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Brunch Bites:

Brunch is a booming business in Chicago Restaurants like Links and Rodan, and it can be hard to navigate the ins and outs, especially when so many strollers are blocking the way. Each week we highlight some of the most notable brunch news and dining happenings around town. Here are your latest brunch bites.

Chicago Restaurants Links Taproom and Rodan

Links TapRoom

You no longer need to wait till 5:00 p.m. for sausage fests at Links Taproom, now serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Wicker Park’s latest beer-and-sausage bar, Links features the encased handiwork of Big Onion Tavern Group’s consulting chef Joe Pierro and Big Fork Brands’ Lance Avery. The brunch fare is just as sausage-y as the dinnertime options, including bacon and cheddar biscuits with rosemary-Italian sausage gravy, breakfast sandwiches laden with sausage, eggs, and beer cheese, and a poutine-like medley of fries, sausage gravy, eggs, and pickled jalapeños. There’s also something called “Fat Man in a Bath Tub,” a sort of oddball corndog assembly wherein sliced breakfast sausages are fried in waffle batter and served with maple syrup. Eat too much of these and you’ll wind up like the title.



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Wicker Park is a Chicago neighborhood northwest of the Loop, south of Bucktown and west of Pulaski Park within West Town. Charles and Joel Wicker purchased 80 acres (32 ha) of land along Milwaukee Avenue in 1870 and laid out a subdivision with a mix of lot sizes surrounding a 4-acre (1.6 ha) park. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 spurred the first wave of development, as homeless Chicagoans looked to build new houses.


With the end of the 19th century the area was subsumed into the surrounding Polish Downtown and the area adjacent to the park which gave the neighborhood its name became known as “the Polish Gold Coast”.[3] In the 1890s and 1900s, immigration from Poland and the completion of the Metropolitan West Side Elevated Lines greatly boosted the population density of West Town, especially in areas east of Wicker Park. The area around DivisionMilwaukee, and Ashland was once known as ‘Kostkaville‘,[4] and the intersection retains the moniker “Polish Triangle” to this day. The provisional government of Poland met in Wicker Park during World War I. The near Northwest Side is home to many of the most opulent churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago, built in the so-called ‘Polish Cathedral style‘.


Before the start of the 20th century, Germans and Scandinavians tended to live in the area’s north and northwestern sections. Wicker Park became the abode of Chicago’s wealthy Northern European immigrants. The district proved especially popular with merchants, who built large mansions along the neighborhood’s choicest streets—particularly on Hoyne and Pierce, just southwest of North & Damen, known then as Robey. Hoyne was known as “Beer Baron Row,” as many of Chicago’s wealthiest brewers built mansions there.[1][2]