Frances Deli · Great since '38

Stop In For A Bite

Monday – Sunday : 9:00am – 3:00pm

Closed on Thanksgiving And Christmas Day

The Beginning...

Frances’ Deli has been a landmark in Lincoln Park for 80 years this year – serving diners breakfast, lunch, and brunch (before it was even a thing)!  Their delivery and carry-out game has always been strong too, “We’ve held down the Gold Coast for quite some time,” starting on the east side of Clark as a legit, old-school deli, then, after 50 years, moving across the street.




Frances’s has always been known for its comfort food and generations-old family recipes, and sandwiches too big to finish in one sitting. But the story doesn’t end there. Enter Chicago-famous chef and personality, Derek Rylon — with his original team — ready to take over and transform this diner/deli into what he calls a “Brunchery.” “Dinner on eggs,” he jokes, while promising an “Upscale Breakfast Experience.”

Chef Rylon

Chef Rylon has been perfecting his culinary skills and recipes for over 30 years and his iconic following is a testament to his gift for creating unbelievable dishes. His resume is nothing short of spectacular and reads something like this: Shaw’s Crab House, Wild Fire, Maggiano’s, Ruth Chris Steak House, Gibsons, Capital Grill, The Wyndham Hotel, The Westin, The Embassy Suites, the Crown Plaza Hotel, Batter and Berries, and most recently: Frances’s Deli & Brunchery at 2552 N. Clark in Lincoln Park.



“People eat with their eyes”

“People eat with their eyes,” he exclaims, as he carefully lines up rainbow peppers on a crawfish omelet, a dish that came from the fathoms of his imagination. In fact, Derek met his wife, Angie, working as the executive chef in a hotel and she was hostess, truly making his kitchen a family affair.

When asked what separates him from the rest, Derek will tell you that he approaches every dish he creates with love. “Everything I make is to taste, and if you have to season one of my entrees, it’s a borderline insult.” He says with a smile.

The culinary arts is a pursuit of passion, for the ONLY African American, Executive Chef in all of Chicago. Let that sink in. Derek came from truly humble beginnings, learning his way around the kitchen as a sous chef and working his way up to one of the most respected Chef de Cuisines on the Chicago Brunch scene.

“everything happens for a reason”

Derek earned a reputation for his meticulous attention to detail and his avante-guarde breakfast menu that is constantly revolving. He lets people fall in love with a dish and then he switches it out for something new, only to receive death threats and threatening Facebook messages, to put it back on the menu “or else…”



“May The Best Food Win”

Derek’s mantra is: “May the Best Food Win.” With his arrival on the scene, every brunch spot in LP is on notice, so let the #BrunchWars begin. “If you’re scared, go to church,” Chef says with a smirk. He’s kidding, but he means it.

Derek has a lot of potential with double the seating, and an amazing location, conveniently located in beautiful East Lincoln Park.

For the People, By The People

  • Madison C. Avatar

    5 star rating Delicious and delectable brunch spot! Frances has one of the best (and largest) menus for brunch. There is something for everyone whether you prefer savory or sweet, breaky or lunch, or traditional or modern cuisine. Frances includes many flights on... read more

    Madison C. 9/12/2021
    Megan F. Avatar

    5 star rating My friend and I love coming here for weekend brunch. The wait is worth it! The food is consistently fabulous and the people watching is fun. Today we had a lovely server, Leah, who was so attentive and sweet! Thank... read more

    Megan F. 9/11/2021
    Christa Vinson Avatar

    Came for a little brunch date with the Mr. after a friends recommendation
    and definitely not disappointed. Our food was fresh and delicious. Our watress was absolutely wonderful. The decor was nice. I really liked that it...
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    Christa Vinson 9/10/2021
  • Brian Sacco Avatar

    Delicious meal and friendly service. Stopped in Friday afternoon, one of us had brunch (pancakes) and the other had lunch (turkey sandwich). Both were hot, tasty, and quick. Waitress was very friendly as were all staff. Atmosphere was nice. Can’t... read more

    Brian Sacco 8/26/2021
    M Perez Avatar

    Excellent service excellent food but don't order the turkey bacon cuz it tastes like cardboard

    M Perez 8/24/2021
    Kelly Andrews Avatar

    Awesome chicken n waffles

    Kelly Andrews 8/23/2021
  • Alex C. Avatar

    5 star rating I've walked past this place a few times on the weekends, but never stopped because it's always so busy. We had time to stop in for brunch during the week and so happy we did! Even on a muggy, 85... read more

    Alex C. 8/18/2021
    Kelly A. Avatar

    5 star rating This place was excellent
    The food was super ... all love this way. Good didn't take long, orange juice was fresh and just a joy.

    Kelly A. 8/18/2021
    Ellen H Avatar

    My new favorite brunch spot!
    - Adorable atmosphere and cute patio
    -Were able to bring our dog on the patio and they brought her water right away
    -The staff was incredible. Every single person we interacted with was so friendly and upbeat. Our...
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    Ellen H 8/16/2021
  • Ellen H Avatar

    My new favorite brunch spot!Pros- Adorable atmosphere and cute patio-Were able to bring our dog on the patio and they brought her water right away-The staff was incredible. Every single person we interacted with was so friendly and upbeat. Our... read more

    Ellen H 8/16/2021
    David Earle Avatar

    A huge menu! Food is always fresh and really good service.

    David Earle 8/10/2021
    Алексей Хабарков Avatar

    Tasty dishes and good ambience!

    Алексей Хабарков 8/09/2021
  • David Fachie Avatar

    Great food and a fun place! Highly recommend!

    David Fachie 8/07/2021
    Chance Perry Avatar

    I am visiting from Texas and this place is very close to my AirBNB. The host was very nice and sat us immediately, and the waitress took our order quickly and was very attentive. The food was great and didn’t... read more

    Chance Perry 8/05/2021
    Aisha Kimbrough Avatar

    Cutest brunch spot! We wanted to try the chicken and waffles and skillet. Everything tasted delicious. The service was excellent! Very friendly staff and well-priced. Highly recommend to anyone visiting Chicago.

    Aisha Kimbrough 8/04/2021
  • Rachel Mihich Avatar

    It was so good! We got the mimosa flight and I got the B.L.A.T sandwich. There was a wait, but it wasn't too long. Good service even though it was busy.

    Rachel Mihich 8/03/2021
    Folarin Balogun Avatar

    The food was delicious, vibes were really decent, staff was great and timely, atmosphere was open and fun. Everything is worth the price. Just make sure you get there early enough to get a spot and throughly enjoy food.

    Folarin Balogun 7/25/2021
    Eithne McBride Avatar

    One of our favourite spots in the city. Doubly so since Chef Rylon took over the kitchen Batter & Berries' loss is Frances' gain!

    Eithne McBride 7/23/2021

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