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Five last-minute Chicago ideas for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day!


You do know it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday? Get on the phone now and make reservations. These places likely still have openings:

  1. Make it Italian Mother’s Day. Merlo Salumeria in Lincoln Park and Merlo on Maple on the Gold Coast offer three-course Mother’s Day dinners at $29 and $45 respectively. The Salumeria offers main courses including Cornish hen roasted with lemon, peppers, olives and potatoes and veal scallopine in marsala wine with asparagus and wild mushrooms. Hand-made tagliatelle with fresh black truffles, imported from Umbria, and roasted chicken legs, filled with chicken breast, house-made sausage and parmesan cheese feature on Maple. The Maple location will also be open for lunch, $34; look for entrees such as hand-made pastas with Bolognese meat sauce or house-made sausage and peas or stuffed with ricotta and tossed with sage butter.

  2. Take meat- and sweets-loving moms to Chicago Prime Steakhouse in Schaumburg, which offers all moms dining a free dessert from 3 to 9 p.m.

  3. Present Mom with a lavish groaning board buffet at Birch River Grill in Arlington Heights, which features a seafood station, salads, eggs and omelets, waffles, carving station, hot buffet, dessert station and more, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $34.95.

  4. Have a French Mother’s Day at Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen in River North, where from 11 a.m to 7 p.m., Chef Didier Durand offers a $39 menu inspired by his French mother’s recipes, including complimentary Champagne or mimosas for all mothers. Entree choices include dual eggs benedict with wild mushroom, wilted spinach, roasted potato and truffle hollandaise sauce; croque madame with smoked chicken breast, gruyere, brioche, pan-fried egg and herb salad; reclaimed coffee-rubbed organic Amish chicken, with wild onion and tomato stuffing au jus; and grilled skirt steak with duck-fat pommes frites and bearnaise sauce.

  5. Take your gardening mom to Big Bowl for dinner on Mother’s Day and she’ll get a free potted plant. In Lincolnshire, Schaumburg and River North Mom will receive a potted cilantro or Thai basil plant. Moms dining at the Gold Coast location will receive orchids.