Mother's Day Dining Guide 2018

Mother's Day is a serious matter. Not only for the obvious fact that it’s important to show your mom how much you care for her and appreciate her, but it’s pretty much the Super Bowl of brunch. As the biggest brunch holiday of the year, it's pivotal you get Mother's Day right. Fortunately, you can't walk one block without hitting a Mother's Day brunch menu in Chicago. But since the task of finding that sweet spot can be massively overwhelming in Chicago, we’ve curated a roundup of some surefire hits. 


Baptiste & Bottle
Baptiste & Bottle; photo by Kailley Lindman

BLVD: If you’re looking to really wow your mom (as you should), you can’t beat BLVD. The ritzy, vintage Hollywood-inspired restaurant really brings the wow factor, and just the right amount of pomp and circumstance that she deserves. In addition to its regular dinner menu, the West Loop gem will offer a three-course prix fixe shared brunch menu for $55 per person on May 13. Dishes to indulge in include cured salmon toast with pickled beets, arugula, house yogurt and dill; sourdough Jonny cakes with blueberry sauce and honey; oeufs en meurette with red wine-poached eggs, chorizo, roasted red peppers and baby arugula; and croque madame with black forest ham, gruyere, truffle mornay and quail egg. Bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas will also be available for $30. 

Baptiste & Bottle: For $65 per person, guests can feast their way through a spree of savory and sweet dishes at this gorgeous high-flying restaurant in the Conrad Chicago hotel, overlooking the Magnificent Mile. Available from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., the menu includes one “mom-osa” per mom and choice of entree, plus access to stations like a boozy waffle bar. It’s basically a brunch dream come true, featuring options like chocolate chip-Kahlua Belgian waffles and buckwheat waffles with vodka-cured lox. There’s an additional bottomless Baptiste Bloody bar for $26.  

Artango Bar & Steakhouse: Treat mom to a little live Latin jazz this Mother’s Day at Artango, where a prix fixe menu will be accompanied by smooth tunes. Diners get to choose their dishes for each course, with options like lobster bisque and empanadas to start, followed by entrees like grilled salmon, a rib-eye and pasta de langosta. For dessert, there’s chocolate cake, flan or Argentine gelato. The cost is $55 per adult and $20 for children 12 and younger. The live jazz starts at 6:00 p.m. 

Formento’s: Another prix fixe brunch option is on hand at Formento’s, offering an Italian spin on the occasion with dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes, mortadella and egg sandwiches and an antipasti omelette. There are also savory starters to share, and moms will get a free beverage of their choice. The cost for the brunch is $49 for adults, $20 for kids 10 and older, and free for those nine and younger. 

Geja’s Cafe: Fondue and massages are on deck at Geja’s Cafe, where mom can indulge in two of life’s most supreme comforts at one convenient brunch. All moms dining at the restaurant on Mother’s Day will step away from the table to get a five-minute massage in a massage chair in a private area, plus a free glass of wine. A licensed massage therapist from Massage House will be on site making the rounds, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Found Kitchen and Social House: There’s a slew of unique specials happening at this Evanston institution for the Mother’s Day buffet, which will be loaded up with the likes of egg shakshuka, roasted leg of lamb with mint chutney and wood-roasted Great Lakes whitefish. The cost for the buffet, which runs from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., is $39 for adults, $18 for kids and free for children five and younger.