Mother’s Day Takes Over Chicago – Every Special You Need to Know

mother and daughter

Lon Martin / Flickr / Creative Commons

Mother’s Day gives honor to the people in the world that have brought us all here. While, we shouldn’t restrain ourselves to give praise only one day a year– we may as well go all out on their day. It’s like a second birthday for them essentially. Gather the family, make your mother feel on top of the world and treat her like the queen that she is.

Mother’s Day Relaxation in Chicago:

Ashley Groves at Whittl has some recommendations to keep all of the mothers relaxed and content:

For all the soccer practices, pb&j’s, and birthday cakes, give mom a gift as special as she is.
Treat mom to a spa or salon appointment at best places in Chicago and give her the gift she always needs… peace and quiet!

STIL Salon and Spa

Aromatherapy Massage
Show your mother how much you appreciate her with a relaxing aromatherapy massage. Using essential oils, the talented staff at STIL provide a deep tissue massage that relive muscles and relaxes the mind. Regulars rave about the extraordinary customers services at this Gold Coast spa and also note top-notch mani services.

Stil Salon and Spa in Chicago


Bliss Spa

Hot Cream Manicure
Located in the W Chicago, Bliss Spa is the definition of a luxury spa and the Hot Cream Manicure does not disappoint. This 30-minute mani and includes a soak in hot cream, a massage, and the usual snip, sand and polish. It’s the perfect gift for winter-worn hands.

bliss spa in Chicago


Chocolate for Your Body

24K Gold Facial
For the mom who has a heart of gold, treat her to a 24K facial! Known for its rejuvenating qualities, gold has been used in spa treatments for years. This facial uses 24K gold to penetrate the skin, removing dead skin and providing a glowing face.

Chocolate for Your Body spa in Chicago


Marianne Strokirk Salon

Cut & Color
Marianne Strokirk is an institution in the Gold Coast, and for good reason. Many of the top stylists in Chicago started at the salon and continue to provide services in the two salon locations. Treat your mom to a full salon visit with a cut & color. Add on a manicure or blowout for a full day of treats.

Marianne Strokirk Salon in Chicago


Spa at Dana

Mother-To-Be Massage
Treat the expecting mom in your life to a spa treatment that celebrates this special time in her life. Nestled in the beautiful Dana Hotel, the Spa at Dana provides a tranquil and comforting environment away from the bustle of downtown Chicago. The Mother-To-Be Massage uses expert massage techniques to alleviate discomfort and pamper the mom-to-be.

Spa at Dana in Chicago


Mother’s Day Dining in Chicago:

Papergirl only wants the best for your mother– which is why she highly recommends these establishments.

Carmine’s Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Carmine’s Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Megan Osterhout

· Sunday, May 10; open at 9 a.m.
· Adults: $54.95, Kids 10 and under: $19.95

Carmine’s will feature a lavish champagne brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring  prime rib and pit ham carving stations, an omelet station, mimosas and more. The a la carte dinner menu will also be available.

Nestled in Chicago’s hip Gold Coast neighborhood, Carmine’s outdoor patio is one of the best in Chicago featuring a fun and spirited nightlife, live music, celebrity sightings, and a canopied patio for the best people watching in the city. Carmine’s seats up to 78 guests on the outdoor patio on a first come, first serve basis and does not accept reservations for that space.

Commonwealth Tavern in Roscoe Village

Mother’s Day Brunch at Commonwealth

· Sunday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guests who visit Commonwealth Tavern on Mother’s Day will enjoy their signature brunch items created by Chef Donny Farrell like the Corned Beef Hash (potato, sauteed cabbage, sunny side egg, $14) and Chilaquiles (tortillas, salsa roja, chorizo, scrambled egg, chihuahua, $12) along with a complimentary mimosa for mom with any brunch entree purchase.

Commonwealth Tavern

Megan Osterhout


Frontier Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

· Sunday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· $25 per person

Chicagoans who visit Frontier on Mother’s Day will enjoy a brunch buffet prepared by Pioneer Tavern Group Executive Chef Brian Jupiter. Items will include house-smoked salmon, house-smoked ham, frittatas, French toast, beignets and more. Tickets can be purchased online at

Frontier restaurant in chicago

Megan Osterhout

Joe Fish

Mother’s Day at Joe Fish
· Sunday, May 10; open at 10 a.m.

Joe Fish in River North celebrates Mother’s Day with brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring items like Smoked Salmon Benedict, Shrimp & Polenta, New England Lobster Roll. Guests can also treat Mom to the Brunch Punch Bowl with Svedka, St. Germain, berries, lemon, oranges and mint (Full serves 6 to 8: $70; Half serves 2 to 4; $40).

If dinner is more Mom’s thing, guests can enjoy an elegant dinner featuring cold water lobster, over 12 varieties of oysters, whole branzino, lamb or housemade pastas from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Joe Fish in Chicago

Megan Osterhout


Lakeview / Old Town / Wicker Park

Mother’s Day Pancake Special at Kanela

· Sunday, May 10

· $11 chef special

Guests can to treat Mom to Mother’s Day brunch at Kanela Breakfast Club in Lakeview, Old Town and Wicker Park and enjoy Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes on special for $11. Brunch cocktails like strawberry mimosas, bellinis and bloody marys are also available for $7 to $8.

Kanela Breakfast Club bloody mary in Chicago

Megan Osterhout

Lobby Lounge and Showplace Icon Theatre

Lobby Lounge and Showplace Icon Theatre Mother's Day drink special

Megan Osterhout

Mother’s Day Weekend Movie Highlights at ShowPlace ICON

· Sunday, May 10

· $7.50 to $13 tickets

Moviegoers can treat their mom to a film at the ShowPlace Icon Theatre in the South Loop. Movie highlights will include Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Guests who are 21+ can enjoy $12 specialty cocktails in the Lobby Lounge as well as signature pizzas, paninis, desserts, and meat and cheese plates.

MAK: Modern Asian Kitchen

Mother’s Day Free Delivery at MAK

· Sunday, May 10

Moms can enjoy Mother’s Day in the comfort of their home with FREE delivery from MAK: Modern Asian Kitchen during lunch and dinner on Sunday, May 10 by using the keyword MOM2015 when they order online or by phone. Located at 1924 West Division in Wicker Park, MAK offers the dynamic flavors of traditional Chinese cuisine with a healthy and modern twist.
The menu features bowls, wraps, soups and more, incorporating proteins and starches while using several ingredients that are locally sourced and organic, and meats that are naturally raised, and hormone, steroid and antibiotic free.

MAK: Modern Asian Kitchen

Megan Osterhout

Mondo Meatball

Moms Eat Free at Mondo Meatball

· Sunday, May 10

Guests can treat their mom to a free meatball dish at the recently opened Mondo Meatball in Wicker Park this Mother’s Day.* Meatball options include Bowls (four meatballs with bread, $8), Subs (three meatballs with provolone cheese on ciabatta and side salad, $10), Mini-Mondos (three meatball sliders, $9) or the Big Salad (three meatballs on a big mixed salad with bread, $12). They will also offer $6 prosecco and mimosas.

*One entree per mom. Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.

Mondo Meatball

Megan Osterhout

Riva Crab House on Navy Pier

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Riva

· Sunday, May 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· Adults: $45.95++; Kids (4-12): $18.95++; Kids 3 and under are free

Families are invited to join Riva Crab House on Navy Pier for a delicious Mother’s Day brunch buffet and fantastic lakefront views. Chef Luigi Garcia will showcase a chef-attended omelet station, carving station, raw bar, fresh fruit, beautiful dessert display, and a variety of sides. Large parties welcome. Regular menu will begin at 5 p.m. Reservations are required; to reserve, call (312) 644-7482.

Riva Crab House on Navy Pier

Megan Osterhout

Rosebud Prime

Mother’s Day Dinner at Rosebud Prime

· Sunday, May 10; open at 3 p.m.

Chicagoans who join Rosebud Prime on Mother’s Day will enjoy an elegant dinner beginning at  3 p.m. featuring chef specials in addition to the regular menu. Highlights include Oysters, Lobster Cocktail, Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops, Rosebud’s Signature Bone-In Filet, Broiled Double Cut Colorado Lamb Chops (35 days dry aged) and more.

Rosebud Prime

Megan Osterhout

Rosebud on Rush

Rosebud on Rush Mother’s Day Brunch

· Sunday, May 10; open at 9 a.m.

Guests will enjoy a decadent a la carte brunch at Rosebud on Rush on Mother’s Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Menu highlights include savory omelets, eggs benedict, several indulgent French toast options and more. The regular dinner menu will be available beginning at 12 p.m. Weather permitting, guests can enjoy al fresco dining for up to 54 guests along Rush and Superior Streets located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile.

Rosebud on Rush

Megan Osterhout

Rosebud Steakhouse

Rosebud Steakhouse Mother’s Day Dining

· Sunday, May 10; open at 3 p.m.

Guests can spoil Mom with an elegant meal at Rosebud Steakhouse featuring chef specials in addition to the dinner menu which will be offered all day. Highlights include Dover Sole, Prime Chop Steak, Veal Chops and East Coast Oysters.

Rosebud Steakhouse

Megan Osterhout

Southport & Irving (SIP)

Mother’s Day Brunch at SIP

· Sunday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Southport & Irving (SIP) invites guests to brunch on Mother’s Day featuring a seasonal omelette special from Chef de Cuisine Alec Sherman as well as bubbly cocktails from Beverage Director Ardit Dizdari. Cocktail specials include the Champagne Cocktail (Barkeep Saffron Bitters, Fees Brothers Rhubarb Bitters, soaked sugar cube, cava, lemon twist; $9) and Minor Details (Cucumber and celery agua fresco, lemon, pure elderflower liqueur, Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, honey, cava; $10). Menu highlights include the following:

· Braised Pork Ramen, $14

Crispy shallots, kimchi, chicharron, Thai basil, cilantro, Korean leek, Urban Canopy sprouts

· Lobster Ham and Grits, $14

Wild mushrooms, fried onion

· Whiskey Battered French Toast, $10

Challah bread, cinnamon apple compote, toasted almonds

· Prosciutto and Polenta Benedict, $13

Parsley and parmesan polenta cakes, prosciutto crudo, poached egg, hollandaise, breakfast potatoes

Southport & Irving (SIP)

Megan Osterhout

Susie Riskind Thompson of RR Public Relations highly recommends the following:

Tokio Pub

tokio pub

Susie Riskind Thompson

This Mother‘s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2015, treat your mom to lunch or dinner at Tokio Pub. Try signature items like Tokio’s Japanese Hot Rock appetizer, the Ramen Burger, and the restaurant’s traditional and modern Maki Rolls. And don’t forget about drinks! Relax with Mom over a refreshing pitcher of Tokio’s Sake Sangria or Ginger Mojito. And don’t forget about Tokio Pub’s true Sunday staple: the bottomless noodle bowl! All day long, Executive Chef Naoki Nakashima will serve up all-you-can-eat ramen noodle creations for only $15!

To top things off, Tokio Pub will be giving $25 gift certificates to Mom’s all day long. Treat Mom to a little lunch and she’ll walk out with a gift certificate to use on a future visit- that’s Tokio Pub’s way of saying thank you to Mom for all she does.

If none of these fancy you, try Britt Roehm of Edible Ink PR‘s suggestions:

Mother’s Day Dining at III Forks Prime Steakhouse

III Forks Steak House

III Forks Steak House / Fair Use

Treat Mom to a Three Course Feast in Lakeshore East
Sunday, May 10
11 a.m.-8 p.m.

$47 per adult; $17 per child

III Forks Prime Steakhouse will offer a Mother’s Day feast in Lakeshore East on Sunday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chef Billy Caruso’s special three-course prix fixe menu, outlined below, features the choice of salad, entree and dessert for $47 (plus tax and gratuity). A three-course children’s prix fixe will be offered to kids 12 and under ($17). III Forks’ regular dinner menu will also be available. To make Mother’s Day dining reservations, call III Forks at (312) 938-4303 or visit

Mother’s Day Prix Fixe Menu
includes tea and coffee.

FIRST COURSE choice of:

III Forks Salad
signature salad prepared with crispy green apple slices, Wisconsin blue cheese, toasted pecans and field greens with our house made maple-walnut vinaigrette

Steakhouse Wedge Salad
baby iceberg lettuce, ripe tomatoes, Raisin River bacon and Wisconsin blue cheese

ENTREE choice of:

Pan-Seared Red Snapper
on almond basil couscous with fire roasted pineapple salsa

Coffee & Coriander Rubbed Tenderloin
with smoked tomato demi-glace, truffled mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus

Fire Roasted Red Pepper Chicken
with herb-roasted potatoes and roasted mushrooms

DESSERT choice of:

Texas Pecan Cake
crushed pecans and shredded coconut in a moist white cake, layered with whipped cream frosting and candied pecans

Chocolate Mousse
miniature milk chocolate chips folded into silky smooth chocolate mousse and topped with fresh whipped cream

Shaw’s Crab House Chicago

This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th, 2015, Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago is celebrating Mom with a very special Sunday brunch buffet priced at $75 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and younger eat (limit 2 children per adult). The buffet will feature a Grand Hot Buffet line with classic breakfast fare, plus Shaw’s specialties. The brunch buffet will also include the Omelet and Waffle Station with 13 available ingredients, and the Surf and Turf Station, including lobster bisque, King Crab Legs, and hand-carved beef. There will also be a Cold Seafood Bar, heaped with sushi, oysters, shrimp, smoked salmon, and cold crab.

Top it off at Shaw’s Sweet Table, with all of Shaw’s favorite desserts in bite size portions. Try a taste of crème brulee, raspberry tartlets, key lime pie, Shaw’s mini cupcakes, and assorted fruits and candy.

Or take Mom out for a decadent dinner at Shaw’s Crab House. Order a bottle of her favorite wine or one of Shaw’s tableside martinis alongside a dozen oysters before moving on to one of the restaurant’s fabulous entrees like Pacific Halibut or The Signature with a 6 oz filet mignon and steamed Alaskan red king crab. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! Shaw’s has an amazing pecan pie that pairs perfectly with an espresso or a little nightcap.

Plus, all moms will receive a special $25 Shaw’s Crab House gift certificate for future use at Sunday Brunch or lunch at the Shaw’s Chicago location.

Shaw’s Crab House Chicago’s Special Mother’s Day Hours:

Brunch Buffet – 9:00 3:00 p.m. (2:30 p.m. is last seating)

Dinner in Main Dining Room – 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dinner in Oyster Bar – 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (regular menu)

shaw's crab house in chicago

Shaw’s Crab House Chicago / Fair Use

Mother’s Day Brunch at Cantina Laredo Midday Meal with Complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Maria

Sunday, May 10
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cantina Laredo will welcome Mother’s Day dining guests for a midday meal, complete with mimosas and bloody marias, on Sunday, May 10. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the River North restaurant will offer modern Mexican brunch dishes, including Tostar de Frances; Chilaquiles; Chorizo con Huevos; Ensalada de Mango y Pollo; Fajitas; and more. All brunch entrees include a complimentary mimosa, bloody maria or non-alcoholic beverage. For a sweet celebratory treat, Chef Hector Rivera will feature a special Strawberry Buñuelos dessert on Mother’s Day (sugar-cinnamon dusted chips topped with fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, $6.99). The complete brunch menu is outlined below.

Cantina Laredo will be open on Mother’s Day from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (the regular dinner menu will be available from 3-10 p.m.). For table reservations, call 312-955-0014 or visit

Cantina Laredo dinner in Chicago

Yelp Inc. / Flickr / Creative Commons

Mother’s Day Brunch and Tea Party at Kama Bistro

Celebratory Buffet Features Contemporary Indian Cuisine Sunday, May 10
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

$35 per adult; $17 per child

Kama Bistro, located in downtown La Grange, will welcome Mother’s Day celebrants for a contemporary Indian brunch buffet on Sunday, May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef/owner Vikram Singh’s menu, outlined below, features appetizers and nans served table side, an unlimited entree buffet, choice of dessert, and a selection of loose teas and cookies. The fee is $35 per adult and $17 for children ten and under (tax and gratuity not included). For table reservations, visit or call 708-352-3300.

Mother’s Day Brunch Menu 

Appetizers served table side

Chicken tikka sizzlers

Pappadam and chutneys

Entrees / unlimited buffet

Chicken Tikka Masala

Lamb Rogan Josh

Kerela Fish Curry

Mixed Vegetable Jalfrazee

Paneer Saag

Potato Achari

Yellow Dal

Vegetable Biryani


Nans – served tableside

Dessert / choose one per person

Dodha fudge, blueberry chutney, ice cream

Cardamom, pistachio flavored rice pudding

Kulfi, mango chutney

Tea Buffet

Selection of loose teas and cookies

Kama Bistro

Matthew Ginger / Flickr / Creative Commons

Sarah of IMR says:

We wouldn’t be here without our moms and Chicago offers plenty of opportunities to show mom how special she is. From Champagne brunches to weekend getaways, every mom deserves an indulgent day and these to-do’s around town ensure top treatment this Mother’s Day.


On Mother’s Day, bellyQ offers a special Sunday Brunch in honor of moms everywhere. Opening an hour earlier at 10:00 a.m., the restaurant offers special brunch dishes from Chef Bill Kim including Lemongrass Salmon with Spring Asparagus, Tempura Egg and Hollandaise ($13) as well as a Savory Pancake with Mushrooms, Grilled Ramps and Feta ($9).

bellq bacon dumpling

Anne Petersen / Flickr Creative Commons

Ceres’ Table

This Mother’s Day, treat mom to an Italian-inspired brunch at Ceres’ Table in Chicago’s lively East Lakeview neighborhood. In honor of mothers dining at the restaurant that day, all moms receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco with their meal. The celebrations don’t stop there! Having recently traveled to Sicily to visit his grandmother, Executive Chef Giueseppe Scurato also prepares a special brunch dish inspired by the trip.

ceres table wine glass

 Indigo Skies Photography  / Flickr / Creative Commons

Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center

Drury Lane Theatre invites guests to join the iconic dining, theatre and event destination for a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet perfect to spoil all the ladies in their lives. Offering a selection of delicacies, diners of all ages are invited to indulge in specialties such as carved meats, a seafood station, breakfast favorites, assorted sweets and exciting goodies for the kids. For afternoon imbibers, Champagne, Bellinis, Mimosas and a Bloody Mary Bar complement the brunch fare. To add to the experience, guests can enjoy a performance of Billy Elliot at 3 p.m or 7 p.m. The cost of Drury Lane’s Easter Brunch menu is $40 for adults, $15 for children (6-12), $10 for children (3-5) and complimentary for children two and under. Tickets for Billy Elliot are not included in the price of the buffet. Reservations can be made by calling (630) 530 -0202.

Drury Lane Theater

DiscoverDuPage / Flickr / Creative Commons

ENO Wine Room

Give mom the gift of wine and chocolate this Mother’s Day! All moms who stop in at ENO on Mother’s Day receive a complimentary glass of sparkling rose and a chocolate of their choice (with glass of wine purchase) – a perfect ending to a day of shopping on Michigan Avenue.

eno wine bar

Jen Knoedl / Flickr / Creative Commons

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

This Mother’s Day, the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile invites guests to show Mom their appreciation for her love and support by treating her to an afternoon of culinary delights. On Sunday, May 10th, Executive Chef Randy Reed will present a lavish brunch buffet, offering an endless array of gourmet specialties for guests of all ages. Set inside the historic downtown Chicago hotel’s Continental Restaurant, Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sampling of the expansive spread include:

Breakfast Corner

Assortment of pastries including croissants, fruit danish and assorted muffins

Fruit Salad with mint coconut rum infusion

House-Made Granola Parfait with fresh berries and low fat yogurt 

Chef’s Action Stations

Farm-fresh made to order omelets

Waffles with berry compote

Seafood Station

Shrimp cocktail, Crab Claws and Green Tip Mussels with mignonette, brandy and cocktail sauces

Salmon Rillete in a shot glass on ice

Garden Favorites

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with candied pecans and maple gastrique

Wild Mushroom Salad with tomato confit  and fresh herbs

Arugula and Watercress Salad with walnuts, figs, parmesan and roasted shallot vinaigrette

Sweet Potato Panzanella Salad with romaine greens, arugula, tomatoes, red onions, cucumber and herb vinaigrette

Cheese and Charcuterie Board with rustic breads and spreads

Hot Foods Display

Spring Pea Soup with crème fraiche

Neuske Bason Quiche Loraine

Warm Beignets with crème anglaise

Hunter Style Chicken with pearl onions, wild mushrooms and medera jus

Wagu Beef Ravioli with caramelized onions and Roquefort sauce

Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon with red onion confit and beurre rouge

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with herb hollandaise

Garlic Mashed Red Skin Potatoes

Medley of Seasonal Vegetables

Carving Table

Brown Sugar and Pepper Rubbed Ribeye with au jus

Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb with olive jus

The Dessert Nook

Chef’s selection of seasonal tarts, cakes and pies including:

Carrot cake, Macaroons, Apple Bread Pudding, Mini Cakes and Tarts

Chef Reed will also prepare a Kid’s Buffet offering Mac and Cheese, Crispy Chicken Fingers, Green Beans, Mini Cheese Burgers, Fruit Salad, Mini Sandwiches, Candy, Cookies and more.

Mother’s Day brunch at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile costs $68 per adult and $34 per child, ages five through 12. Brunch for children under five is complimentary.

The Continental Chicago Magnificent Mile Restaurant Dining Room

Courtesy of InterContinental Chicago

Lush Wine & Spirits

Some moms would love a bottle of wine – or even a bottle of Scotch – as a Mother’s Day gift. Treat mom to a special day, with a twist, by surprising her with her favorite bottle of vino, bubbly or spirit. Wake Mom up with mimosas in bed or with an evening martini… there’s something special to toast with for every mom. The staff at both Lush Wine & Spirits locations is at hand to help select just what mom wants this year.

Also, the Sunday wine tasting at both Lush locations are geared towards moms on May 10th. The complimentary tasting session takes place from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., providing a fun activity for mom to enjoy.

Lush wine & spirits oyster tasting

Anne Petersen / Flickr / Creative Commons

Michael Jordan’s Steak House

Steak— it’s what moms really want to eat on Mother’s Day. Bring mom to Michael Jordan’s Steak House for a slam dunk dinner. The first 23 moms who order MJ’s favorite – the 16oz. Prime Delmonico – will receive a complimentary Michael Jordan’s Steak House steak knife as a memento from their meal. Executive Chef Craig Couper also offers other seasonal specials for Mother’s Day. The restaurant also offers a Filet with Roasted Lobster, Morel, Mushrooms, Asparagus and Ramp Hollandaise for $51.

Michael Jordan's  Steakhouse

Rose Trinh / Flickr / Creative Commons

Piccolo Sogno & Piccolo Sogno Due

Moms can enjoy their favorite menu items during brunch at Piccolo Sogno and sister-restaurant Piccolo Sogno Due as Chef Tony Priolo presents the beloved dinner menus for all day dining. Coastal Italian specialties at Piccolo Sogno Due typically only available for dinner include Polpo (grilled octopus, roasted peppers, fingerling potatoes, grilled frisee, tuna sauce) and Pescatrice (wood fired monkfish medallions, artichokes, peas, fingerling potatoes). Regional Italian favorites like Gnocchi di Ortica (spring nettle and potato dumplings, oven dried tomatoes, braised chicken, peas, leeks, Parmesan) and Anatra Arrosto (half roasted duck, Tuscan kale, fennel sausage, roasted cauliflower puree) satisfy at Piccolo Sogno.

An all-Italian wine list turns a Mother’s Day meal into a full-blown Italian celebration too. Plus, the charming courtyard at Piccolo Sogno and street-side patio at Piccolo Sogno Due are open weather permitting.

Piccolo Sogno entree

COD Newsroom / Flickr / Creative Commons

Roka Akor Chicago

Spoil mom with a decadent brunch buffet of sushi, oysters, steak and more at Roka Akor Chicago this Mother’s Day. The restaurant serves its lavish brunch offerings from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to join the celebrations as well! All children under 12 years old eat complimentary, and children from 12 to 18 years old indulge in the buffet for half the price. The elegant brunch buffet ($98/guest) includes:

Raw Bar
Premium Sashimi
Signature Maki Rolls

Dessert Bar
Fruit Salad

Entrée (one per guest)
Lamb Cutlets
Black Cod
Tiger Prawn
Rib Eye
Skirt Steak with Shiso Chimichurri
Lobster Tempura

Sides (one per guest)
Sweet Potato
Spicy Fried Tofu

In addition to the over-the-top brunch offerings, all moms who dine at Roka Akor on Mother’s Day receive a $25 gift card towards their next visit. Roka Akor also serves their seasonal, a la carte dinner menu from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Reservations can be made here or by calling the restaurant at (312) 477-7652.

roka akor chicago

Dru Bloomfield / Flickr / Creative Commons

River Roast

This Mother’s Day, moms have the opportunity to enjoy a shareable feast by Executive Chef John Hogan, listen to live blues music on the river, and have the chance to win a pear of pearl earrings! Every mom dining at River Roast on Sunday, including for Blues & Brews Brunch and dinner service, are entered into a raffle for the chance to win pearl earrings from local jewelry designer Takohl Design. Several winners will be announced throughout the day!

From 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. a Mother’s Day Brunch for the Table package serves up a meal for the whole family ($140, serves four people) encompassing:

Whole Chicken
10 oz. Cedar Planked Salmon
Tuscan Salami
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
Scotch Egg
House Pickles
Side of Asparagus
Side of Hogan’s Peas
Side of Whipped Potatoes
Assorted Cupcakes!

A la carte brunch options – accompanying live tunes by blues artist Joey Saye – include Chicken & Waffles Sandwich, Biscuits & Gravy, The Blues Burger and more. River Roast’s regular dinner menu, featuring whole roasts, is served for evening diners from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

river roast entire chicken entree

River Roast / Fair Use


Families treat moms to new Asian classics at Sunda’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet, featuring specialties like Soft Shell Crab Benedict, Tiger Shrimp Tempura, Tempura French Toast and Signature Sushi. The brunch buffet is available from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and includes a complimentary glass of Champagne for mom along with a box of chocolate truffles. The brunch buffet is priced at $55 for adults and $20 for kids 10 years of age or younger.

Regular brunch menus will be available at additional Rockit Ranch Productions venues, offering a daytime celebration perfect for every type of mom, including: Bottlefork, The Duck Inn and Rockit Bar & Grill. Tasty special menu items await as well.

sunda asian cuisine

Kate Gardiner / Flickr / Creative Commons


The culinary team from Trump Chicago presents a sophisticated and elegant Mother’s Day Brunch at Sixteen – the chic, fine dining restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago.

A sampling of the Mother’s Day spread includes:

truffle scented wild forest mushroom veloute

prosciutto with burrata and figs
smoked trout with dill, lemon, and spring peas

crispy skin duck breast, fennel confit, grilled ramps
seared Alaskan halibut, parmesan polenta, fava bean and morels
spinach and roasted garlic ravioli, basil pesto cream, toasted pine nuts

honey and brown sugar glazed ham
salt crusted prime rib of beef

Sixteen’s Mother’s Day brunch costs $155 for adults and $50 for children (5 to 12 years of age) exclusive of alcohol, tax, and gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312-588-8030.

16 chicago meal

Rebecca Peplinski / Flickr / Creative Commons

The Florentine

Treat mom to the decadent brunch specials at The Florentine this Mother’s Day and she’ll not only enjoy a delicious start to her day but also a set of homemade Chocolate Raspberry Muffins to take home for a no-fuss breakfast the next day. Minimal effort and maximum reward, it’s what mom deserves! The Florentine serves the following brunch specials on Mother’s Day from 10am-3pm. Please call 312-660-8866 for reservations or visit

Lobster Benedict (lobster, spinach, poached eggs, hollandaise – $22)
Carpaccio (filet mignon, asparagus, cremini, truffle aioli – $14)
Risotto (crispy pork belly, spring peas, fried egg, mint – $26)
Braised Rabbit (roasted baby carrots, spring peas, soft polenta, pea tendrils – $29)
Herb Marinated Lamb Chops (fingerling potatoes, ramp salsa verde – $38)

The Florentine Chicago Restaurant

Anne Petersen / Flickr / Creative Commons

The Meatloaf Bakery

What better way to say “I love you” to mom than with The Mother Loaf®? Owner Cynthia Kallile’s mother’s meatloaf inspired her to start The Meatloaf Bakery, and The Mother Loaf® has been a favorite since opening. Made with beef, pork and veal, this comforting recipe inspired by Cynthia’s mom warms the hearts of moms everywhere, in cupcake form.

The Meatloaf Bakery Chicago

The Meatloaf Bakery / Fair Use

Unite Urban Grill

Unite Urban Grill

Unite Urban Grill / Fair Use

Unite Urban Grill adds four special dishes for Mother’s Day including an Egg White Frittata (with house smoked salmon, dill cream cheese, chive and caper), a Crab and Avocado Benedict (with house made sourdough English muffin, and a House Smoked Hanger Steak, Egg and Cheese Sandwich (on house made sourdough English muffin). Additionally, for the kids, Unite serves Mickey Mouse Pancakes topped with Fresh Fruit and Whipped Cream. All of these specials are offered in addition to the diverse selection of regular brunch favorites, such as the Deep Fried Brioche French Toast, The Unite Omelet and the Irish Organic Salmon BLT.

Mother’s Day brunch is available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and are available by visiting Unite’s website. There is no dinner service on Mother’s Day.


Nestled in the Lakeview neighborhood on prime Halsted Street, Wood has garnered wide acclaim as a three-time Michelin Bib Gourmand Winner in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and it’s no surprise based on its popular brunch offerings. Impress mom this Mother’s Day with the consistently delicious sweet and savory brunch bites at Wood while Beverage Director Tommy J Lansaw ups the ante with a special cocktail-themed menu featuring bubbles and punches. Whether a mom or not, what could be more fun than that?
Some of the highlights from Wood’s brunch menu include:

Johnny Cakes (maple pork belly, chive crème fraiche and spinach -$8)
Fried Cheese Curds (avocado mousse, cilantro and chilies – $8)

Tarte Flambé Flatbread (Saxony cheese, bacon lardons, onions and crème fraiche – $13)
Texas Shrimp (blue hopi polenta, crimini mushrooms and bacon – $13)
Biscuits and Gravy (house made buttermilk biscuits, merguez sausage gravy and poached eggs – $10)

Wood Restaurant in Chicago

Bret Grafton Photography / Wood

The following two tabs change content below.

Ross Perkins

Ross Perkins is the Executive Editor & a connoisseur of all things enjoyable– at least in his mind. He is an avid traveler in the name of inspiring sights, music, food & cars. He is a published photographer & writer that is looking for any reason to get out and explore his surroundings.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *