Mutha brunchers

Ah, Mother’s Day. The one day of the year that you’ll just have to suck up those criticisms about how you still haven’t accomplished anything with your life and “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” just like everyone else. This is her day, so do it with a smile!

And you best remember to buy your present. Don’t make it another obvious last minute stop off at Walgreens, because she knows. What better way to celebrate the woman who endured the nine months and pains of child rearing than a delightful Mother’s Day brunch at any one of these fine Chicago dining establishments?

Terms of Endearment,

(Terms of Endearment,

$$$$ – $100+

The Peninsula Chicago
A grand Mother’s Day brunch buffet fitting for a top rated hotel, The Peninsula will rotate seating between Avenues and The Lobby for an opulent experience. You’ll need that extra time just to work your way through sixteen — yes, sixteen — categories of brunch options. Close your eyes and open your wallet: brunch costs $110/adult; $30/children under 12. Reservations are mandatory and cancellations must be received by Wed., May 6. Anytime thereafter, a $75 cancellation fee will be charged to guest. For inquiries or reservations, call 312.573.6695.

For you last minute gift givers, here’s an impressive way to multitask: Sixteen is offering a brunch buffet with on-site availability of paraffin hand massages, flower and take away gift for each mother and raffle to win a day of pampering at the Spa at Trump. Sure, it costs a pretty penny, but priced for quality a notch or twenty above Old Country Buffet offerings, with sushi, omelet, charcuterie, pastry and children’s stations including entrees, such as: corn bisque with truffle; seared halibut with pea puree and pea shoot salad; seared filet with roasted chanterelles, potato fondant and bordelaise; Ahi tuna nicoise; forest mushroom salad with haricot vert, goat cheese and truffle and ham and Prime Rib carving stations.

Brunch is served 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for the price of $115/person, $25/children under eight. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312.588.8030. Sixteen at Trump Chicago is located at 401 N. Wabash Ave. in River North. Additional information is available at

Skip the runny eggs and dry toast in bed and treat Mom to NoMI’s lavish Park Brunch. In addition to choosing an entire entrée prepared a la minute, guests are invited to enjoy a bountiful selection of items from a chic and stylish presentation of cold and hot tables throughout the restaurant designated From the Ocean, From the Bakery, From the Garden, From the Deli, From the Griddle, Soup, Carving Station and Pastry Table. NoMI’s Mothers Day Brunch buffet runs 11:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for $110/adult; $30/children ages 6-12. For reservations, please call 312.239.4030. NoMI is located in the Park Hyatt Chicago at 800 N. Michigan Ave. in the Gold Coast.


Mommie Dearest: a timeless tale of maternal love

Mommie Dearest: timeless tale of maternal love


$$$ – $50-100

The Drake Hotel Chicago
Dining at the Drake never really goes out of style and will probably impress Ma. Then again, so did the macaroni art you made when you were 4. The Gold Coast Room will offer elaborate buffets with seatings available from 9:45 a.m. and every 30 minutes thereafter until 2:15 p.m. The Marquette Room will be open to entertain your children with fun and socializing, while you talk about “adult topics” like swine flu, fiscal responsibility and celebrities. Pricing is $80/adult; $40/children ages 6-12 years old; under 6 is complimentary. The Drake Hotel is located at 140 E. Walton Pl. in the Gold Coast. For more information, call 312.932.4327.

In case you missed out on brunch at Spiaggia on Easter, they’re doing it all over again! Same rules apply: three-course brunch for $65 and a four-course brunch for $95 dollars from 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.  Spiaggia is located on the second floor of 980 N. Michigan Ave. To make a reservation, call 312.280.2750 or visit OpenTable. Jackets are required.

Zest at the InterContinental Chicago
Brunch on the Mag Mile is a great way to double task your patriotic duty to stimulate the economy, or edge just a couple steps closer to bankruptcy. Either way, it a delicious idea. Executive Chef Hans Lentz has put together a drool-worthy menu that includes: Mahi Mahi served in a banana leaf, glazed pork loin with Ancho chili, and roasted duck with green peppercorn and peach. While Zest doesn’t run the most expensive tab on the list, still be prepared to shell out some cash: $55/adult; $20/children 12 and under. Brunch is served 12:00-3:00 p.m. For more information, call 312.321.8844. Zest is located within the InterContinental Chicago at 505 N. Michigan Ave. on the Magnificent Mile.



A role model and educator (gizmodo)

A role model and educator (gizmodo)

$$ – $20-50

David Burke’s Primehouse
One thing I love about special brunch events at David Burke’s is the ridiculously cheap bottomless drink deals. Considering all the brunch buffets going on May 10, $10 for all-you-can-drink champagne, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers really makes this restaurant stand out. Not to mention a solid menu from Executive Chef Rick Gresh, including the decadent and ultra non-kosher Lobster Scrambled Eggs, the curious Can of Chopped Salad and David Burke’s signature ‘fill your own’ doughnuts that include some great gifts for Mom hidden inside. Brunch is served 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and priced at $48/adult; $20/children 12 and under. Reservations strongly recommended by calling 312.660.6000. David Burke’s Primehouse is located within the James Hotel at 616 N. Rush St. in River North.

Custom House
One of three restaurants from James Beard Award winner, Shawn McClain, Custom House will be offering a three-course brunch menu and complimentary Mimosa to all the hot mamas out there. Average looking mothers are also eligible for a complimentary Mimosa. The menu is priced $38/adult; $8/child. Served 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. For reservations and additional information, call 312.523.0200. Custom House is located at 500 S. Dearborn Ave. in Printers Row.

Another restaurant that is usually open for only for dinner, Chef Troy Grave has an opportunity to flex his culinary muscles with a signature brunch menu for Mother’s Day. The restaurant will be offering a succulent three-course menu for $30/person, featuring a choice of Moroccan duck scramble, Jonah crab benedict, Applewood smoked pork chop and Maitake mushroom quiche. Om nom nom. See the full menu here. Served 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call 312.266.3383. Eve is located at 840 N. Wabash Ave. in the Gold Coast.

one sixtyblue
Is your mother a proper lady who doesn’t want to gorge on an all-you-can-eat buffet? one sixtyblue is offering a three-course prix-fixe brunch for $39/person and waffle station for kiddies 12 and under for $9. Entrees to include vamped up omelet, flatiron steak, smoked salmon or farfalle pasta dishes in line with Chef Michael McDonald’s fresh style. Brunch is served 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.850.0303. one sixtyblue is located at 1400 W. Randolph St. in the West Loop/Fulton Market neighborhood.

Graham Elliot
Another rare brunch opportunity from Graham Elliot until the long-awaited Sunday brunch becomes an actuality, the restaurant will offer a special 3-course brunch on Mother’s Day for $45/person with three seatings at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 12:00-2:00 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. Given Bowles’ affinity for a relaxed atmosphere, you can dress down to eat up. Graham Elliot is located at 217 W. Huron St. in River North. For more information and reservations, call 312.624.9975.

Sepia will be serving a prix-fixe brunch with family style appetizers and desserts, with choice of four entrees and bragging rights. View menu here. Brunch is served 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., $39/adults; $20/children. Sepia is located at 123 N. Jefferson St. in the West Loop. For more information, call 312.441.1920.

Bin 36
Wine and dine with mom and company with a brunch buffet featuring Bin’s notable selection of artisanal cheeses, entrees and desserts paired with eclectic and freshly made Bloody Mary and Mimosa flights, as well as a special take-away just for mom. Brunch is priced at $38/adult, $19/children under 12 and complimentary for children under 4. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.755.9463. Bin 36 is located at 339 N. Dearborn St. in River North.

Just in time for al fresco dining, Duchamp opens its patio May 10 for Mother’s Day brunch. Chef Michael Taus will be offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $29, featuring items like citrus-roasted beet salad, with Mâche, Marcona almonds, mint and French feta; Houska French toast with lemon mascarpone, spiced hazelnuts and Nutella; and caramelized lemon tart with strawberry-cardamom. Brunch served 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Duchamp is located at 2118 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown. For more information, call 773.235.6434, or visit

Retro-chic brunch works well for Mother’s Day: a hip environment for you and an opportunity to make Mom feel young again. If not, she can always eat her feelings in the form of a endless buffet. That said, Dine is offering multi-station brunch buffet with breakfast, lunch and everything in between. And to show all the ladies with babies out there that they care, every mother receives a complimentary rose with brunch. Dine’s brunch is $39/person, $15/children 12 and under, and no cost for children under five. Served 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Dine is located at 733 W. Madison St. in the West Loop. For more information, call 312.602.2100, or visit

Zed 451
Families are invited to celebrate Mother’s Day at Zed 451 and mom will enjoy a complimentary brunch! After all, someone’s gotta give back to the woman. Sip on champagne cocktails and chow down on all-you-can-eat churrascaria from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $35/adult; $22/child 6-10; under 6 free. For more information, call 312.266.6691. Zed 451 is located at 739 N. Clark St. in River North.

Tsuki Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
Can you roll with sushi any time of the day? Enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi and Japanese tapas at Tsuki for $24.95 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 773.883.8722 or visit Tsuki Japanese Restaurant & Lounge is located at 1441-1443 W. Fullerton Ave. in Lincoln Park.

The Bristol
Keeping it simple, The Bristol will be offering a two-course menu for $21 that includes coffee, tea and pastries for the table. View menu here. Reservations are now being accepted, by calling 773. 862.5555. Brunch will be served 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Bristol is located at 2152 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown.


It ain't easy being a woman (Dorothea Lange; Wikipedia)

$ – Under $20

The owners of Sortie must really love their mothers because the restaurant is offering probably the cheapest prix-fixe yet: a $15 Turkish-American buffet with complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa and pink rose to Ma — and in the Gold Coast! Brunch will be served 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 312.440.5100. Sortie is located at 1212 N. State St. in the Gold Coast.

Between Boutique Cafe & Lounge
Haven’t had a chance to check out the restaurant’s Back-to Basics Brunch menu under the direction of new chef, Noah Sandoval? No better time than the present! The menu offers homey classics with unique touches that don’t go off the deep end, such as: duck confit eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy and ginger pancakes. In addition, Between will also offer bottomless Mimosas for $15, an $8 Bloody Mary Bar, and $4 P.I.N.K. Cocktails (guarana and caffeine infused vodka). Cheap and flowing, try not to get sauced enough to shout, “YOU KNOW, MOOOOM, I NEV’R TOL’ YOU THIS, BUT, IIII RLY LUV YOU! NO, I MEAN IT! YUR THE BESSSST!” Celebrate the special holiday with a delicious traditional meal meant to be shared with mom from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Between Boutique Café & Lounge, located at 1324 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. For more information, call 773.292.0585.

The Pony
Nothin’ like a good Southern meal to warm the heart and coat the arteries. It’s the same reason I adore Paula Deen’s philosophy of adding five pounds of butter to everything. Ditch the Cracker Barrel and head down to the Pony for spins on brunch classics. Chef Curtis McGee will be adding a few new brunch items to the mix just for Mother’s Day: Canadian Bacon and Brie Quiche, Veggie Quiche and Pain Perdu. But if you’ve grown to love the house Chicken N Waffles, Breakfast Stack or Breakfast Sliders, those will also be on hand to tantalize and delight the senses. Brunch served 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, call 773.828.5055. The Pony is located at 1638 W. Belmont in Lincoln Park.

La Tache
La Tache is back in business and still serving brunch. This Mother’s Day, the restaurant is offering a special menu, featuring signature French dishes such as Quiche Lorainne, Brioche French Toast and Steak and Eggs at prices that won’t break the bank ($10-15 range). Brunch is served 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 773.334.7168. La Tache is located at 1475 W. Balmoral in Andersonville.

More interesting than your run-of-the-mill omelet and toast brunch that won’t leave your wallet depleted, Gioco will serve their annual Italian Mother’s Day Brunch featuring specialties like macadamia nut pancakes, morel frittatas and braised rabbit leg. Served 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Call 312.939.3870 for more information. Gioco is located at 1312 S. Wabash Ave. in the South Loop.

Club Lucky
Kicking off their summer brunch with Mother’s Day. Italian-inspired brunch classics with the familiarity of home — but not at home. Anyway, complimentary carnations presented to all moms in attendance. Reservations are accepted and highly recommended, with outdoor seating options available. Brunch is served 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 773.227.2300. Club Lucky is located at 1824 W. Wabansia Ave. in Bucktown.

Cafe Selmarie
Quaint cafe with fresh, European-inspired brunch favorites including lemon ricotta griddlecakes, rustic asparagus tart, crab cake benedict and Selmarie breakfast croissant. Brunch is served from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  Reservations will be accepted for parties of 6 or more. For more information, call 773.989.5595. Cafe Selmarie is located at 4729 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Square.

Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro
Brunch buffet featuring Irish favorites for a fraction of the cost. Full bar is available as well for sharing a drink or three with mom. Brunch is served 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. for the cost of $19.95/person; $9.95/children under 12. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by call 773.248.3905. Mrs. Murphy and Sons is located at 3905 N. Lincoln Ave. in North Center.

If your mom is like mine, she loves a good bargain. And if she’s one of the first 100 like-minded moms to dine at sola this Mother’s Day, she can walk away with a deluxe gift bag C.O. Bigelow filled with face, hands and feet products. Either way, a number of yummy brunch options will be available, including Pineapple Upside Down French Toast, mango curd, tropical fruits and creme anglaise. Brunch served 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 773.327.3868. sola is located at 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. in North Center.

Park Grill
Is coordinating a brunch with your family anywhere outside of the loop is a particularly wearing task? Consider taking advantage of the convenience and fail safe location of Millennium Park for a Mother’s Day brunch outing. Park Grill is offering a brunch special, with complimentary cocktail and most entrees around $15. Brunch is served 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call 312.521.PARK. Park Grill is located at 11 N. Michigan Ave. in the Loop.

Brasserie Jo
For those of you with kids young enough to get you kicked out for bothering other patrons, Brasserie JO will be providing a kid’s menu and complimentary kid entertainment and activities in the Salon including games, crafts, DVDs and so forth. Everyone else can enjoy traditional French a la carte brunch selections such as brie omelettes, Croques Madame JO and Steak Au Poivre. Brunch served 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 312.595.0800. Brasserie JO is located at 59 W. Hubbard St. in River North.

Brunch with a bonus: moms receive a $15 gift certificate for their next visit to Carnivale. Chef Mark Mendez will be whipping up an a la carte menu, featuring tasty brunch specials such as Empanada Gallega, Huevos en cazuela and Mexican French toast. Brunch specials available 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call 312.850.5005. Carnivale is located at 702 W. Fulton St. in the West Loop/Fulton Market neighborhood.

Fuego Mexican Grill
The new and greatly hyped Logan Square Mexican grill and margarita bar will be offering a special brunch featuring regional Mexican dishes from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, call 773.252.1122. Fuego Mexican Grill is located at 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square.

 — Carly Fisher


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    Joelen said,

    Great listing of brunch places for Mothers Day! Thank you for compiling this!

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