10 Easter Brunches and Buffets that will have you hoppin’

10 Easter Brunches and Buffets that will have you hoppin’

You better hop to it if you're planning on dining out this Easter. Easter makes its appearance this year on Sunday, April 16th.

Easter can take place as early as March 22 (but not again until 2285) and as late as April 25 (in 2038).

All this Easter confusion does have a logical explanation. The date for Easter is determined by the moon--actually the Paschal Full Moon--which is the first full moon of spring.

The reason behind the revolving dates for the Easter holiday is to approximate the sky at the time of the resurrection of Christ which is said to have occurred in 30 A.D.

Traditional Easter fare includes: eggs symbolizing rebirth, lamb (the "Lamb of God), ham for luck, and Hot Cross Buns and other Easter breads and cakes symbolizing fertility.

Now that you know your Easter trivia, it's time to make reservations. Here's 10 spots that are sure to please.

1. If money's no object head to the Chicago Athletic Association hotel

The Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Easter Buffet is $135, unless you are under 14. Then it's $65 for children 6-13 years and free for children under 6.

Is it worth it? Here's what you get:

  • Sweeping vistas of Millennium Park across Michigan Avenue and beyond Lake Michigan.
  • Made to order waffles and omelets,
  • A carving station offering Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin, Smoked Pit Ham, and Roasted Leg of Lamb
  • A live Jazz trio
  • A Spring Salad Bar and Housemade Charcuterie
  • Desserts such as Carrot Cake, Strawberry Pie, and Chocolate Pot d’crème.
  • Bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosas (available for $30) Guests can reserve seatings every half hour between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To make reservations, email CAAEasterBrunch@chicagoathletichotel.com or visit RESERVE. White City Ballroom

2. Rome sweet Rome at The Godfrey Hotel

Dolce Italian at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 W. Huron Ave.) features an Italian Easter brunch from Executive Chef Nate Cayer that evokes  the spirit of Rome with menu items including the Dolce “Benny” (poached eggs, porchetta, spinach, ciabatta, hollandaise) and the Meatball Parmigiana sandwich made with Chef Nate’s signature Dolce Meatballs.

In addition Dolce Italian’s bubbles package, which includes bottomless Mimosas (accompanied by various fruit juices), Bellinis, or Bloody Mary’s is offered for $25 per person.

Dolce Italian’s Easter brunch menu is available on Sunday, April 16 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Reserve a table at Dolce Italian.

3. Feeling lost, try Found

Found (1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston) is offering an Easter lunch. The Parisian-inspired kitchen will be featuring seasonal, rustic new American fare with options including Kale & Swiss Chard Salad with cranberries, candied nuts, and seeds; Lamb Meatloaf with Crispy Smashed Potatoes, labnah, and pistachio chimichurri; Crispy Fried Chicken Thighs with popcorn grits, sorghum, and greens; and House-made French Macaroons. Chef Nicole Pederson’s Easter Lunch costs $39 for adults and $18 for children under 12. Children under 5 years old eat for free.

Reservations can be "found" at 847 868 8945 or at Found Kitchen.

4. Catch the draft at Howells & Hood

Howells & Hood's (435 N. Michigan Ave.) Easter Brunch on the Magnificent Mile just north of the Chicago River is the place to head for beer lovers.

The Michigan Avenue dining destination, known for its robust draft system of over 120 craft beers ,is featuring an Easter brunch for $39 per person from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m on April 16.

The brunch menu features a carving station, charcuterie, seafood and omelet stations; as well as specialty dishes such as Chicken Chilaquiles, Cauliflower Casserole, and the Howells & Hood Meatloaf.

5. Kid stuff at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Dr.) is putting together a kid-friendly Easter brunch keeping in mind that diners may be coming from one of the nearby Easter activities such as the Great Chicago Egg Hunt at Maggie Daley Park.

The hotel's American Craft Kitchen & Bar will be offering extended weekend breakfast service on Saturday and Sunday until 1 p.m. featuring savory skillets, omelets and an interesting assortment of menu items including Traditional Texas Toast with fresh whipped cream and maple syrup, Chicken and Waffles, and Banana Pancakes with Nutella--sure to be a hit with the littles.

To make a reservation, call 312 565 1234 ext. 4496.

6. On the lamb at Lawry’s The Prime Rib

Lawry’s The Prime Rib (100 E. Ontario St.) in the former McCormick Mansion, is dishing up a variety of family activities for Easter. There's
visits with the Easter Bunny, prize drawings and a jelly bean count on tap along with Executive Chef Leonard Delgado's a la carte menu. Traditional menu items include Lawry’s Famous Prime Rib, seafood and vegetarian dishes, plus specialty plates like a Colorado Lamb Loin with mint couscous for $39.

The Easter celebration is held from 12 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 16. A la carte pricing is offered, and a children’s menu is available for $20 per child aged 12 and under. Reservations can be made by calling 312 787 5000.

7. Above it all at LH Rooftop at LondonHouse

One of Chicago's hottest rooftops, the LH Rooftop at LondonHouse Chicago (85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.) is serving up river views along with Executive Chef Jacob Verstegen’s reimagined American brunch menu. Offerings include sweet Easter treats like house-made Chocolate Croissants and Sweet Cream Scones, along with savory options like Lobster Benedict and Braised Short Ribs.

The Easter brunch buffet package, that includes visits with the Easter Bunny, is on Sunday, April 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The tab $75 per person. Reservations can be made at 312 253 2317.

8. Branch out at Maple & Ash

For the first time, Maple & Ash (8 W. Maple Street) is hosting an Easter Brunch. The meal starts with Executive Chef Danny Grant's famous Fire Roasted Seafood Tower for the table, along with a selection of housemade pastries compliments of Executive Pastry Chef Aya Fukai. Maple & Ash’s housemade Ricotta Agnolotti will be served table-side and dessert can be ordered a la carte.

Easter Brunch is priced at $65 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under on Sunday, April 16 starting at 10 a.m. Reservations can be made on OpenTable, or by calling 312 944 8888.

9. “Bona Pasqua!” at Mercat a la Planxa 

South Loop Spanish restaurant Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan) is cooking up a traditional Catalan feast for Easter Sunday. The brunch offers a variety of options including a roasted, stuffed lamb leg with spiced carrot puree and sautéed asparagus ($45) as well as the classic ”Brazo Gitano,” a Spanish cake roll with candied walnuts and fresh strawberry jam ($12).

Brunch will be served on Sunday, April 16 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling 312 765 0524.

10. Easter brunch with a twist at Sepia

Michelin-starred Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St.) is celebrating Easter Sunday with a prix fixe menu ($57 for adults and $32 for children 12 and under) from Chefs Andrew Zimmerman and Sarah Mispagel. The duo's creative twist on brunch classics includes: Spring Herb Zeppoli, Shakshuka, and a Chocolate Nutella Raspberry Tart. Head Bartender Keith Meicher will be mixing his specialty cocktails such as the Bee’s Knees and the Bloody Maria ($12).

Reservations can be made by calling 312 441 1920.

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