Chicago Marathon: Best Brunch Spots

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon draws over 1.7 million spectators to watch 44,000+ runners each year. Whether you're running the course or cheering from the sidelines, be sure to make time for brunch at one of these Chicago locations.


Maybe you’re a seasoned runner looking to cross the line in time for some late morning protein. Or perhaps you’re a spectator supporting them (and wanting to dip away from the sidelines for waffles), make sure you check out some of these top Chicago brunch spots for race day.

Little Goat Diner

American diner classics with creative twists

Crumpets, pancakes, burritos, Okonomiyaki?? A unique spin on the classic American diner, Little Goat serves a huge variety of comfort fare — often with a creative twist. Open from 7AM on Saturday and Sunday, this local favorite is sure to quell any runner's (or spectator's) appetite. Get a taste of their unique flair by visiting their creative website before you visit.

Bangers & Lace

Sausage, beer & a mouth-watering brunch menu

A 'rustic-chic' spot for craft beer, artisanal sausage, & genuine hospitality, Bangers & Lace in Wicker Park also features a Saturday/Sunday brunch menu. To drink, they offer a variety of Brunch Beers and Bloodys — The Hawaiian features vodka, house bloody mix, pineapple juice, rauchbier, crushed red pepper and is garnished with Knackwurst. Need we say more? They also have filling favorites to compliment your drink choice — avocado toast, buttermilk waffle and the B&L breakfast. Some say they'd run 26.22 miles to get a taste...


Culinary craftsmanship applied to Brunch

If you're looking for brunch with an aesthetically pleasing touch, Jam is the spot for you. Nestled in the heart of Logan Square, Jam was recently awarded their eighth consecutive Michelin Bib Gourmand. Malted Custard French Toast, anyone?


Wildly imaginative menu of refined American classics

Located in Chicago's Reliance Building, Atwood is in prime vicinity of the Chicago Marathon start/finish area (start/finish area of hunger that is). The interior is strikingly modern with white marble and massive windows perfect for people watching. Their brunch menu includes classics like Chorizo Hash and hot chicken & waffles. And of course you've earned it...try a Bloody Mimosa or Inferno Mary to quench your thirst.

Grant Park Bistro

A modern french bistro with classic brunch staples in an upscale setting

Situated in Chicago's south loop, Grant Park Bistro is a great option for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner when visiting nearby parks, museums...or marathon courses. The sharable menu centers around items from the grill in addition to bistro classics such as Boeuf Bourguignon. For brunch, try the GPB; wild mushrooms, pulled chicken confit & chicken jus. Another good option near the bustle of the start/finish area — bon appétit!

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