Though we’re told by the pros that “skipping the morning meal can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating,” breakfast is sometimes a neglected mealtime. Lunch and dinner get all the attention, but there are some fantastic places in Chicago to have your “most important meal of the day.” Here are ten of the best restaurants for breakfast in Chicago.


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Ann Sather


Ann Sather is the great grandmother of great Chicago breakfast places; whatever you order, make sure you check out the cinnamon rolls.


Café con Leche serves meals throughout the day, but there’s no better time than breakfast to enjoy their signature coffee drink.


Sweet Maple Café brings breakfast baked goods up a notch…or three.


Handlebar is the place to go if you prefer vegetarian (or fruitarian) breakfasts.


Cafe Robey 

Café Robey in Wicker Park/Bucktown is probably the hippest breakfast place in the city – we like the smoked salmon Benedict.


Mele Café & Juice Bar serves up some spectacular smoothies – and many other delectables – to start your day.


Lure Fishbar may not sound like a breakfast place, but they serve fantastic granola and even heartier biscuits and gravy.



Over Easy Café offers all the breakfast favorites…with a few unique twists.


Chicago Bagel Authority has a full menu, but there’s nothing like bagels for breakfast.


Yolk, as the name implies, is where you go when what you want is eggs, done any style, to perfection, in omelets, frittatas, you name it.


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