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

  • glennis grant Avatar

    Great food service nice friendly people

    glennis grant 4/08/2021
    Paige G. Avatar

    5 star rating Sunday morning, we got to the restaurant at 8:55 wondering how busy it may be when it opened at 9a. It was just us and a woman with her 3 kids. So getting outdoor seating wasn't a problem at all.... read more

    Paige G. 4/01/2021
    Ashley Rizzo Avatar

    Really can’t go wrong here! Both their breakfast and lunch food is amazing

    Ashley Rizzo 3/24/2021
  • Shinar Newson Avatar

    Food was fantastic. Atmosphere was great and the staff was generous and attentive. This place does not have much parking so I recommend car pooling if need be.

    Shinar Newson 3/23/2021
    Katie M. Avatar

    5 star rating Best Brunch place in town! Food is unique and delicious! Atmosphere is lovely and service is wonderful!

    Katie M. 3/22/2021
    Isaac Mack Avatar

    I was looking for a new place to try and was recommended this restaurant. Service was fast and friendly. Staff was attentive. Bonus points for being black-owned!

    Isaac Mack 3/20/2021
  • R K Avatar

    Friendly staff

    R K 3/13/2021
    Norah G. Avatar

    5 star rating The food and atmosphere here are really hard to beat, it's me and my partner's restaurant of choice for a while now. If only it was easier to get a table!

    Norah G. 3/12/2021
    Mike L Avatar

    Great! Three of us shared everything at brunch: a French toast flight, egg scramble with potatoes, and a Rueben. This was the perfect amount of food; no one was too full, but we were all satisfied. Everything was fantastic.... read more

    Mike L 3/03/2021
  • Robert Garnett Avatar

    The food was amazing. Hot, fresh and delicious

    Robert Garnett 2/26/2021
    Gustav Anderson Avatar

    I am on a journey seeking out the most delicious sandwiches, and just came across at least one winner!! I had one of the new specials at Frances’ Deli!
    Smoked Pastrami on challah: I went with the traditional route, Swiss cheese...
    read more

    Gustav Anderson 1/29/2021
    Gustav Anderson Avatar

    I am on a journey seeking out the most delicious sandwiches, and just came across at least one winner!! I had one of the new specials at Frances’ Deli!Smoked Pastrami on challah: I went with the traditional route, Swiss cheese... read more

    Gustav Anderson 1/29/2021
  • Jennifer D. Avatar

    5 star rating This is cutest spot! Great brunch ambiance and the food is GREAT! We all got the breakfast burrito and we're in love. Service was great as well. This is definitely a hidden gem in Lincoln park.

    Jennifer D. 10/25/2020
    Danielle G. Avatar

    5 star rating I had been studying their menu for weeks in anticipation for brunch, during our Chicago trip. I had it all planned that I would get French toast. But that all changed! They had a lobster omelet as their weekly special,... read more

    Danielle G. 10/24/2020
    LaToya Marshall Avatar

    Excellent food! Great customer service!

    LaToya Marshall 10/23/2020
  • Robin Lynn Avatar

    Great Brunch, Lunch, and Drink spot. This place has been around for years and there's reasons for that. Good quality food, good service, fun, and some nice updates on menu/decor. Highly Recommend.

    Robin Lynn 10/06/2020
    Morgan Ransom Avatar

    Adorable. lovely for a brunch with friends or a cute date. the food is fantastic and the employees are so nice. also the bathrooms are nongendered!!!

    Morgan Ransom 9/24/2020
    Sonya C. Avatar

    5 star rating Super cute brunch place. Stopped in randomly when in town. Their mimosa selection is great!! Cute decor and fun atmosphere!

    Sonya C. 9/24/2020

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