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Phil Vettel recommends: Easter dining

Easter is more than a week away, but as it's one of the most popular days for dining out (right up there with Mother's Day), early reservations are a must. Here are some picks for the April 20 holiday.

Autre Monde: Three-course brunch menu, $30. A la carte and children's items also available. 6727 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, 708-775-8122

Cafe des Architectes: Three-course brunch, choices in each course, served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $69, $19 ages 11 and younger. 20 E. Chestnut St., 312-324-4063

Capital Grille: Three-course brunch served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $49, children $18. Regular dinner menu served 3-9 p.m. 633 N. St. Clair St., 312-337-9400

Carlucci: A la carte brunch served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1801 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove, 630-512-0990

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant: Brunch buffet served 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner buffet 2-7 p.m. $49; $17 ages 5-12. 1401 S. Michigan Ave., 312-786-1401

David Burke's Primehouse: Four-course menu served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $48; special kids menu (ages 13 and younger) $20. 616 N. Rush St., 312-600-6000

Filini Bar & Restaurant: Buffet brunch served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; bottomless mimosas, 33-foot bloody mary bar available. $39. 221 N. Columbus Drive, 312-477-0234

Found: Special Sunday supper served 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $38, $18 ages 11 and younger. 1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8945

Gemini Bistro: A la carte Easter brunch served 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 2075 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-525-2522

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse: Dinner menu and Easter specials served 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2105 S. Spring Road, Oak Brook, 630-954-0000

GT Fish & Oyster: Three-course menu served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $45, children's menu $20. 531 N. Wells St., 312-929-3501

Happ Inn: Family-friendly brunch buffet (includes appearance by Easter Bunny) served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appetizer and dessert buffets with individual entrees. $33.95, $14.95 children. 305 Happ Road, Northfield, 847-784-9200

Howells & Hood: Multistation brunch buffet served 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live blues music. $39. 435 N. Michigan Ave., 312-262-5310

Hub 51: Buffet brunch served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $6 bloody marys and mimosas. $30, $15 ages 12 and younger. 51 W. Hubbard St., 312-828-0051

Mercadito: Four-course sharing menu with brunch cocktail, $30. Open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 108 W. Kinzie St., 312-329-9555

Mercat a la Planxa: Three-course, six-dish tasting menu, including unlimited carving station, served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $45, $25 children. 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524

Niche: The newly reopened Niche serves three-course brunch menu 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $44. 14 S. Third St., Geneva, 630-262-1000

Park Grill: A la carte brunch served 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music featured. 11 N. Michigan Ave., 312-521-7275

Retro BistroL: Three-course brunch menu served 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $30; children's menu available. 1746 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect, 847-439-2424

Quince: Three-course adult menu ($40) and two-course children's menu ($15; ages 12 and younger) served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston, 847-570-8419

RPM Italian: Italian-themed menu of classic dishes and specials. Reservations available from 11 a.m. 52 W. Illinois St., 312-222-1888

Sepia: Four-course Easter brunch served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $50, $28 children. 123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920

Sixteen: Lavish buffet brunch, $148 ($35 ages 7 and younger) served 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Easter egg hunt and petting zoo for kids. Dinner served 5:30-10 p.m.; regular menu. 401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-588-8030.

Tavern on Rush: A la carte brunch served 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Easter Bunny will greet kids 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.); dinner 3 p.m. to midnight. 1031 N. Rush St., 312-664-9600

III Forks: Three-course Easter dinner served 5-11 p.m. $49.95; $16.95 ages 12 and younger. Regular menu also available. 180 N. Field Blvd., 312-943-4303

Tortoise Club: A la carte brunch served 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Photo booth, caricature artist featured. 350 N. State St., 312-755-1700

Travelle: Easter brunch, served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes shared plates and individual entrees. $90, $30 ages 12 and younger. Unlimited mimosa cart and dessert buffet available. 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-7705

Weber Grill: A la carte menu served 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Chicago) and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (suburbs). Special brunch dishes served until 2 p.m.; dinner specials served all day. 539 N. State St., 312-467-9696; 2331 Fountain Square, Lombard, 630-953-8880; 1010 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, 847-413-0800

pvettel@tribune.com

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