And just like that, Mother’s Day is around the corner! What a year it’s been, which gives us that much more reason to celebrate that special woman or motherly figure in our lives. Whether you are toasting to your mother, aunt, grandmother, or anyone else you hold near and dear to you, these Chicagoland venues and shops have all the makings of an unforgettable holiday. From cruises on the Chicago River to an elevated High Tea event, check out the list below that has something for everyone.
The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare
The hotel, located at 5200 Pearl St. in Rosemont, along with their contemporary first floor bar and restaurant, Thorn Restaurant & Lounge, will be offering an exclusive Mother’s Day High Tea for moms of all types this year. They will have a Mother’s Day High Tea, $60 a person or $30 for ages 12 & under, with two seating’s available at 11 a.m., and again at 2 p.m. and will include complimentary parking, live music from local musician Dina Bach, and a curated menu to set the scene of an elevated high tea. Those families looking for a complete Mother’s Day experience can also opt for the Mother’s Day Package at The Rose Hotel, available all weekend long, which includes tickets for two to High Tea, as well shopping coupons to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, a one-night stay at the hotel, continental breakfast for two, and much more. For more information or to book, visit www.the-rose-hotel.com/save.
The top online and in-store destination for cards, gifts, wrap and more, offers a top-notch selection to find the perfect gift for every mama, grandma, aunt, sister or parent that deserves some celebration this holiday. From a “Super Mom” mug to the wildly popular “I Feel Personally Victimized by My Own Child” candle currently breaking the internet, Paper Source is a one-stop shop for gifts this year. To shop, visit www.papersource.com.
Toast to mom over the city’s best view of Lake Michigan at the buzzed-about new Lírica, 900 E. Grand Ave., on Navy Pier. Lakefront views and Latin-American inspired fare create the perfect symphony at this hot spot, which features an open-kitchen concept, floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious 150-seat outdoor patio right on the water. To make a reservation, please visit www.liricarestaurant.com.
Fulton Market Kitchen
The perfect high-style destination for the art loving moms out there, Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N. Sangamon, is accepting reservations for their delicious Sunday brunch this Mother’s Day. With new 4-star Executive Chef Jonathan Harootunian at the helm, the vibrant restaurant has rolled out an all-new menu to enjoy including a variety of refined, seasonal dishes and locally-sourced cocktails. To make a reservation, please visit www.fultonmarketkitchen.com.
Toast to Mom overlooking spectacular views of Chicago’s skyline at Kennedy Rooftop, 1551 W. North Ave. One of Chicago’s hottest rooftop decks, Kennedy offers a delicious brunch menu developed by Executive Chef Kus Folkers and a unique variety of signature cocktails – each presidentially named as an homage to their namesake. The venue is first come first served, and brunch service will be available from 11 am – 4 pm. For more information, please visit www.kennedyrooftop.com.
Oaken Bistro + Bar
Mother‘s Day on the North Shore means brunch at the brand-new Oaken Bistro + Bar, 200 N. Field Dr. Led by Executive Chef Kristen Burman, the restaurant and bar will offer an elevated three course prix-fixe brunch menu for $35 per person. Treat mom to a signature herbal cocktail on the outdoor patio in addition to the delicious special menu including Rock Shrimp & Lobster Crepes or a Seasonal Vegetable Frittata. Now through July 7, in partnership with Allendale Shelter Club, a local Lake Forest non-profit dedicated to serving youth of Illinois with serious emotional, mental health and behavioral challenges, diners will receive 50% off their meal or have the opportunity to donate their discount in support. For reservations and the complete Mother‘s Day menu, please visit www.oakenbistro.com
Mama Mia! Sicily meets South Loop at Pacino’s, located within Roosevelt Collection Shops at 1010 S. Delano Ct. Open for dinner service with a spacious covered outdoor pergola, Pacino’s offers a wide range of classically-inspired antipasti, pizza, salads, seafood, fresh pastas and more. To make a reservation, please visit www.pacinoschicago.com.
City Cruises announced its Chicago port will be offering specialty cruises celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9. Mom, grandmother, aunt, or any Mom figure you hold near and dear to you, will be swept off their feet this upcoming holiday with an exclusive brunch or dinner cruise aboard the signature glass Odyssey Chicago River vessel, paired with a selection of specialty cocktails and city views to make them swoon. All cruises depart at the Chicago River Esplanade, right in front of the NBC Tower on the River (north side) or 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visitcityexperiences.com or call (888) 957-2634.
Sable at Navy Pier
Sable at Navy Pier, the first hotel to break ground and make waves on one of the city’s most iconic and historic landmarks, offers families looking for a unique staycation the weekend of Mother’s Day, with sweeping, unparalleled views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, truly unlike any other. With lush accommodations mixed with elegance and comfort, moms of all calibers can enjoy floor to ceiling windows, spacious living rooms, serenity beds, and so much more. For more information, visit sablehotel.com.
Those looking to treat that special woman in their life with decadent fondue is invited to stop by Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, who will be open for indoor dining service on Mother’s Day, with each person receiving a complimentary glass of Gruet Sparking Rose, or Töst, a non-alcoholic sparkling, upon entry. Those looking to celebrate from the comfort of their homes this year can also opt for Geja’s @ Home Experience, which provides all the makings of a three-course fondue experience at home, along with a complimentary bottle of Gruet Sparkling Rose with every 2-4 Premier dinners purchased, or a bottle of Töst with every Premier Dinner purchased. Geja’s will also be offering their Geja’s Kabob Kits to go, each feeding two comfortably, along with either a bottle of Geja’s signature Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon wines to complete the meal. For reservations or to book, please visit gejascafe.com.
Water’s Edge, located within The Hyatt Lodge, 2815 Jorie Boulevard in Oakbrook, is inviting patrons to join in on their Mother’s Day celebrations with $3 mimosas, along with a selection of brunch-themed specials including a Chicken and Waffles dish complete with a house-made bourbon syrup. Outdoor lakefront patio dining will be available to make the day even more memorable, with families enjoying the beautiful nature and swans on the serene lake as their backdrop. For more information, please call 630.568.1234 or visit their website by clicking here.
Offshore Rooftop & Bar
Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop deck and one of Chicago’s most exciting hotspots located at Navy Pier, is the prime location to enjoy spectacular views with an equally spectacular menu this Mother’s Day. Boasting over 56,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, this year-round rooftop destination will offer families a truly unique opportunity to enjoy that special woman in their lives. Signature, Instagrammable drinks are also available including a lychee-style cocktail, a fruit-forward cocktail served in a bag, and much more. Parking for Offshore is available in the East Garage located on the North Dock of Navy Pier. For more information, please visit www.drinkoffshore.com.
Roosevelt Collection Shops
Head over to the South Loop shopping center for the perfect gift for Mom! From locally owned shops like Sultry Steps or Love Peridot to The Container Store and Victoria’s Secret, the shopping & lifestyle center offers a wide variety of gifts, apparel and accessories to make for a memorable gift. Better yet, treat Mom to a shopping spree and day hanging out at the center’s plaza or spacious rooftop area! For a full list of shops, please visit www.rooseveltcollection.com.