Chicago’s Mother’s Day 2015 – Some Great Ideas

If you are looking for something unusual that will give Mom an experience she will always remember, check below. Mother's Day might include a brunch and a musical to fondue and a massage and more.

Mother's Day


For a Spanish twist on your typical Mother’s Day Brunch:

  • Treat Mom to a non-traditional brunch at Chicagoland’s hottest new tapas restaurant, El Tapeo, 2100 Spring Road, for a special à-la-carte Mother’s Day Brunch on May 10 from 10 am to 3 pm. Known for its authentic Spanish cuisine and endless selection of small plates and main courses for sharing, El Tapeo’s Executive Chef Franco Diaz will create savory Mother’s Day dishes including Ibérico Eggs Benedict, served with shaved Ibérico ham, tomato jam, cheddar biscuits and crispy poached eggs and El Tapeo’s signature Spanish Omelet with roasted mushrooms, spinach, artichoke, and goat cheese. Mom will love the Spanish Cava Mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar, which perfectly complement the dishes’ flavorful Spanish ingredients. Children can join in on the fun with a special Children’s Menu and unique activities for the celebration. Located on the 9th floor of Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center, 2100 Spring Road, El Tapeo features a spacious 25-seat lounge and intimate 12-seat bar, with floor-to-ceiling windows. For more information or reservations, call 630.828.2044 or visit  ElTapeo website


For the shopaholic Mom:

  • Treat Mom to a day of shopping at the country’s largest outdoor mall, Oakbrook Center, with Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center’s Ultimate Shopping Package! The day starts off with a full American Breakfast in Longitude 87, followed by complimentary transportation to Oakbrook Center in the hotel’s Mercedes SUV, and an Ultimate Shopping Excursions Discount Card to save on Mom’s splurge. The package also alleviates the stress of lugging around heavy bags by offering complimentary same day delivery on all in-mall purchases directly to hotel rooms. Package price starts at $134 per night. Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center is located at 2100 Spring Road. For more information or to make a reservation, call 630.368.9900 or visit LeMeridien website

For the Mom desiring relaxation and rejuvenation:

  • Mom can relax after her long day of shopping in one of Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center’s lavish Spa Suites. Enjoy an array of customized spa treatments in a relaxing environment and private lounge. Mom will be personally escorted from the Hub™ by a personal therapist and taken up to their private suite and haven of tranquility. Each suite offers exclusive services, inspired by the local culture, designed to tap into the sense of creativity and discovery. Treatments range from the ESPA Personalized Facial which features deep cleansing, exfoliation, steam and gentle extraction where needed, and a treatment specific massage and mask, to the ESPA Aromatherapy Massage, an essential, professional and specific treatment using a blend of individually chosen oils. For more information or to make a reservation, call 630.368.9900 or visit


For the Mom who likes cheese but isn’t cheesy:

  • Who doesn’t like fondue and a massage? Legendary Chicago restaurant, Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, will pamper Moms with a complimentary 5-minute massage on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th. After indulging in Geja’s famous cheese and chocolate fondue, Moms will receive a well-deserved pampering in a secluded relaxing atmosphere with licensed massage therapists from Lincoln Park Massage Spa. The restaurant will opening at 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day.  For reservations, call 773.281.9101 or visit GejasCafewebsite 


For the chocolate-obsessed Mom: 

  • Fresh off his appearance on The Food Network’sOutrageous Chocolate Special featuring the 948-pound, all chocolate God of Love “Eros”, Guinness World Record-holder and All Chocolate Kitchen owner Chef Alain Roby has launched an EROS-inspired chocolate truffle line. Treat Mom to these sweet delicacies, which were created based on the popularity of Chef’s EROS sculpture and feature Dark Raspberry, Dark Seasalt, Milk Seasalt and Milk flavors. Cost for each truffle $2, or $9 for a gift-wrapped box of 4. As the real life Willy Wonka, Chef Roby was nationally recognized for making Jenny McCarthy’s wedding cake this past summer. Take Mom to see all his life-size, chocolate scultpures at Chef’s All Chocolate Kitchen store, located at 33 South Third Street in Geneva. For more information, call 630.232.2395 or visit Allchocolatekitchen website

For the Mom who can’t make up her mind:

  • Not to worry – treat Mom to mySpa’s Bringin' Down the House special at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive. Moms can mix and match their choice of 4 spa treatments for the price of 3. Select from a divine 50-minute Radiant Facial, a soothing 50 minute myMassage, or an invigorating 50 minute Seasonal Scrub. The treatments are $450 plus tax and gratuity and may be used at any point until December 31, 2015. As a special bonus, purchase four bundles and receive one night in one of Fairmont Chicago’s luxurious one bedroom suites (a $700 value). To book, contact Corinne Beede at 312.861.3798.


For the Mom looking for a Suite Escape:

  • Take Mom to Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Parkwith their “Suite Home Chicago” Package. Guests will receive a special welcome gift of iconic Windy City goodies: Garrett’s Chicago Mix Popcorn and Goose Island’s Root Beer. Perfect for a Spring Break “Staycation,” the hotel is located next to the recently opened Maggie Daley Park, steps from the Magnificent Mile, and just across Millennium Park from the Chicago Art Institute. Guests who prefer to relax indoors may rehydrate dry winter skin with a “Windy City”  Signature Facial with an Oxygen Inhalation Treatment at the hotel’s serene mySpa for $180 on weekdays and $195 on weekends.

For a smooth sailing summer in Chicago:

  • Mom can earn epic bragging rights this summer with Lake Michigan’s newest business venture, Next Level Sailing Chicago. The perfect gift for the Mom looking for adventure, Next Level Sailing Chicago offers an experience of a lifetime for guests to race state-of-the-art America’s Cup sailing yachts “Stars and Stripes” and “Abracadabra”  through the summer. Companies or individuals seeking a memorable, exhilarating experience can rent out each of the 80-foot, high-tech yachts.  Every day is an America’s Cup race opportunity with Next Level Sailing Chicago. For more information, call 312.798.9807 or visit Nextlevelsailing website


The perfect mother/daughter getaway for a good cause:

  • Keep the Mother’s Day celebration going with The Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series, the largest women’s half marathon series in the US, returning to Branson, Missouri, on May 17, 2015, with a two-day Health & Fitness Boutique prior to the race. Yourself and Mom will enjoy various entertainment stations along the course and in true diva fashion, the race will offer participants a women’s fit tech race shirt, tiara, bubbly, tutu and an awesome, “blinged-out” medal. The Divas® Series has partnered  with the Skaggs Foundation and the Susan G Komen Ozark Affiliate to present the Inaugural Divas4Good Weekend, May 15-17, 2015. This will provide Divas from all over the Midwest the opportunity to support women’s health in Ozark Mountain Country. For more information, please visit: In addition, all Divas are welcomed to attend a free concert and rock out with Candy Coburn on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at Branson Landing. Registration is open to participants online and will remain open until the race sells out or May 14, 2015, whichever comes first. For more information or to register 

For a mix of relaxation and Rock ‘n’ Roll:

  • Those who purchase a Massage Envy Spa annual membership through May 10, 2015 can not only relax, they can get ready to rock ‘n’ roll with a complimentary pair of tickets to Chicago’s record-breaking musical, Million Dollar Quartet, at the Apollo Theater. With 41 Chicagoland locations, Massage Envy Spa offers the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and relax before a night out to see the production inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. This ticket offer is only valid at Chicagoland Spa locations including Highland, Indiana while supplies last. The offer is not valid online. For more information, call 866.922.ENVY or visit massageenvychicago website

For the dazzling Mom:

  • The Marriott Theatre invites families to treat the matriarchs in their family to the spectacular, Tony Award-winning classic, ANYTHING GOES, on Mother’s Day. The irresistible musical filled with unforgettable music and dazzling dance numbers, continues The Marriott Theatre’s spectacular 40th anniversary season and features an unparalleled score by the legendary Cole Porter with a virtual hit parade of songs (“De-lovely,” “Friendship,” "You're the Top," “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” "I Get a Kick Out of You”). Fifteen-time Jeff Award-winner Marc Robin, joined by Music Director Jeff Award-nominee Ryan T. Nelson, will bring his signature high-watt energy to the stage to direct and choreograph the toe-tapping musical comedy, which runs through May 31. Performance times for ANYTHING GOES are 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday, May 10. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 847.634.0200 or visit MarriottTheatre website

For the Mom looking to share the special day with Dad:

  • What better way to spend Mother’s Day with the entire family than with the deeply moving, enchanting new Broadway musical for all ages BIG FISH at Theatre at the Center? Shifting between two timelines, BIG FISH tells the story of traveling salesman Edward Bloom and his relationship with his adult son Will. In the present-day world, sixty-year-old Edward faces his final chapter while Will gets ready to face fatherhood himself. Returning to the fairy-tale past, Edward tells his larger-than-life anecdotes of teenage encounters with a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra. Determined to find the truth behind Edward’s epic adventures, Will embarks on a journey of his own. The stories meet as Will discovers a secret his father’s stories never exposed. BIG FISH opens on Mother’s Day and runs through June 7. Performance times for BIG FISH are 2:30 pm and 7 pm on Sunday, May 10. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 219.836.3255 or visit Theatreatthecenter website

For an early Mother’s Day celebration:

  • Start Mother’s Day early this year with Chicago’s oldest musical organization, The Apollo Chorus, concluding their sold out season with an International Voices spring concert series (Friday, May 1 at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago and Sunday, May 3 at Christian Reformed Church in Elmhurst). One of the most diverse programs in the history of Apollo Chorus, the concerts will take the audience on a worldwide musical journey exploring styles ranging from Georgian chanting to Celtic melodies to American folk music.  The work of composers Paul Ayres, James MacMillan, Erik Esenvalds, Arvo Pärt, and Eric Whitacre will be highlighted throughout the performances. To purchase individual tickets or to book a group, call 312.427.5620 or visit Apollochorus website

Photos: Courtesy of Noreen Heron and Associates


Looking for the perfect Mother's Day weekend outing? Look no further than Green City Market. Spend a beautiful morning and afternoon strolling through Lincoln Park and enjoy purchasing delicious, sustainable foods from Green City Market farmers and vendors (7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday in Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive at approximately 1817 N. Clark. 

Luella's Southern Kitchen, located at 4609 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago's Lincoln Square, is a casual independent restaurant owned by Chef Darnell Reed. The restaurant opened February 3, 2015. Luella's serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; dinner is served until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. All major cards are accepted. Luella's is a BYOB establishment; no corkage fee is charged. Takeout and delivery service are available. For more information, call the restaurant at (773) 961-8196 or visit the Luella's Southern Kitchen website 


Chef/Owners Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris at Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) will honor Mother's Day with their annual, and very popular, Mother's Day Brunch, served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 10. The buffet is priced at $48 per person for adults and $18 per person for children aged 10 and under (tax, gratuity and beverage not included).


Maxwell's at the Club, located in the East Bank Club at 500 N. Kingsbury St. (telephone: 312-527-5800, ext. 301), will present its elegant annual Mother's Day Brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 10. The price is $45 for adults and $15 for children age 10 and under. 

"On Mother's Day, Maxwell's continues its tradition of serving a beautiful brunch feast that is always festive and extraordinary, and we're looking forward to greeting every Mom on this special day," said Mike Romano, Food and Beverage Director for the East Bank Club. 

Reservations are required for this very popular Easter Brunch. To make reservations, please call (312) 527-5800, extension 301, or schedule your table online HERE



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