.
Choose between an indoor glass atrium and an outdoor terrace to enjoy classic brunch options, such as avocado toast and bottomless mimosas, with Navy Pier’s fun activities and lovely city beaches, like Ohio Street Beach, Oak Street Beach, Montrose Beach, and North Avenue Beach, just steps away.
Named after its location along North Michigan Avenue, this upscale restaurant in the Park Hyatt Hotel offers a mix of lake and city views from its indoor and outdoor dining areas.
With fancy, high-end mains (think: steak and eggs and a seafood tower), the food at NoMi is complemented by the unbeatable front-row seats to the historic Water Tower.
7 LH Rooftop
Combining views of the lake, the Chicago River, and the architecturally diverse buildings of downtown Chicago, LH Rooftop makes for one epic brunch spot.
This rooftop restaurant and lounge, which includes stylish indoor and outdoor dining, is a popular spot for weekend brunch, on account of both the awesome view and the innovative brunch fare like lobster biscuits and gravy and Bananas Foster French toast.
8 i|O Godfrey
Enjoy brunch and incredible top-of-the-world views from the hip, modern i|O Godfrey rooftop lounge year-round—the only rooftop eatery in Chicago open, regardless of season.
The decadent brunch menu features healthy and comfort-food options ranging from parfaits to beignets, as well as a creative brunch-cocktail menu with mimosas and frosé all day—the ultimate refreshment on a summer weekend.
9 VU Rooftop Bar
Find lovely floral aesthetics, contemporary design, fun food like shareable biscuit boards, and an unbelievable “v-u” of Chicago and the lake at VU Rooftop Bar, where you can opt for indoor or open-air dining on its two terraces.
Brunch in style at these lake-view Chicago restaurants
From laidback waterfront restaurants to cool rooftop lounges, you’ll find a wide range of brunch options around Chicago that also come with beautiful views of the lake.
In addition to the Sunday brunch cruise, City Cruises also has lunch, dinner, and sightseeing options, as well as Walks Chicago tours and Devour food tours to explore the city’s history and culinary scene.