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Five uncommon Easter meals in Chicago

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Ham, ham, ham … who says you have to have ham on Easter?

We got 100 press releases for Chicago restaurants all serving variations of the same Easter brunch. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a handful doing something a little different, this Sunday, March 31.

  1. Filini Bar and Restaurant in the Loop serves a four-course prix-fixe menu, including a rabbit ragu risotto with green olives and Grana Padano, $45.

  2. Red Door in Bucktown offers Chef Troy Grave’s three-course brunch menu, centering on such entree choices as a slow-roasted suckling pig, lobster benedict or a Slagel Farm lamb burger, $20.

  3. Michael Jordan’s Steak House on the Magnificent Mile celebrates Easter with Chef James O’Donnell’s surf-and-turf special: a 7-ounce filet with pan-roasted lobster, maitake mushrooms, pea shoots, tarragon and Meyer lemon. $49.

  4. Sepia in the West Loop offers Chef Andrew Zimmerman and Pastry Chef Cindy Schuman‘s four-course menu with such entree choices as pork-belly pastrami hash with poached eggs or a grilled flat iron steak with bacon-thyme butter and duck-fat potatoes, $48.

  5. Mercat a la Planxa in the Loop serves a Spanish Easter menu of six courses, including braised rabbit flatbread and hazelnut and fig pancakes with bacon jam, plus unlimited trips to a carving station featuring oast pig and cider-glazed roasted Skuna Bay salmon, $35.