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Sunday brunch: The new happy hour

Sponsored by: Carnivale

The average full-time American employee works nearly 1,700 hours per year, according to research by the U.S. Federal Reserve, leaving many with little time to socialize with friends and family during the work week. Busy professionals and on-the-go families are now looking outside the Monday-through-Friday grind, making Sunday brunch an opportunity to reconnect, enjoy new cuisine and explore trendy locations.

A window of opportunity
Instead of a weekday happy hour or early dinner, Sundays allow you to indulge in new experiences and food without needing to rush home on a work night. With the to-do list complete and Monday just out of reach, you have a unique window of opportunity to live in the moment. Spontaneously deciding on a new brunch spot could later turn into your future lunch or dinner hangout.

We are family
Happy hour isn't known for its family friendly atmosphere, but Sunday brunch provides a kid-friendly experience that parents can also enjoy. A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health suggests the more meals a week families share the better. With each additional meal, researchers found children had fewer emotional and behavioral problems, more trusting and helpful behaviors toward others and higher life satisfaction.

Not your parent's brunch
In trendy locations such as the West Loop, brunch extends far beyond the typical eggs, sausage and orange juice you might enjoy in your pajamas at home. Creative, indulgent menu items such as key lime French toast, dark chocolate smoked bacon and churro-style waffles will tantalize your palate. Settle in and enjoy.

To schedule your next happy hour on Sunday, experience brunch at Carnivale in the West Loop. Call (312)-850-5005 or stop in to try a redefined brunch. Bacon-wrapped dates, ricotta pancakes and red velvet French toast await you.

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