Sunday vibes are essential for the week ahead of us. We know that the world this morning is divided into two categories: the hotheads craving a Bloody Mary and the classy “hanging theres” who would never refuse a Mimosa or two…well, two.
Beatrix is a comparatively new spot in Streeterville, and it’s just so good that I advise you to make sure you have a table waiting. Or feel free to brunch right at the bar and settle for some small talk with the bartenders and waiters, who are so friendly, smart, and fresh that they motivate you to recover sooner.
I’d go for a sweet-and-sour iced cold OJ, with sliced tomato and avocado on the side of eggs prepared your way, not to mention those Bloody Marys and Mimosas that just have to keep coming. I’d also suggest you take a quick look at the Mick Jagger portrait in the corner, post it, and check out the high-end open kitchen Beatrix is famous for.
3 Arts Café
As the countdown for a good week begins, so does the perfect window for a no-waiting pass to 3 Arts Cafe for the first half of the week.
This spot features a stunning European-like atrium in the middle of the city. It has chandeliers and fountains like those you may have seen during an amazing trip to Paris.
Monday the waiting time (and the anger that comes with it) will disappear, and I suggest you take your colleagues to one classy brunch during a work break. Don’t forget to snap a stunning picture to post and take a walk up to the rooftop garden. There are no views but you’ll enjoy its irresistible charm.
You have to try what are probably the tastiest scrambled eggs you will find anywhere, with a side of avocado and Texas toast so authentic it’s as if it were delivered directly from Texas. Have a coffee and you won’t complain about Mondays anymore.
Sushi Para II
Here you can become familiar with Asian table manners as you do away with of one of the seven deadly sins: gluttony. In Sushi Para II, you’ll have the option of ordering every single item on the menu for a fixed price of $20. But don’t you dare be greedy and make sure you return your plate empty. Think of it as your low-key contribution to culture, economy, and sustainability all at the same time. Because if you take too much, you will have to pay for every piece that you return.
This downtown sushi spot has figured out how you can try everything on the menu without going nuts. And it offers much more than rolls and miso soup.
Not that those won’t be included with your bento box. But the second part of the restaurant is so far from the Michigan Avenue hubbub that you can hardly hear the fire trucks. You’ll be able to peacefully discuss the hottest events of the week and what you think about them. Also, you will finally confess to yourself that you absolutely love tempura vegetables, the Asian style of meat preparation, and even the extremely healthy salad that comes with it.
Chicago Athletic Association
What if I told you we know a spot that looks like Hogwarts, feels like home, and treats you like a royal? Come to the dimly-lit lounge of the Chicago Athletic Association, which is probably the only library-like place in Chicago that will subtly push you to work, drink coffee, eat… and repeat.
The best part? The stylish Shake Shack downstairs, with its classic burger and cheese fries, and the breathtaking bar carefully installed on the rooftop, built around the four pillars of this old historical building.
When your work is done, celebrate with a craft cocktail and the beautiful vista of Chicago’s Millennium Park. If you’re too enchanted and decide to stay here, you can always book one of their tasteful rooms.