Our Mother’s Day has followed a pattern for many years, and it basically boils down to “Mama ain’t lifting a finger today, so figure it out.” Happily, that has always meant family time together over brunch or dinner, plus the Evanston History Center’s Annual Mother’s Day House Walk, a fabulous North Shore tradition. But times have changed, and needs must, right? So, on Sunday, May 10, we’ll be taking part in the 45th Annual Mother’s Day House “Walk-By” — this year, in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote, the tour highlights homes of Evanston women who held elected office, and those active in the suffrage movement — and ordering in from one of the fabulous restaurants below that have put together something special for the big day.

Please join us in supporting local restaurants, especially this weekend. Mother’s Day has long been a windfall for the industry, with over 25% of Americans (roughly 90 million) choosing to dine out in celebration of mom each year. Obviously, this year is a different story, but restaurants need to feel the love now more than ever. And, a word to the wise: please call and order DIRECTLY from the restaurant to avoid third-party delivery fees that drastically eat into restaurant profits… here is a local restaurateur whose Facebook post has gone viral in case you think we’re exaggerating.



302 N. Green St., Floor 3, 773-645-1400

Chef CJ Jacobson’s Mediterranean cuisine hits all the right notes, and even though Aba means father in Hebrew, Mom is the star today. The pick-up meal package includes their classic Hummus with Crudité and Housemade Bread, Village Salad, Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Chicken Kebabs, Lemon-Dill Basmati Ric and Double Chocolate Tarte. Add-ons run the gamut from a 6-pack of beer or bottle of wine to a seasonal flower arrangement. $25.95 plus tax per person, order by 5 pm on May 7 for pick up on Sunday, May 10 in afternoon.

Beatrix Streeterville

671 N. St. Clair St., Chicago, 312-642-0001

This old-school Mother’s Day brunch is perfect to serve mom in bed! Scrambled Eggs, Brown-Sugar Bacon, Maple Chicken Sausage, Baked Apple French Toast, Wild-Berry Parfait, fresh-squeezed OJ, and Intelligentsia Coffee will hit the spot. Plus, they’re partnering with Flowers for Dreams if you want to add a floral centerpiece, and every bouquet sold will benefit a local charity. $23.95 per person; place orders by 2 pm Saturday, May 9 for pick up morning of Sunday, May 10.


Di Pescara

2124 Northbrook Ct., Northbrook, 847-677-3350

Chef Mychael Bonner has whipped up a special Mother’s Day package offering Double-Dip Shrimp Cocktail with cocktail and remoulade sauces, Tomato Bruschetta with Buffalo Mozzarella, Braised Prime Beef Short Rib, fresh ciabatta bread, and Triple-Chocolate Chip Cookies. Heating instructions included; pickup only. Order by Wednesday, May 6 at 7 pm for pickup Saturday, May 9 or Sunday, May 10. For an additional $10 plus tax, per person, take-home Mimosa kits are also on offer! $30 plus tax, per person, with a two-person minimum per order.