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21 freebies for Mother’s Day in Chicago

Happy Mother’s Day!

You could take your mom out for the usual Mother’s Day brunch this Sunday, May 9, but why not go where she’ll get a little something extra?

  1. Athena Greek Restaurant, Greektown: All mothers will receive a $10 Athena gift certificate with the a la carte menu as well as with the $19.95 family-style meal.

  2. Ben Pao, River North: From 1 to 9 p.m. moms get a take-home pail full of house-made “Cookies of Good Fortune” and a Ben Pao gift certificate. Both a la carte and $18.95 group sharing Chinese menus are available.

  3. Carnivale, River West: Offering a special a la carte Latin brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carnivale will give mothers a $15 gift certificate.

  4. Chens Chinese and Sushi, Wrigleyville: Mom’s entree from the Chinese Plate menu is free when dining with at least two companions.

  5. Dunlays on Clark, Lincoln Park: With brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., moms get free rein of the $10 dessert buffet, as well as free flowers.

  6. The Epicurean, Hillside: Along with its all-day, $15.95 Hungarian Mother’s Day brunch, The Epicurean offers a free program of gypsy music by Alex Udvary.

  7. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, River North and Lincolnshire: Free $25 gift certificate for moms with brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  8. Geja’s Cafe, Lincoln Park: Open from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day with its regular fondue menu, Geja’s will treat dining moms to a free 5-minute massage by a licensed massage therapist from Lincoln Park Massage Spa.

  9. Koi , Evanston: Mom’s entree from the Chinese Plate menu is free when dining with at least two companions.

  10. Luxbar, Gold Coast: Mothers can quaff a complimentary mimosa with the purchase of any brunch entree.

  11. Macello, West Loop: Moms get a free prosecco mimosa with the $35 prix-fixe Italian menu.

  12. McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, Loop, Streeterville, Oak Brook, Rosemont, Schaumburg and Skokie: Free dessert for mom with any meal.

  13. Morton Arboretum, Lisle: Show mom the beauties of nature and take her to brunch at the Ginkgo Restaurant ($43, seatings at 8:30 and 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m.) and for pampering with a free, two-minute hand massage with samples of Thymes lotions from the Arboretum Store (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

  14. Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue cruises, Navy Pier: Free dinner and cruise for mom with purchase of three other dinner-cruise tickets.

  15. Rosewood Restaurant, Rosemont: Moms get a $25 Rosewood gift certificate with any meal from noon to 8 p.m.

  16. Shaw’s Crab House, River North and Schaumburg: Moms will receive a $25 Shaw’s gift certificate plus a free mimosa or bloody Mary with the $49 seafood brunch buffet, served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  17. Shedd Aquarium, Museum Campus: Free admission for mom with coupon and the purchase of an adult admission.

  18. SugarToad , Naperville: With the three-course, $35 brunch, served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., moms will receive a free heirloom tomato plant in a ceramic pot. Chef Geoff Rhyne started the plants from seed about a month ago.

  19. Theatre Building Chicago, Lakeview: The first 25 mothers who arrive at the 2:30 p.m. production of Porchlight Music Theatre’s Stephen Sondheim classic “Into the Woods” will receive a gift bag of gourmet Candyality treats.

  20. Zed451, River North: Free mimosa and a gift for mothers with $24 brunch, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  21. Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar, River North: Free mimosa for mom with the $22 three-course Mexican brunch menu, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.