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10 Chicago Mother’s Day freebies

Foccacia at the Mag Mile's Oak Tree. The restaurant and bakery offers a free loaf to moms dining in on Mother's Day.

Foccacia at the Mag Mile's Oak Tree. The restaurant and bakery offers a free loaf to moms dining in on Mother's Day.

Cherishing your mother needn’t break the budget. Just about every restaurant in town is offering brunch or dinner specials for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, but these sweeten the pot with free items for Mom. Reservations recommended.

  1. Free Chinese entree. Sister restaurants Koi in Evanston and Chens in Wrigleyville offer a free entree from their Chinese Plate menu to moms with the purchase of two other meals. Moms also get a chance to win a $200 gift certificate to Tiffany & Co.

  2. Free wine. German eatery Mirabell in Irving Park opens for Mother’s Day from noon to 8 p.m. All moms get a free glass of wine.

  3. Free chocolates. Nia Mediterranean Tapas in the West Loop will serve a special five-course menu centered on a choice of Swan Creek Cornish hen or wild Alaskan salmon, $49, from noon to 10 p.m., with complimentary Norman Love Chocolates for all mothers.

  4. Free bread. Oak Tree Restaurant & Bakery on the Magnificent Mile will present every mom who dines in on Mother’s Day a free “ginormous” loaf of its artisanal bread to take home. Moms can choose from asiago onion garlic, caraway rye, country white, foccacia, French flute, honey wheat, sourdough boule, jalapeno cheddar, kalamata sourdough, onion pumpernickel, potato cheddar, raisin pumpernickel, sourdough and onion scallion rye.

  5. Free cruise. The Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue Lake Michigan cruise ships will all celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch and dinner launches from Navy Pier. Moms cruise and eat free on any of the ships with a purchase of three adult tickets.

  6. Free barbecue. Q-BBQ in LaGrange offers free lunch or dinner to moms dining in with friends or families on Mother’s Day. Menu options include traditional Texas-style barbecue items, hickory ribs, corn bread, macaroni and cheese, brisket and pulled pork.

  7. Free brunch. Red Canary in River West offers moms dining in with a party of four or more a free brunch entree, served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including egg dishes, “syrup-worthy specialties,” salads and sandwiches.

  8. Free kir royal. Retro Bistro in Mount Prospect will offer a special Mother’s Day, $39, three-course prix-fixe menu from 1 through 8 p.m. Moms get a free champagne kir royal imperial.

  9. Free $25 gift card. Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont offers every mom dining on Mother’s Day a $25 gift card for another visit. In addition to regular dining, the restaurant offers a $75 dinner-and-show package featuring entertainer Ron Hawking at 3 p.m.

  10. Free $25 gift certificate. Shaw’s Crab House in River North and Schaumburg offers a $45 buffet from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. with classic breakfast fare, omelet and waffle station, cold seafood bar, desserts and more. Kids under 12 eat free and all moms will receive a $25 Shaw’s Crab House gift certificate for future use.