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Mother's Day in Chicago

Treat Mom to a meal she deserves at one of these local brunches.
Friday May 07, 2010.     By Centerstage Chicago Staff
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Mother's Day brunchesTreat Mom right with a Mother's Day brunch.
While there's nothing like a home-cooked meal from Mom, it's never really the same when you try your hand in the kitchen. Spare everyone the embarrassment of burnt toast and runny eggs and take the family to one of these Mother's Day brunches, dinners or other events. It may not be breakfast in bed, but at least it's edible.

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33 Club
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $30, $12 for kids 8 and under
Enjoy a three-course brunch at this Old Town restaurant including options like silver-dollar blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict and red velvet cake. Kids get to choose from a special menu.

Aja
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; $35
The special three-course menu at this Dana Hotel & Spa restaurant includes char siu pork buns; tomato salad with blood orange confit, green chili and Thai basil; grilled shrimp Cobb salad with Japanese ranch dressing; eggs benedict and more.

Ann Sather
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Belmont and Andersonville locations of this Swedish-American favorite will serve up special Mother's Day dinners ($17.95, $10.95 for children 12 and under) including a choice of baked ham with fruit glaze and sweet potatoes, roast turkey with celery-sage stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, roasted leg of lamb with mint jelly and mashed potatoes, beef tenderloin with grilled mushrooms and mashed potatoes and fresh spinach lasagna. All meals come with homemade breads, tossed salad, fresh asparagus and dessert (apple or pecan pie).

Balsan
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $38
You'll get your money's worth with the three-course brunch menu at this Elysian Hotel restaurant - even if you don't eat. That's because every Mom who dines here will get a complimentary $50 gift card good toward any 60-minute treatment in the hotel spa. The menu includes homemade doughnuts with strawberry preserves and creme fraiche; goat cheese and truffle preserves omelet with french fries; and Balsan's signature Paris Brest dessert.

Ben Pao
Bring the whole family to try the Group Share menu; for $18.95 per person, you'll get to choose three appetizers, three main dishes, a side and rice, with unlimited refills on entrees like black-peppered sea scallops, penang curry chicken, kung pao beef and more. The a la carte menu is also available. Each mother will receive a gift including a pail full of fortune cookies and a gift certificate for a future visit.

Bin 36
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $38, $19 for kids 4-12
Chef John Caputo will fill the buffet tables with breakfast favorites, roasted meats, salads, artisanal cheeses, salumi, desserts and more. Try the drink flights for an additional $12.50 (bloody mary, mimosa) and $3.50 for kids (milk, juice).

Birch River Grill
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $31.95, $13.95 for kids 4-10
The buffet at this Arlington Heights restaurant features a seafood station, made-to-order omelets and waffles, a carving station, entrees like chicken picatta and pasta with asparagus and sundried tomatoes, salad, muffins, croissants and much, much more. A Kidz buffet with all the foods the little ones love will be available, and adults can load up at the bloody mary bar for an additional $6.95 per drink.

Brasserie Jo
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
You won't have to worry about the kids staying entertained at this French restaurant. In addition to a special kids brunch menu, there will be complimentary activities (games, crafts, DVDs, etc.) in the Salon area. So you can enjoy your traditional French brunch in peace.

C-House
6 p.m.; $38, $15 for kids five and older
Chef Nicole Pedersen has brought her own Mom in from Texas to help prepare a special family-style (in the true sense of the word) dinner. The three-course meal will be preceded by passed hors d'ouevres and including pan-fried walleye with wild ramps, radishes, sorrel and aioli; roasted chicken with asparagus, morels, spinach and red potatoes; and assorted desserts including Auntie Margaret's Lemon Pie, Grandma Elma's Rhubarb Bars and Mom's Favorite Cookies.

Cafe des Architectes
10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; $55 adults, $25 kids 5-12
The four-course brunch menu here includes choices like buttermilk pancakes with strawberries, bittersweet chocolate and rhubarb compote; spring broccoli veloute with black truffle butter, homemade brioche and goat cheese; slow-poached farm eggs with piperade, prosciutto and tomato foam; and salted caramel chocolate cake. A children's menu will also be available.

Carlucci (Downers Grove)
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Stop into this suburban Italian favorite for an a la carte brunch complete with entertainment from a magician and a cupcake cart with make-your-own cupcakes for kids.

Carnivale
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chef Mark Mendez offers a menu of brunch specials including chilaquiles with tomatillo salsa, tortilla strips, chicken and fried organic egg ($12) and french toast with vanilla butter, local honey and fresh fruit ($12). Moms will receive a $15 gift certificate valid for their next visit.

Chen's
Moms eat free on Sunday (limit one per table) at this Wrigleyville Chinese and sushi restaurant.

Chicago Joe's
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The first 100 moms to visit the 50-plus-item brunch buffet (everything from French toast to quiche to ribs) at this bar and restaurant will get a free daisy. Chicago Joe's is also hosting an essay contest (topic: "Why Mom is the best"), with the winner getting a four-person brunch and four movie tickets. One-page entries can be given to a server or dropped off/mailed to the bar (attn: 'Joe Mama') by Mother's Day, and the winner will be announced on Monday, May 10.

Citizen Bar
Brunch dishes will be half-price for all mothers on Sunday, with a complimentary mimosa added on for each guest of honor.

CityGate Grille
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $34, $12 for kids 12 and under
Head to this Naperville restaurant (at I-88 and Route 59) for a celebratory Mother's Day brunch buffet from executive chef David Sapp. If you want to let Mom sleep in, the restaurant will also offer a special dinner menu from 5-9 p.m.

Courtright's
11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; $49-$55 (kids $29)
Three- and four-course menus will be available all day at this Willow Springs restaurant, with options including herb-marinated king fish with grilled pineapple, jicama, red onion and grapefruit medley; cauliflower-Parmesan soup with bacon foam; grilled Duroc pork chop with roasted Russian fingerling potatoes, chorizo, snap peas and pork jus; and Grand Marnier-marinated strawberries with a chocolate waffle and Chantilly cream. A children's menu will be available.

Custom House Tavern
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; $32, $15 for kids 12 and under
Chef Aaron Deal and pastry chef Bryce Caron offer a three-course menu with choices including She crab bisque with Carolina Coast blue crab and sherry; Wagyu beef sirloin 'grillade' style with fried farm egg, yellow corn grits; and Meyer lemon tart with market strawberries and basil.

David Burke's Primehouse
11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $23
Chef Rick Gresh's Brunch in a Box menu gets a special addition with a Mother's Day box featuring a potato benedict nest with diced ham and a poached egg, house-smoked salmon caesar salad with crispy capers, buttermilk fried chicken drumsticks with cabbage slaw and a double lobster (baby lobster bisque and angry lobster dumpling with lemon).

Davis Street Fishmarket
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $29.95, $9.95 for kids 6-10
It's a seafood feast at this Evanston spot, with selections including blackened mahi mahi with Cajun cream sauce, steamed mussels, shrimp ceviche and more - along with traditional breakfast items, carved ham, turkey and roast tenderloin, soups and salads and desserts.

Dawali
$25
The three-course prix-fixe menu here includes your choice of house soup or salad; braised lamb shank, pan-seared salmon or stuffed cornish game hen for an entree; and pistachio-crusted molten chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream and raspberry coulis or a house dessert. A soft drink is included and reservations are required (though the deal is also available for carryout customers).

Deleece
The regular menu will be available at this Lakeview neighborhood favorite, but keep an eye out for specials like a frittata with morel, asparagus, spring garllic and truffled ricotta ($13) and a lobster, fennel, wild mushroom and gruyer quiche ($15). Each Mom will get an edible flower garnish on her plate.

Deleece Grill Pub
Enjoy specials like baked eggs in pastry crusts with bacon bechamel and green bean salad ($11) and a trout Nova lox plate ($13) in addition to the regular menu. Moms will get an edible flower, too.

Dine
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; $39, $15 for kids 5-12
Enjoy a carving station, build-your-own omelets, lunch entrees like stuffed chicken marsala and beef stir-fry, pasta and more at this West Loop restaurant. There will also be a Kids Station available with mac 'n' cheese, chicken tenders, cheese pizza and more.

Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen
Still looking for a gift? If Mom's a pushover, the flower and $10 gift certificate she gets at Duke's could do the trick. And kids can create cards at the table while enjoying the a la carte menu or taking advantage of the create-your-own omelet station with pancakes, sausage, bacon and fruit ($10 adults, $6 kids).

Dunlays on Clark
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
In addition to its regular brunch menu, this Lincoln Park restaurant will offer a free dessert buffet for moms ($10 for all other guests), as well as $7 glasses of Demoiselle Rose Champagne. Moms will also get free flowers.

Dunlays on the Square
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Logan Square spot adds to its regular brunch menu with special selections like the Boulevard Breakfast Quiche with sausage, onions and bacon and the crab cake benedict.

Durty Nellie's
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
In addition to the $5 create-your-own omelet station and the signature bloody mary flights ($8), this Palatine bar will offer each Mom a complimentary mimosa and a $10 gift card for a future visit. The a la carte brunch menu will also be available.

Eve
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; $40
Enjoy a three-course brunch including choices like grilled rabbit sausage with chorizo-potato hash and Gumballhead beer cheese; puree of asparagus soup with Meyer lemon crema and Parmesan pine-nut tuile; and cured salmon benedict with poached eggs, caramelized fennel and bearnaise sauce.

Francesca's Fiore
An Italian brunch buffet will be offered at the Forest Park location of this mini-chain. For $35.95 ($14.95 for kids), you'll enjoy a carving station, omelet station, pancakes, fresh fruit and more (including a mimosa for adults). A la carte brunch options will be available at all other Francesca's locations.

Gage
The special holiday brunch menu at this Michigan Avenue bistro includes sweet oatmeal pancakes with coconut, bananas and chocolate, a duck confit omelet with caramelized onions and goat cheese, and rainbow trout with brussels sprouts, pearl onions, red wine-infused barley and bacon emulsion. The regular menu will also be available.

Gemini Bistro
5-9 p.m.; $40
Taking Mom out for dinner instead? Consider this Lincoln Park French restaurant, where Jason Paskewitz's three-course menu includes choices like lobster gnocchi, filet of beef with Bordelaise sauce and a key lime tart. Taittinger Domaine Carneros Brut Rose sparkling wine will be available for $10 a glass or $40 per bottle.

Gibsons Steakhouse Rosemont
10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. seatings; $85
The all-inclusive Mother's Day brunch features prime rib, roasted salmon, honey baked ham, turkey, a sushi station, an omelet station, a quesadilla station, pastries, salume and fresh salads as well as unlimited bloody marys and mimosas.

Glen Prairie
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $29, $12 for kids 5-12
The Glen Ellyn restaurant replaces its regular menu with a brunch buffet featuring salads (the grilled vegetable salad with herb and balsamic glaze sounds good), house-baked pastries, made-to-order omelets, broiled tilapia, sage-roasted turkey breast with cranberry citrus relish and more. Kids can load up on french toast sticks, chicken nuggets, french bread pizzas and more.

Grand Station Restaurant & Cocktails
9 a.m.-3 p.m.; $29.95, $14.95 for kids 5-12
The Arlington Heights restaurant offers a brunch including carved prime rib and roasted pork loin, shrimp and seafood, made-to-order omelets, a sweets tables, complimentary mimosas and more.

Hearty
5-9 p.m.; $30
Take Mom out for a three-course dinner featuring choices of appetizer (soup of the day, house salad or relish tray), entree (lingonberry-stuffed veal meatballs, chicken and dumplings, campfire fish) and dessert (PB&J Wonder Bread pudding, strawberry-rhubarb cobbler or cake of the week). Moms will receive a $15 gift certificate good for use at Hearty's brunch.

HUB 51
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $30, $15 for kids 5-12
The Mother's Day brunch here features items like smoked salmon, short ribs benedict, Belgian waffles, bacon and even a full sushi bar. Access to the roaming mimosa and bloody mary carts is available for an additional $6 per drink.

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House (Naperville)
$45; $15 for kids 4-12
The Champagne brunch here includes a carving station with pork tenderloin and turkey breast, an omelet station, a buffet line with french toast, fruit, shrimp cocktail and other classics, desserts, bloody mary and mimosa stations and more.

Italiasia
11 a.m.-8 p.m.; $18.95 adults, $11.95 kids 12 and under
Highlights of this all-day buffet at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza include Atlantic salmon with miso glaze, Mediterranean salad and of course, the full dessert table.

Jam
Here's to you, Mom: The popular breakfast and lunch spot is waiving its no-reservatiosn policy (indoor tables only) for Mother's Day.

Karma
10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $27.95, $12.95 for kids 5-12
Enjoy a full buffet at this Mundelein restaurant, including traditional breakfast items and a carving station as well as specialties like Asian BBQ seared salmon with braised bok choy, spinach and mushrooms.

Kinzie Chophouse
2-9 p.m.
How's this for a freebie: every Mom who dines at this River North eatery on Sunday will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne on her way out the door.

Kitchen Chicago
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; $75
Reserve a spot in this special Mother's Day cooking class (limited to 40 guests) and you'll make and eat dishes including a crostini of fava beans, mint and shaved pecorino, chorizo and potato Spanish tortilla bites, little gratins of spinach and parmesan, miniature ham and gruyere croque monsieur sandwiches, buckwheat blini with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and chives, pancetta-wrapped dried plums filled with blue cheese with balsamic-honey glaze and mini sour cream and raspberry coffee cakes with brown sugar-pecan topping.

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $29.95
The four-course menu here includes suitably stunning choices like beignets and chicken and waffles, and comes complete with unlimited mimosas and bloody martinis. Kit Kat Diva Madam X will perform show tunes and Broadway hits.

Koi
Moms eat free on Sunday (one per table) at this Evanston sushi restaurant.

Lillstreet Art Center
1-6 p.m.; $80
Bring Mom to this Ravenswood art center, where you'll learn to create glass beads that can be strung into necklaces, bracelets and earrings. All materials are included - 16 and up.

Lobby Lounge (ShowPlace Icon Theatre)
Taking Mom to a movie on Sunday? Stop off for a bacon and egg pizza frittata ($13) and a bloody mary or mimosa ($6) at Jerry Kleiner's lounge in the new South Loop luxury cinema.

Lockwood
11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $55 adults, $45 seniors, $25 for kids 6-12
Chefs from Lockwood and the Palmer House Hilton join forces for a buffet including items like smoked mackerel, trout and salmon, grilled shrimp, local and imported cheeses, carved prime rib, pan-seared duck tangerine, butternut squash ravioli and more.

The Lucky Monk
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Every mom gets a free mimosa at this South Barrington bar and restaurant. The a la carte breakfast menu includes items like quiche with herb roasted potatoes, french toast, pancakes and more.

Luxbar
Bring Mom to brunch at this Gold Coast bar and she'll get a complimentary mimosa with her dish.

Macello Ristorante
$35
Not only can you get three-courses of Puglia, Italy-inspired fare at this West Loop Warehouse District restaurant, but the special Mother's Day menu includes a complimentary prosecco mimosa for each guest. Choices include grilled shrimp over rapini, lamb chops al forno and an assortment of gelato flavors.

Markethouse
11 a.m.-2 p.m.; $35, $15 for kids 10 and under
The brunch buffet at this Doubletree Hotel restaurnt includes cream cheese and snipped chive-stuffed pancakes with applewood smoked bacon, honey cayenne-mopped chicken with fingerling potatoes and whtie cheddar mac & cheese gratin, plus an array of desserts including warm butterscotch bread pudding.

Meson Sabika (Naperville)
10 a.m.-7 p.m.; $38.95, $14.95 for kids 7-14
The Mother's Day buffet at this Naperville Spanish restaurant includes tapas, paella, a carved prime rib station and an outdoor grilling station if weather permits.

Morton's of Chicago
$59
All six area steakhouse locations will offer a special meal including your choice of salad, entree (including filet mignon, broiled salmon filet, shrimp Alexander and chicken Christopher) potato and vegetable and dessert (creme brulee or double chocolate mousse).

Mystic Blue Cruises
11:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.; $54.90-$64.90 (kids 3-12 are half-price)
Head out to the lake for a special cruise with Mom. You can choose between brunch (featuring omelets, roasted brisket and more) and early dinner (featuring turkey Wellington, seafood boats and more) buffet options. DJs will entertain, and reservations are required.

Nana
Chef Guy Meikle's special Mother's Day menu includes items like orange and agave honey cinnamon rolls with yellow raisins and acai berries; fresh seedling farms blueberry beignets with capriole farm goat cheese and peppercress; and laughing bird shrimp and morel mushroom crepes with fava beans, roasted spring onions and spicy shrimp cream.

O'Donovan's
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $15.95, $7.95 for kids under 11
In addition to the regular buffet selections, this North Center bar and restaurant will offer special items like mini quiches, grilled tilapia with a citrus crust and homemade pineapple bread pudding. Wash it all down with $6 White Trash mimosas, $6.50 Fat Marys, $6 peach or mango bellinis and $8 domestic pitchers.

Odyssey Cruises
10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 6 p.m.; $64.90-$79.90 (kids 3-12 are half-price)
Head out to the lake for a special cruise with Mom. You can choose from an early or late brunch buffet (featuring made-to-order Belgian waffles, a chocolate fountain, black pepper-crusted sirloin and more) or an elegant plated dinner affair (featuring beef short ribs, shrimp and scallop melange and more). DJs will entertain, and reservations are required.

one sixtyblue
11 a.m.-2 p.m.; $39
The West Loop restaurant opens its doors (it's usually closed on Sundays) for a special three-course brunch including courses like key lime vegan Caesar salad, flat iron steak with potato hash, asparagus and horseradish red-wine, and strawberry panna cotta with rhubarb, basil and ginger streusel. A $12 waffle bar will also be available for kids 12 and under.

Pete Miller's
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; $39.95, $9.95 for kids 6-10
The jazz brunch at this Evanston standby features a carving station, seafood, pasta, breakfast, dessert and soup and salad tables. The same deal applies at the Wheeling location as well.

Petterino's
If you're taking Mom to a play for Mother's Day, consider a pre- or post-show meal at this classic restaurant, which offers a complimentary flower and $25 gift certificate to all motherly diners.

Pinstripes
10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $26, $12 for kids 6-12
The Northbrook and South Barrington locations of this bowling/bocce/bistro complex will offer a Mother's Day buffet featuring a create-your-own omelet station, carved prime rib, Belgian waffles, a chocolate fountain and more (including a complimentary mimosa for adults and free flowers for moms). Kids get a special buffet with mac 'n' cheese, chicken fingers, pizza and more.

Prairie Fire
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; $42, $16 for kids under 10
Enjoy a three-course brunch featuring your choice of appetizer (Yogi with rhubarb compote and fresh strawberries; pea shoot tendril salad; mushroom soup; Caesar salad), entree (peekytoe crab benedict; crispy chicken schnitzel; Parmesan-crusted tilapia; ancho-marinated skirt steak) and dessert (double chocolate cake; homemade ice cream with fresh berries; banana cream pie). Kids get their own menu featuring all the foods they love.

Prairie Grass Cafe
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; $42, $15 for kids 10 and under
Start out with a plated eggs benedict with poached eggs, spinach and roasted tomato hollandaise, then head up to the buffet for made-to-order omelets, waffles and crepes, carved New York strip loin, shepherd's pie, double chocolate cupcakes, raspberry cream pie and more.

RB Grille
Chef Christopher McCoy's special a la carte menu includes choices like brioche French toast and eggs benedict florentine, and best of all, it'll be available all day ('til 11 p.m.).

Rockit Bar & Grill
You'll enjoy special brunch items at both the River North and Wrigleyville locations including asparagus and shaved prosciutto with citrus butter ($10), a frittata with spring peas, roasted bell peppers, potatoes and swiss ($10) and soft-shell crab salad with heirloom tomatoes ($16).

Salute Wine Bar
All lunch and dinner menu items at this Italian wine bar will be half-price on Mother's Day, including specialties like the speck and arugula pizze, saffron risotta and filet mignon carpaccio. Moms will also get a complimentary mimosa and a rose to go.

Sam & Harry's Steakhouse
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $39, $15 for kids 6-11
The huge buffet at this Schaumburg restaurant includes grilled lamb chops, pan-roasted Alaskan halibut and beef Wellington, and the price includes mimosas. The Mother's Day Pancake Play Date is also an option (starting at $25); kids can create a customized pancake creation while Mom dines.

Seasons
11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. seatings; $105, $25 for kids 5-12
This luxurious Four Seasons hotel restaurant features a buffet with a seafood and sushi station, Midwest station, Asian station, salads, made-to-order omelets, waffles and a wide array of fancy desserts like creme brulee and panna cotta.

Sepia
10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $39, $20 for kids under 12
Start with family-style servings of house-made granola, Caesar salad, shrimp ceviche, cheese blintzes and assorted pastries, then choose an entree (choices included cider-braised pork belly hash with poached eggs and arugula and baked french toast with caramel mascarpone and blackberry compote). You'll end your meal with family-style desserts including a raspberry citrus tart, white chocolate-vanilla pound cake and orange-milk chocolate mousse with hazelnut crunch.

Shaw's Crab House
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Head to the Chicago or Schaumburg location for a buffet including make-your-own omelets and waffles, a carving station, a seafood bar, a sweet table and more. All moms will receive a $25 gift certificate for a future visit.

Signature Room at the 95th
9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, $40; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, $65, $25 for kids under 8
You'll find two ways to celebrate at this Hancock Tower restaurant. On Saturday, the two-course Bellini Breakfast includes choices like asparagus salad with crispy prosciutto and vanilla french toast (plus a bellini or mimosa, of course). On Sunday, the brunch buffet features chef-prepared omelets, chilled shrimp, crab and oysters, honey-glazed ham, New York strip loin and more. The Bill Peterson Trio provides live jazz.

Sixteen
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; $115, $25 for kids under eight
The lavish Mother's Day buffet at this Trump Hotel restaurant includes sushi, omelet, charcuterie, pastry and children's stations, with items like seared halibut with pea puree and pea shoot salad; a forest mushroom salad with haricot vert, goat cheese and truffle and ham and prime rib. Mothers will receive gift bags.

sola
The first 150 moms to dine at this North Center favorite on Mother's Day will get a C.O. Bigelow gift bag including tons of beauty products.

Spirit of Chicago
11:30 a.m. or 3 p.m.; $59.50-$69.90 (kids 3-12 are half-price)
Head out to the lake for a special cruise with Mom. You can choose between brunch (a buffet with bacon, pastries, mimosas and more) and early dinner (another buffet with toasted couscous salad, tilapia and more) options. DJs will entertain, and reservations are required.

Steve's Deli
Mothers who dine at this deli on Sunday will receive a complimentary homemade cupcake to share with their offspring.

The bloody mary bar fixins at Sunda Sunda doesn't fool around when it comes to bloody additions.

Sunda
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The River North New Asian restaurant picked a big day to kick off its brunch service, with a wide variety of specials including the "Loco Moco" (hamburger steak topped with brown gravy and fried eggs over steamed rice, $12), the oxtail and potato "smash" (hash, fried eggs and horseradish creme, $13), lunch items like the chicken banh mi and crispy salmon salad, plus sushi, sashimi and more. Also, make sure to try a bloody mary - the selection of fixins at the bar (pictured) is out of control.

SushiSamba Rio
11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The special Mother's Day brunch menu offered at this River North favorite includes linguica and eggs ($12), a Japanese mushroom torta ($14) and a $12 Mother's Day dessert assortment.

Tapas Valencia
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m.; adults $29.95, kids 7-14 $12.95
The special Mother's Day buffet at this South Loop Spanish restaurant features paella, prime rib and more.

Vie
2-6:45 p.m.; $55, kids 11 and under pay their age
Chef Paul Virant offers a three-course meal with optional $15 wine pairings on Mother's Day. Choices include gnocchi with bacon, sweet peas and spring onions; fried chicken and waffles; and a rhubarb galette with goat's milk yogurt ice cream.

Wave
10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $35, kids 12 and under pay their age
There'll be plenty to keep you busy at this "interactive" brunch buffet featuring a bananas Foster station, a customizable salad station, a decorate-your-own cupcake stand, a bloody mary and mimosa bar and more. An a la carte menu with items like biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros and beer-brined fried chicken will also be available.

Zest
11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $49, $20 for kids
You'll enjoy brunch stations galore, from cold appetizers (citric couscous, snow crab salad) to hot entrees (grilled veal medallions, greek flatbread) to fresh sushi and sashimi. Of course, there will be lots of desserts, too. Adults get a complimentary mimosa and there will be a kids station.

Zocalo
11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $22, 412 for kids 12 and under
The festive three-course brunch here includes dishes like guacamole, tacos, French toast, steak and eggs and more (you get a choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert). A special kids menu will be available, and all moms get complimentary mimosas.

Zullo's (French Market)
Saturday, May 8
Bring your mom to lunch a day early at this Italian vendor in the Chicago French Market, and she'll get a $1 off her meal.

 

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