5 Mother's Day brunches in Chicago


The Peninsula Chicago

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 marshmallows.

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.


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