Kanela Breakfast Club in Lakeview (Barry Brecheisen )
Whether you need some hair of the dog to ditch the headache left over from your New Year's Eve festivities or are just looking to kick off 2012 with gusto, get thee over-hung self to these spots on New Year's Day. Many are welcoming 2012 with special brunch dishes and drinks to subdue even the most stubborn hangover.
Small Bar Fullerton
1415 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-525-2727
The regular menu at this Lincoln Park tavern will be jazzed up by New Year's Day specials created by chef Justin White.
Hangover helpers: Fill up on eggs Benedict with house-cured Canadian bacon ($11) or shredded corned beef hash ($12), a summer menu item that's making a special appearance for the holiday. Another surefire hangover cure is the breakfast poutine ($10) made with thin-cut fries, cheese curds, scrambled eggs, smoked beef sausage and pickled peppers.
Hair of the dog: Try drinks from the winter menu that were designed to be "day after" drinks: The Elixir ($10) made with rye, yellow chartreuse, lemon and honey-chamomile syrup, or The Day of the Dead #3 combines reposado tequila with lillet blanc, orange liqueur, lemon and a mist of absinthe ($11).
Details: Noon-4 p.m. Reservations recommended for large groups. Walk-ins welcome.
BLT American Brasserie
500 W. Superior St. 312-948-8744
The first day of 2012 (while most of the city is still in bed) might be the best time to check out this recently opened River North restaurant.
Hangover helpers: Brunch starts with chef Laurent Tourondel's oven-warm popovers made with black pepper and comte cheese, followed by a menu of salads, eggs, sandwiches and pizzas. Eggs piperade with chorizo, huevos rancheros and challah French toast with gingerbread spices will hit the spot as well.
Hair of the dog: If you're ready to go beyond the basic bloody mary ($10), try signature cocktails such as a cranberry mojito, red apple-and-bourbon fizz (all $13).
Details: 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome.
1846 W. Division St. 312-878-1212
In addition to the regular brunch menu, chef Scott Halverson has coined his own holiday hangover cures at this eco-chic contemporary American spot in Wicker Park.
Hangover helpers: Entrees include the Prasino cheese steak skillet made with steak, corned beef, bacon, peppers, onion, potatoes, avocado, cheddar cheese, Monterey jack cheese and cilantro cream. ($14) Off the everyday menu, the Chef's Hangover Cure ($10) also tempts with green chili-braised pork shoulder, crispy tortilla, eggs, black beans and cotija cheese.
Hair of the dog: Snap yourself out of it with the Wake-Up Shot ($9), made with fair-trade coffee liqueur and mezcal with a chaser of sparkling wine. Or sip a bloody maria with jalapeno-flavored tequila (also $9).
Details: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcome.
Le Fleur de Lis
301 E. 43rd St. 773-268-8770
This N'awlins-inspired Bronzeville spot has a massive buffet spread planned, with a jazz band to accompany the Creole favorites at afternoon seatings.
Hangover helpers: There's not a whole lot on this comfort food-centric menu that wouldn't soothe a raging hangover, including jerk chicken, mac 'n' cheese, shrimp and grits, meatloaf and fried chicken and waffles. There's also a salad station, omelet station and dessert station with bananas Foster and beignets.
Hair of the dog: A glass of champagne or mimosa is included in the price of brunch. If that's not enough to make your hair stop hurting, try a hurricane ($5) or hit up the bloody mary bar stocked with pepperoni, hot peppers, olives, shrimp and hot sauce ($10).
Details: Three seatings take place at 11 a.m. ($10), 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. ($15; includes a turkey carving station and a live jazz band). Reservations highly recommended.
Kanela Breakfast Club
3231 N. Clark St. 773-248-1622
This low-key Lakeview breakfast and lunch spot just recently started stocking booze, just in time for New Year's Day brunch.
Hangover helpers: The French toast flight ($10) features bold flavors like red velvet, lemon poppyseed and banana nut, which could very well make you forget how rotten you feel. For some protein, go for the special hangover omelet ($10) with peppered bacon, house-made turkey sausage, green and red bell peppers, cheddar, parsley, basil and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
Hair of the dog: If it'll take more than one drink to perk you up, go for the bottomless mimosas ($20). Bloody marys made with cucumber vodka ($8) are also available.
Details: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcome.
11 E. Walton St. 312-646-1400
If your New Year's Eve was filled with luxury and swank, keep the trend going with this $29 two-course prix-fixe brunch at one of the two restaurants inside the Gold Coast's Elysian Hotel.
Hangover helpers: Start with either oyster shooters or a shrimp cocktail before moving on to an entrée such as the strata Benedict with wild mushrooms and spinach or the grilled rib eye steak with Brussels sprouts, squash and arugula.
Hair of the dog: Sip a Bloody Bell with bacon-infused vodka, salumi, lime and a beer back, or the classic bellini with stonefruit such as cherries or plums (both $10).
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations accepted. Walk-ins welcome.