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Looking for a special way to spend Mother's Day? Here are some ideas for brunches and more for the mom in your life. (In need of Mother's Day gift ideas? Check out our Mother's Day coverage from last year, which lists some fabulous mom-approved presents.)

1. Brunch and Dinner at Blind Faith Cafe

For the green conscious mother, Blind Faith Cafe is serving a Mother's Day brunch and dinner on Sunday, May 13, from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Blind Faith Cafe is located at 525 Dempster Street in Evanston, about 20 minutes from downtown Chicago. For reservations call 847-328-6875.

2. Motherhood the Musical®

In celebration of moms, every audience member attending Motherhood the Musical® at the Royal George Theatre (1641 N Halsted Street) will receive a complimentary Dunkin’ Donut on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, and a $10 gift certificate to STANDARD MARKET, a specialty food store in Westmont, IL. Additionally, one lucky mom will be chosen at each performance to receive a $200 gift certificate to Standard Market. About MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL!: "In the original play Motherhood the Musical®, four women share their insights, challenges, and pleasures at a baby shower. In 90 minutes of fun, you’ll get a peek into the powerful friendship of Amy, a soon-to-be first-time mom; Brooke, a hard-working lawyer; Barb, a stressed-out mother of five; and Tasha, a single mom seeking to balance work, her family and her divorce." Tickets start at $55 and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.

3. Lunch at Trattoria Gianni

After seeing Motherhood the Musical®, take mom to lunch at Trattoria Gianni, 1711 North Halsted Street, which will be open at 12 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 13, and will offer a three-course fixed menu for $25 per person for Motherhood the Musical® patrons. For reservations call 312-266-1976.

4. Fondue and Massages at Geja's Cafe

If your mom is a bubble bath type of gal, then she will enjoy an indulgent day at Geja;s Cafe, complete with chocolate fondue, champagne, and personal pampering. On Mother’s Day, May 13, Geja’s will treat all moms to a complimentary five-minute massage. Moms will step away from the table to receive a well-deserved pampering in a secluded relaxing atmosphere with a licensed massage therapists from Lincoln Park Massage Spa while they dine. The restaurant will be opening at noon on Mother’s Day. Geja’s Café is 340 W. Armitage. Call 773-281-9101 for reservations. (Worth reading: History of Mother's Day and Bible Verses for Mother's Day)

5. Brunch at Sixteen inside the Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago

Treat mom like royalty this Mother's Day, may 13, at Sixteen (401 N. Wabash Avenue) where Executive Chef Thomas Lents will present a festive spread ($125/adult and $35/children under 8), offering a variety of favorites such as made-to-order sushi and omelets; Truffle-Scented Wild Forest Mushroom Veloute; and Smoked Amish Chicken with pine nuts and endives. Chef Lents will also offer freshly carved Glazed Ham and Garlic and Herb Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, as well as Crispy Rushing River Trout with morels and fava bean ragout. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 312-588-8030 for reservations.

6. Brunch at 2 Sparrows

This Mother's Day, may 13, 2 Sparrows' (553 W. Diversey Parkway) Executive Chef Gregory Ellis will highlight his favorite ingredients of the season for a special Mother's Day brunch. With options including Chef Gregory's "raved-about" donuts ($4.50 each) in tiramisu and maple and bacon flavors; Buttermilk Pancakes with honey mascarpone, blueberry preserves, and fresh maple syrup ($9); and Shrimp and Grits Étouffée with grilled shrimp, creamy grits, étouffée sauce and braised greens ($12). Call 773-234-2320 for reservations.

7. Brunch at The Gage

Families treating mom to a day of shopping and sightseeing along Michigan Avenue can enjoy brunch of rustic American fare at The Gage (24 S. Michigan Avenue). From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Executive Chef Dirk Flanigan will present a variety of a la carte specialties, showcasing his favorite proteins and seasonal ingredients of the moment, which will include Lobster Benedict with poached eggs, brioche, arugula, and lobster hollandaise ($18) and Flageolet Bean Puree with smoked ham, arugula, and hazelnut corn bread ($11). Call 312-372-4243 for reservations.

8. Lunch or Dinner at Michael Jordan's Steak House

If mom is a basketball fan, how about treating her to a meal at Michael Jordan's Steak House (505 North Michigan Avenue). In addition to the regular a la carte menu, moms can unwind over a Blood Orange / Guava Mimosa ($7) or sample Executive Chef James O'Donnell's Mother's Day special: Roasted Filet Mignon with Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Carrot Puree and Pea Shoots ($48). To finish off the special meal, all diners will receive a housemade cookie, compliments of the pastry chef. For reservations call 312-321-8823.

9. Brunch at Urban Union

Is mom a fan of Italian food? Urban Union (1421 W. Taylor Street) is hosting a Mother's Dsy brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, with offerings of oysters, Champagne, and seasonally-inspired small plates. Designed by Executive Chef Michael Shrader as a :savory, sharable way to please grown-up palates," Urban Union's brunch menu features Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters ($4 each); Farro & Arugula with mint, lemon, and Reggiano Parmesan ($7); Marinated Spanish Octopus with giant white beans, oregano, lemon, virgin oil, and red onion ($12); Pork Belly with eggs, French potatoes and house toast ($13); and Steak Frites with Roquefort butter, red wine reduction and two eggs ($17); among others. Call 312-929-4302 for reservations.

10. Special Mother's Day Package at the JW Marriott Chicago

The JW Marriott Chicago is offering the “Diamonds are a Mom’s Best Friend” package available May 11 - May 13, which includes breakfast for two, in-room flowers, and complimentary valet parking. The package also includes pre-arranged jewelry preferences coordinated with the hotel and jeweler dimend SCAASI to tailor the shopping experience, a VIP reception at dimend SCAASI with mimosas, and personalized attention of a dimend SCAASI jeweler professional. Rates begin at $309 with the promotional code P91 (45% savings of over $250). Also, you can enter for a chance to get the package for free with the hotel's Facebook giveaway. The JW Marriott Chicago is located at 151 W. Adams Street. For reservations call 312-660-8200.
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