Brunch is the classic way to spend the
perfect Mother's Day morning, but with so many gorgeous
brunch buffet spreads in Chicago, it's hard to choose the one that
the woman in your life will love. We tried all the fancy downtown
Sunday brunch buffets (yes, our life is so stressful) so you can
pinpoint the perfect Mother's Day treat.
Price: Normally $58 adults,
with a separate a la carte kids menu. Price for Mother's Day $130
adults, $55 kids. Three seatings: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4
Mother will love it: The
Seasons Restaurant has transformed into Allium, under the direction
of Chef Kevin Hickey. The fare is a twist on American
cuisine rooted in regional, farm-to-table fare.
Atmosphere: A large, airy
room overlooking the Gold Coast shops, massive chandeliers and live
music make this the perfect place for a celebration.
Kids are offered a coloring book and crayons. A kids' buffet
is available, which includes PB&J sandwiches, chicken fingers,
tater tots and a few special dessert treats.
Value: The carving and
entrée station that features leg of spring lamb, prime rib, Maine
lobster with blue crab, and shrimp shepherd's pie
Mother's Day highlights: A
massive assortment of desserts, such as pistachio
nougat cake, warm banana crisp, mini lava cakes and chocolate
cherry cake wraps, will be offered.
Price: Normally $70 adults,
$25 kids 8 and under. Price for Mother's Day $125 adults, $35 kids
Mother will love it:
Upscale, luxurious food just like Trump would eat: dine on
fancy cheeses, prime rib with horseradish, made-to-order omelets,
sushi and fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Atmosphere: Similar to a
five-star European restaurant. Very sleek, modern and
Within five minutes of our arrival, everyone knew our
2-year-old's name, and they presented her with a coloring book,
crayons and a stuffed Trump Kids dog. There was a kids' buffet
table offering mini-burgers, mini-pizzas and chicken
We were disappointed: The
pancakes and waffles were sitting under a warming lamp, so they
didn't taste fresh.
Value: Brunch comes with a
mimosa or sparkling wine. Feast on the prosciutto and other meats
and cheeses to get your money's worth.
Mother's Day highlights: Ham
and prime rib carving, Ahi tuna salad nicoise. Every mom will also
receive a complimentary make-up application by Chanel Beaute and
will walk away with a flower bouquet.
Price: Normally $75 adults,
$20 children 12 and under. Price for Mother's Day $135 adults, $42
children 12 and under.
Mother will love it: Quality
and array of foods were incredible. Everything from sashimi to
Peking duck to roasted pork to truffled eggs Benedict was served.
The dessert table even included a "candy bar," where you could grab
chocolate-covered caramels, truffles and handmade
Atmosphere: Live music
floated through the airy lobby, where brunch was held. It was a
sunny, luxurious place to be.
Kid-friendly assessment: The
kids' buffet table was adorable - and at kid's height - and offered
everything a child could ever want to eat. Kids can also head to
the Children's Lounge, which features games and activities,
including a magician.
We were disappointed: We had
to ask for our coffee to be refilled, our old plates to be taken
away and our cutlery to be changed. We also had to flag down the
host to get our waiter's attention.
Value: Alcohol is not
included, but the quality of the raw oysters, sashimi and fresh-cut
meats was very high.
Mother's Day highlights:
Look forward to a buffet that's about seven times as large as
the typical Sunday brunch, including a massive Asian station
catered by Shanghai Terrace.
Price: Normally $28 for
adults, $15 for kids 12 and under. Price for Mother's Day $28
adults, $15 kids 12 and under.
Mother will love it: Modest
buffet offerings at a very modest price. While there was
significantly less food here than all the other buffets, it was
about a quarter of the price. Get all your standard brunch fare,
including made-to-order omelets and waffles, plus a carving
station, dessert area and a few salad choices.
Atmosphere: It's situated in
the modern dining area of the restaurant, and it's very quiet and
Since it was so quiet, it's not the right place for kids if
they aren't going to behave. The restaurant provided a high chair,
but no kids' buffet (although scrambled eggs and pancakes from the
buffet are always a great kid-friendly option) or coloring
We were disappointed: There
wasn't much beyond what food you'd expect at a typical
Value: For the relatively
low price, they offer a very nice brunch. Alcohol is
Mother's Day highlights:
Expect the same brunch as a typical Sunday, but the pastry
chef will be adding some special desserts in honor of
Price: Normally a la carte
menu. Price for Mother's Day Brunch $129 adults, $40 kids 6-12.
Children under 5 eat free.
Mother will love it: They
really focus on quality over quantity here. While there are
relatively fewer selections here compared with the Four Seasons and
Peninsula, you can still get sushi made-to-order, raw oysters,
carved meats, octopus salad and breakfast items.
Atmosphere: The lobby
atmosphere would have been more festive with live music, but the
buffet surrounding the fountain made for a very unique and fresh
There will be a kids playroom with crafts and
Value: The price includes
your choice of one glass of champagne, mimosa or a bloody mary. You
may get more food at some of the other places, but the meal we got
Mother's Day highlights: A
more elaborate brunch featuring a special carving station, pates
and a seafood tower. There will be four seatings:
10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.