Brunch at Prime & Provisions Chicago

What would you do without Mom? She stands by you through thick and thin, wipes your tears and shares your joys. Mother's Day calls for celebrating the lady who will always love you, warts and all. Thank Mom for being there when you needed her most by taking her out to one of these 13 special spots for Mother's Day weekend in Chicago.

 

If your Mom enjoys shopping at fresh-air farmers markets...
One of my favorite rites of spring is visiting the Green City Market with my children. Bring your mom to this beautiful market on Saturday, May 7, when Chef Paul Virant of Vie Restaurant and Perennial Virant will be hosting a (free!) cooking demonstration using ingredients from the market. Be sure to pick up some fresh, local flowers as a gift for dear mom and treat her to some of the first farmers' picks of spring.

 

If your Mom loves theater...
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is currently presenting the world premiere production of Mary Page Marlowe, written by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright and ensemble member Tracy Letts. This moving, powerful production will immerse you in the life of Mary Page Marlowe, an ordinary woman from Ohio, as she struggles with self-identity and the challenge of being a mother, wife, and a woman of her own making. Seven different actors portray Mary Page Marlowe over the span of her lifetime. Mary Page Marlowe is playing now through May 29, 2016 in the Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 - $89) are available through Audience Services box office, 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.

 
For the Mom who needs a little extra relaxation...
Geja's Café (340 W. Armitage), Chicago's premier fondue and wine focused restaurant since 1965, will treat all moms to a complimentary 5-minute massage and glass of bubbly on Sunday, May 8. Moms will step away from the table to receive a well-deserved pampering in a secluded relaxing atmosphere with licensed massage therapists from Lincoln Park Massage Spa while they dine. The restaurant will open at 1 p.m. on Mother's Day. For reservations, call 773-281-9101, or visit on-line at gejascafe.com.

 

For the Mom who loves brunch with a view...
Riva Restaurant ChicagoFamilies are invited to join Riva Crab House on Navy Pier on Sunday, May 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a delicious Mother's Day brunch buffet and fantastic lakefront views. Chef Luigi Garcia will showcase an omelet station, carving station, raw bar, fresh fruit buffet, and a mouthwatering dessert display. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the main dinner menu will be served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Large parties welcome. Reservations are recommended and available at 312-644-7482.

 

If your Mom adores French cuisine...
Bistronomic (840 N. Wabash Ave.) will be offering a special seasonal French-inspired brunch menu and bottomless mimosas this Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8th, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Highlights include Chef Martial's mother's country pâté, which is created from his own mom's recipe, house cured duck confit, ahi tuna Niçoise salad, homemade savory spring crêpes, and strawberry Napoleons for dessert. Reservations available at 312-944-8400.

 

For the Mother who likes to be pampered...
Spoil Mom this year with Fairmont Chicago's Spa Retreat Package. The Package includes overnight accommodations for two in a Fairmont Guestroom and a $100 credit per room per night to be used in Fairmont's MySpa for service. Whether you're traveling to the city or enjoying a staycation, this spa package is sure to leave Mom feeling relaxed and special. For more information on the Spa Retreat Package visit fairmont.com/chicago or call 312-565-8000.

 

For the Mother who wants to sing along...
The smash hit Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is now onstage at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Chicago, until Sunday, May 8, 2016 (Mother's Day!). This glorious performance brings the man behind the iconic music to life in an evening reflecting his remarkable journey from child immigrant to America's most beloved and prolific songwriter. From Tin Pan Alley to Carnegie Hall, from The Great White Way to The Silver Screen, and from the pop charts to the steps of the nation's capital, Berlin's music provided America with the soundtrack of a century. Berlin's catalogue includes over 1,500 songs, 18 Broadway shows, 16 feature films, 232 top 10 hits and 10 #1 hits. For show times or to purchase tickets call 312-988-9000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

 

If you Mother would appreciate a chance to uncork her artistic side...
Celebrate mom this Mother's Day with a Bottle & Bottega art session, which will give mom a chance to unleash her creativity while sipping on mimosas and nibbling on bundtinis. Bottle & Bottega will provide a full array of art materials, a talented instructor, aprons and a customized take-home keepsake canvas - each guest's own painting. Locations throughout Chicagoland; 877-812-5810

 

If your Mom loves jazz...
Celebrate in style at The Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton Pl.) is hosting a classic Mother's Day Brunch featuring live jazz entertainment by the Steve Biossat Trio. A medley of palate pleasing masterpieces including made-to-order ornate omelets, fresh salad and sushi, as well as the Drake's signature dishes, await moms and kids of all ages. A children's room with a theater, balloon specialist, caricature artist, and face painter will also be on hand so Mom can dine in peace. To reserve, call 312-932-4323.


If your Mom loves flowers...solarise at Garfield Park Conservatory

Treat mom to an entire conservatory of flowers at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The 2016 Spring Show, colorise, honors Luftwerk's conservatory-wide installation solarise. Azaleas, spring bulbs and perennials will fill mom's heart with the joy of spring. The show extends through Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8. Garfield Park Conservatory, 100 N. Central Park Ave.; 312-746-5092; garfield-conservatory.org

 

For the Mom who loves a hearty brunch buffet...
Prime & Provisions (222 N. LaSalle Street) will be hosting a gourmet brunch buffet from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. This modern new steakhouse sits just off the downtown Riverwalk, offering the perfect opportunity to stroll the waterfront esplanade for an architectural eye-opener. But first start with the feast: an indulgent raw bar, beautifully adorned with fresh shrimp, oysters, crab and smoked salmon. The bountiful buffet will be filled with delectable morning favorites too such as eggs benedict and cinnamon French toast. Steakhouse classics will also be featured at the all-natural, gourmet carving stations, including prime rib and glazed ham as well as chicken Vesuvio and smoked mustard-glazed salmon. For Mother's Day Brunch reservations, call 312-726-777 or book online through OpenTable or pre-paid ticketing options at primeandprovisions.com/mothersday.

 

For the Mom-To-Be...
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago recently launched a package specifically for moms-to-be—the Blu Baby Bliss babymoon package.This is the perfect package is the perfect getaway for couples to celebrate the first of many Mother’s Days to come. Escape from the stresses of baby-proofing and family preparation to revel in impending parenthood from the comfort of a business class room, offering floor to ceiling views of the city, and more. You'll have access to the Business Class Lounge on the 17th floor, featuring continental breakfast in the morning and refreshments and snacks in the evening; the Mom-to-be will enjoy a $50 gift certificate to Anna George Salon, just walking distance from the hotel a onesie will be gifted for the baby-to-be as a special keepsake. 

 

For the Mom who loves a good Broadway show...
Give mom the treat of a Broadway show coupled with time spent with you and gift her with season tickets to Broadway in Chicago. Upcoming shows in the city's downtown historic theatre district include Chicago, Hamilton, Disenchanted and The Sound of Music. For more info, broadwayinchicago.com/tickets/season-tickets.

 

Photo credits: Prime & Provisions, Riva Crab House, Garfield Park Conservatory (Adam Alexander)