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Updated 3:56 pm, August 31, 2016
By Samantha Nelson
For RedEye

By fusing two meals in one, brunch can be whatever you want it to be. Whether you're looking for an egg-topped mega-meal to give you energy for a busy day, a venue for catching up with friends while drinking all the mimosas or enough meat and potatoes to put you in a food coma until dinner rolls around, these 14 new brunches will make saying goodbye to summer more tolerable.

The Dearborn
145 N. Dearborn St.
312-384-1242
Dishes: The new tavern at Block 37 offers posh bites such as 50-day dry-aged rib-eye served with two eggs, hollandaise and Creole potatoes ($26) and bananas Foster French toast with seared foie gras and whipped cream ($16).
Drinks: The Block Bloody ($12) goes heavy on garnishes with housemade potato chips, prosciutto, grilled shrimp, fried stuffed olives and a mini hot dog, with a Miller High Life pony chaser. For a lighter sip, go with The Crown ($13), a blend of vodka, sparkling wine and orange, lemon and passion fruit juices.
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Forno Rosso
1048 W. Randolph St.
312-243-6000
Dishes: Brunch Italian style at the West Loop restaurant with a prosciutto frittata made with mushrooms and asiago cheese or a breakfast pizza topped with eggs, mozzarella, asparagus, grape tomatoes and Pecorino Romano cheese (both $11).
Drinks: Cool off with Frosé ($12), a blend of rosé, raspberry sorbet and raspberries, or opt for the $20 mimosa package.
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Nosh & Booze
838 W. Randolph St.
312-733-6090
Dishes: The pop-up restaurant from the owners of AMK Kitchen is only open for six months, so you'll want to hurry in to try their chilaquiles with beef chorizo, white cheddar, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and two eggs any style ($16) or fried chicken benedict with a scallion and white cheddar biscuit, habanero ranch sauce and home fries ($13).
Drinks: The West Loop spot's spins on classic brunch cocktails include a bloody mary with green chili vodka, garnished with a slice of bacon, and the Mad Cap mimosa, which blends grapefruit vodka, banana liqueur, orange juice and cava (both $11).
Brunch times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations.

Imperial Lamian
6 W. Hubbard St.
312-595-9440
Dishes: Dig into dim sum at the River North restaurant with specialties including soup dumplings stuffed with crab, duck or gruyere ($10-$12), or crispy spring rolls featuring carrots and royal trumpet and wood ear mushrooms ($9).
Drinks: Take your taste buds traveling with the Rosé Around the World flight ($16) featuring wines from South Africa, Italy, Chile and Oregon, or just savor the Ducknob Dynasty, a blend of duck fat-infused 100-proof rye, sugar, orange essence and black walnut bitters ($15).
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

The Rookery
2109 W. Chicago Ave.
773-772-0406
Dishes: Smoked and pickled items are a specialty at the West Town spot, and you can try them with the romaine chicken salad featuring chickpeas, corn, peppers, goat cheese, croutons and smoked tomato vinaigrette ($13) and the mushroom benedict served on an English muffin with hollandaise and pickled chilies ($12).
Drinks: Housemade pickles garnish the bloody mary ($10), which you can have made with chili vodka, mescal or gin. If you prefer beer, go with a michelada prepared with Ska Mexican Logger lager and a chili salt rim ($7).
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

SteakBar
1500 N. Wells St.
773-966-0404
Dishes: The Old Town restaurant serves its namesake meat in the Steak & Eggs, featuring skirt steak, roasted tomatoes and sunny-side-up eggs ($20), though it also offers vegetarian-friendly eats like the avocado toast, toasted multigrain bread topped with crushed avocado, cherry tomatoes and radish ($11).
Drinks: Add a mimosa package to any entree for $15.
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Beacon Tavern
405 N. Wabash Ave.
312-955-4226
Dishes: Treat your sweet tooth at the Streeterville spot with a plate of stuffed French toast with mascarpone, peach and basil ($14) or yogurt panna cotta with shortbread, fresh fruit and grapefruit ice ($12).
Drinks: There aren’t any brunch-specific cocktails, but you can order from the regular drink menu with seasonal options including the Water Taxi, a blend of pisco, rum, bitters, passion fruit syrup and pineapple-jalapeno kombucha, and Where the Buffalo Roam, which mixes bourbon, amaro, mezcal, honey and lemon juice (both $13).
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Mahalo
1501 N. Milwaukee Ave.
708-328-3091
Dishes: Get a taste of Hawaii in Wicker Park with coconut macadamia pancakes topped with banana, coconut glaze, maple syrup and whipped cream ($12) and a Kalua pork benedict served on a toasted English muffin with arugula, hollandaise and a side of red potatoes ($15).
Drinks: Drink in the tropics with a guava bellini ($10) or pineapple mimosa ($9), or share The Big Kahuna, a blend of rum, pineapple juice and coconut puree served in a fresh pineapple ($28).
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations.

TWO
1132 W. Grand Ave.
312-624-8363
Dishes: Launched right after the West Side restaurant added sidewalk seating, the brunch menu includes a potato pancake with duck confit, scallions, fried duck egg and housemade hot sauce ($15) and shrimp and grits with housemade bacon and wild onions ($12).
Drinks: Get your day off to a strong start with the Corpse Reviver #Two, made with gin, triple sec, vermouth, lemon juice and absinthe, or Maggie, a blend of vodka, honey, cucumber and watermelon juice, elderflower liqueur and celery bitters (both $9).
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. Reservations accepted.

WestEnd
1326 W. Madison St.
312-981-7100
Dishes: Catch the game at the West Loop sports bar while you enjoy a chorizo sloppy Joe served on Texas toast with poached egg, cilantro and avocado and side of housemade chips, or a Dutch baby skillet with blueberry, lemon curd, whipped ricotta, powdered sugar and maple syrup (both $10).
Drinks: Build your own Moscow mule ($10) and feel free to substitute the vodka for bourbon, or take advantage of a $15 mimosa package. During Michigan games the drink offerings change to $6 Coors, Miller Lite and Bell’s Brewery stadium cups, $25 Michigan beer buckets and $8 goblets of sangria. 
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted for large groups by emailing party@fourcornerstaverns.com.

Aire
100 W. Monroe St.
312-236-1234
Dishes: Take in the views from the 24th floor of the Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago while dining on the chef's choice of sweet and savory dishes including pastries, salads and seasonal bites ($45).
Drinks: The brunch package includes mimosas.
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. No reservations.

Benchmark
1510 N. Wells St.
312-649-9640
Dishes: A $35 all-you-can-eat buffet at the Old Town sports bar offers smoked brisket, a carving station, omelets, a waffle bar, a seafood tower and sweets from Doughnut Vault.
Drinks: A bloody mary bar is included with brunch, and you can add a mimosa package for $15.
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Reservations accepted.

Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon
1132 S. Wabash Ave.
312-929-3856
Dishes: The South Loop barbecue joint serves Southern fare including chicken & waffles with maple butter and cheddar grits with smoked pork belly, barbecue sauce and scallions (both $12).
Drinks: The Meal in a Glass bloody mary is mixed with vodka and Guinness and garnished with celery, grilled cheese, fried pickles, candied bacon, an onion ring, hot link, shrimp, lemon and lime with a Miller High Life pony chaser ($20). If that sounds overwhelming, they also have $6 mimosas.
Brunch times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar
1 W. Wacker Drive
312-795-3444
Dishes: Look out at the Chicago River while you dine on chorizo hash served with poached egg, red chili salsa, Cotija cheese, cilantro and potatoes ($12) or share a basket of assorted muffins accompanied by lemon ricotta, local honey and berry jam ($14).
Drinks: Up to four people can share a mimosa tool box, building their own drinks with sparkling wine, fruit garnish and orange, pineapple, cantaloupe and peach juices ($58), or go for the bloody mary tool box, which comes with chorizo, shrimp, candied bacon, aged cheddar, olives, celery and giardiniera to use as garnishes ($72).
Brunch times: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. No reservations.