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Where to take mom for Mother's Day dining

Show Mom you really care. Or don't. But buy her a meal, at least.

One of the busiest dining-out days of the year is Mother's Day, and there are more restaurants gearing up for Sunday's onslaught than there's room or time to list. Suffice it to say that any restaurant you have in mind is almost certainly doing something. For example ...

Autre Monde. Three-course brunch menu, $40; a la carte children's items available. Reservations available 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 6727 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, 708-775-8122

Balena. Three-course Italian brunch menu, $39. Available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1633 N. Halsted St., 312-867-3888

Barbakoa. A la carte brunch 11 a.m.-3p.m.; complimentary mimosa for moms. 1341 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove, 630-852-2333

Bohemian House. Central Europe-inspired menu includes Bavarian pancakes, apricot kolacky, smoked beef-tongue hash. 11 W. Illinois St., 312-955-0439

The Brass Monkey. Mother's Day Funky Brunch 10:30 a.m.-3p.m. Seven courses, includes glass of sparkling wine for mom. $40; $20 ages 12 and younger. 401 N. Morgan St., 312-763-3316

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Tapas for Mamas brunch served 9a.m.-3 p.m. 2024 N. Halsted St., 773-935-5000

Chez Moi. French brunch served 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Bottomless mimosas available. Main course prices $13-$18. 2100 N. Halsted St., 773-871-2100

Chicago Cut Steakhouse. Extensive buffet featured; seating times 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. $75, $25 children. 300 N. LaSalle St., 312-329-1800

David Burke's Primehouse. Special three-course, Mother's Day menu ($50, $20 ages 13 and younger) served 11 a.m.- 3p.m. $10 bottomless mimosas available. 610 N. Rush St., 312-660-6000

Fig & Olive. Three-course brunch menu, $40, served 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; three-course dinner menu, $52, available 4-11 p.m. 104 E. Oak St., 312-445-0060

Filini Bar & Restaurant. Brunch buffet ($27) and a la carte menu available 6:30a.m.-10 p.m. Complimentary white rose for mom. 221 N. Columbus Drive, 312-477-0234

Found. Family-style Mother's Day lunch served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; regular dinner menu 5-8:30 p.m. 1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8945

GT Fish & Oyster. Prix-fixe menu, $45. Special menu for kids, $25. 531 N. Wells St., 312-929-3501

Guildhall Restaurant. Mother's Day brunch served 10 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner 4-9 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-8100

Harvest Room. Afternoon tea (breads and spreads, finger sandwiches, mini desserts and tea) is $30; $15 ages 12 and younger. Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 7164 W. 127th St., Palos Heights, 708-671-8905

Howells & Hood. Brunch buffet, served 9 a.m.-3 p.m., includes hot and cold stations. $49. 435 N. Michigan Ave., 312-262-5310

Hub 51. Mother's Day buffet brunch 9a.m.-3 p.m. $35, $18 ages 12 and younger. 51 W. Hubbard St., 312-828-0051

I/O Godfrey. Three-course menu, $29, includes bruleed grapefruit, grilled asparagus with prosciutto, chocolate beignets. Hours are 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron Ave., 312-374-1830

Kama Bistro. Indian buffet brunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Appetizers and naan served tableside, entree buffet. $35, $17 ages 10 and younger. 9 S. La Grange Road, La Grange, 708-352-3300

The Langham. Mother's Day brunch buffet includes omelet, smokehouse, gourmet seafood, sushi and carving stations. $125, $50 ages 11 and younger. $25 spa gift certificate for mom. 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-9988

La Sirena Clandestina. South American-inspired a la carte brunch served 10a.m.-3 p.m. 954 W. Fulton Market., 312-226-5300

Lawry's The Prime Rib. Extended serving hours noon-7 p.m. Mother's Day. 100 E. Ontario St., 312-787-5000

Le Bouchon. Mother's Day brunch available 11 a.m.- 3p.m. Saturday and Sunday; menu includes moules frites, Alsatian onion tart, oxtail poutine and brioche French toast. 1958 N. Damen Ave., 773-682-6600

Mercat a la Planxa. Brunch menu, $35, served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Options include eggs Benedict, lamb chops. 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312-765-0524

Nana. A la carte brunch menu available 8:30 a.m.- 2:30p.m. Regular lunch menu available 2:30-5 p.m.; dinner 5-8:30 p.m. No reservations. 3267 S. Halsted St., 312-929-2486

Osteria Via Stato. Mother's Day brunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Omelet station, antipasti station, main course station. $39.95; half-price ages 10 and younger. 620 N. State St., 312-642-8450

The Portage. Patio brunch includes such dishes as brioche French toast, crabcake Benedict, kimchi burger. 3938 N. Central Ave., 773-853-0779

River Roast. Mother's Day "brunch for the table" package, $140, serves four and includes a whole rotisserie chicken, cedar-planked salmon, Scotch eggs and more. A la carte brunch items also available. Live blues music at brunch. Brunch served 11 a.m.- 3p.m.; dinner (regular menu) served 5-9 p.m. 315 N. LaSalle St., 312-822-0100

Sepia. Four-course menu, $49, $28 children, served 10a.m.-3p.m. Menu items include pork shoulder hash, crunchy French toast, chilaquiles. 123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920

South Water Kitchen. Three-course brunch, $26, available 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; options include crabcake Benedict, lobster deviled eggs, prime rib. Hotel Monaco, 225 N. Wabash Ave., 312-236-9300

Tanta. Brunch served 11a.m.-2:30 p.m.; complimentary flower and tropical mimosa for moms. 118 W. Grand Ave., 312-222-9700

III Forks. Three-course menu, $47, available 11a.m.- 8p.m. Three-course children's menu ($17, ages 12 and younger) also available. 180 N. Field Blvd., 312-938-4303

Tortoise Club. Grand buffet served 10 a.m.-7 p.m., includes raw bar, carving station, waffle bar. $65, $25 ages 5-12. 350 N. State St., 312-755-1700

Vettel is a Tribune critic.

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