Summer is here. It’s time to gather your girlfriends and change up your weekend routine with these delicious brunch spots, all of which offer tantalizing drinks to lift your spirits, and sunny spots to enjoy and savor the weekend.

by Christine Bachman

This Gold Coast restaurant, part of the Rosebud Restaurant Group, is giving weekends an upgrade with a Bellini Brunch. Enjoy $8 Bellinis with choice of passion fruit, mango and traditional peach (subject to change). In addition, red and white sangria pitchers will be offered ($16 for half, $32 for whole).
Ladies can indulge in the new drink features from the comfort of the large dining rooms or al fresco on the renowned patio and garden seating while feasting on Carmine’s brunch favorites like Banana’s Foster French Toast and Crab Cake Benedict.
Brunch hours:9am-3pm Satuday-Sunday
1043 N. Rush Street, 312-988-7676,

Green Street Local
Bringing Chicago comfort food to the West Loop, the ladies will love the $35 Champagne Mimosa Buckets and while you’re there, you need to try the following:
CHICKEN & DOUGHNUT $16 Fried Boneless Breast of Chicken Served with A Glazed Doughnut
MARIA’S FRENCH TOAST $14 Italian Bread Coated in Captain Crunch, Stuffed with Mascarpone Cheese & Fresh Berries. Topped with Powdered Sugar, Mint & Maple Syrup.
Brunch hours: 11- 3pm
130 S. Green Street, 312-226-6565

Beef & Barley
Your gal pals will enjoy the contemporary space in the heart of Lakeview while cozying up and sharing The Devils Doorknob. This drink consists of Beefeater Gin, Orgete, Housemade simple syrup, 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon, aromatic bitters and orange bitters for $40.
PB&J BREAD PUDDING FRENCH TOAST – strawberry jam, crunchy peanut butter, toasted marshmallow, brioche, orange marmalade, whipped cream $8
DUTCH BABY PANCAKE – peaches, pecans, whipped cream $8
Brunch hours: 11-2pm
3001 N. Ashland Ave, 773-248-0990

The interior of this River North spot is warm and intimate with cheery music that is great for those ‘morning-after’ conversations with girlfriends. The food menu caters to groups and parties of two. Guests can share a cast-iron French toast dish, or nosh on individual items, like the Mediterranean Salad or shared apps, like the Buttermilk and Vanilla Bean Doughnut Holes.
Drink to share: Blonde on Blonde-vodka, rum, white port, Champagne, and chili pepper served in a copper pineapple. $26, serves 2-3. The patio is a highlight for summer, with family-style seating for up to 12.
Brunch hours: 10:30-2:30pm
441 N. Clark St., River North, 312-955-1900

Beacon Tavern
You’ll find whimsical and fresh interpretations of classic tavern fare, including: Stuffed French Toast; Sausage Egg and Cheese Muffin,Yogurt Panna Cotta; Montecristo, The John Denver and homemade pastries. Also included on the brunch menu are popular Beacon dishes such as Crudo; Bob’s Oysters; Grilled Bacon; Fried Chicken and Soft Shell Crab Sliders. They also offer a unique and affordable wine program entitled “49 for $49” – 49 varietals available at $49 each.
Brunch hours: 10am-3pm
405 N. Wabash, 312-955-4226

This French Bistro showcases ingredients from Midwest farms. Your girlfriends will enjoy the bottomless mimosas ($16.96 per person, for 1.5 hour time limit) with an elegant brunch menu.
Sit out on the Terrace and enjoy rosé or champagne in the midst of Chicago’s Gold Coast.
Brunch hours: 10-2:30pm
840 N. Wabash, 312-955-4226