Suggestions for Celebrating Easter

Spring in Chicago has arrived, and the Easter holiday is the perfect reminder. Spend your Easter having a delicious weekend brunch at Maxwell’s at the Club or venture into the North Shore for a sophisticated farm-fresh dinner at Prairie Grass Cafe.

Maxwell’s at the Club

Maxwell’s Easter Brunch is an extensive buffet, available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. As a special treat, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classic breakfast items such as bacon, French toast, and Eggs Benedict will be offered along with signature treats including Sour Cream Pancakes and Chicken and Apple Sausage. For those looking for a more robust breakfast, the carving station will feature succulent Roast Beef Prime Rib, Baked Ham and Roast Turkey Breast. If you are looking for something light, Maxwell’s offers countless options, from Quinoa Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts to Shrimp and Edamame Salad. No matter what you are looking for, Maxwell’s Easter Brunch will offer a memorable meal.


These two holiday feasts will be available for $45 for adults and $15 for children 10 years and under. To make a reservation, call (312) 527-5800, extension 301, or visit


Chicago French Market

The Chicago French Market (131 N Clinton, Chicago,IL; 312-575-0306) features many vendors

who will be celebrating Easter throughout March. City Fresh Market is having its third annual Chance to Win A Chocolate Easter Egg contest. Estimated to be 36 inches in height, the egg will provide 13 pounds of chocolate to the lucky winner; enter through March 28.


For a unique experience, Fumare Meats will be offering Pascal Ham. These locally produced hams are 1 to 2 pounds each and follow the tradition of eastern Europeans packing baskets with foods, such as the ham, to be blessed at church.


Prairie Grass Cafe

For those looking for the perfect brunch spot in the suburbs, Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) will be a great place to spend the holiday. Easter Brunch begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. March 31.


Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris will serve a scrumptious Easter Brunch featuring their Signature PGC Benedict along with a generous and delicious buffet. The brunch includes made-to-order omelets available in a range of toppings such as: homemade crumbled Maple Creek Farm Chorizo, poblano peppers, spring onions,mushrooms and more. Prairie Grass Cafe’s puts its own spin on traditional brunch favorites with the Applewood Smoked Maple Creek Farm Bacon, Honey Glazed Bone-In Ham and Deviled Farm Eggs. The house moussaka, with layers of eggplant, potato and braised lamb topped with béchamel sauce also is available. Additionally, crab cakes, fresh salads and a mix ofbreads complete the spread. To end on asweet note, the dessert buffet features sliced fruit, Mom’s Homemade Banana Cream Pie and a Crêpe station with two sweet filling options. Price for adults is $45 and $15 for children under 10 years.


The restaurant also will be open for dinner, offering both the regular menu and Easter specials. The Easter specials start with an appetizer of Wilted Dandelion Greens with local bacon and Parmesan and balsamic reduction on crostini ($9). As a main course, guests can choose from Sautéed Red Snapper with citrus and fennel salad and a citrus butter sauce ($34) or Spring Lamb Kabobs with Arugula Peso and Basmati Rice ($28). The dessert course features a Carrot

Cake with cream cheese frosting ($7). For Easter reservations call Prairie Grass Cafe at (847) 205-4433.

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Photos: Kurman Communications


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