Free Brunch/Dinner and Gift Ideas About Mothers Day in Chicago

Are you looking for somewhere special in Chicago or the suburbs to take your mother for Mothers Day 2012?  Whether your idea of the perfect gift is a day of pampering mom at her favorite spa, or maybe just spending quality family time together, the Windy City presents a variety of different choices. Chicago hosts a variety of Mother’s Day-themed brunches, events, and specials, giving you plenty of options for spending an afternoon (or weekend!) spoiling mom.   Look no further as we have assembled a number of excellent resources for you to peruse.

Moms go free at Medieval Times restaurants this weekend with a paid admission


Click here for an Examiner rundown on for gluten-free options in Chicago on Mothers Day.


This Mother’s Day, whether your mom prefers a champagne brunch or a swanky dinner, OpenTable restaurants are ready to roll out the red carpet. Many restaurants are offering FREE mimosas, Bloody Marys, and champagne for moms on Mother’s Day.


How about treating mom to a picnic outside to enjoy the weather and nature. Mom can kick back, relax and still enjoy spending time with her family. She’ll enjoy homemade sandwiches Dad can make with the kids, or if that’s too adventuresome there are plenty of places where you can pick up some nice sandwiches and sides to take along with you.   CBS 2 Chicago has some places in mind.


Maybe your mom does not fit the typical mold.  Try something different this year for Mother’s Day. Chicago Now has some ideas for moms of all types. Try one on for size to see if it fits your mom.


Forget giving your mom the standard chocolate and flowers this Mother’s Day. Chicago moms deserve something a little more special and a bit more extravagant. If your mom enjoys whipping up a delicious meal, running around the gym after a long day or creating a piece of art to show off to her family and friends, CBS 2 Chicago’s gift guide has you covered.



The American version of Mother’s Day was started by Anna Marie Jarvis, after the death of her own mother in 1905. To honor all mothers, Jarvis asked people to wear white carnations on the second Sunday in May. The first observances were held in Grafton, West Virginia, where her late mother had lived.   By 1908 Mother’s Day was being celebrated in Philadelphia, San Francisco and a few other places. Meanwhile, Jarvis worked to spread the holiday. She sent pamphlets to women’s clubs in various cities, asking for help.    In Chicago, the Mother’s Day cause was taken up by Sarah Warrell. On May 4, 1909, the Tribune ran a short interview in which she described the holiday.



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