What would you do without Mom? She changed your diapers and nursed you through your first breakup, and she'll forever be your No. 1 fan. Chicago rolls out the red carpet for moms on Mother's Day with festive brunches and other sweet treats. Here are seven ways to spoil mom with a Mother's Day in Chicago — Sunday, May 14!


For the Mom that would appreciate traveling back in time to Chicago's Gilded Age . . .

Mother's Day Tea at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Tea at Driehaus Museum Chicago

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum offers visitors a glimpse into Gilded Age Chicago. Located just steps away from the Mag Mile, the interior of this beautiful mansion features a fascinating collection of period furniture, decorative arts and stained glass.


The annual Mother’s Day Tea* is hosted in the historic Ballroom: Enjoy live music as you indulge in seasonal scones, cake breads, tea sandwiches and a variety of sweets. Hats are optional, but encouraged, and if you don't have a fancy hat, don't despair: The Chicago Millinery Collective will be on hand with some of their magnificent creations for sale. 


Post-tea, take time to explore the museum's special exhibition, L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters, which features 45 posters dating from 1875 to 1910 created by five grand masters: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. 


*Note the Mother's Day Tea event is now sold out. Please call 312-482-8933 ext. 21 to be added to the wait list. To purchase tickets or for information on upcoming programs, including exhibition-related events and guided tours, visit DriehausMuseum.org

Driehaus Museum  |  40 E. Erie Street  |  (312) 482-8933  |  DriehausMuseum.org




For the Mom that loves all things Italian . . .

Tuscany on Taylor 

Tuscany Restaurant

On Sunday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to close, Tuscany Restaurant on Taylor Street will feature an a la carte Mother's Day brunch and dinner menu created by Executive Chef Victorio Padilla.


Expect all your brunch favorites, with an Italian twist, including Torta di Granchio (crab cakes), Bue alla Benedict (seared beef tenderloin, poached egg, hollandaise sauce on an English muffin and served with breakfast potatoes), Agnello (roasted leg of lamb served with mash potatoes) and everybody's favorite, Lasagna Bolognese. Save room for the Crostata al Cioccolato, a white and dark chocolate mousse pie with fresh berries. 


Tuscany Restaurant  |  1014 W. Taylor Street  |  (312) 829-1990  |  tuscanychicago.com




For the Mom that always manages to stand upright and strong in this topsy-turvy world . . . 

Upside Down Tea at Virgin Hotel Chicago  

Upside Down Tea at Virgin Hotels Chicago


Virgin Hotels Chicago offers a playful and nontraditional take on afternoon tea service with their Mother's Day Upside Down Tea experience in the hotel’s sleek second floor bar and gathering space, The Commons Club.


Toast mom with inventive, tea-based cocktails using Rare Tea Cellar teas and a variety of spirits and champagne served in beautiful mix-n-match teapots and teacups. Guests can opt for boozy tea or nonalcoholic tea and have the option to add on a delicious spread of sweet and savory tea bites created by Chef Rebecca LaMalfa.


Reservations are encouraged; call 312-940-4747.


Virgin Hotel Chicago  |  203 N. Wabash Avenue  |  (312) 940-4400  |  virginhotels.com




For the Mom that appreciates an extensive brunch buffet . . . 

Seven Lions 


Seven Lions ChicagoSeven Lions, located in a landmark building on Chicago's magnificent Michigan Avenue, will be hosting a Mother’s Day buffet-style brunch to celebrate mom's favorite holiday. This family-friendly dining experience offers a spread filled with egg dishes, artisanal cheese and charcuterie, pastas, salads, pastries and more.
Executive Chef Patrick Russ will also have a prime rib carving station set up for diners to get their meat fix, while a mini desserts bar will satisfy mom’s sweet tooth. And, of course, Mom always needs a cocktail! Seven Lions will have Mimosa pitchers ($18) and a signature Bloody Mary bar for sipping on this special day.
Take mom on a stroll through Millennium Park or pay a visit to see her most beloved masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago—both are just steps away from Seven Lions.
Reservations can be made by calling 312-880-0130.


Seven Lions  |  130 S. Michigan Avenue  |  (312) 880-0130  |  sevenlionschicago.com 




For the Mom that loves Taco Tuesday—and Sunday . . .



Mercadito Chicago, River North’s upscale, authentic Mexican restaurant, will be hosting a special four-course Mother's Day brunch featuring the best dishes of Mexico.
Guests may choose four entrees from the following options created by Chef Patricio Sandoval: 
  • Huevos Rancheros (sunny-side up eggs, soft corn tortilla, black bean hash, salsa roja, salsa verde)
  • Huevos Ahogados (poached eggs, crispy corn bread, chipotle-hollandaise sauce),
  • Tacos de Huevo (scrambled egg, pico de gallo, black bean hash, chile de árbol salsa, avocado and queso fresco),
  • Estrellados y Tampiqueña (sunny-side up eggs, rosemary-marinated skirt steak and potato-poblano rajas),
  • Huevos al Gusto (eggs any style, Mexican bread, add Mexican cheese and your choice of chorizo or smoked bacon) or
  • Carnitas Hash con Huevo (crispy potato, braised pork, fried egg and onion). 

Sweeter options include Mercadito’s Pancakes (manchego cheese, strawberries, cinnamon butter, maple syrup) or the Pan Mexicano (Mexican French toast, cajeta and apple). Or choose from a selection of tacos; sides such as Chilaquiles (corn tortilla chips, Mexican cheese, crema fresca, choice of creamy tomatillo sauce or roja sauce—add fried egg for $2); Enchiladas (shredded chicken, four chiles roasted tomato sauce and Mexican cheese).

To make your Mother’s Day reservations, call (312) 329-955.

Mercadito  |  108 W. Kinzie Street  |  (312) 329-9555  |  mercaditorestaurants.com




For the Mom that deserves a little pampering and a decadent fondue celebration...

Geja's Café

Geja's Cafe Chicago

Geja’s Café, Lincoln Park's iconic fondue restaurant, will treat all moms to a little extra pampering on Sunday, May 14th. All moms are invited to relax and celebrate with complimentary champagne and then step away from their fondue for a complimentary 5-minute massage in a secluded relaxing atmosphere with licensed massage therapists from Lincoln Park Massage Spa.
The restaurant will open at 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Afterwards, take a stroll at the nearby Lincoln Park Zoo, located just steps away. Reserve online or call 773-281-9101.

Geja's Cafe  |  340 W. Armitage Avenue  |  (773) 281-9101  |  gejascafe.com




For the mom that needs a Mag Mile getaway . . .

InterContinental Chicago

Surprise mom and celebrate the holiday in style with a weekend stay at InterContinental Chicago, located just off the Magnificent Mile. Mom will be welcomed the right way, with a bottle of champagne and strawberries waiting in room.

For dinner, plan on dining at the in-house Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, which will be offering a special Mother’s Day menu all day long, and present Mom with a rose to remember the occasion. Or step onto the patio at ENO, the hotel's wine lounge, for a glass of wine and complimentary chocolate. Relaxing and rejuvenating massage and skin care treatments at the hotel’s spa will leave her feeling refreshed and ready to take on the hectic summer months.

InterContinental Chicago  |  505 N. Michigan Avenue  |  (312) 944-4100  |  icchicagohotel.com
More ideas include a Mother's Day on the lake with a Spirit of Chicago Cruise or Odyssey Lake Michigan, or even a 24K Gold Spa Treatment at JW Marriott Chicago! Do you have special plans with mom in Chicago this Mother's Day? Share them in the comments.