Take Your Mother to Brunch Here on Mother’s Day

It’s time to take your mother out of the kitchen this mother’s day and invite her to a nice brunch at Chicago restaurants.

If you’re a mom – thank you. Thank you for all you do to raise us, to feed us, and clothe us, to make sure we’re educated, know our manners, how to clean, and of course, remember curfew. But thank you for loving us for who we are and who we want to become.

If you’re lucky enough to live in the same city as your mom, we’ve gathered some of the best locations for brunch this Sunday, May 14, 2017, to take your mother. Of course, you can always reference Windy City Cosmo’s original brunch guide here. 


For a boozy mother’s day brunch and a cocktail class, go to Eataly. The Italian superstore’s cooking school, La Scuola, hosts “Mother’s Day at Eataly: Martinis & Bellinis,” where moms and their 21+ kids will make classic cocktails during this hands-on workshop. After the mixology class, moms and kids will pair their cocktails with Italian-style French toast and eggs in purgatory. Brunch is available May 14, 2017, from 11 am to 1 pm and 2 to 4 pm for $95 per person, and guests can reserve tickets at eataly.com.


For the mom who appreciates seasonal ingredients, head to Bottlefork in River North for a unique menu that includes doughnut holes, cast iron-baked French toast and crab Benedict with blood orange hollandaise. Complimentary “Mom-osas” are included for moms. Brunch is available May 14, 2017 from 10:30 am to 2 pm.

Nico Osteria

Treat Mom to a special Italian feast at Nico Osteria, which has a four-course menu featuring dishes such as burrata and Brussels sprout bruschetta, lobster scramble, and stuffed pappardelle with braised pork. The menu can be ordered as a prix fixe for $70 per person, or you can order each dish à la carte.

The Drawing Room

It’s time for a tea party with a high tea service at The Drawing Room at Chicago Athletic Association. Mom will enjoy a sparkling cocktail and an array of sweet and savory bites from executive pastry chef Kristine Antonian. Try the strawberry pistachio tarts, avocado toast, and banana bread. Enjoy teas from Rare Tea Cellars. Reservations can be made for two to six people through Tock at $50 per person.


Celebrating with mom doesn’t have to take your whole paycheck. Porkchop shows its appreciation this year by treating your mother to brunch this Mother’s Day. All moms eat free this Sunday at all Porkchop locations. Mom can dig in to classics like chicken and waffles and pulled meats, all while enjoying a complimentary mimosa. Check the website for a location near your mother.


Maggiano’s Brunch: 

In case you missed it, Maggiano’s is now serving brunch – and they’re making a special celebration for your mother. What’s even better is that if you are gathering the whole family together, Maggiano’s will deliver you breakfast in bed. If you haven’t had them already, get the lemon ricotta pancakes. I recently made a batch of them with Maggiano’s head chef.

Whether it’s bacon, eggs, tea or coffee, I hope you get to spend some quality time with your mother this mother’s day. Cheers!





Osteria La Madia Italian Sunday Brunch in River North

Can I get an egg on top of that?

There really was nothing that I didn’t enjoy at a recent media brunch at Osteria La Media (59 W. Grand Ave.)  in River North.

Something about a flower on every table, ready to serve Bellini, and background music that isn’t show tunes, makes me feel zen and happy on Sunday mornings.

The eggs were sensational, as was Chef Jonathan Fox, as was the ambiance at Osteria La Madia.

But most importantly, as all brunch spots should be, it was perfect for discussing what happened last night.

The Italian way is to sit and eat and talk for hours. And  Osteria La Madia has a special Sunday brunch from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm for you to get into all of the details of your Tinder dates, the new posh restaurant that we all will agree to try, and the height of the new guy at the table.

Italian Appetizers:

To start, our table received three appetizers for a family styled Sunday brunch in the city.

I’m Italian. So, when I saw prosciutto and melon on the table, I knew this was going to be an authentic Italian meal. Prosciutto is like special ham. You can eat way too much of it and it goes well wrapped around sweet melon or paired with bread.


Prosciutto and Melon. Photo: Amanda Elliott

The second appetizer we tried was seasonal fruit with house-made yogurt. I think everyone who has tried to eat yogurt for breakfast can agree that not all yogurt tastes the same. This yogurt was rich and thick and tasted fresh from the farm like the food I tried at Farmhouse. The oats and surprisingly, the grapes paired well with the house-made yogurt.


Seasonal Fruit and House-Made Yogurt. Photo: Amanda Elliott


The last part of our appetizers was the winter kale citrus salad with pineapple and house-made farm cheese. The dressing was light and the cheese paired well with the pineapples.

Honestly, when I think of brunch I think of bacon and eggs and maybe pancakes, but I really appreciated how the food at Osteria La Madia is flavorful, carefully prepared and most of all healthy.

Winter Kale Citrus Salad with Pineapple and House-made Farm Cheese. Photo: Amanda Elliott


When I think of Osteria La Madia, I think of eggs. The Italian restaurant recently added Sunday brunch to their menu, so the chef has been experimenting with a few dishes like the Chicken Rillette hash over Acabiatta sauce (pictured below).

My personal favorite creation is the breakfast pizza. Osteria La Madia  offers seven different pizzas like the Egg and Prosciutto di Parma and the 3 Hour Roasted Grape.  I would show you a picture, but it doesn’t do justice for how delicious it tastes. Osteria La Madia is known for its pizzas, and they did a great job transitioning a night-time favorite into a daytime must.


Chef Jonathon Fox is creating new dishes for the brunch menu. Photo: Amanda Elliott


Another one of my favorites was the Fried Egg Bruschetta, which is an Italian favorite with a breakfast spin. The bruschetta included ciabatta bread topped with garlic spinach, lemon aioli, bacon, house-made fennel sausage and fontina. For a savory brunch, I highly recommend Fried Egg Bruschetta. Plus, there’s always a Bellini to give you a touch of sweetness in the morning.

Fried Egg Bruschetta Photo: Amanda Elliott

Bellini Please:

At this media tasting, out table of six had a few Bellinis and mimosas.

Osteria La Media offers different juices including: peach puree, apricot puree, pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, fresh squeezed orange juice,  and grapefruit juice. I am a Florida girl, so I naturally love the standard orange juice mimosas, but this time I tried something new.

Our table enjoyed the pomegranate Bellini and I spiced things up with a half orange juice and half pomegranate Bellini. Respectable people also had a cup of coffee on the side.

Bellinis at Osteria La Madia. Photo: Amanda Elliott




Chic French Brunch in Chicago: Cochon Volant

Behind the iconic Chase building, there sits the Hyatt Centric. The newly renovated hotel is one of the first locations in the world under Hyatt’s new lifestyle brand name, Hyatt Centric, described as a cosmopolitan brand in the center of the action. That center of the action may just start directly below with the stand alone, 6,000 square feet French bistro, Cochon Volant, translated “flying pig.”

Lined with seasonal flower gardens, Cochon Volant (100 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL) invites city dwellers and hotel guests to sip on some Champagne or feed their appetites with savory French dishes.

The Ambiance

The Jackson 5 is lightly playing in the background and on a summer Sunday at 12:30 pm, there are only a few couples enjoying the warmth through the wide windows as the waiter takes their empty plates. Brunch is served as early as 7:30 am until 3:00 pm, for those partaking in a lazy Sunday or Saturday.

It’s gorgeous; it’s chic. The white-linen tablecloth reflects in the elongated mirror, which is pressed up against the light green painted walls. There is a few strips of wood that run along the side wall and embellish the sign “Cochon Volant.”

From the finely chopped chives on the open egg sandwich to the detailed carpet below my feet,  everything at Cochon Volant is tasteful.

I met my friend for a girl’s day downtown. Sunday on Monroe and Clark is light. There is no foot traffic. Inside Cochon Volant you feel like you entered a palace with the chic gray seating.

We opted to skip the usual round of coffee and mimosas and wait for the good coffee and tea at Goddess & The Baker, which just opened up a few blocks east. While restaurants do an amazing job with brunch, I find that they always skimp on the coffee or it tastes comparable to the cup you poured yourself this morning.

However, for a later meal you should order the burger, which some have called the best burger in the city. And then enjoy drinks made by mixologist, Anthony Mitchell, who,among other things, brings you the adult snow cone.

The Dish on French Brunch

Brunch at Cochon Volant Photo: Amanda Elliott

Croque Monsieur brunch at Cochon Volant

But, the brunch—the brunch was delicious. In the kitchen are acclaimed chef’s Roland Liccioni and Zagat’s 30 under 30 for Chicago in 2013, Matthew Ayala.

Since we sat down for a later brunch, I ordered the “Unbreakfast,” as it was described on the menu. It tasted like breakfast. The open sandwich named, “Croque Monsieur” started with French country ham, gruyere, and hot mustard. It was complete with an egg on top and french fries on the side.

My friend opted for true breakfast. She ordered the “Duck Confit-Bacon-Cheddar Omelette,” which was complete with toast and potato wedges.While you can skip the fries, the potato wedges were perfectly seasoned.

Cochon Volant opened in late April 2015. While attached to the Hyatt Centric, it is not a hotel bar or restaurant. It simply is located underneath one. But, makes a statement on it’s own. They do, however, provide the beverages for room service for the hotel guests.

Brunch at Cochon Volant Photo: Amanda Elliott

Duck Confit-Bacon-Cheddar Omelette Brunch at Cochon Volant


Sunday Brunching

There are few things that make me want to get out of bed in the morning. So, I schedule brunch dates. They are perfect. Everyone has something to do during the day, so brunch usually can be capped at a half hour if you needed it to. But, for the more intimate brunches, there are lots of options. If you are going to brunch it, might I suggest a few places.

The Brunch of Your Life:

  • Jam, Neighborhood: Logan Square

Whether you are recovering from a hangover or want to start your morning with something original, this is your spot. The waiters are perfect, as is the location. Go there during summer, sit outside and people watch at the next door Farmer’s Market. I had the French Toast with coffee. I also had the chicken and waffles. Yes and yes.

The Savory Brunch:

  • SouthPort Grocery & Cafe, Neighborhood: Roscoe Village

Don’t waste your time getting lunch here. The coffee is solid. The food, though, is worth the wait. Though a smaller establishment, they know their food. For an added kick, they have Bourbon Hot Chocolate.

Get This Girl a Mimosa:

  • Hamburger Mary’s, Neighborhood: Andersonville

$3 Mimosas. The food is sub-par, but it makes for a nice, chill double date in the a.m. It’s creative, it’s relaxed, it gets your juices flowing, or atleast the conversation, while you recover from a work-filled or playful weekend.

  • Timothy O’Tooles, Neighborhood: Streeterville

They have a $15 Mimosa bar. Yes, please!!

Rooftop Brunch: 

  • Twisted Spoke, Neighborhood: Noble Square

Sit on the rooftop portion. It is pretty isolated, and it feels more like a Checker’s, with picnic table, shared seating, but it is perfect for capturing the Chicago sun.

Game Day Brunch:

  • Old Town Pour House, Neighborhood: Old Town

So many TVs. They cover hokey, football, basketball. It’s basically a TV wall.

(French) Toast: 

  • Toast, Neighborhood: Lincoln Park

You’ll wait an hour, but the Wizard of Oz Park is right next door.

  • Batter and Berries, Neighborhood: Lincoln Park

Seriously, just get the French Toast here.

It’s Not Just a Donut:

  • Doughnut Vault, Neighborhood: North Side
  • Stan’s Donuts and Coffee, Neighborhood: Wicker Park

Who puts peanut butter in a doughnut? They do. Start here and then go shopping. Sunday is done!

Morning Coffee:

  • Tula’s, Neighborhood: Lakeview

Tula’s has a nice cup of coffee, better than next door, Julius Meinl (Meinl has good salads). 

  • Cafe Mustache, Neighborhood: Logan Square

French music in the background. You can expect mis-matched furniture and mustaches on the bathroom to take your favorite bathroom pic selfie. 

Add Some Sugar to It: 

  • Ann Sather’s, Neighborhood: Edgewater, Lakeview

Don’t bother with the Egg’s Benedict. They will disappoint. Eggs are a good choice, just make sure your side is Ann Sather’s cinnamon rolls. You get two, and you will most likely be taking a doggie bag home with them. 

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.