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: Apr. 20, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: 2001 N. Clark St., South Lawn and Park Place Cafe, Lincoln Park
Cost: $20, $18 for members; free for ages 12 mos. & under
Brunch with the Bunny at Merrimac
Kids ages 1-6 are invited for face painting, music, brunch, egg hunt and a selfie with the Easter Bunny at this park where there is plenty of room to roam.
When: Mar. 28, 10 a.m.-noon
Where: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd., Dunning
Lunch with the Bunny at Horner
Make your way to the Irving Park neighborhood for lunch, pictures with the Bunny, arts & crafts and music.
When: Apr. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave., Irving Park
Lunch with the Bunny at Hale
This fun-filled luncheon hosted by the Chicago Park District features food, arts & crafts and music.
When: Apr. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd St., Clearing West
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 latex artistry.
When: Apr. 13, 9 a.m.; Apr. 14, 10 am. & Apr. 20, 9 a.m.
Where: 111 N. State St., 7th Floor, The Loop
Cost: $30.95/adults, $17.95/kids
When: Apr. 20, 9 a.m.
Where: 1 Oak Brook Ctr., Oak Brook
Cost: $23.95/adults, $14.95
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 to eat 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.
When: Apr. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 875 N. Michigan Ave., Downtown
Cost:$80/adult, $35/ages 4-12, free for ages 3 & 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. Choose between lakefront or riverfront cruise options.
When: Apr. 21; riverfront cruise 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., lakefront cruise 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 600 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier
Cost: Riverfront, $89.90+/adults, $69.90/ages 3-12, free for ages 3 & under; Lakefront, $79.90+/adults, $59.90/ages 3-12, free for ages 3 & under
IN THE ‘BURBS
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: Apr. 13 & 14 and Apr. 20; 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 Le Jardin Cantigny Park
Spend a beautiful spring day at gorgeous Cantigny Park that starts with a hearty buffet at Le Jardin inside the Visitors Center. 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. 13, 14, & 21, seatings 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m and 3 p.m. (Apr. 21 only)
Where: Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton
Cost: Apr. 14, $38/adults, $33/kids ages 4-12, free for ages 3 & 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. 21, seatings at 10 a.m., noon & 2 p.m.
Where: Lambs Farm, 14245 Rockland Rd., Libertyville
Cost: $27.95/adults, $11.95 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. 21, seatings at 9 a.m., noon (sold out as of press time) & 3 p.m.
Where: Ginkgo Restaurant; 4300 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Cost: $61/adults, $34/ages 4-12 (discounts available for members); free for ages 3 & 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.
When: Apr. 21, seatings at 9, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon & 1 p.m.
Where: Nichols Hall, Regenstein Center, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Cost: $43/adult, $32/child ages 3-12 (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