Several Chicago restaurants are offering ways to sweeten the deal this Mother's Day. OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation service, conducted a nationwide survey to see if the recession is affecting Mother's Day plans this year. It turns out our love for Mom outweighs any financial concerns, with 75 percent of matriarchs planning on dining out with loved ones this Mother's Day, one of the biggest dining out days of the year. This number actually reflects a jump from 2008, when only 57 percent of respondents said they were taking their poor mothers out to eat.
The OpenTable survey also identified several restaurants that will be luring diners with incentives, offering freebies such as champagne, flowers and even massages. Here is a list of some of the Chicago eateries that are featuring special promotions that will make your mom feel like a queen and make you look like a model son or daughter (without having to take out a small loan).
Aria in the Fairmont Hotel: Moms will receive free mimosas and bellinis, plus hand massages and a $25 gift certificate to mySpa.
Geja's Cafe in Lincoln Park: A free mini-massage and glass of sparkling wine awaits moms on Mother's Day.
Kinzie Chop House in River North: Diners will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne and mothers will score a free dessert.
Petterino's in the Loop: A complimentary rose corsage and dining gift certificate will be on hand for all moms.
Sixteen in the Trump International Hotel & Tower: Mothers will enjoy paraffin hand massages during brunch, plus flowers and gifts to take home.
The Palm in the Loop: Moms eat free with four or more guests.
The Palm Court at the Drake Hotel: Massage therapists will conduct mini shoulder and back rubs for moms while they wait for their tables.
Vie in Western Springs: Moms get a free jar of homemade jam.
ZED451 in River North: Mom's brunch will be complimentary.