Brunch is half breakfast and half lunch, just like a centaur has the bottom half of a horse and the top half of a merman. Enjoy a chimerical meal with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for brunch for two with two entrees (a $2.50–$14.50 value each) and two mimosas or bloody marys (a $7–$8.50 value each; up to a $46 value)
- $49 for brunch for four with four entrees and four mimosas or bloody marys (up to a $92 value)
- See the menu
In its 2013 list of favorite Wicker Park and Bucktown hangouts, Time Out Chicago praised the upscale cuisine and "almost comically ambitious cocktails" served at The Monarch, where Graham Elliot veteran Michael DeStefano now runs the kitchen. Add a patio the mag describes as "a precious little Wicker Park hideaway, complete with an herb garden," and a brunch menu praised by Refinery 29, and it's clear The Monarch has found a winning balance of atmosphere and cuisine. This balance of refinement and casualness permeates both the décor and the menu. The latter features sweet-spiced breakfast pretzels with raisin cream cheese, duck confit chiliquiles, and fried pork sandwichs — as well as DeStefano's kung pao wings, fried green tomato sandwiches with jalapeno cream cheese, a blue crab cake benedict on an english muffin topped with Hollandaise saunce, and the Diner Burger. The former features the building's original ceiling panels that form a grand sky 25 feet above the floor, just enough space to fit an NBA team up to its shoulders. And soft candlelight reveals exposed brick walls subtly emblazoned with secret messages and symbols.