The One-Two Brunch


This week’s blog is all about pairing brunch with another classic outdoor activity in a way to make a seamless experience.  On their own, any of these are a hit, but together they are sure to be a knockout.  Below are three brunch options and three outdoor activities that are all in close proximity to the lake and to each other.  Combine them any way you like, because the beauty of living in one of the most happening parts of the city is that all of these are literally steps from your doorway.  But whichever combination you choose, you will be guaranteed to have had a productive day, and that’s always a win.

Brunch Options

1.)    R.J Grunts (2056 N. Lincoln Park West)  – With an all-American menu, this self-proclaimed Chicago icon features  an all you can eat weekend brunch complete with traditional breakfast staples and a classic salad bar.  RJ’s full menu is also available, along with a handful of hangover remedies.
2.)    Perennial Virant (1800 N. Lincoln) – This Perennial reboot has become one of the city’s hottest brunch spots.  The menu changes regularly, but whatever you order, you can expect it to be tasty.  Recommendation: Try the cinnamon buns with bacon inside, because everything really is better with bacon.
3.)    Duffy’s Tavern (420½ W. Diversey, Chicago IL) – Sports may be Duffy’s strength at night, but by day it’s their brunch buffet that is a force to be reckoned with.   Expect an omelet station, pastries, and a chocolate fountain, along with traditional breakfast items.

Outdoor Activities

1.)    Green City Market (1790 N. Clark) – This outdoor market, located at the south end of Lincoln Park, is Chicago’s largest sustainable farmers market.  Although most of the items for sale are of the photosynthetic variety, Green City also sells foods of other colors, such as produce, baked goods, and meats.
2.)    Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St.) – With an event calendar that includes yoga, garden tours, and the “Jammin’ at the Zoo” concert series, there’s more to the Lincoln Park Zoo than animals.    Not that the animals are to be overlooked.  Summer is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of zoo babies.
3.)    Diversey Driving Range (141 W. Diversey Parkway) – This hidden gem is serene, scenic, never overcrowded, and wonderful for stress relief.  Grab a bucket.  Or, if it fits your fancy, grab two.  Also, the 18 hole mini-golf course is perfect for bringing the kids, or for bringing out the kid in you.

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