Food Fun Friday - Easter, Tax Day Specials

Food Fun Friday - Easter, Tax Day Specials

Tax Day Specials as well as more additions to the Easter and Passover sections. Also a number of beer dinners and fun nights out in the Chicago food world. Have a fun weekend and hope everyone is enjoying the amazing weather!


Between Bites bridges the delicious overlap between eating and storytelling. Food memories shape our personal experiences. Special meals become defining moments. Words fill the space between bites. We wanted to create an ongoing philanthropic forum for food-inspired storytelling, featuring six local writers who cook, dine and chronicle their culinary lives and travels. The theme for our third installment of Between Bites is "Lost and Found." Readings begin at 7PM.

The readers for the spring installment of this ongoing series are:

  • Matt Kirouac, Co-founder and head writer and editor at Restaurant Guru
  • Lisa Shames, Editor-in-Chief, Front Desk Chicago/Dining Editor, CS magazine
  • Louisa Chu, Host of WBEZ's food show, "Chewing the Fat"
  • JP Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Michigan Avenue Magazine
  • Rodelio Aglibot, Chef/Co-Owner of Yum Cha and E + O
  • Rachel Gillman Rischall, Co-founder of Between Bites, freelance writer, Director of Media Relations for Olson

$30 ticket price includes heavy appetizers, Crafthouse cocktails and Dark Horse wines.  A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Un86'd, a charity created to aid in monetary relief for restaurant professionals in need. Buy your tickets here -

The Dawson will host a nontraditional beer dinner showcasing Brooklyn's Evil Twin Brewery. The event will take place from 6pm-9pm in the restaurant's cozy, moody second floor, with special craft brews available exclusively at the bar that evening and five food-pairing stations arranged around the room, such as a cheese table, carving station, and raw bar. Guests will also be able to chat with Evil Twin brewer extraordinaire Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø and enjoy live music by DJ Genghiswon. Tickets are $60 per person, tax and gratuity included, and are available for purchase on The Dawson website

Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap (41 East Superior) is hosting an Interactive Beer Dinner next Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., where there will be seven different breweries present and a delectable six-course menu created exclusively by Jake’s chef, Ryan Kikkert. Representatives from each brewery will be available to answer any inquiries about the brews, so prepare to widen your knowledge (and tastebuds) for this rare event. Tickets are $40/person and are available to purchase online at All tickets include cost of dinner and beer pairings.

Cooking Classes

Nando Milano Trattoria is delighted to announce the first series of cooking classes being offered at the Wicker Park establishment on Sundays in April. Led by Executive Chef Alessio Vullo, Nando's cooking classes will focus on "fare de mangiare per la famiglia" or family style meals, combining the tradition of family togetherness and the love of Italian food. Each week participants will learn how to create one of the delicious Vullo family recipes. Following each lesson, participants are welcome to invite a guest to enjoy the special meal they have helped prepare.

Classes will be held on Sundays in April from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Cost is $80 per person. Classes are limited to 10 people and are on a first come first serve reservation basis. *Note there will be no class on April 20 due to the Easter Holiday. For more information or reservations call (773) 486-2636

Tax Day Specials

Azzurra  1467 N Milwaukee, (773) 278-5959

While most might be dreading April 15, Azzurra gives guests something to look forward to with a special offer for the day. Any guest can enjoy three of the restaurant’s signature antipastis (usually $4 each) for just $4.15. Azzurra’s antipasti selection includes spicy marinated olives, cannelloni beans with pickled vegetables, heirloom carrot caponata, marinated spring artichokes and fingerling potatoes with piquillo peppers, celery hearts and cinzano-roasted garlic vin.

Barcito 151 W. Erie, (312) 274-1111

Taxpayers digging into Bacito's tapas will forget all about their tax-day woes once they have the chance to sample their choice of two of the below selections for just $4.15:

  • pork belly slider, fruit jam, pickled red onion, brioche bun
  • roasted red pepper & eggplant crostini, hazelnut-romesco sauce, goat cheese
  • mini burger, cheddar, house pickles, spicy mayo
  • bacon-wrapped dates, feta cheese, balsamic drizzle
  • white bean spread, bacon jam

The Florentine 151 W. Adams St., (312) 660-8866

With a prime Loop location, The Florentine is the perfect spot for those who are in need of a drink near the office this Tax Day. Offering 50% off all cocktails, beer and wines by the glass and bottle, this cozy Italian spot will have taxpayers covered whatever their drink of choice may be on 4/15!

Old Crow Smokehouse 3506 N Clark St, (773) 537-4452

The burdens of Tax Day can be cured with a little country music, mouthwatering barbecue and moonshine cocktails at Old Crow Smokehouse. Guests won’t have to think much about taxes after they walk through Old Crow Smokehouse’s doors because the restaurant is covering the cost of all the tax from any alcohol purchases throughout the day.

Roka Akor 456 North Clark Street, (312) 477-7652

It’s Tax Day, so why not treat yourself a little? Roka Akor is offering 33% off all sake throughout the day for those who need to take the edge off after a stressful tax season. The restaurant recently rolled out its spring menu with dishes like Kale and Quinoa Salad ($12), Japanese Red Snapper Carpaccio ($22) and Robata Grilled Elk ($32) that all pair excellently with the restaurant’s sake selection.

Easter and Passover

Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, is offering a festive Easter Brunch with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Perfect for children and diners of all ages, the brunch includes an enticing array of breakfast items, salads, seafood, pastas, meats, and a variety of scrumptious desserts. Champagne, Bellinis and Mimosas are included and a Bloody Mary Bar is also available at an extra charge. Following Brunch, guests may also choose to attend the 7:00 p.m. performance of the Tony Award-winning musical, Les Misérables. Reservations are required by calling 630.530.8300 in advance. Limited brunch/theatre tickets are still available.

This Easter, celebrate with friends and family at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 415 N Dearborn, for Sunday brunch served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a favorite neighborhood restaurant, known for its hand cut steaks and award-winning wine list. For Easter only, Sullivan’s is open for brunch and offering the option to “benedict your entrée,” meaning guests can enjoy all the Sullivan’s classic steak dishes with a breakfast twist.

Cost is $36 per person and guests can make reservations by calling 312-527-3510 or online at

Easter Sunday Drink Specials at City Dough – 2955 N Sheffield

  • Sunday, April 20
  • Half-off Bloody Marys and mimosas

Guests who celebrate Easter at City Dough in Lakeview will enjoy half-off Bloody Marys and mimosas. City Dough is a perfect choice for Easter Sunday brunch, lunch or dinner with fresh ingredients  and house made dough used in their doughnuts, pastas, brioche, focaccia and sinful desserts.

Easter Sunday Brunch at Commonwealth Tavern – 2000 W Roscoe

  • $2 to $12 brunch items and drink specials

Commonwealth Tavern, located in the heart of Roscoe Village, invites guests to join them for Easter Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch will feature $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys, and the menu will feature items like a Breakfast Burger, Barbecue Shrimp and Grits, a Seasonal Veggie Omelet, a selection of breakfast sides and more.

Easter Day Buffet at Frontier – 1072 N Milwaukee

  • Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • $20 per person

Guests can celebrate Easter Sunday at Frontier and enjoy a $20 buffet featuring fare specially prepared by Pioneer Tavern Group Corporate Executive Chef Brian Jupiter. Buffet items will include  organic and locally sourced hams, ham hock and cheddar biscuits, ham frittata, and smoked ham and grits. Tickets can be purchased online at

Easter 420 Specials at Lottie's – 1925 W Cortland

  • $4 to $4.20 specials

Guests who visit Lottie's will enjoy a complimentary tater tot buffet at 4:20 p.m., $4.20 Green Line drafts, $4.20 Jeremiah Weed Cocktails, and $4 High Life Bottles.

Easter 420 Specials at The Pony -1638 W Belmont

  • $4 to $4.20 specials

Guests who visit The Pony will enjoy complimentary Easter basket munchies, $4.20 Pony Punch Bong Cups, $4.20 Green Line Drafts, $4.20 Jeremiah Weed cocktails, and $4.20 High Life bottles.

Easter Brunch and Bunny at RIVA – 700 E Grand

  • Sunday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • $45.95 adults; $18.95 children 12 & under; under 4 is free

RIVA Crab House on Navy Pier will host a delicious Easter brunch with fantastic lakefront views. Chef Luigi Garcia will showcase a chef-attended omelet station, carving station, raw bar, fresh fruit buffet, a mouthwatering dessert display, and a variety of sides. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the main dinner menu will be served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be on-site for photos with children and families. Large parties welcome. Reservations are required.

Easter Weekend Movie Highlights at ShowPlace ICON – 150 W Roosevelt

  • $7.50 to $13 tickets

Moviegoers can treat their families to a film at the ShowPlace Icon Theatre in the South Loop this Easter. Movie highlights will include Rio 2 and  Disneynature BEARS. Disneynature will contribute 20 cents per ticket to the National Park Foundation for  everyone who sees the movie during opening week April 18 - April 24.

Easter Specials at Takito – 2013 W Division

Chicagoans who celebrate Easter at Takito will enjoy specials created by Chef/Partner David Dworshak available all day. Specials will include the following:

  • Shirred Egg Cazuela, $12  
Smoked ham, Brunkow cheese, asparagus and pickled Trinidad peppers
  • Masa Hot Cakes, $11
Popcorn butterscotch sauce, cocoa nibs, strawberry rhubarb syrup, coffee crema

Easter Brunch at Tuscany on Taylor – 1014 W Taylor

  • Sunday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • $12 to $37 menu specials

Tuscany Restaurant on Taylor Street will feature an a la carte Easter Brunch menu created by Executive Chef Victorio Padilla. Featured items will include the following:

  • Eggs Benedict, $14  
Tuscan ham, English muffin, asparagus, poached eggs, hollandaise, potatoes
  • Belly Benedict, $14  
Crispy pork belly, toasted ciabatta, poached eggs, asparagus, herb hollandaise, potatoes
  • Stone Oven French Toast, $12
  • Choice of fresh berries or bananas Grand Marnier
  • Tenderloin and Eggs, $19  
Grilled tenderloin, potatoes, toast, eggs any style
  • Paglia E Fieno, $17  
Spinach and egg noodles, chicken breast, sundried tomato, pesto cream sauce
  • Scottish Salmone, $25
  • Grilled salmon, mashed potatoes, apple wood smoked bacon, pea sauce
  • Agnello, $37  
Grilled New Zealand rack of lamb, grilled vegetables, roasted potatoes, pinot grigio reduction

Executive Chef/Owner Martial Noguier Designs Seasonal Passover and Easter Brunch Menus for Bistronomic chic, modern Gold Coast bistro will offer carefully composed seasonal menus for Passover and Easter in anticipation of the upcoming religious holidays. Guests are invited to celebrate with delicious holiday-inspired cuisine that includes vegetarian and child-friendly selections.

The three-course Passover Menu incorporates Chef Martial's French technique and style into the traditional Jewish holiday cuisine. The Passover Menu is available beginning the evening of Monday, April 14th through Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 starting at 5:00pm nightly. The price is $35 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Chef Martial presents dishes that are not only appropriate during Passover but also are deliciously prepared with his new, modern approach.

The seasonally-focused three-course Easter Brunch Menu will be available on Sunday, April 20th, 2014 from 10:00am until 2:30pm. The price is $29 for adults and $15 for children. Highlights of the menu include the Caramelized Spring Onion & Pea Quiche, the Scottish Salmon Salad, and the Cherry Brioche Bread Pudding, which epitomize the flavors of spring. Children may select two courses. A festive Easter candy surprise will also be given to children! The À La Carte Brunch Menu will not be available during Brunch service on Sunday, April 20th, 2014.

Reservations are available through and are strongly recommended. For more information about Bistronomic, please call (312) 944-8400, visit

Joyeuses Pâques from Café des Architectes, 20 E Chestnut! Chef Greg Biggers and Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky have created a delicious Three-Course Brunch with choices for each course. Highlights include Roasted Leg of Lamb with Swiss chard, brown butter white bean purée, mint jam and the Poached Slagel Farm Hen Egg with shallot purée, brioche, and mushroom-truffle foam. For dessert, the Chocolate Egg with caramelized white chocolate, almond praline is a sure bet.

Cost is $69 for adults, $19 for children under 12 years old. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices exclude tax, reservations strongly recommended, please call (312) 324-4063.

Tavern on Rush will feature special a la carte Easter brunch and dinner selections created by Executive Chef John Gatsos. Brunch specials will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and highlights include Spring Vegetable Frittata, Grilled Colorado Lamb Loin, Asparagus and Brie Quiche and a Griddled Crab Cake Salad. There will also be a special visit from the Easter Bunny to greet children and families from 10:30 2:30 p.m.

A la carte dinner specials will be available from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. and include Filet Mignon and Griddled Crab Cake, Grilled Hawaiian Swordfish Steak and Outrageous Coconut Cream Cake. Full lunch and dinner menus also available.

1031 N. Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 664-9600

Azzurra - 1467 N Milwaukee Ave 773-278-5959

Whether dining at Azzurra for brunch or dinner on Easter Sunday, guests can take advantage of the restaurant's delicious specials all day long. The traditional, Italian inspired Easter specials include Spring Pea Soup ($7) with herbed mascarpone, Fava Bean Bruschettone ($8) with lemon zest, oregano and pecorino toscano, Potato Gnocchi ($15) with butter, asparagus, fava beans and english peas, Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb ($21) with spring vegetables, and Bass in Aqua Pazza (crazy water) ($21) with seared tomato, chilis, clams and mussels. Azzurra's full a la carte brunch and dinner menus will also be available. Guests can make reservations online or by calling the restaurant at 773-278-5959.

The Boarding House 720 N. Wells 312-280-0720

Celebrate Easter Sunday at The Boarding House! The restaurant will be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the holiday and offer a festive three-course menu for $44 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) as well as wine pairings selected by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh for an additional $24 per person.  A special kids menu for $12 for children under 12 will also be offered. The restaurant's regular menu will not be available. Call 312-280-0720 or visit OpenTable for reservations.

The Florentine 151 W. Adams 312-660-8866

The Florentine has something for everyone this Easter with a grand, gourmet brunch buffet on Sunday, April 20 from 10am to 2:30pm. Offering artisanal meats and cheeses, raw bar, Pannettone French Toast, Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Preserves, Waffle Station, Yogurt, Homemade Granola and Fruit Station, House Cured smoked salmon, bagels and lox, omelet station, ham and lamb carving stations, assorted paninis as well as an assortment of pastries and desserts. $50 for adults and $20 for children. Optional Bloody Mary Bar and Unlimited Mimosas for $12 per person.

The Gage 24 S. Michigan Ave 312-372-4243

Hop to The Gage this Easter Sunday to enjoy their traditional brunch menu along with a fleet of seasonal dishes by Executive Chef Peter Coenen. Specialty dishes include Smoked Rabbit Confit with market lettuce, poached egg and mustard vinaigrette; Grilled Lamb Loin with cheddar grits, Genesis Farm's heirloom carrots and truffle bbq; and Wild Line Caught Salmon with local asparagus and brown butter-caper hollandaise. A variety of essential Easter cocktails will also be available - including Ceasar Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. Easter Brunch will be served from 10am until 2pm.

For reservations and more information, please call 312-372-4343

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile 505 N. Michigan Ave 312-944-4100

The famed InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is hosting a traditional Easter brunch buffet this year inside The Continental overlooking Michigan Avenue. Diners can enjoy a spread of luxurious dishes such as Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon with red onion confit and beurre rouge; Neuske Bacon and Slagel Farm Sausage Quiche Loraine; and Hunter Style Chicken with pearl onions, wild mushrooms and medera jus. Made-to-order breakfast items such as omelets and waffles, as well as a carving station will also be available, in addition to a children's buffet offering crowd-pleasing macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers. Easter brunch will be served from 12pm until 3pm and costs $75 per person, which includes a mimosa or bloody mary and gratuity. Brunch costs $28 per child ages five through 12, and is complimentary for children four and younger.  For reservations and more information please call 312-321-8844

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge 624 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 847-866-6969

Koi, located in the heart of downtown Evanston, will be featuring their newly launched Dim Sum Brunch on Easter from 10:30 a.m. -3 p.m.  Originated in the Cantonese provinces of Southern China and translated to "Touch the Heart", Dim Sum is a shared dining tradition enjoyed with tea and small savory dishes such as dumplings, stuffed buns & noodles.  Koi's dim sum menu offers 60 items to choose from as well as $10 bottomless Mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary cocktails.

Michael Jordan's Steak House 505 N. Michigan Ave 312-321-8823

Located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, celebrate Easter with a feast fit for a king at Michael Jordan's Steak House. Executive Chef James O'Donnell's signature menu will be available all day along with two seasonal specials -- Braised Lamb Shank with Goat Cheese Polenta and Spring Garlic-Mint Gremolata ($41) and Petite Filet Mignon with Pan Roasted Lobster, Asparagus, Brown Butter and Black Trumpet Mushrooms ($51). Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 312-321-8823.

Roka Akor Old Orchard 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL 847-329-7650

Guests looking for an earlier meal on Easter Sunday with a Japanese twist can head to Roka Akor Old Orchard for the restaurant's special Easter brunch menu available from 12 to 4pm. Roka Akor's full brunch and dinner menus will also be available. Guests can make reservations for Easter Sunday online or by calling the restaurant at (847) 329-7650.

Sixteen 401 N. Wabash Ave 312-588-8030

The culinary team from Trump Chicago will present a sophisticated, yet spirited Easter brunch celebration at Sixteen - the chic, fine dining restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago. While gourmands delight over the afternoon's lavish spread and a complimentary glass of champagne, younger diners will revel in lively entertainment including a petting zoo featuring adorable ducks, chicks, and other cute farm animals and Easter-themed takeaways. Led by Executive Pastry Chef Aya Fukai guests will enjoy a bounty of sweet treats.

Sixteen's Easter brunch costs $148 for adults and $35 for children (under 8 years of age) exclusive of alcohol, tax, and gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312-588-8030.

Tavernita 151 W. Erie St. 312-274-1111

Tavernita will be open for both brunch and dinner service on Easter Sunday, April 20th.  For brunch, guests can select from a special $30 per person sharing menu.  Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312-274-1111.Hop Over to Eddie Merlot’s for Easter Brunch

The premier steakhouse Eddie Merlot’s invites guests to celebrate Easter Sunday with a lavish brunch buffet on Sunday, April 20. From 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Eddie Merlot’s offers a number of signature menu items from Cedar Roasted Salmon to Chef’s Signature Meatloaf along with made-to-order breakfast items. Diners can pile plates high with Roasted Tenderloin and Carved Ham, or create their own brunch dish at the Omelet Station. For the perfect finale, guests can indulge in some sweet treats, including a Make Your Own Brownie Station or the classic Bananas Foster dessert, prepared tableside. Eddie Merlot’s Easter Brunch Buffet is offered at $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 12 and under, and is complimentary for children under the age of 3. Reservations are recommended for Chicagoland Eddie Merlot’s locations in Burr Ridge (201 Bridewell Dr., Burr Ridge, IL; 630.468.2098), Lincolnshire (185 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, IL; 847.276.2000) and Warrenville (28254 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL; 630.393.1900). For a full menu of offerings, or to make reservations, please visit

Nothing says Easter like a big buffet on Sunday afternoon—and a brunch cocktail or two certainly helps, too—at Filini Bar & Restaurant (221 N. Columbus Dr.), a 150-seat, contemporary Italian restaurant and bar. Filini’s brunch spread offers options from omelets and pancakes to classic Italian dishes and a smoked BBQ brisket carving station. As a highlight, guests can create the ultimate brunch cocktail and design the most over-the-top garnish with the 33-foot-long Bloody Mary bar. Bottomless mimosas are also available. The brunch buffet is $39 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Filini is open on Easter from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. with the special holiday buffet offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Guests can make reservations by calling 312.477.0234 or online at For more on Filini, visit Facebook and Twitter.

An Easter Feast at Found - This Easter, enjoy a special Sunday Supper with the whole family at Found (1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL). The warm and inviting Parisian-inspired kitchen and social house offers guests a rustic American family-style, multicourse meal with options like Roasted Leg of Lamb with pistachio chimichurri; Pan-Roasted Salmon with citrus; Farm Vegetable Strata with kale and Pleasant Ridge Reserve; Farro with dried fruit and soft herbs; and Housemade French Macaroons. Chef Nicole Pederson’s Easter Supper costs $38 for adults and $18 for kids under 12, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and is available Sunday, April 20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 847.868.8945. For more on Found, please visit Facebook or Twitter.

Gemini Bistro’s Brunch is Worth Waking Up For - Usually closed for brunch, Gemini Bistro (2075 N. Lincoln Ave.) hosts a special Easter brunch this year. Oatmeal Crusted Brioche and Mascarpone Cheesecake are available for those with a sweet tooth, while savory dishes include Braised Pork Shoulder Hash and Fried Lake Perch Sandwich. The full menu is available online. The brunch is available from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, and the restaurant is closed for dinner. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 773.525.2522. To find out more about Gemini Bistro, please visit them on Facebook or Twitter.

Hop into Howells & Hood for Easter Brunch - Howells & Hood (435 N. Michigan Ave.) celebrates the Easter holiday with an array of gourmet brunch stations and live acoustic blues music from artist Matt Hendricks setting the stage for a distinct Chicago brunch experience. With Chef Scott Walton’s culinary creativity, Chicagoans can indulge in both hot and cold options including Buttermilk Lavender Biscuits with sausage gravy, Lobster Benedict with arugula, truffle Americana hollandaise, Oaxacan Black Mole Chilaquiles with Berkshire pork and a sunny side-up egg, and Deviled Easter Eggs, to name a few. Additionally, guests can nosh on other savory and sweet gourmet presentations, including a create-your-own omelet station using locally sourced eggs, charcuterie and seafood, waffles, meat carved to order, pastries, and cheese and fruit stations for just $39 per person to enjoy this Easter Sunday along the Magnificent Mile.  Brunch hours are from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 20. Reservations can be made by calling 312.262.5310 or online. For more information on Howells & Hood, please visit, or Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy Easter Brunch on Chicago’s Newest Rooftop - This Easter Sunday, I|O Urban Roofscape (127 W. Huron St.), Chicago’s hottest rooftop located at The Godfrey Hotel in River North, will offer patrons a delectable three-course brunch of small plates. Dishes include the Urban Huevos Rancheros with two chili-poached eggs, gringo salsa, guacamole, crispy tortilla and micro cilantro; Sweet Potato Hash with golden raisin, cumin chimichurri, fried egg and spicy brown butter maple; and the Lemon Donuts with violet liquor and lavender honey.  The menu is $35 per person, not including tax and gratuity and is offered from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations are recommended and may be made online.

Spring in for Easter Brunch at Lockwood - Come in for a traditional and festive Easter brunch at Lockwood (17 E. Monroe St.), located inside the historic Palmer House Hilton. Brunch selections that celebrate spring include French Toast with cinnamon cream rum raisin sauce, as well as traditional savory options such as Spring Pea Soup with minted cream and Country Easter Ham with a mustard glaze. The menu is $59 per adult and $29 per child, not including tax and gratuity, and the full menu is available online here. Lockwood’s Easter specials are available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 312.917.3404. To find out more about Lockwood, please visit them on Facebook or Twitter.

Easter Brunch Family-Style at  - This Easter, celebrate with the family by indulging in authentic Mexican cuisine at Mercadito (108 W. Kinzie St.). With newly added spring dishes on the menu, the River North hotspot offers a special four-course sharing menu complete with guacamole, tacos, brunch specialties, and dessert. Chef Patricio Sandoval adds touches of spring to each course by using the season’s freshest vegetables and fruits, including ramps, radishes, and rhubarb. Mercadito’s Easter sharing menu plus a brunch cocktail is $30 per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Mercadito is open for Easter Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 312.329.9555.

Transport to Catalan This Easter Sunday at Mercat - This Easter Sunday, Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.), the modern tapas restaurant inspired by Spain’s Catalan region, offers a three-course, six-dish tasting menu along with unlimited trips to the carving station and traditional Spanish desserts. Guests will enjoy tapas dishes such as Conill Coca, a braised rabbit flatbread with mascarpone béchamel, hazelnut, orange, and arugula; and the Ensalada de Romolacha, salt-roasted beet salad with candied pistachios and whipped Cana de Cabra. Carving stations include the Conchinillo Asado, Mercat’s signature roasted suckling pig with grilled calçots, rosemary white beans, patatas bravas, and romesco sauce, as well as a delectable salmon option. After their meal, kids receive rabbit-shaped cookies and adults can have the traditional Spanish dessert Mona de Pascua. The menu is $45 per adult and $25 per child, not including tax and gratuity, and is offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 312.765.0524.

Leg of Lamb and Honey Baked Ham at Rustic House - For a special Easter dinner, Rustic House (1967 N. Halsted St.) serves up two dishes exclusive to the evening. The Leg of Lamb with housemade mint jelly and Honey Baked Ham with stone-ground mustard presented in the comfortable Rustic House dining room harken back to traditional family Easter meals around the dinner table. The Rustic House Easter specials are available from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 312.929.3227. To find out more about Rustic House, please visit them on Facebook or Twitter.

A Bold and Blissful Easter Brunch at Sepia - Indulge in an elegant and sophisticated Michelin-starred brunch at Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St.) on Easter Sunday this year. Always showcasing the finest natural ingredients from local artisan farmers, James Beard Award-nominated Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman and Pastry Chef Cindy Schuman have created a four-course menu featuring an array of sweet and savory dishes for families to enjoy. Sepia’s Easter Brunch costs $50 for adults and $28 for kids, and is available Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 312.441.1920. For more on Sepia, please visit, or visit Facebook and Twitter.

Brunch in Style at The Langham’s Travelle - The Langham Hotel’s Travelle (330 N. Wabash Ave.) invites families to dress in their Sunday best for a luxury style brunch this Easter holiday. Brunch begins with a choice of shareable plates, including a Dozen East and West Coast Oysters served with caviar and Meyer lemon. The prix fixe entrée menu includes appetizers such as White Gazpacho with cucumber, grape, and crouton, and Cumin Beet Salad with goat cheese, tangerine, and pistachio. The main course boasts such dishes as Smoked Salmon Benedict with melted fennel and sauce Choron, and Petit Filet served with an egg your way and blistered tomato. All dishes can be complemented with an unlimited mimosa cart and selections from the dessert buffet. The prix fixe Easter brunch is $90 per person ($30 for kids 12 and under) and is available on Sunday, April 20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For reservations, visit or call 312.923.7705. Like Travelle on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Aria, located at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, is offering a special Easter Brunch menu by Executive Chef James Phillips on Sunday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Easter Brunch includes a salad bar with seasonal vegetables, a variety of cold buffet starters from smoked trout salad to garganelli pasta salad, aria sushi, ENO cheese and charcuterie, and heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad. Guests may also choose one entrée such as deep dish quiche, lemon blueberry pancakes, vanilla and Nutella waffles, green eggs and ham, roasted rack of lamb, steak frites, sweet and sour smoked pork loin, or walleye. The sharable dessert platter, brought to each table, includes sumptuous coconut carrot cupcakes, strawberry sorbet with jelly beans, Easter egg truffles, lemon curd with baked meringue, and Happy Easter sugar cookies. The brunch is $42 per person. A Bloody Mary bar featuring handcrafted cocktails is also available for $18 per guest.

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