The Breakfast Club and Grill

got it’s name from two

legendary Chicago sources!

The Breakfast Club movie, a massive hit back in 1985, is still a cult favorite. Filmed in the city’s northern suburbs and directed, of course, by Chicagoan John Hughes, it’s a slice of Americana and Chicago history.




The Breakfast Cllub Radio Show,originated in Chicago and ran from 1933 to 1968. It was extremely popular and hosted for the entire 35 years by the mega-talented Don McNeill. The old- time radio show was another source of inspiration for the restaurant’s name.

The Breakfast Club Radio Show, is a second source of inspiration for our name.

Speaking of movies, Nate & Margaret, a critic and fan favorite from 2012, used The Breakfast Club and Grill’s interior for some of the movie’s interior shots. Directed by Nathan Adloff, it stars Natalie West and Tyler Ross. Nathan and Tyler dine with us fairly frequently and have agreed to an upcoming screening/meet & greet here at The Breakfast Club!


The Breakfast Club and Grill


…The 1896 supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary cites Punch magazine,  which wrote the term “brunch” was coined in Britain, 1895, to describe a Sunday meal for "Saturday-night carousers" in the writer Guy Beringer's article "Brunch:A Plea"[2] in Hunter's Weekly'[3]

Instead of England's early Sunday dinner, a post-church ordeal of heavy meats and savory pies, why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade and other breakfast fixtures before moving along to the heavier fare? By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.

- Guy Beringer, "Brunch: A Plea," Hunter's Weekly, 1895[4]

The fist use of the word brunch is sometimes credited to reporter Frank Ward O'Malley who wrote for the New York newspaper The Sun from 1906 until 1919,[5] allegedly based on the typical mid-day eating habits of a newspaper reporter.




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