While a trip to Chicago sounds like all fun and games, there are a few things you need to keep in mind here to prevent needing a vacation day on Monday instead of going back to work post-vacation. For starters, be sure to pack sun screen and shades in the summer. The temperatures can get brutal here and the summer sun has no mercy anywhere you go. Know about which "tourist traps" you're going to want to avoid, and which ones are worth the dough and your time in advance. As you know, many of the tours in Chicago are best when it comes to this. And lastly, be aware of the nearest restaurant to your hotel in Chicago where you can get a solid, refreshing, hangover-curing breakfast before it's time to pack your bags and head home. Nobody wants to see you puking in trashcans at baggage claim, and definitely not on the plane (God forbid). Luckily, it doesn't have to come to that.
Here are a few recommendations for a hangover breakfast in Chicago.
Sam & George's (Lakeview)
For a fun owned and operated breakfast place, check out Sam & George's, and don't miss the egg casseroles, served up in a full skillet of breakfast goodness. They don't just stick to breakfast though. This joint has a full menu of breakfast foods, sandwiches, desserts and drinks to choose from.
This breakfast and brunch spot in Logan Square makes you almost look forward to the morning after a vicious night of drinking. The hash browns are fresh and delicious, but still provide plenty of alcohol-soaking potential. The service is great, always friendly without being too friendly (or too loud) and "greasy spoon" fare that helps cure the masses.
The Bongo Room
With several locations throughout Chicago, there's really no opportunity not to eat at a Bongo Room. The real show stopper is the pancakes, like the red velvet pancakes, the pumpkin carrot cake flapjacks or the cannoli hotcakes. For something a little more
Flub A Dub Chub
For those whose morning's don't start until noon anyways, check out this hot dog and burger joint in Lakeview. You can order online to pick up once you manage to crawl out of bed, and they also deliver nearby. Check out Greg's Hangover sandwich, a Flubby (that's a hot dog in layman's terms) or the Roe (bacon, cheese and avocado can cure just about anything) and get it on a pretzel bun.
Cheesies Pub & Grub
Grilled Cheese. Mac N cheese. Texas Toast. Tomato Soup. All things at Cheesies that you're not going to want to miss out on. They don't open until 11am, so if you're an early bird with a hankering for the good stuff, you might want to venture elsewhere, or distract yourself with cable TV and putting your hotel room sewing kit to use for a while or something. They are however open until 5am on weekends, 3am weekdays, for those looking to prevent a hangover with some late night grub, rather than cure it.
Pho is often very helpful in curing a hangover, and this is the place to go when you're in the mood for that. They also have frog curry for those feeling a bit adventurous.
Bop N Grill
Some people love Korean food. Some people love burgers. This place gives you both, so you don't have to choose until you sit down and are ready to order. They've got a great selection of unique burgers to choose from, and the kimchi fries are pretty much a must-have.
More Korean food. Do with it what you will... They've got a 4.5 star rating on yelp, so maybe that means something to you.
Chicago Bagel Authority
Whether you choose to go with the bagel and cream cheese or a delicious sandwich, you can find something sufficiently worthy of keeping down one morning in Chicago. Check out their bagel sandwichess that are steamed, not toasted.
Hair of the dog that bit you?
As you probably figured out last night, Chicago has tons of awesome bars. Head back to the one from last night, or a different one, and order a bloody mary, another beer, some greasy bar food and then be on your way to enjoy the rest of your trip! There's lots to see in Chicago, and you're not going to want to be hurting and hungover to do it.