Sunny Side Up
Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 3129304242
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast & Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Wabash
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sunny Side Up
Our Coffee Shop is on the 1st floor, serving organic coffee, tea, and an assortment of pastries.
The main restaurant is on the 2nd and 3rd floors, along with the bar. We have a private party area on our 4th floor.
The patio is always open, weather permitting!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Sunny Side Up reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (22)neighborhood gem (15)great for outdoor dining (9)kid-friendly (7)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (4)good for groups (1)special occasion (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The smallest of packages
    casualnommer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Sunny Side up has the tiniest of kitchens which slows down its service time, but when you are in the mood to relax on a Saturday morning and enjoy your company before the most glorious serving of stuffed French toast, then this is the best place for you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect Sunday morning brunch!
    Veronica
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The beautiful historic house turned restaurant so close to Michigan Ave was the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing Sunday brunch. The dining room was cozy with a warm ambiance and the service was excellent. The menu had lots of interesting choices with interesting twists on favorites such as french toast, egg burritos and Eggs Benedict.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, bad service
    JuliaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our server was incredibly slow even though she only had a couple tables in her section. It also seemed that everything that was brought to our table was ALMOST right, ie the coffee came without milk and I had to ask three times until finally the manager got it for me, our food came without utensils and it was cold by the time we got them. The food was good so we'd probably go awain but hopefully not with the same server.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food was good and it was a cute restaurant but the service was terrible. It took at least ten minutes to get water and coffee. Our reservation was at 10:30 and we were sat around that time but we didn't get our food until noon. On top of that they messed up my friend's order then brought out a new meal which was still wrong. Another friend said the donut she ordered was dry and stale. We saw our waitress only when she asked our order and brought us the check.
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  • Great restaurant
    Wonderful
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had 4th of July reservations. The place was packed. I only wish there was a little more order for the wait for outside seating. We checked in with one person, but it seems they were handling indoor seating more. So the gentlemen that was seating for outside, thought we were taken care of. Regardless, we got seated, our waiter was nice, food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, longgggg wait….
    Colleen
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our hostess was exceptionally friendly and welcoming, seating us within several minutes upon our arrival and reservation. However after placing our food order to a very new waiter, we waited over 45 minutes for the food to arrive. We spoke to our waiter about the wait and he was appropriately polite and understanding of our concern as we had tour reservations in the city for which we worried we might be late. He conveyed this to the kitchen and we were told it would be another 10 minutes. The food was very good though not sure the 45 minute wait was worth it. Two orders of a side of fruit salad came to the table with drastically different portion sizes. We didn't risk sending one back. Nice street side dining atmosphere available.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Cynthia59VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Bench on Sunday. Really great location and cool building. Server was very friendly but took us an hour to get our food. When we did, omelet was cold and bananas foster pancakes were missing the "foster". Delivered with a bowl of walnuts and bananas. Took another 15 minutes to get that. In the meantime, pancakes became cold. I would try this place again because I think it has potential, but only one more shot.
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  • great breakfast spot
    ChuckkVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Perfectly situated a block away from the cathedral, what a spot for a Sunday morning breakfast. With a menu that goes a touch beyond the traditional, Sunny Side Up will satisfy everybody. I am from NY and am always envious of the affordable breakfast locations in Chicago that are not the typical diner but specialize in breakfast. Just another example of my favorite eating city in the country.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 54 reviews are from the Sunny Side Up reviews archive.
  • neighborhoohd find
    maggie444VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    RESTAURANT HAD REALY GOOD FOOD-service was friendly, very crowded on sundays.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We love Sunny Side up for both breakfast and lunch. The atmosphere in this brownstone building is a cozy change among the high rises in Streeterville. We love the food selections on the regular menu as well as the specials. We often bring our out-of-town guests here for a breath of fresh air!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great experience
    CjdineVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Never had brunch in a two story brownstone. Surroundings were terrific and host (could have been owner) and waitstaff were wonderful. Great recommendation by the Langham Hotel for a wonderful brunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch place
    AngieVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Love the space and it is nice when it is nice out, they have a great outdoor area. The brunch menu is great and is always good.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    Luvlocaldinning
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We ran across this delightful brunch spot by accident and I'm so glad we did. The historic building is beautiful and the service was great. The food was so amazing that we went back the following day before we had to leave town. This is defiantly a place we will put on our list of "must visit" when we are back in Chicago. If you haven't been there you should check it out, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast
    Tiedyemom
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We arrived about 5 minutes before they opened, but the waitress and manager were so kind to seat us immediately. They were friendly and made us feel very welcome. My boys loved the cinnamon roll pancakes and the bacon pancakes. My oatmeal had fresh berries that were very flavorful. The food was great, but the service was even better!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast was awesome
    Cookiehead
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This is definitely worth walking to if visiting the city. Coffee beans roasted on premise and the coffee is a great way to start in the restaurant portion. I love that my cup never ended! I visited Chicago for a few days, and made this my breakfast place 2 days in a row. The owner was gracious, had the same waiter both days-Ian who was excellent. I had a nice table for one, and never felt rushed, I enjoyed a very leisurely breakfast even though the place was hopping. The omelet was perfect with potatoes and hearty toast. The next day I enjoyed the oatmeal with fruit-not your typical oatmeal. The lunch menu looked great, but was out enjoying the spring weather in Chicago. They even opened the outdoor seating which was a nice option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Brunch
    mtaylorVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Excellent atmosphere, waitress has phenomenal and the food was awesome. I wished I lived in Chicago so I could go back more often!! They do not sell alcohol, but our waitress told us where we could get champagne (just a short walk away) for our mimosas, fresh squeezed OJ made them fantastic. The Tuscan was delicious, as was the Croque Madam, and the eggs benedict that served on the brioche bread was incredible. We shared an order of cinnamon roll pancakes, OMG, yum!! Everyone at our table had an empty plates!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the wait and poor service
    Cindyb2476VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Food was good, but not good enough to overcome the poor service. Despite a reservation, they sat some of our early arrivers early, and then kept telling them to leave because the rest of us weren't there yet. Out of our party of 7, three people had to sit on armless rolling salon chairs. Our food took a very long time, and we were cold the entire time. The ambiance is cool...looks like maybe once was an old home. Our server was nice but not overly attentive because she was so busy. The restaurant was packed (11:15am on a winter Sunday).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome on all accounts
    GregVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    From the greetings of the warm and friendly hostess, we knew we were at a warm spot. But then our waitress was fantastic and friendly and the manager (owner?) checked on us a couple times too and thanked us when we left. They made us feel very appreciated. And the food was fantastic! Everyone ordered something different and all were great. Nice selection and interesting options, instead of usual brunch menu. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible waitress running
    shaftVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Terrible waitress running around complaining and incapable of dealing with one of our group being allergic to Gluten.
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  • Egg exactly what we wanted
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Great breakfast place. 3 story house in the middle of downtown. Outstanding menu, good service and terrific coffees. The rye bread toast and sandwich bread is the best
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Slow Service
    Timber
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The restaurant is huge inside and I love the decor. It feels warm and homey, but is laid out well to accommodate large groups like ours (7). They were also very friendly and accommodating when I called to change our reservation at the last minute. Unfortunately, the food was a mixed bag. Some members of my group really liked their food, while others thought it was just OK. The biggest issue though was the service. The staff was friendly, but we had a long wait to place our order and then several mistakes were made. There were also issues with settling the tab, including a long wait and a weird problem with running through credit cards. I hope that the service is normally better, but I'm not sure if I will give this place a second chance.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    Yummy
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Wanted to try a new place for breakfast / brunch. Went with a group of four. The hostess was rude and impatient. Our waiter was great though. Patient, friendly, nice, etc. food was good. Good choices on menu. Great pricing for city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming brunch spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I love how this restaurant basically is located in a home--really cozy and cute! Great selection of brunch foods and outdoor seating is nice in the summer. I had the Monte Cristo--delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1/12/2014
    DanoverVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Great Experience. We dined here under another name. Was good then and was good now, too bad no alcohol tho.
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    neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid food, great ambiance
    fab5hill33
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Food was delicious. Not sure if brunch can every be worth of 5 stars, hence 4 stars for food. Ambiance was fantastic. Location in a brownstone makes it very warm and cozy. Definitely recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, bit disorganized
    MrsDVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    The food was great but they didn't seem very well organized - they didn't seem to have a table for us initially despite our booking and then the service was a bit patchy but as long as you're not in a rush the food is definitely worth it for a decent brunch!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast spot!
    ToughCriticVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Loved this restaurant! Hadn't eaten there before. It's really close everything, but still feels really quaint. The staff was outstanding and very friendly. The food was great. This goes on my favorite list in Chicago-very tough to get on!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday group
    KSue
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Happy to find a brunch spot that was able to accommodate a larger party. The multi levels of the restaurant made it feel like we were not jam packed in. Servers were very attentive with the coffee and good about helping with kids orders and half plates. I had the buckwheat pancakes and they were VERY dry. I do not like maple syrup and no amount of butter was going to fix these. But, had a HUGE bowl of berries to go with the pancakes and they were great. One service complaint is that we were given 4 little packets of butter for a table of 10! What????
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We eat at 94 West all the
    Barb
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We eat at 94 West all the time and now when downtown will go here for breakfast or lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always scrumptious
    Leaki1
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We live out in the suburbs so we're not able to get to sunny side up very often, but when we do, we know it will be a fantastic meal with great service in beautiful surroundings. I've come to make the Croque Madame my absolute favorite. You won't be disappointed at sunny side up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best brunch place in Chicago!
    GeriVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We had a fantastic brunch. Made reservations and got seated right away. The portions are large! Had the winter special of pumpkin pancakes and also eggs Benedict Oscar. They were phenomenal! The environment was very cozy and warm and the service was great. Will definitely come back next time I am in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised that
    Dennis
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Pleasantly surprised that it exceeded the hype and reviews we had read. Food was great, servings were huge, staff was courteous and friendly. Made a reservation, arrived early and were promptly seated even though people were waiting. That in itself gave them high marks in my book. Will definitely return next time we are downtown for the weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for breakfast or brunch
    DrDaveVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    A great find for morning and afternoon dining. An old home converted to a restaurant that feels very cost and warm - especially decorated for Christmas. Lots of creative variations on breakfast favorites served by friendly folks. The associated coffee shop means the coffee drinks are a big notch or two above most restaurants. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    teacherkhVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Had some issues making the reservation through Open Table, but they were very nice about it when I called. Food was good and it has a nice ambience. Glad we tried it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • unique and very good
    redesign12
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    I booked this sight unseen for Sunday breakfast on a girls weekend. It was tree lighting weekend holiday so very busy. The restaurant was packed, but ready for us. We were greeted very warmly and seated asap. Restaurant is a narrow building with winding staircase and I have no idea how the staff does it. The were all very attentive and our food was great. It is not a place where you can rush due to the building. Be prepared to relax and enjoy the people watching.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice surprise
    Kathryn
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    I had never even realized that Sunny Side Up was where it was but I was pleasantly surprised by my experience. Good, consistent food and service. I went for brunch with a group of women and the waitstaff did not rush us at all. Great place for brunch!!
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    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new find for us. We'll definitely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    A new find for us. We'll definitely be going back! Outstanding breakfast. The croque madam in particular was a standout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really good breakfast
    ANNE
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    We had a great breakfast, with a huge selection of items to choose from. The staff were so friendly and helpful. Saw a review on Urban Spoon that was great and went. Wish I lived in Chicago to be able to go again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homemade Goodness with Pride
    dinealotVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    I had the homemade corned beef hash. It was immediately obvious that it was made at the restaurant as it was fresh, spicy but not hot, and prepared to order. My companion had the stuffed french toast, a most generous serving with four pieces of fruit laden toast. Entrees arrived at the table promptly and hot. All of the wait staff and the maitre de appeared genuinely interested in satisfying us. We knew when they asked if everything was tasting good that they cared as they listened attentively to our responses and smiled at our answers. We will return to explore other menu options.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Right Side Up
    TasteBud
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    We were looking for a breakfast place close to our hotel. This cafe is located within an old house and the character has been kept. This is a great little find. The food was well prepared and well presented. The service was professional and Helped start your day with a smile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.