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Celebrating Mom

By published April 12, 2024

Mother’s Day is an annual celebration honoring motherhood and the special moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and other special mother figures in our lives. Since 1914, Mother’s Day has been an official holiday in the United States. This year, the holiday falls on Sunday, May 12. Celebrate all moms this year with these magnificent Chicago Southland offerings!


A “mother lode” of meals

Treat mom to a delicious meal at any of these Chicago Southland restaurants that are serving up Mother’s Day specials on Sunday, May 12.

Have a wild time at Brookfield Zoo Chicago’s Mother’s Day brunch! Head over to the Discovery Center for live music, bottomless mimosas, a gift for all moms in attendance and, of course, an outstanding brunch buffet! Seating times are 9AM, 10:30AM, 12PM and 1:30PM. Tickets will be available soon on the Brookfield Zoo Chicago website.

Add an Irish twist to Mother’s Day this year with a buffet meal at Chicago Gaelic Park in Oak Forest! Chicken Vesuvio, sauerkraut, potatoes, roast beef and more will be available, along with a special children’s buffet and dessert bar. Diners can enjoy these delicious offerings for $42 per adult and $18 per child 12 and under. Buy your tickets online today!

Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe in Burbank will host a Mother’s Day Buffet from 10AM to 3PM. Mom can choose between indulgent breakfast items like bananas foster French toast and eggs benedict, or savory lunch staples like BBQ pulled pork or smoked chicken. Reservations are required, so be sure to call 708-229-8700 to save your spot!

If mom would rather stay in, Chuck’s will also be offering catering packages! This $210 package serves 8-10 people and features beef brisket, BBQ pulled pork and smoked ham, plus five side dishes. Additional meat items, sides and a la carte soups are also available to add to each catering package. Orders will be accepted until capacity is reached. Call Chuck’s at 708-229-8700 to place your catering orders! Full buffet and catering menus plus additional information can be found on ChucksCafeBurbank.com!

Swing by Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Palos Park for their annual Mother’s Day brunch buffet. This year’s menu includes breakfast items like skillet breakfast potatoes and Belgian waffles, along with lunch options such as chef-card prime rib, chicken paprikash and more. A children’s menu and dessert options are also available. See the full menu on Cog Hill’s website. Reservations are required; call 866-COG-HILL, ext. 1301 to save your spot today!

It comes from the heart if it comes from Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant this Mother’s Day! Stop by the Orland Park or New Lenox locations for a decadent meal perfectly paired with sumptuous wine. Let mom sit back and relax and choose from seasonal chef recommendations or her favorite Cooper’s Hawk classics. Mother’s Day reservations are available now on the Cooper’s Hawk website.

Fountain Hills Golf Club in Alsip will be serving breakfast and lunch options on Mother’s Day, beginning at 11:30AM. The delicious brunch will include an omelet station, spiral ham, pasta and more. Reservations are required! Call 708-388-4653, ext. 403 to save your spot today!

Show your mère how much you care with an extravagant brunch buffet at La Voûte Restaurant inside the beautiful La Banque Hotel in Homewood! This culinary experience crafted by La Voûte’s executive chef Juan Obando will also include endless mimosas for just $15 per person. Adult meals are $65 each and children ages 5-12 years can dine for $35 each. Three seating options are available between 10 AM and 6 PM. Reserve your spot now by calling 708-798-6000!

In Blue Island, Ophelia’s Banquets will be offering live entertainment by Javon Watson and dancing during their Mother’s Day celebration! Delicious food will be served to those in attendance. For diners ages 14 and up, tickets are $50, and for those ages 8-13, tickets are $25. The festivities kick off at 2:00PM. Reservations are recommended! Save your table or seats today by calling 1-800-OPHELIA (674-3542).

Thornton Distilling Co. will host a Mother’s Day brunch, featuring a special menu in addition to the full menu’s regular offerings. Treat mom to specials like avocado toast, breakfast chilaquiles or bananas foster pancakes. Don’t forget the drink specials! Raise a glass to mom and sip on a Queenie (pecan bourbon whiskey, coffee and half and half topped with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel) or an aptly named Mommy’s Little Helper (silver rum, dragon fruit syrup, fizz, lime and mint). Make your reservations online now via Toast.

In University Park, the University Park Golf Club will serve a special Mother’s Day brunch from 1PM to 5PM. While the menu is still TBD, this event will feature a fun fashion show and a live band! For more information, please visit the event’s online listing.

Enjoy an unforgettable day of wine tasting and blending at the first winery in Chicago, Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery! Mom will love the mouthwatering delights specially designed to complement Wild Blossom’s wine. Plus, after a delicious wine tasting and brunch, each guest will have the chance to become a winemaker for the day and concoct their own unique blend! Seats are limited, so be sure to make your reservations soon. Tickets may be purchased online for $65 per person.

Visit our dining page for even more Chicago Southland-area restaurants that will be serving up craveable cuisine this Mother’s Day—and year-round!


Mother’s Day Month

Celebrate mothers all month long with these special “mom-umental” events!

Kick off May with a Mother-Daughter Tea Party at the Matteson Community Center (20642 Matteson Avenue) on Saturday, May 4. Experience the classic tradition of tea and the warmth of treasured relationships at this delightful event, crafted to honor the special bond between mothers and daughters in an elegant and charming atmosphere. Enjoy tea from 12PM to 2:30PM! Call 708-441-4500 for more information.

Add some sweetness to your celebration with Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery’s Mother’s Day Cookie Decorating & Wine Night on Thursday, May 9. You and mom will enjoy a cookie decorating class from 6PM to 7:30PM, during which you’ll learn several different techniques to decorate six cookies for you to take home. Plus, head over early or stay late to enjoy a delicious meal! Registration is $25 per person. Call 708-957-2739 for more information.

Enjoy a fun game of Mother’s Day Bingo hosted by the Village of Lynwood on Friday, May 10 from 12PM to 2PM! Contact Bianca Kidd for more information at bkidd@villageoflynwood.net.

Gather for an elegant Mother’s Day Tea Party at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center in Olympia Fields! On Saturday, May 11 from 10:30AM to 11:30AM and 1PM to 2PM, lemonade, tea, light snacks and desserts will be served. Fun activities will include games and a “Best Hat” contest for both adult and child participants! Pricing is per table ($50 – $60) and a maximum of five guests can be seated per table. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors. For more information or to book your table, please visit the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District website.

Moms can play a free round of mini golf at both Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park & Picnics in Joliet and Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center in Burbank on Sunday, May 12! From 12PM to 8PM (both locations) moms are invited to enjoy a game of miniature golf with one child or grandchild for free! Check out the Joliet and Burbank event listings for more information.

Take a hike – with mom! On Sunday, May 12, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont will host a Wildflower Walk, beginning at 1PM. You and mom can enjoy a relaxing hike in Mother Nature while looking for wildflowers and learning how to identify these ephemeral beauties. This event is free, but registration is required! Please call 630-257-2045 to register.


Spend some money on your mommy!

What better way to celebrate mom than by spoiling her with unique treats?

On Saturday, May 11, begin the Mother’s Day festivities one day early with an indoor market at the Roma Sports Club in Frankfort. Hosted by The Red Bird Market Inc., this event will feature local vendors and crafters from 10AM to 3PM. Admission is $4 per person. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

Lotton Art Glass Gallery & Studios in Crete is world-famous for their beautiful, hand-blown glass works of art. Mom will love touring the gallery and studio, and taking in the stunning works of art. Lamps, bowls, vases and more will dazzle! Pieces are available for purchase in the gallery.

Plenty of other shopping opportunities abound, with unique stores all over the area.

Moms who are also theater buffs will love to attend a local performance! With an abundance of theaters throughout the Chicago Southland, this gift is sure to be just the ticket. Don’t forget about fine and performing arts centers, live music venues and art galleries!

Is mom a wine enthusiast? Treat her to a bottle from Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant (Orland Park or New Lenox) or let her choose her own treat with a festive gift card. Plus, Mother’s Day-themed mementos are also available in their retail collection. Shop small at local wineries, such as Vintrendi Wine Company (also offering wine-themed candles, bath bombs and wine accessories)! in Park Forest or Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery in Chicago. Sip with mom around town at a local wine bar; Lansing is home to two wine bars, Pour On Roy and S.L Wine Bar. In wine, there is truth, so be sure to check out other wine-related pursuits in the Chicago Southland!

Satisfy mom’s sweet tooth with delectable treats from Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream Co. in Lansing or Cunis Candies in South Holland. Indulge in a freshly baked pie from Franklins Pie Co. in Palos Heights, sip a shake at Kdulche Café in Lansing or savor a scoop at SoHo Sweets Creamy & Cafe in South Holland to end Mother’s Day on a sugar high.

For even more ways to celebrate mom this year, please visit our Things To Do webpage, your all-inclusive guide to the Chicago Southland. Every mother is unique, and you’re sure to find something yours will love.

Wishing you a beautiful Mother’s Day!

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