2018: Suburban restaurants gearing up for Easter brunch
It's almost Easter (Sunday, April 1, 2018). Do you have brunch reservations yet? If not, don't panic. Here are some suburban restaurants hosting Easter Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. Besides filling up on decadent savory and sweet treats, you just might get to meet the Easter Bunny, too.
Birch River Grill, 75 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 427-4242, birchrivergrill.com/easter-2018. When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Easter brunch buffet featuring a seafood and salad station, continental pastries, a build-your-own omelet and waffle station, a carving station, desserts and more. Adults: $39.95, kids: $14.95, kids younger than 5: free. Reservations required.
Blossom Cafe, 8349 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, (708) 453-5300, theblossomcafe.com/. When: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. What: Easter specials include roast leg of lamb, filet and lobster, slow-roasted prime rib, twin filet Oscar style, bone-in baked ham, bone-in rib-eye, baked stuffed shrimp and halibut.
Bub City, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 261-0399, bub-city.com/rosemont/. When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Brunch and Bloody Marys, plus a visit from the Easter Bunny. Choose from fried chicken and waffles, beef brisket Benedict, barbecue meats and more. The build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar will be open and live music plays from noon to 2 p.m.
Carlisle Banquets, 435 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard, (630) 960-0210, carlislebanquets.com/. When: Seatings at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. What: Easter brunch features omelets, waffles and breakfast fare, a carving station, champagne and mimosas, a seafood station, a kids' station and a dessert table. Adults: $42.50, kids 4-12: $18, kids 3 and younger: free. Reservations required.
Carlucci Rosemont, 6111 N. River Road, Rosemont, (847) 518-0990, carluccirosemont.com/. When: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. What: Authentic Italian Easter brunch. Meet the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults: $47.95; kids: $17.99; kids younger than 5: free. Reservations required.
City Gate Grille, 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, (630) 718-1010, citygategrille.com/. When: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Easter brunch features breakfast and lunch specialties, sides, a kids' menu and an array of desserts, including a chocolate fountain. Plus, don't miss a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Adults: $44.95, kids: $19.95, kids 5 and younger: free. Reservations required.
The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-0600, theclubhouse.com/. When: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. What: The Easter buffet serves up hot items such as banana walnut French toast and eggs Benedict, plus there's a carving station, salads, a seafood and raw bar, custom-order stations for omelets and pasta, junior items and a dessert table complete with a chocolate fountain. See website for the full menu. Adults: $49.95, kids 6-12: $24.95, kids 5 and younger: free. Reservations required.
Concorde Banquets, 20922 N. Rand Road, Kildeer, (847) 438-0025, concordebanquets.com/. When: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. What: Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch includes a glass of champagne, an omelet station, a carving station, a pasta station, a salad bar, fruit and French, Italian and Viennese miniature pastries. Plus, a visit from the Easter Bunny. Adults: $42, kids 4-12: $18, free for kids 3 and younger. Reservations required.
D'Andrea Banquets, 4419 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake, (815) 459-7234, dandreabanquets.com/. When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Easter Sunday Brunch includes roast beef and ham carving stations, omelet and waffle stations, breakfast and lunch dishes, salads, a juice bar, an array of desserts and a complimentary glass of champagne. Adults: $29.95; kids 10 and younger: $12.95; kids younger than 3: free. Reservations suggested.
Dover Straits, 890 E. U.S. Route 45, Mundelein, (847) 949-1550, doverstraits.com/. When: Noon to 9 p.m. What: Easter specials include fresh fish, prime rib and roast leg of lamb, in addition to the regular menu.
Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 530-8300, lucillerestaurant.com/holidays-and-special-events/easter-brunch. When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. What: Easter brunch includes a variety of starters, plus stations for omelets, carving and ice cream, a seafood bar, a dessert table, a children's corner, and a Bloody Mary bar (for an additional charge). Champagne, mimosas and bellinis are included. Kids can take photos with the Easter Bunny and join in an Easter egg hunt. Adults: $55; kids 6-12: $16; kids 3-5: $10; kids 2 and younger: free. Reservations required.
E+O food and drink, 125 Randhurst Village Drive, Mount Prospect, (847) 398-3636, eofoodanddrink.com/. When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Traditional Easter dishes with a few culinary surprises. Plus free family photos. Adults: $35.95, kids 4 to 12: $16, kids 3 and younger: free.
The Estate by Gene & Georgetti, 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, (847) 653-3302, geneandgeorgetti.com/. When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Easter Brunch with all of the fixings. Enjoy complimentary mimosas, a chef's carving station including slow-smoked prime rib, Easter ham on the bone, leg of lamb, plus a cheese and charcuterie station, a Cape Cod station, an omelet station and more. There's a special children's menu corner, plus visits and photos with the Easter Bunny. Adults: $48, kids: $19, kids 2 and younger: free. Reservations required.
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, (630) 850-5555, oakbrookhillsresortchicago.com/en-us. When: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. What: Easter Brunch in the Grand Ballroom. Banquet Chef Raul Reynoso has crafted a menu that includes a seafood display, a carving station, hot dishes, an omelet station, hot breakfast items, a salad bar, artisan cheeses, a sweets table, a kids' buffet, and one complimentary mimosa or glass of champagne. For kids, there's a petting zoo, a children's craft area and visits from the Easter Bunny. Adults: $49.95, kids 5-12: $19.95, kids 4 and younger: free. Reservations required. See eventbrite.com/e/easter-on-april-1-tickets-43004096410?aff=es2.
Hofbrauhaus Chicago, 5500 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 671-2739, hofbrauhauschicago.com/blog/easter/. When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Brunch includes German and American specialties, omelet station, chopped salads and fruit, potato dumplings, spaetzle, Bavarian bacon slaw, pork roast, honey-glazed ham and desserts such as imported apple strudel, carrot cake with caramel sauce and vanilla gelato. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. Adults: $30, kids: $12.
Holiday Inn Chicago Northwest -- Elgin, 495 Airport Road, Elgin, (847) 488-9000. When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. What: Easter brunch includes a seafood station, breakfast specialties, salads, a salad bar, chef's egg station, chef's carving station, a crepes station, lunch entrees, pastries and more. The Easter Bunny will drop by for a visit. Adults: $28.95, kids 6-12: $15.95, kids 5 and younger: free. Reservations required.
Hotel Arista, 2139 City Gate Lane, Naperville, (630) 579-7827, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, hotelarista.com/. When: Seatings at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. What: Easter brunch features breakfast and lunch specialties, plus kids' crafts and a portrait studio where kids can get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Prices (including tax and gratuity) are adults: $59.95, kids: $19.95, kids 3 and younger: free. Reservations required.
Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-2100, hotelbaker.com/easter-sunday-brunch-2018/. When: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. What: Easter Sunday Brunch featuring custom omelet and waffle stations, carving and seafood stations, breakfast and lunch items and assorted desserts. Adults: $55, kids 4-12: $27, kids 3 and younger: free. Reservations required.
Johnny's Kitchen & Tap, 1740 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, (847) 699-9999, johnnysglenview.com/. When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. What: Easter specials consist of filet mignon and lobster tail, charbroiled lamb chops, prime rib, rotisserie roasted pork and crispy Atlantic salmon.
Kings Dining and Entertainment, 5505 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 233-0099, kings-de.com/rosemont. When: 11 a.m. to midnight. What: On Easter Sunday, families can head to Kings for fun on the lanes with "Dine then Bowl" reservations and lane packages, plus kids' pin painting at an arts-and-crafts station. Make reservations at kings-de.com/promotions-all-venues/dine-then-bowl.
Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville, (847) 362-4636, lambsfarm.org/. When: Seatings are at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. What: An Easter buffet filled with breakfast classics and a dessert table with fresh treats made in the Lambs Farm bakery. Adults: $26.95, kids 2-12: $10.95, kids younger than 2: free.
Manzo's Banquets, 1571 S. Elmhurst Road, Des Plaines, (847) 593-2233, manzosbanquets.com/. When: Seatings at 10:45 a.m., 1:15 and 3:30 p.m. What: Easter Champagne Brunch featuring a breakfast buffet with an omelet station; seafood, carving and pasta stations; a hot and cold buffet; a sweets table; and a mimosa or champagne welcome. Adults: $34.95, kids 3-12: $18.95, kids younger than 3: free. Reservations required.
Medinah Shrine Center, 550 N. Shriners Drive, Addison, (630) 889-1400, medinah.org/event/easter-brunch/. When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Traditional Easter brunch, plus visits from the Easter Bunny. Members: Adults: $34.95, kid 6-12: $14.95, kids 5 and younger: free. Reservations required.
Meridian Banquets, 1701 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, (847) 952-8181, meridianbanquets.com/. When: Seatings at 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. What: Easter Champagne Brunch features breakfast fare including made-to-order omelets and waffles, eggs Benedict and more. Lunch fare includes spring roasted leg of lamb, a carving station, specials for the kids, plus a full dessert bar with chocolate fondue, champagne and mimosas. Visits from the Easter Bunny, too. Adults: $39, kids 3-11: $17.
Mon Ami Gabi, 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900, monamigabi.com/home/?loc=oakbrook. When: Brunch is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner is 3 to 8 p.m. What: Try the new brunch menu during Easter, featuring classic quiche Lorraine and salmon hash brown Benedict, waffle bananas Foster or crème brûlée French toast. There are DIY sparkling cocktails for adults, and all kids will leave with a sweet Easter treat. Prices vary. Reservations required.
Morton's The Steakhouse, 1751 Freedom Drive, Naperville, (630) 577-1372; 699 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, (847) 205-5111; 9525 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, (847) 678-5155; 1470 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, (847) 413-8771; mortons.com/. When: 5 to 10 p.m. What: The regular menu, which includes filet Diane, Jumbo lump crabcakes, lobster bisque and souffle, will be available along with a Surf & Turf special with steak and lobster for $59.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, 5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook, (630) 571-1808, perryssteakhouse.com/. When: Opens at 11 a.m.; a special Easter dinner will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. for $34.95 a person. What: The three-course Easter menu includes a choice of salad, Perry's Famous Pork Chop and the dessert trio (vanilla bean crème brûlée, praline cheesecake and Perry's chocolate crunch).
Pete Miller's Steak and Seafood, 3032 English Rows Ave., Naperville, (630) 428-4242, and 1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston, (847) 328-0399, petemillers.com/. When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Indulge in Easter brunch featuring a prime rib and leg of lamb carvery, an omelet station, a waffle station, an entree station and a chilled seafood cocktail bar. Also included is a Bloody Mary station, nonalcoholic drinks and a dessert station. Prices: Adults: $49.99, kids 6-12: $24.99, kids 5 and younger: free.
Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6300, pheasantrun.com/easter.aspx. When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Brunch from executive chef Tiffany Tooker includes made-to-order omelets, Corn Flakes-crusted French toast, waffles with strawberries and chantilly cream, pastries, salads, a seafood display, a pasta station, carving stations featuring peppercorn-crusted top sirloin, maple-glazed bone-in ham and leg of lamb, a kids' corner and a bounty of desserts. Also: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids can decorate cookies and do crafts in the Garden Atrium or visit the petting zoo outside the St. Charles Ballroom. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., two Easter egg hunts will take place near Gallery Hall. Expect visits from the Easter Bunny, too. Adults: $42.95; seniors 65 and older: $36.95; kids: 5-12 $19.95; and free for kids 4 and younger. Reservations recommended.
Pinstripes, 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, (630) 575-8700; 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, (847) 480-2323; 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, (847) 844-9300; pinstripes.com/. When: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Brunch buffet includes carved prime rib, seafood, waffles, made-to-order omelets, salad bar, desserts and more. Adults: $35; kids 6-12: $15; kids 5 and younger: free. Plus, $4 mimosas and $7 Bloody Marys.
Prairie Grass Cafe, 601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, (847) 205-4433, prairiegrasscafe.com/. When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Each guest will start with the restaurant's signature "PGC Benedict" featuring a poached egg with spinach and roasted tomato hollandaise sauce. Easter Brunch will be served buffet style and include salads, veggies and cheese, a carving station, an omelet and waffle station, and a dessert buffet with a crepe station. Dinner is from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring the regular menu and some specials. Adults: $51, kids 10 and younger: $18. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Rack House Kitchen & Tavern, 222 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 640-7225, rackhousetavern.com/. When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. What: Chef Bryant Anderson will serve barbecue-inspired holiday dishes on the brunch buffet including 12-hour hickory-smoked Carolina pulled pork, carving stations with hickory-smoked prime rib and oak-smoked honey-glazed ham, plus chocolate Baileys French toast, cinnamon roll pancakes, an omelet station plus kid-friendly choices and more. Adults can enjoy $4 Bloody Marys and mimosas. Adults: $32.99, kids 12 and younger: $14.99.
Reel Club, 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 368-9400, reel-club.com/. When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. What: Easter Sunday buffet features a shellfish station, assorted sushi, carved prime rib and ham, an omelet station, a waffle bar and other traditional dishes. Adults: $49.95, kids: $19.95. Reservations required.
Restaurant Michael, 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, (847) 441-3100, restaurantmichael.com/. When: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. What: Brunch menu includes duo of spring pea soufflé and cappuccino, foie gras mousse, sautéed filet of line-caught Alaskan halibut, classic eggs Benedict over toasted brioche and grilled smoked pork loin, chocolate dacquoise bombe with crème anglaise and more. Prices: Adults: $56, kids younger than 10: $28.
Seasons 52, 3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 571-4752, and 1770 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-5252, seasons52.com/home/. When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. What: The three-course Hello Spring menu, which includes options such as spinach salad with strawberries, cedar plank-roasted salmon and strawberry rhubarb cheesecake, will be available for $29.90. Or order off the regular menu.
Shaw's Schaumburg, 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722, shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/. When: Brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner buffet from 3:30 to 7 p.m. What: Brunch includes a ham-carving station, build-your-own omelet, candied bacon and eggs Benedict. The dinner buffet features slow-roasted leg of lamb, a ham-carving station, shrimp and grits, fried chicken, lobster pasta and more. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. Adults: $55, kids 7-12: $10, kids younger than 6: free. Only the buffet will be available on April 1.
Sullivan's Steakhouse, 244 S. Main St., Naperville, (630) 305-0230, sullivanssteakhouse.com/naperville/. When: Sunday, April 1. What: Sullivan's three-course prix fixe Easter menu for $39 per person will feature salads, roasted rack of lamb with a grain mustard-rosemary glaze, salmon with beurre blanc sauce and house-made desserts such as bananas Foster bread pudding or Key lime pie. The children's menu is $7.
Sweet Baby Ray's, 800 E. Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village, (847) 437-9555, sbrbbq.com/elk_grove/. When: Seatings at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. What: Easter brunch with omelet and carving stations, barbecue items such as smoked turkey, ham and prime rib, homemade sides and salads, and a dessert and fruit table. Adults: $29.99, kids younger than 12: $13.99.
Texas de Brazil, 5 Woodfield Mall, Suite D312, (847) 413-1600, texasdebrazil.com/locations/schaumburg/. When: Opens at 11 a.m. What: Full rodizio-style dinner menu will be available all day (with regular dinner pricing) with added specialty brunch items including scrambled eggs, bacon, muffins, croissants and Danish pastries available until 3 p.m.
Tuscany, 550 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 465-9988, tuscanychicago.com/location/wheeling/. When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner buffet at 4 p.m. What: Brunch buffet featuring stations -- breakfast, seafood, carving, omelet, Italian, salad, antipasto, seafood and dessert -- created by executive chef Bolla Loza. There will also be a special kids' station. Adults: $42.95, kids 10 and younger: $19.95. Reservations recommended.
Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Blvd., Itasca, (630) 773-4000, westinchicagonorthwest.com/. When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Easter Sunday Brunch with live music and visits from the Easter Bunny. Fare includes salads, a seafood display, a breakfast bar, stations for omelets, pasta, carving, sushi and Asian entrees, a kids' buffet, sweets and more. Includes a glass of champagne. Adults: $46.95, kids 7-12: $17.95, kids 6 and younger: free. Reservations required.