Mother’s Day Roundup for 2016 - So Many Choices

Happy Mother's Day 2016, Photo: B. Keer

Looking for ideas for that special lady in your life? With Mother’s Day upon us, May 8th, it’s time to start thinking about foregoing the usual gifts and give Mom an experience she will always remember this Mother's Day. From an afternoon at the theatre to fondue and a massage, and more - check below for usual and unusual suggestions.


For the Mom who needs a little extra relaxation:


Geja's Cafe, Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

This year, Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, will treat all moms to a complimentary 5-minute massage and glass of bubbly on Sunday, May 8th. Moms will step away from the table to receive a well-deserved pampering in a secluded relaxing atmosphere with licensed massage therapists from Lincoln Park Massage Spa while they dine. The restaurant will open at 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day. For reservations, call 773.281.9101, or visit on-line at Geja’s Café webite.


For the Mom who insists on taking photos wherever you go:


Vanille, Photo :Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

This Mother’s Day, Chicago’s favorite French-inspired patisserie, Vanille, is celebrating mom with a first-of-its-kind photo contest. From Monday, April 18 to Sunday, May 8, moms and kids of all ages who stop by one of Vanille’s three Chicago locations can snap a photo of themselves enjoying any of Vanille’s artisanal specialties for the chance to win an Afternoon Tea party for ten people inside the luxurious Vanille Salon located at the Lincoln Park location, 2108 N. Clark Street. To enter the Mom, Me & Vanille Photo Contest, guests need to post their photo on Facebook or Instagram using #MomMeVanille. They must also tag Vanille at @VanilleChicago on Instagram or “Vanille Patisserie” on Facebook. The person with the photo that receives the most “likes” will be named the winner. For more information visit Vanille, or call 773.868.4574.


For the Mother who needs the stress lifted off of her shoulders:


As I’m sure you know, there’s no better gift than the gift of relaxation for a busy mom. This Mother’s Day, Massage Envy’s 44 Chicagoland locations are helping give mom even more of it with a special gift card offer.  From Friday, April 15 to Sunday, May 8, purchase $125 in gift cards, and receive a voucher for a FREE 30-minute upgrade plus a FREE Enhanced Therapy. That means mom will get 30 extra minutes of relaxation plus either Aromatherapy, Deep Muscle Therapy or Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy. For more information or to find your nearest location, visit   The Massage Envy website.


For the Mom who wants to raise a glass:


Jack's Place, Photo :Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

If you book a room at the historic Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/N Loop/Michigan Ave hotel, Mom will receive a complimentary glass of any wine in the classic hotel bar, Jack’s Place. Just steps from the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and the Theater District, the hotel opened in May 2015, featuring a grand, three-story Art Deco lobby, a 67-seat 1920’s-style cocktail bar, and intricate architectural details throughout the property. Centrally located downtown in the historic Chicago Motor Club building at 68 E. Wacker Place, this makes for the perfect Mother’s Day getaway spot. For more information or to make a reservation, call 312.419.9014 or visit their website.


For the Mother who loves tapas:


El Tapeo Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

El Tapeo’s (2100 Spring Road in Oak Brook) Mother’s Day brunch buffet takes place on Sunday, May 8 from 11am – 3pm. Reservations are $49.95 for adults, $24.95 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Book by calling 630.828.2044.


The menu includes a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar ($10 per drink), Salad Station featuring Siracha devilled eggs, Grilled Asparagus, Charred Carrot and pickled red cabbage salad, Roma tomato and mozzarella, basil and black olives, Kale and Brussel sprout Caesar Salad, cantaloupe and Serrano Ham, Tortilla Espanola; Seafood Station with Smoked Salmon platter garnished with red onions and chopped egg, Smoked Trout, pumpernickel bagels, plain bagels, dill cream cheese spread, marinated cucumbers, pickled red onions, capers, Peel and eat chilled shrimp, smoked paprika cocktail sauce, lemon wedges; Chef’s Omelet station; Fresh Fruit and Danish station; Bread and Charcuterie Station; Chef’s Carving Station with Brown Sugar roast carved Ham, Herb Marinated New York Sirloin and Leg of Lamb; Hot Food Station with Hamburguesa de Cordero, Paella de Marisco, Duck confit home fries, Zanahorias, Setas, Pollo de tomate y ajo, eggs benedict, hollandaise, seared salmon dill sauce, smoked bacon and breakfast sausages and a Dessert Station with Cheesecake, lemon tartelettes, mini crème brulee’s, fresh seasonal berries, strawberries.


For more information visit El Tapeo


For the Mother who likes to be pampered:


Spoil Mom this year with Fairmont Chicago’s Spa Retreat Package. The Package includes overnight accommodations for two in a Fairmont Guestroom and a $100 credit per room per night to be used in Fairmont’s MySpa for service. Whether you’re traveling to the city or enjoying a staycation, this spa package is sure to leave Mom feeling relaxed and special. For more information visit the Spa Retreat Package  or call 312.565.8000.


For a Mother’s Day retreat in the heart of downtown Chicago:


Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, Photo :Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

Located in the heart of the Chicago Loop, Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago offers a location that allows you and mom to get anywhere in Chicago with ease. Minutes from the theater district, Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile shopping, and many other Chicago attractions, this hip and modern hotel is perfect for the Mother who wants to explore the Windy City. For more information, visit Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago website or call 312.236.1234.



For the Mom who wants her cake and to eat it too:


Green Bean, Photo: Courtesy of Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

This Mother’s Day Green Bean Restaurant wants to make sure every Mom feels a little extra loved on her special day. The Lincoln Park restaurant that redefines delicious fast food with non-traditional, quick, healthy choices is allowing sweets for Mother’s Day and is giving away a free cake pop with any meal purchase. Green Bean is open breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers an array of healthy alternatives to the typical fast food choices. For more information visit  Green Bean website or call 773.661.2465.


For the Mom who loves the Broadway classics:


This year for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, treat Mom to an afternoon of her favorite Broadway classics performed by Chicago’s oldest musical organization, the iconic Apollo Chorus of Chicago. The performance of Apollo on Broadway will feature beloved arrangements from Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Bernstein, and Sondheim. These sophisticated arrangements will bring new interpretations to beautiful Broadway melodies in Apollo’s first-ever salute to the stage. Apollo on Broadway performs these Broadway classics for the first time everFriday, May 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, and Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park. To purchase tickets call 312.427.5620 or visit the Apollo Chorus website



For the Mother who wants to sing along:

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, Photo: Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

With its continuing success both nationwide and here in Chicago, the smash hit Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is extending its return to the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Chicago, until Sunday, May 22, 2016. This smash hitbrings the man behind the iconic music to life in an evening reflecting his remarkable journey from child immigrant to America’s most beloved and prolific songwriter. From Tin Pan Alley to Carnegie Hall, from The Great White Way to The Silver Screen, and from the pop charts to the steps of the nation’s capital, Berlin’s music provided America with the soundtrack of a century. Berlin’s catalogue includes over 1,500 songs, 18 Broadway shows, 16 feature films, 232 top 10 hits and 10 #1 hits. For show times or to purchase tickets call 312.988.9000 or visit   Ticketmaster



 For the Mom who can’t get enough of live theater:


This Mother’s Day The Marriott Theatre is offering two performances of the passionate and powerful rock opera, Evita, at both 1p.m. and 5p.m. Evita is the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Mother’s with younger children can also enjoy a morning at the theater with the final performance of the Theater for Young Audience’s silly and magical production of Cinderella…After the Ballat 10a.m. To reserve tickets call The Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or visit  The Marriott Theatre website


For those looking for a Mother’s Day show:


For Mother’s Day this year, Stage 773’s LIVINGroom presents: Throwback: Stories our Moms Love, on May 8 at 8pm. The promising highly-theatrical storytelling, inspired by actual events, is sure to keep mom engaged. The LIVINGroom’s best stories told over the years about love, dreams and family include an extremely "entrepreneurial" 6th grader, a tearful trip to grandma's, a transformation into a rock star, and more. The LIVINGroom is a conversation, blending true life with theatre to connect experiences, stories, and people. Tickets are $10. For more information visit Stage 773’s LIVINGroom website or call 773.327.5252 




 For the Mother who wants to breathe easy this year:


What better way to celebrate Mom than to ensure her home is safe and healthy? EZ Breathe is the innovative whole-house ventilation system that removes moisture, pollutants and odors which improves overall home air quality and occupant health. Bringing the freshness of healthy air into even the most damp, musty spaces, EZ Breathe is the perfect gift for the Mom who is tired of struggling with the typical dehumidifier and is looking for a solution to improve air quality in her home. For more information visit  EZ Breathe website or call 866.822.7328.



For the Mom who always has her nose in a book:


This Mother’s Day make a donation in your Mother’s name to the American Writers Museum, the first museum of its kind in the United States, opening in downtown Chicago in March 2017. Located at 180 North Michigan Avenue, this museum will engage the public in celebrating American writers, and exploring their influence on our history, identify, culture, and daily lives. The interactive high-tech museum will showcase the personal stories and literary works of diverse American writers, from Mark Twain to Dr. Suess. For more information or to make a donation, visit . American Writers Museum website



Moms Eat Free at Chop on Mother’s Day!


Mother's Day at Chop, Photo:Courtesy of Chop

What are your Mother's Day plans? You can make her breakfast in bed or take her to get free food instead! Treat the Mom in your life to a delicious brunch at Chop!


In celebration of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th, enjoy menu items such as; Steak & Eggs, Breakfast Skillet, French Toast, Chop Scotch Eggs, Crab Cake or Steak Benedict, JohnnyCakes and a Country Breakfast Sandwich.


And, a special day deserves to start with a special drink! Moms can also enjoy a complimentary Mother’s Day Mimosa!


Moms Eat Free from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm! Only one Mom per table please! Call today at 312-461-9333 to reserve your table! 1017 S. Delano Ct in the Roosevelt Collection Mall.


Happy Mother’s Day from the folks at Chop!


To learn more about Chop Steak House, please visit the ChopChicago website 


CAMPAGNE on Mother’s Day


Bistro Champagne, Photo:Courtesy of Bistro Champagne

Bistro Campagne, 4518 N. Lincoln Ave., invites all to celebrate mothers with delectable dishes and classic cocktails with a French twist at their upcoming Mother’s Day Brunch, Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  For more information or reservations, call 773.271.6100 or visit the Bistro Champagne website

A “Critic’s Pick” among the “Best Breakfasts in Chicago and the Suburbs” by Chicago Magazine, Bistro Campagne, in the heart of Lincoln Square, welcomes its guests to an authentic bistro experience. With its ‘"cozy" wood-accented environs,” (Zagat) Bistro Campagne offers brunch in a setting that allows patrons to enjoy their meal and their company. Moms can relax with a wide array of Champagne cocktails and her children can enjoy house-made biscuits and other French treats. Whether sitting inside the intimate Gallic and prairie inspired interior or outdoors in the charming courtyard surrounded by lovely spring weather, both families and mothers are sure to enjoy this Mother’s Day with a taste of the French countryside.

The Mother’s Day menu features some of Bistro Campagne’s most popular dishes and new French classics with a seasonal influence. The menu also features a variety of coffee, tea and cocktails that complement brunch.


Live and Lasting on Mother’s Day


Lots of people choose to gift flowers for mother’s day, flowers that eventually die and end up in the trash. Why not give a gift that’s pretty, practical, grows and gives all season long?


Pick a pretty pot and plant it up with your mom’s favorite herbs (or small space veggies)… put a ribbon around it and you’ve got your gift!


Mom can put this pretty and practical gift right outside the door on deck or patio for easy access while cooking up her favorite recipes.  A pretty pot full of mom’s favorite herbs makes a thoughtful, useful, eco-friendly gift for mom.  Bonnie Plants offers a wide selection of vegetable and herbs, available at garden retailers nationwide (Home Depot/Lowes/Wal-Mart).  For more information on vegetable and herb varieties, gardening tips, ideas and advice, visit Bonnie Plants website.


Bonnie Mothers Day Gift, Photo: Courtesy of Bonnie Plants

Bonnie Plants are offered in 100 percent biodegradable pots that can be placed into the soil after removing the label, drenching the pot with water and peeling off the bottom of the pot so roots come in direct contact with the soil.  Bonnie’s pots are not only convenient to plant and help prevent transplant shock; they have already prevented millions of plastic pots from ending up in landfills. Gardening with Bonnie’s eco-ingenious pots is simple, offering an easy, effective, environmentally responsible way for gardeners to “go green” at home. 


Mother’s Day Brunch


Keep the tradition of Mother’s Day brunch alive by spicing it up May 8 with the highly praised Mexican cuisine at Ixcateco Grill (3402 W. Montrose, Albany Park, 773-539-5887), named one of Chicago’s best new restaurants for 2016 by Chicago Magazine. Ixcateco Grill’s creative, seasonal menu and warm and inviting atmosphere make it the perfect place to celebrate this special day. Chef/owner Anselmo Ramirez will serve Mother’s Day specials for brunch 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as well as dinner, 5:30 to 10 p.m., on Sunday, May 8. –

Ample street parking is available. All major cards are accepted. For reservations, please call the restaurant at 773-539-5887. See more here


Mother’s Day Later


If you would prefer to celebrate Mother’s Day later in the day, Osteria La Madia’s equally delicious dinner menu is served from 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on May 8.


Remember that beginning Saturday, May 14, regular brunch service will be served on both Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 pm. For reservations at Osteria La Madia or for more information, call 312-329-0400 or visit the Osteria La Madia’s website 


Osteria La Madia also has introduced two-for-one pizzas on Mondays and beginning May 8, half-priced pasta dishes every day after 9 p.m. -


Mother’s Day on the North Shore


Prairie Grass Cafe Carmel Banana Waffle, Courtesy of Prairie Grass

Treat Mom to something special this Mother’s Day, and celebrate with the delicious and popular brunch buffet at Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. The buffet is $48 per adult and $18 per child age 10 and under (tax, gratuity, and beverage not included). Dinner specials will be offered in addition to Prairie Grass Cafe’s regular dinner menu.


Every guest will begin the feast with the Signature “PGC Benedict,” a poached egg with spinach and roasted tomato hollandaise. Then it’s on to the bountiful brunch buffet, filled with delectable spring-time favorites such as Grilled Asparagus with a lemon cream sauce and sliced radishes, an Albacore Tuna Nicoise Salad, and Crispy Lamb Rolls with a Greek yogurt sauce. 

Brunch classics will also be featured at the waffle, crepe, and omelet stations. The dessert buffet is the sweet finale and includes Chef Sarah Stegner’s “Mom’s Fruit Cream Pie.”

A Prairie Grass Cafe Omelet, Photo: Courtesy of Prairie Grass

Mother’s day evening specials include: "Cedar River" Prime Filet (8oz) with Sautéed Potatoes and Green-Garlic Chives $45 and Wild Striped Bass with Warm Pesto Asparagus & "Mighty Vine" Tomato Salad $36.

For Mother’s Day Brunch and dinner reservations or more information please call (847) 205-4433 or visit Prarie Grass Cafe website  





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