10 Brunches and Drink Specials In Chicago To Soothe Your New Year’s Eve Hangover

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10 Brunches and Drink Specials In Chicago To Soothe Your New Year’s Eve Hangover

Just in case you overdo it a bit on NYE, here are 10 places offering hair-of-the-dog remedies for your 2020 hangover.

We’ve all been there. The new year is here, it’s exciting, and maybe you over-indulge in the midnight champagne. Not to worry! Some of your favorite places to party on New Year’s Eve will also be there to care for you in the morning. Here are 10 places to take refuge after Chicago’s biggest NYE parties. (Please drink responsibly)

1. Hubbard Inn’s Extravagant Brunch

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Reminisce over last night’s fun and nurse any morning-after headaches at this fabulous brunch buffet at the newly renovated Hubbard Inn. The buffet will feature items from Executive Chef Eric Babula including carving stations, an omelet station, waffle station, classic brunch items, pastries, smoked salmon, dessert table, and more. Guests have the option of purchasing just a brunch ticket ($45) or brunch and bottomless cocktails ($65). More information.


2. Caffe Umbria Logan Square

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Recaffeinate after a celebratory night out with new winter drinks from Caffe Umbria, located in Logan Square. The coffee roastery will be open New Year’s Day 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to warm Chicagoans up for 2020. Enjoy a seasonal Italian hot chocolate, Cioccolata Calda, an Eggnog Latte, and Hot Spiced Apple Cider made with local apple cider and topped with real whipped cream and caramel sauce. More information.


3. Elf’d Up Brunch with Buddy the Elf

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Who says the Christmas spirit has to leave after Dec 25th? Elf’d Up, the popular Wrigleyville Buddy the Elf Christmas Pop-up, will host a New Year’s Day brunch with Buddy himself! Enjoy a number of brunch options like green Papa Elf Pancakes, a Buddy Burrito, You Smell Like Bacon, and Egg & Cheese Sandwich. You can also enjoy a number of holiday-themed drinks with a Buddy impersonator and later watch the college football playoffs from the jolliest bar in town. More information. 


4. Estelle’s New Year Hangover Relief

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If you’re planning on spending NYE at Estelle’s Cafe & Lounge, take a nap during the day to recharge, then return at 5 p.m. for a special $6 grilled cheese menu and half-price Estelle’s signature cocktails. Guests will also enjoy half-off happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring half-off everything except shots and food. It’s the perfect hangover cure! More information.


5. New Year Detox Retox at the Performing Arts Studio

So this one isn’t until Jan 4, but if you’re looking to unwind and relax for the new year, this place is the perfect spot to do it. Enjoy an hour of relaxing, detoxing yoga from a certified instructor followed by a bottomless mimosa social hour. Detox then retox; it’s the best of both worlds! More information. 


6. Parlay at Joy District

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Enjoy a fantastic NYE party all night at Joy District then return to the first floor at 11 a.m. for a selection of Pedialyte cocktails from Parlay. For those who overdid it the night before, there will also be half-off hangover IV treatments by Patriot Hydration & Recovery. Watch the Citrus Bowl college football game while you nurse your hangover among friends. More information.


7. Any of these fantastic breakfast/brunch spots.

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Chicago has a ton of wonderful breakfast and brunch spots that offer the perfect food to get you back up and running after a NYE night out. Indulge in a cinnamon roll from Ann Sather or a delicious vegan meal from Pick Me Up. The brunch options are endless! Check out some of our favorite breakfast joints here!


8. Monnie Burke’s New Year Day Brunch

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Enjoy a delicious brunch at Monnie Burke’s New Year Day celebration. With delectable food options like morning pastries, bagels & lox, goat cheese N’Duja Scramble, and more, that hangover will be gone in no time. Monnie Burke’s also has a fantastic cocktail selection including your favorite mimosas and bloody mary’s as well as a number of delicious hair-of-the-dog remedies. More information.


9. Play Kitchen & Cocktails

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You’re invited to a New Year’s Day “Half-y Hour” and College Football watching party at Play Kitchen & Cocktails. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. enjoy half-off select menu items including cocktails, wine, champagne, draft beer and bites like Seven Heaven Wings, Southwest Roll-ups, Bucket O’ Tenders, Brisket Sliders, Play Burger and more. Play will broadcast the Rose Bowl at 4 p.m. and the Sugar Bowl at 7:45 p.m. on TVs throughout the bar. More information. 


10. Morton’s Steakhouse

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Kick-off the new year with Morton’s “Power Hour” happy hour featuring specially priced alcoholic beverages and bar bites include Iceberg Wedge Bites, Mini Crab Cake BLTs, Prime Cheeseburgers, Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches, Filet Mignon Trio and more. Check individual locations for times and menu options. More information. 


Still looking for New Year’s Eve plans? We’ve got 20+ parties you have to check out!

Note: Please drink responsibly.

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