6 Outdoor Mother’s Day Brunches for the Whole Family

Note: These events have been canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Please check out our virtual events calendar for family fun things to do safely at home. The details below are from 2019. We hope to update these events in 2021.

Treat mom to a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day by starting her special day off with brunch in an outdoor venue with activities the whole family will enjoy. From zoos and parks to a cruise on Lake Michigan, here are our favorite places to mark the occasion.

Arlington Park

When: May 12, seatings from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Where: 2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights

Cost: $18 adult, $6 child

Mother’s Day at Arlington International has become a Chicagoland tradition. Bring the family for a full day of activities, which includes the races, a petting zoo, craft stations, face painting, carnival games, a DJ and more. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first 1,000 moms will receive a complimentary red rose. Food packages in signature rooms and marquee tents are additional.

Cantigny Park

When: May 12, seatings at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Where: 1s151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton

Cost: $45 adults ages 11 & up, $45 seniors ages 65 and up, $42 children ages 4-10 $42; $38 children ages 3 and under is free)

Celebrate mom in a setting as beautiful as her. Enjoy Mother’s Day brunch in the Cantigny Golf Clubhouse or the Cantigny Park Visitors Center. Both locations offer the same fantastic menu of traditional brunch favorites as well as Chef-inspired creations.

Chicago Botanic Garden

When: May 12, Seatings: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Where: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Cost: $67.95 adults, $31.95 kids ages 3-12, children under 2 are free

Spend a spring day at the Chicago Botanic Garden eating amongst the flowers and greenery. The popular all-you-can-eat buffet includes a carving station and made-to-order omelets and an abundance of fresh, delicious selections. Afterward, take a walk to the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden to see where the organic produce is grown.

Lincoln Park Zoo

When: May 12, seatings at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m.

Where: Café Brauer, 2021 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago

Cost: $45 adults ages 13 & up, $20 children (up to age 12); Free for 12 months and younger

Treat mom to something especially wild at Lincoln Park Zoo’s historic Café Brauer. Choose between four sessions that will feature live music and an incredible breakfast brunch buffet, as well as coffee, juice, and soft drinks. Mothers in attendance will receive a free mimosa.

Morton Arboretum

When: May 12, seatings at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Where: 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle

Cost: $61 adult ages 13 & up, $34 kids ages 4-12, Free kids under 4

Treat mom to a fabulous brunch at Ginkgo Restaurant at the Morton Arboretum, where she can dine amongst the blooming backdrop of Meadow Lake. Mom will receive a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa. Walk off the calories by taking a scenic, half-mile hike around Meadow Lake, where you’ll see beautiful trees and migrating birds.

Navy Pier Boat Cruise

When: May 12, various times 

Where: Cruises depart from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

Cost: Varies by each brunch cruise

Climb about the Mystic Blue, Odyssey or Spirit of Chicago for an unforgettable day on Lake Michigan. Brunch cruises feature private tables with incredible skyline views, a DJ and interactive games. Mom will receive a complimentary drink and flower. Seatings and pricing varies by a cruise company. 

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