Chicago's Ultimate Mother's Day Guide

  • 01 of 07

    Celebrating Mom's Big Day In Chicago

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    Brunch overlooking the Chicago River at Chicago Cut Steakhouse. Chicago Cut Steakhouse

    Ask any shop or restaurant owner and they'll tell you that Mother's Day weekend is their most prosperous time of year. It's grand because people want to pamper the most important women in their lives--even if she's a mother figure.

    To make matters easier, because finding that perfect way to honor her can become incredibly stressful, we've gathered a number of ideas of how you can best celebrate Mother's Day in Chicago on Sunday, May 8. That ranges from glorious brunch events to a spa afternoon guaranteed to treat her like a queen.

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  • 02 of 07

    Celebrating Mom's Big Day In Chicago: Brunch

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    Brunch at GT Fish & Oyster. Eric Kleinberg

    What's Hot: GT Fish & Oyster's special Mother's Day brunch will be served prix fixe. It will feature the likes of brioche French toast, crispy fried chicken and waffles, and GT steak and eggs. Each table will enjoy a choice of three dishes, served family style, as well as items to share, including Neuske’s bacon, country potatoes and churros with orange cream cheese. The regular brunch menu will not be available, but walk-in guests may order a la carte from the prix fixe offering. Brunch occurs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It's $45 per person; a special menu for kids 10 and under is $25. Reservations are highly recommended by calling the restaurant.

    More Like It: Our expanded, updated brunch guide showcases just about every imaginable category, including appropriate family-friendly finds and flawless chef-driven destinations. Many, of course, are near popular Chicago attractions such as Lincoln Park Zoo, the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Willis Tower.

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  • 03 of 07

    Celebrating Mom's Big Day In Chicago: Hotel Packages

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    Vincent Van Gogh exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago

    What's Hot: The art buff mom should appreciate this special, limited package showcasing the work of Vincent Van Gogh. His bedroom in Arles held special significance for the artist, and he created three distinct paintings of his most intimate space from 1888 to 1889. This exhibition--presented only at the Art Institute of Chicago--brings together all three versions of The Bedroom for the first time in North America. The Fairmont Hotel, which is less than a block away from the Art Institute, teams up with the museum for a VIP package where you'll get an overnight accommodations and two tickets to the exhibition. It's available through May 10, with rates starting at $209. Contact the hotel to book reservations.

    More Like It: See additional hotel properties offering the coolest packages in the Windy City.

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  • 04 of 07

    Celebrating Mom's Big Day In Chicago: Shopping

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    Shops at North Bridge on the Magnificent Mile. Shops at North Bridge

    What's Hot: The Shops at North Bridge boasts seven city blocks filled with 50 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, five hotels and the upscale retail store Nordstrom as its anchor. The four-level main structure, located on the Magnificent Mile, houses Nordstrom as well as the Conrad Hotel, Cadillac Luxury Lounge (where shoppers can chill out among the latest model vehicles) and Sephora. If you cannot find something here to buy for the most special woman in your life, you clearly didn't look hard enough.

    More Like It: There's even more luxury shopping on the Mag Mile, one-of-a-kind boutiques in the Southport Corridor and discount shopping in Chicagoland's top outlet malls.

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  • 05 of 07

    Celebrating Mom's Big Day In Chicago: Spas

    The Langham, Chicago Chuan Spa & Fitness Center. The Langham, Chicago

    What's Hot: The ultimate Mother's Day pampering takes place at a spa. Head to Langham Chicago's fourth floor to visit Chuan Spa & Fitness Center, a 22,000-square-foot facility with a 67-square-foot indoor pool, vitality pool, gymnasium with cardio vascular equipment and weights, and exercise studio. Separate men’s and women’s locker room feature heated loungers, a Himalayan salt sauna, Oriental steam room, herbal sauna and aromatherapy showers. Chuan Spa features traditional Chinese medicine-inspired treatments. Seven treatment rooms include the Dream Lounge with four sensory lounges that encapsulate guests in music, aroma, chrome therapy and heat and Touch Room provides manicures and pedicures. Both single and double treatment rooms are available. Find out more information about Mother's Day packages by calling the hotel.

    More Like It: Here are some of the best spas in the city, including a number of luxury hotel offerings.

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  • 06 of 07

    Celebrating Mom's Big Day In Chicago: Theater

    Paolo Montalban and Kate Baldwin in Lyric Opera's "The King and I.". Lyric Opera of Chicago

    What's Hot: Lyric Opera of Chicago's grand-scale production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, featuring Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban as Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam, opens April 29. Both Broadway and television veterans, Baldwin and Montalban should bring fresh, new energy to this timeless musical. It closes May 22.

    More Like It: Additional family-focused productions include a number of events during Shakespeare 400, plus a musical based on the life of R&B legend Dionne Warwick at Black Ensemble Theater.

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  • 07 of 07

    Celebrating Mom's Big Day In Chicago: Wine Bars

    A portion of Quartino's dining room opens to the street. Quartino

    What's Hot: Managed and owned by the team behind Gibsons Steakhouse, Quartino feels like the slick neighborhood eatery in Italy where all the locals frequent. Its well-rounded menu lists all the house-made essentials: salumi, pastas, Neapolitan pizzas and seemingly endless seasonal dishes. At the heart of the beverage program is the wine, which of course is highly Italian influenced. You may order it by the glass, bottle or quartino--of course.

    More Like It: Here are even more top wine bars your mom should adore.