The Easter bunny can get by on an all-carrot diet. But you deserve the full-on brunch experience — bacon, eggs, pancakes and the whole egg-chilada. Throw in crafts, egg hunts and photo opps and you’ve got a very memorable holiday meal. Reserve your spot for these family-friendly Easter brunches that have appearances by Mr. Cottontail, plus exciting extras.
Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo
Start your morning with a sweet stack of pancakes, applewood smoked bacon and seasonal sliced fruit. Rub elbows with the Easter bunny before taking complimentary rides on the carousel and train, making crafts, hunting for eggs and taking a stroll around the zoo to take a peek at the animals.
When: Sat. Mar. 31, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: 2001 N. Clark St., South Lawn and Park Place Cafe, Lincoln Park
Cost: $25/adults; $35/ages 2-15; free for ages 1 & under
Brunch with the Bunny at Merrimac
Kids ages 1-6 are invited for face painting, music, brunch and a selfie with the Easter Bunny at this park where there is plenty of room to roam.
When: Mar. 22, 10 a.m.-noon
Where: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd., Dunning
Lunch with the Bunny at Independence
Make your way to to the Irving Park neighborhood for breakfast and pictures with the Bunny, face painting, inflatables and art projects.
When: Mar. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave., Irving Park
Bunny Brunch at the Walnut Room
Devour a breakfast buffet stocked with scrambled mascarpone eggs, french toast, salmon, a ham carving station, fresh-baked scones and more! Activities to delight the tots include a visit from the Easter bunny, face painting and balloon artists will be on-hand to bedazzle with their latex artistry.
When: Mar. 24, 9 a.m.; Mar. 25, 10 a.m. & Mar. 31, 9 a.m.
Where: 111 N. State St., 7th Floor, The Loop
Cost: $29.95/adults, $17.95/kids
When: Mar. 31, 9 a.m.
Where: 1 Oak Brook Ctr., Oak Brook
Cost: $23.95/adults, $14.85
Dine in the Clouds at The Signature Room
We hope the bunny is not afraid of heights, because he’ll be traveling up to the 95th floor of the John Hancock to dine with your munchkins. Dine on an extensive buffet of starters and a variety of chilled seafood followed by freshly prepared, plated entrees. Peruse the dessert buffet and take your pick of decadent sweets, freshly baked cookies, seasonal pastries and a sundae bar. Bring your camera to play paparazzi with the Easter Bunny as he’ll be on hand to visit the kiddos. Each miniature diner will be sent home with a sweet treat.
When: Apr. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 875 N. Michigan Ave., Downtown
Cost:$80/adult, $35/ages 11 & under
Visit the Easter Bunny Aboard Odyssey
Get out on the water this Easter for an exceptional celebration and brunch aboard Chicago’s most luxurious cruising vessel, Odyssey. Adult passengers enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa while kids visit with the Easter Bunny and receive a goodie bag full of treats.
When: Apr. 1, board at 12:15 p.m., return at 3 p.m.
Where: 600 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier
Cost: $72.90+/adults, $43.95/ages 3-12, free for ages 3 & under
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Breakfast with the Bunny at Brookfield Zoo
Throw down an all-you-can-eat buffet with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny while being entranced with a serenade by the Banjo Buddies. Stop for a photo opp with the bunnies before heading into the park to revel in a day at the zoo. Cost of zoo admission and parking included in event price.
When: Mar. 24, 25 & 31; 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. seatings
Where: 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield
Cost: $29.95/adults, $21.95 for ages 3-11, free for ages 2 & under
A Hearty Buffet at Cantigny Park
Spend a beautiful spring day at Cantigny Park that starts with a hearty buffet at Le Jardin inside the Cantigny Visitors Center or at Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. Snap a pic with the Easter Bunny, grab an inflated creation from one of the two strolling balloon artists and get your face painted.
When: Apr. 1, seatings 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. seatings (as of press time, 12:30 p.m. seating at Red Oak is sold out)
Where: 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton
Cost: $45/adults, $19/kids ages 4-10, free for ages 3 & under
RSVP: 630-260-8194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
An Easter Brunch at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills
The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills will once again host Easter Brunch in their grander-than-ever Grand Ballroom. The Oak Brook Hills culinary team brings you a brunch stocked with modern farm cuisine, which focuses on high quality, fresh ingredients that are locally sourced. Fill your plates, savor a photo with the Easter Bunny, make friends at the petting zoo and join in fun activities like freshly baked cookie decorating (and eating).
When: Apr. 1, seatings at 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: 3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook
Cost: $49.95/adult, $19.95/kids ages 5-12, free for ages 4 & under
Brunch with the Bunny at Lambs Farm
Savor the apple cinnamon french toast, carved meats and fresh bakery treats at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery before hopping on over to the bunny patch for a photo opp with the Easter Bunny. While you’re there, show the farm’s furry friends some love.
When: Apr. 1, seatings at 10 a.m., noon & 2 p.m.
Where: Lambs Farm, 14245 Rockland Rd., Libertyville
Cost: $26.95/adults, $10.95 for ages 2-12, free for ages 1 & under
More info online at lambsfarm.org
Morton Arboretum’s Breakfast with the Bunny
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful place to spend a gorgeous spring day than Morton Arboretum. Fill your tummies with a tasty springtime buffet featuring a visit from the roving Easter Bunny doling out decorated bunny cookies and a jelly bean goodie bag to each kid. Be sure to hit the Children’s Garden, which features a wonderful natural playground, while you’re there.
When: Apr. 1, seatings at 9 a.m., noon (sold out as of press time) & 3 p.m.
Where: Ginkgo Restaurant; 4300 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Cost: $59/adults, $34/kids (discounts available for members); free for ages 2 & under
Bunny Brunch at Chicago Botanic Garden
Fuel up for a day of viewing the beautiful greenhouses and gardens on traditional breakfast fare that includes french toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast pastries and breads, salads and a carving station. Skip over to the Krasberg Rose Garden after your brunch seating for an egg hunt before heading out to observe the vibrant colors and spring blooms of the gardens. For those interested, family portraits are available in the English Walled Garden with Julie Kaplan for an additional fee.
When: Apr. 1, seatings at 9, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon & 1 p.m.
Where: Nichols Hall, Regenstein Center, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Cost: $40/adult, $30/child ages 3-12 ($5 discount for members), free for ages 2 & under
Where are you going to meet the Easter Bunny this year? Let us know in the Comments section below!
— Maria Chambers