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.

Lincoln Park Zoo Easter Egg Huntphoto: Lincoln Park Zoo


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
Cost: $11/person
RSVP: 773-685-3382


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
Cost: $10/person

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
Cost: $`12/person

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

photo: The Signature Room

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
RSVP: 312-787-9596

Get a Special Prize at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! will have a tapas-style Easter Brunch with selections like the Bacon Mac n’ Cheese, Citrus French Toast, and Seasonal Market Vegetables Hash and more. Enjoy the Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar for the adults and all kids will receive a surprise treat!

When: Apr. 21, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 2024 N. Halsted, Lincoln Park

A Botanical Easter at Travelle at The Langham
Spend Easter Sunday at Travelle for a specialty brunch buffet created by Executive Chef Damion Henry. A variety of breakfast and lunch items will be offered, including pastries, omelets, and caramel pecan french toast, as well as Easter favorites with sea salt-crusted Tomahawk rib rye, honey glazed smoked bone-in ham, sushi, and dim sum. Little ones are welcome with a specialty child-friendly buffet of vegetables and hummus, macaroni and cheese, crispy chicken fingers, and more! There will be live music and a meet-and-greet with photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Apr. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (bunny meet-and-greet 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Where: 330 W. Wabash
Cost: $175/adult, $50/child

Odyssey Cruise Easter Bunnyphoto: Odyssey Cruise

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

Brunch with a View at I/O Godfrey
This Easter, I|O Godfrey, the year-round rooftop lounge at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, invites families to celebrate Easter Sunday with a rooftop brunch at the spot’s River North indoor/outdoor space with sweeping city views. The brunch buffet includes carving and omelet stations, pancakes and waffle stations, Steak Benedict, Lobster Mac & Cheese and more. Guests with a sweet tooth can enjoy Ice Cream + Waffle Tacos, Cake Pops and other indulgent desserts.Between indulging in brunch treats, kids can have fun at I|O’s game room, face-painting station and egg hunt. The Easter Bunny will also attend the brunch for visits and photo opps.

When: Apr. 21
Where: 127 W. Huron, River North
Cost: $39/adult, $12/child

photo: Sunda

Have an East Meets West Visit with the Bunny at Sunda
Sunda, Chicago’s Asian-inspired restaurant offering an eclectic cross-cultural menu, celebrates Easter with a colossal buffet. The features will include truffle scrambled eggs, biscuits and longanisa gravy, beef caldereta, pork belly benedict, adobo fried rice, grilled chicken adobo, crunchy pig hidden lobster maki, oysters on the half shell, shrimp tempura maki, and an omelet station with a wide array of ingredients. The brunch buffet also offers a kids’ station, and the Easter bunny will visit the restaurant to say hi to families all morning long.

When: Apr. 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: 110 W. Illinois St., River North
Cost: $60/adults, $20/kids

Bunny Brunch at Tavern on Rush
Tavern on Rush is expecting a visit from the Bunny and you’re on the guest list. The Bunny will be there to greet the kiddos and the kitchen will offer brunch from Executive Chef John Gatsos, including a variety of omelets, decadent benedicts, french toast, salads, sandwiches and more. The patio will be open, weather permitting.

When: Apr. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 1031 N. Rush St., Gold Coast

brookfield-zoo-easterphoto: Brookfield Zoo


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
RSVP: 847-362-5050
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morton-bunnyphoto: Morton Arboretum

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
RSVP: 630-725-2066

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

— Maria Chambers


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