MAY 2017 – We can’t say this enough: Every day should be Mother’s Day. Seriously. Think about how much your mom does — and has always done — for you. Sure, there are exceptions and not everyone has the greatest mother in the world, but for the most part, moms will do everything for their kids — even when the kids are long gone from the house and even have kids of their own.
While every day can’t be Mother’s Day, Sunday May 14 actually is. Do you have your plans yet? Some families like to gather at their house and make mom brunch or dinner, but if you’re the type who likes to get together with the family at a restaurant, you have plenty of options around town. We’re not going to list everything, but just enough to help you get some ideas flowing. Here are some of the better options for you to spoil mom as much as she spoils you the rest of the year.
Where: 12 S. Michigan, The Loop
What: Enjoy chef de cuisine Keith Potter’s regular brunch menu, which includes items like poached farm eggs Benedict; the Southern Belle burger with pimento cheese, fried egg and bacon; and chorizo chilaquiles served in a cast iron skillet. But what makes today’s brunch special is that DJ Mama Mata will fill in on the decks for her son, DJ Dave Mata of Soul Summit & Impala Sound. It will truly be a sight to see — and hear!
Where: 12 S. Michigan, The Loop
What: Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s beautiful Drawing Room will host a classic Mother’s Day high tea service. Experience includes tea from Rare Tea Cellars, one sparkling cocktail and sweet & savory bites, including strawberry pistachio tarts, avocado toast, mini oreos, banana bread and more. Seating at noon and 2 pm for groups of 2 – 6 guests. Price is $50 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Tickets: milkroom.tocktix.com
Where: 802 W. Randolph, Fulton Market
What: The Herbarium, the event space above Bad Hunter, will host a $65 per person decadent seafood-loaded brunch ($20 kids ages five to 12; kids under five are free). Expect a buffet with crab, shrimp, oysters, French toast pudding and more. All moms will also enjoy bottomless prosecco.
Swift & Sons
Where: 1000 W. Fulton, Fulton Market
What: For its first-ever Mother’s Day brunch, the modern steakhouse will offer a $49 ($19 for kids 12 and under; under 3 eats free) prix-fixe family-style menu that starts with a basket of fresh pastries. Families will then select three of seven large plates to share, including red crab crepes; country ham Benedict; and spring vegetable migas. Four sides will accompany the large plates.
Where: 43 E. Ohio, River North
What: Treat mamma to a special cooking class that comes with a multi-course meal. Sign up for the $95 “Martinis & Bellinis” class for those 21 and older. You’ll get hands-on instruction for various dishes including French toast-style Colomba bread and Italian biscotti. And, as the name suggests, there will also be a build-your-own cocktail bar.
Where: 1748 W. Lake, West Fulton Market
What: This farm-to-table restaurant with its own on-site greenhouse will host a Mother’s Day brunch with items like quinoa cakes served with buttermilk ricotta or caramelized pineapple syrup; sweet potato and pork belly hash; and housemade cinnamon sugar doughnuts.
Where: 1664 N. Ada, Lincoln Park
What: Enjoy plates like fried chicken thighs and waffles and peeky toe crab pot pie with asparagus and English peas. If the ping pong table is set up, challenge mom to a game (and let her win). When you make reservations, order a bouquet of flowers that’ll be delivered to the table.
Where: 833 W. Randolph
What: Make mom truly feel like a queen while dining beneath gleaming chandeliers at this beautifully adorned restaurant modeled after a villa in the South of France. Treat her to the regular menu or indulge in a special pastry plate featuring assorted sweets like housemade muffins, sticky buns and scones.
Where: 6 W. Hubbard, River North
What: In addition to its regular Chinese menu, Imperial Lamian will present all moms with a complimentary basket of dim sum treats.
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
Where: 1747 N. Damen, Bucktown
What: Spoil mom with one of the more delicious and decadent meals around. Get the seasonal quiche, spring scramble or the award-winning burger. Don’t think about leaving without treating mom to one of Mindy’s James Beard Award-winning pastries or gourmet hot chocolates.
III Forks Prime Steakhouse
Where: 180 N. Field Blvd., Lakeshore East
What: III Forks will offer its regular menu, but will also have a special $48 three-course prix-fixe menu, where guests will choose from a variety of options per course like a steakhouse wedge salad; pan-seared red snapper; and Texas pecan cake. A modified $18 menu for kids 12 and under will also be available.
Where: 1500 N. Wells, Old Town
What: In addition to having various areas like the Butcher Shop carving station, Dessert Shop with boozy doughnuts and a Nutella Crepe Station during its $35 mother’s day brunch, this modern steakhouse will also offer a $15 mimosa package and Bloody Mary bar.
Where: 135 W. Madison, The Loop
What: This downtown spot will host a $33 per person prix-fixe brunch where everyone gets a choice of one starter, entrée and dessert. Options include clam chowder, lump crab cake Benedict, Faroe Island Scottish salmon and chocolate mousse. Brunch cocktails will also be available.
Kanela Breakfast Club
Where: 5 locations in the city — Streeterville, Old Town, Wicker Park, Andersonville and Lakeview
What: Head to this popular breakfast and brunch spot to get a complimentary starter like monkey bread; chia seed pudding; or mac and cheese with every purchase.
Where: 340 W. Armitage, Lincoln Park
What: Touted as one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, this fondue spot will further pamper all moms with a complimentary glass of bubbly and a five-minute massage from a licensed therapist.