Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Four Places to Find the Easter Bunny in Chicago

This post originally appeared at, where I am a contributing writer.

Easter Bunny Pinstripes

Hippity Hoppity! Easter is on its way and everybody's favorite bunny is hopping on down to Chicago. It's time to put on your bonnet and smile for a fun picture with Peter Cottontail, or even better, join him for brunch. Here are four of the best places to find the Easter Bunny in Chicago.\

Bowling and Bocce with the Bunny (above)
At the Pinstripes gourmet Easter Brunch Buffet, families will delight in an endless spread of holiday favorites from carved prime rib, a new bruschetta bar, shrimp cocktail and poached salmon, waffles with a choice of toppings, made-to-order omelets, salad bar, chocolate fountain and more. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fun photo opportunities with each guest. Five bocce courts (5 indoor, 2 outdoor) and 11 bowling lanes including two private lanes round out this date for guaranteed family fun.

When: Sunday, April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $30 per adult; $15 kids 6-12 years old; kids 5 and under free; Easter Baskets are available for purchase for $3 to the first 150 kids (12 years of age and under).
RSVP: 312-527-3140
Where: Pinstripes Chicago; 435 E. Illinois 
More info online at

Easter in the Sunshine
Chicagoans are invited to enjoy a special Brunch with the Easter Bunny at Tavern on Rushon Sunday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy crab cake Benedict, stuffed French toast, breakfast pizza and more. Weather permitting, patrons can dine on Tavern's beautiful patio.

When: Sunday, April 5, 2015; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: 1031 N. Rush Street
RSVP: 312-664-9600
More info online at

Brunch with the Bunny at The Peninsula Chicago
Peninsula Hotel

This is one of the fanciest bunny brunches in town and is a splurge you won't forget. Choose from rolled-to-order sushi and sashimi or an extensive breakfast selection that includes eggs Benedict with truffle hollandaise at the elegant lobby. Shanghai Terrace will be featuring dim sum and Peking duck, and a kid-friendly menu is also available. The Easter Bunny will present at each seating, and a separate Children's Lounge will offer face painting, egg hunts, coloring activities and Wii fun.

Where: 108 E. Superior St.
When: Sunday, April 5; see website for seating times
RSVP: 312-337-2888
More info online at

Elegant Easter Brunch with the Bunny at the Drake Hotel
Matt Kirouac

Celebrate Easter at the Drake Hotel's Gold Coast Ballroom, where you'll be serenaded with live music by the Steve Biossat Trio as you enjoy the swanky hotel's signature brunch. Step into the Drake Room for face painting, caricatures and balloon twisting, as well as photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Kids ages 5 and under dine free.

When: Sunday, April 5; 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 140 E. Walton Pl.
RSVP: 312-787-2200 or email
More info online at
Photos Courtesy of: Amy Bizzarri; The Peninsula Hotel Chicago; The Drake Hotel

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