Illustration: Mitch O'Connell

Mother’s Day meals 2012

<p>Brunches and dinners for mom-and-me eating.</p>


Ann Sather Famous for brunch, Sather flips the script on Mom’s Day and offers a celebratory supper instead. 909 W Belmont Ave (773-348-2378). 11am–4pm; $18.95, kids 12 and under $10.95.

Allium Yo, asparagus fans—take note: This brunch buffet has a spring asparagus station that features the veggie in more ways than your mom could ever imagine. 120 E Delaware Pl (312-799-4900). 10:30am–5pm; $130, kids $55.

Belly Shack Load up the coolers in mom’s minivan before heading out to this BYOB brunch. Bloody Mary and OJ mixers will be provided. Instant hangover cures will not. 1912 N Western Ave (773-252-1414) 10am–2pm. Average main course $11.

BIN 36 We aren’t quite sure what an interactive omelette bar is, but this mega brunch buffet has one, and it’s calling Mom’s name. 339 N Dearborn St (312-755-9463). 10am–3pm; $42, kids 12 and under $22.

Blind Faith Café This is where to bring your hippie mom—either for brunch or for dinner—to meet other hippie moms. Dream catchers not included. 525 Dempster St, Evanston (847-328-6875). 9am–3pm brunch menu; 3–9pm dinner menu. Average main course: $12.

Due Lire The backyard garden patio sounds pretty swank (that is, if you can get a seat); so does the three-course Mother’s Day menu. 4520 N Lincoln Ave (773-275-7878). 12:30pm–9pm; $35.

Elate Tack $20 to the price of a brunch entrée (such as banana custard French toast), and Mom can get a little tipsy on bottomless mimosas. 111 W Huron St (312-202-9900). 10:30am–2:30pm. Average main course: $12.

Filini Bar and Restaurant So Mom’s not the buffet type? Don’t sweat it. This à la carte brunch menu has eggs Benedict Florentine, grilled lamb chops and mascarpone cheesecake. 221 N Columbus Dr (312-477-0234). 11am–2pm; average main course: $19.

Fleming’s At the end of this three-course brunch, your mother will walk away with a $25 Fleming’s gift card (unless you pocket it yourself). 25 E Ohio St (312-329-9463). 11:30am–3pm; $34.95.

Francesca’s on Chestnut The toughest part of Mom’s brunch here will be choosing between the smoked salmon omelette, the eggs Benedict and the fried eggs with spicy pesto. 200 E Chestnut St (312-482-8800). 11am–3pm. Average main course: $13.

Fulton’s on the River Fresh-baked cookies and banana cream pie “shots” are only two of the reasons Mom will spend the majority of her brunch at the dessert table. 315 N LaSalle St (312-822-0100). 10am–3pm; $59.95, kids 12 and under $24.95.

GT Fish & Oyster The lineup at this Mother’s Day prix fixe (biscuits with shrimp, mini lobster rolls) sounds better than fine, but if you really love your mom, you’ll tack on the optional caviar service. 531 N Wells St (312-929-3501). 10am–3pm; $75.

HB Home Bistro In honor of the chef and owner’s late mother, an open-face egg sandwich called theuitsmijter will be available on the special Mom’s Day brunch menu. 3404 N Halsted St (773-661-0299). 10am–2pm. Average main course: $12.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club Is Mom a dancing queen? Are you? If the answer to at least one of those questions is “yes,” you have a good chance of not hating this Mamma Mia–themed brunch. 3700 N Halsted St (773-525-1111). 11am–3pm; $29.95.

Lockwood This brunch buffet has unlimited sparking wine. We will repeat that: unlimited sparkling wine. 17 E Monroe St (312-917-3404). 11am–4pm; $65.

Maxwell’s at the Club The East Bank Club’s Mother’s Day buffet is open to everyone, not just club members. But be prepared to see lots of women in expensive jogging suits. 500 N Kingsbury St (312-527-5800). 10am–3pm; $45, kids 10 and under $10.

Mercadito The complimentary mimosa for Mom will come in handy while the rest of the family argues over which three dishes to choose at this family-style brunch. 108 W Kinzie St (312-329-9555). 11:30am–4pm; $13.50.

Mercat a la Planxa Your mom will like the three-course Catalan-inspired brunch menu. But she’ll really like the bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas for $8. 638 S Michigan Ave (312-765-0524). 10am–3pm; $35.

Mrs. Murphy and Son’s Irish Bistro Moms who like chocolate belong here, where the crown jewel of the brunch buffet is a chocolate fountain. 3905 N Lincoln Ave (773-248-3905). 9am–3pm; $24.95, kids 10 and under $9.95.

Park Grill Step 1: Take Mom on a stroll through Millennium Park. Step 2: Grab a table here for the special brunch menu. 11 N Michigan Ave (312-521-7275). 11am–4pm. Average main course: $13.

Prairie Grass Café With a dessert table like this (double-chocolate cupcakes, strawberry rhubarb crumble, a crêpe station), this is one buffet that dieting mothers should probably not consider. 601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook (847-205-4433). 9:30am–2pm; $45.

Primehouse You and Mom create your own three-course meal at this steakhouse’s brunch. Our prediction: French toast “cupcakes,” Jail Island salmon and cheesecake lollipops. 616 N Rush St (312-660-6000). 11am–3pm; $35.

Sepia We could recommend many items that are on this Mother’s Day brunch menu, but let’s be real: Mom’s gonna go for the crunchy French toast with whipped mascarpone and warm berry compote. 123 N Jefferson St (312-441-1920) 11am–2pm; $45, kids 12 and under $25.

Shaw’s Crab House A complimentary $25 gift card for Mom will draw you in, but the brunch buffet featuring a cold seafood bar and waffle station with 13 ingredients will keep you going back up for seconds. 21 E Hubbard St (312-527-2722). 10am–3pm; $48, kids 12 and under free.

SushiSamba Rio After your mom’s done enjoying the snow crab frittata from the special Mother’s Day menu, she can sit back, relax and listen to a bossa nova band performing from noon–3pm. 504 N Wells St (312-595-2300). 11:30am–4pm. Average main course: $13.

Texas de Brazil For all you sons planning Mother’s Day this year, five words: all-you-can-eat-meat. 51 E Ohio St (312-670-1006). 11am–9pm; $46.99, kids ages 6–12 $23.50, kids ages 3–5 $5.

The Chicago Firehouse You pick the restaurant, but let Mom decide between the brunch or the dinner buffet. (Watch your wallet—she might pick both.) 1401 S Michigan Ave (312-786-1401). 9:30am–3pm brunch, 3–6pm dinner; $49, kids ages 5–12 $17.

The Red Canary You’ll have to pay your own way, but at this Mother’s Day brunch, moms eat for free. 695 N Milwaukee Ave (312-846-1475). 10am–3pm. Average main course: $10.

The Signature Room At this “hybrid brunch,” starters and desserts come from the buffet, but the entrées come from the kitchen. 875 N Michigan Ave (312-787-9596). 10am–3pm; $65, kids ages 4–12 $25.

Urban Union For the mature mom (not that you’d call her mature to her face), chef Michael Shrader is putting together a brunch of marinated octopus and steak frites. 1421 W Taylor St (312-929-4302). 11am–3pm. Average main course: $12.

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