There is no excuse for forgetting Mother’s Day. Forgetting to make Mother’s Day brunch reservations, though? We all know you’re the darling of your mom’s eye, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to overlooking things sometimes. And thank God, it’s not too late to get a table for a good meal. We found five places that still have reservations available—at least, as of this posting—where the food is just as special as your mom is. (Aww.)
2375 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square, 773-276-0270
The beer hall, which recently nabbed a spot on our Best New Restaurants list, is accepting brunch reservations for the holiday only. For a no-frills, casual-mom affair, there’s nothing better than boarwurst and pretzels.
1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8945
The family-style menu, with macaroni and cheese and a hummingbird cake, is made up of dishes chef Nicole Pederson and owner Amy Morton remember from their childhoods.
Stella Barra Pizzeria
1954 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park, 773-34-4101
Also a Best New Restaurant, and also good for the “I don’t want to do anything for Mother’s Day!” moms out there. We’re fans of their puffy pizza dough, put to use in the mornings with breakfast-friendly pies topped with bacon and eggs.
2152 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown, 773-862-5555
In addition to a choice of a brunch dish like pork chilaquiles or butter pecan pancakes, pastry chef Sarah Koechling will be going all-out with a selection of baked goods such as raspberry rose croissants and blue cheese and pecan scones. The meal costs $39 per person.
The Lobby at The Peninsula
108 E. Superior St., River North, 312-573-6695
If you’re looking for something a little more high-end, the Peninsula’s brunch is plenty posh—and has three seatings to maximize reservation availability. There is something for literally every person, from sushi to charcuterie to kid-friendly eats. Tickets are $155 for adults, $50 for kids 3-12, and free for children younger than 3.