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Best Mother’s Day brunches in Chicago

Celebrate mom with a tasty Mother's Day brunch, complete with mimosas and all her favorite dishes

By Morgan Olsen

Mark your calendars: Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13, which gives you just enough time to plan something special for the moms in your life. Of course, the best gift of all is a boozy breakfast at one of Chicago's best brunch spots. We rounded up the top Mother's Day deals around town—from a Golden Girls-themed affair in West Town to an extravagant brunch buffet in Bridgeport. And if you're going for bonus points, we hear a bouquet from one of Chicago's top florists pairs perfectly with mimosas.

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Where to have Mother's Day brunch

1. Spiaggia

Restaurants Italian Streeterville

If Mom is a fine-dining aficionado, treat her to a four-course brunch inspired by Rome at Spiaggia. Highlights include tender pillows of ravioli stuffed with ricotta and pecorino and slow-roasted pork with peach mostarda and broccoli rabe. End on a sweet note with castignoles, sweet fritters topped with chantilly and rhubarb. $65, 11am–2pm Sunday

2. The Duck Inn

Restaurants American Bridgeport

The Duck Inn hosts the mother of all brunches with Mommapalooza, a brunch extravaganza that includes a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar plus a massive buffet with seafood towers, carving stations, sweets and more. Let the moms in your life sit back and relax; there's even a Kid Zone for the little ones. $75, 11am–4pm Sunday


3. Split-Rail

Restaurants Ukrainian Village

If the words "Golden Girls Brunch" pique your interests, this West Town darling is the place to be on Sunday. Split-Rail will offer a themed menu with dishes named for the iconic women on the show: Dorothy (eggs Benedict), Sophia (breakfast pasta) and Blanche (shrimp and grits). Talk it out with mom over deconstructed cheesecake to end the meal. 10am–2pm Sunday


Restaurants Global West Loop

Opulence is the name of the game at BLVD in the West Loop, where Mother's Day brunchers can enjoy a three-course menu with cured salmon toast, sourdough Johnny cakes with blueberry sauce and Croque Madame with ham, gruyere and truffle mornay. Add bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys for $30 (go on, Mom deserves it). $55, 10am–2pm Sunday

Photograph: Courtesy Maple & Ash

5. Maple & Ash

Restaurants Steakhouse Rush & Division

Forgo a gift and treat mom to a lavish breakfast buffet in the Gold Coast. Maple & Ash will indulge the special women in your life with seafood towers, pancake and carving stations, beautiful treats from Aya Pastry and a complimentary glass of champagne for moms. $90, 10am–2pm Sunday

6. MAD Social

Restaurants American West Loop

If the sun is shining, take advantage of this sweet sidewalk patio in the West Loop. Brunch service is business as usual at MAD Social, but moms will be treated to complimentary chocolate-dipped strawberries. 11am–2pm Sunday

Photograph: Martha Williams

7. Bite Cafe

Restaurants American Ukrainian Village

Neighbors the Empty Bottle and Bite Cafe are teaming up for a fun-filled afternoon that includes brunch specials, a build-you-own mimosa bar and karaoke. Chow down on a salmon scramble or pancakes with coconut and lemon at Bite before heading next door for sips and singing. 1–4pm Sunday

8. Frontier

Restaurants Contemporary American River West/West Town

Take the guesswork out of Mother's Day and treat Mom to a no-brainer family-style feast at Frontier. Priced at just $29 per person, your table will enjoy smoked sliced ham, bagels and beignets, eggs Benedict, complementary mimosas and more. Tickets required, 10am–3pm Sunday


9. Band of Bohemia

Bars Breweries Lincoln Square

If mom has already tried some of Chicago's very best brunches, take her to Ravenswood for something new at Band of Bohemia. The chic brewpub recently launched a refreshed menu with options like caviar crepe cake and the Bohemian creme donut. 10am–2pm Sunday

Golden boar cocktail at Cindy's Bar.
Photograph: Martha Williams

10. Cindy's

Restaurants Contemporary American Loop

Set your eyes to the sky and head to Cindy's on the 13th floor of the Chicago Athletic Association, where mom will be able to gaze down at Millennium Park and Lake Michigan from the beautiful terrace. Brunch favorites here include steak and eggs, buttermilk pancakes with yuzu and lemon curd, chilaquiles and mocha coffee cake. 10am–2pm Sunday


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