Lazy Sunday at the Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club (and a Chicago cemetery tour)

The husband hasn’t been feeling so great the past few days (head cold), so we’ve been keeping things pretty close to home. This morning we were both feeling a tad shut in and decided to get out for breakfast. We’ve driven past the Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club dozens of times, and keep meaning to stop in and try it, so today seemed like as good a day as any to make good on those intentions.
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club in Chicago's North Park neighborhood.

The twenty-minute wait wasn’t surprising, as the space is quite small (and cozy), but we quickly found that it was well worth it. The country decor reminds me of so many diners back home in Vermont, but the food is definitely on the next level.

Everything on the menu sounded so good it was actually hard to choose. I ended up ordering one of the specials: The Root Vegetable skillet (root vegetables in a crepe served with two eggs, chicken apple sausage, and creamy maple polenta). It was delicious. The veggies (beets, sweet potatoes, leeks) were perfectly cooked in some sort of balsamic glaze and, until today, I’d never even really liked polenta, but maple polenta? Yum 🙂
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club in Chicago's North Park neighborhood.
Eric also chose one of the specials: Lemon crab cakes benedict. I’m an anomaly in that I don’t like seafood. I want to, and I’ve even tried to force myself-but it just hasn’t happened. That said, I sampled the crab cakes and they were pretty scrumptious (it could have also been that they were smothered in hollandaise and butter makes everything better). Nonetheless, Eric was pretty happy with his meal as well.
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club in Chicago's North Park neighborhood. I heard a rumor that nearby Northeastern University might be purchasing the entire block to develop student housing. I sincerely hope that isn’t true, as it would be a shame to lose such a great local establishment. After that meal, I’m definitely planning on doing my part to help keep them in business. Who’s with me?!

Eric, finally getting out from under his cold.
Eric, finally getting out from under his cold.

Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club in Chicago's North Park neighborhood.

After stuffing ourselves to the gills, we drove over to nearby Bohemian National Cemetery to look at the snow-covered headstones and take some photos. If you don’t already know this about me, I love cemeteries. They’re beautiful, and an interesting way to see the history of a community. Bohemian National, for instance, was founded after many Bohemian settlers (people from a region of the Czech Republic) were denied burial in several local Catholic cemeteries.
Bohemian National Cemetery, ChicagoSince it’s founding, it’s played a prominent role in several Chicago events, including the infamous Eastland Disaster. There is even a special memorial for Chicago Cubs fans called “Beyond the Vines” that is made to look like a piece of Wrigley stadium.

The snow, coupled with the uncharacteristically beautiful midday light, gave the cemetery an almost ethereal feel and I couldn’t help but dig out my camera and snap away.

Bohemian National Cemetery, ChicagoBohemian National Cemetery, ChicagoIf you’re looking for a fun way to explore some of the city’s history, I definitely recommend trekking to this and a few other cemeteries.
Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago

You'll notice quite a few headstones inlaid with photographs of the deceased.
You’ll notice quite a few headstones inlaid with photographs of the deceased.

 

Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago

Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago
The snow came on so quickly that beautiful yellow and orange leaves are still covering a good number of the trees in Chicago.

 

Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago

Tell me a scene like this doesn't immediately get you excited for the holidays.
Tell me a scene like this doesn’t immediately get you excited for the holidays.

How about you? How do you like to spend a nice, lazy Sunday?

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2 thoughts on “Lazy Sunday at the Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club (and a Chicago cemetery tour)

  1. I’m spending a lazy Sunday morning on a blogging road trip.
    Sadly it’s dull and wet outside with none of the sunshine that illuminates your beautiful photographs of Bohemian National Cemetery.

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  2. A blogging road trip sounds fun! Sunny days are lovely, but I like the cloudy ones, too. Colors look different when left to their own devices, out of the sunshine.
    Safe travels!

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