Mother’s Day 2024 Guide for McHenry County

Spoil mom this Mother’s Day! Whether it is through a brunch or special activity, our annual guide has the low down on a few spots in McHenry County that are ready to cater to all those special moms.

Without a doubt, this is her day, but that doesn’t mean we can’t deposit a little extra into the “mom account.” And let’s be honest here…sooner or later, we’re going to need to draw on that account for some misstep or boneheaded thing. Fortunately, moms are also known for extending credit when needed.

So, what’s to do after you’ve taken care of the “thank you” and “I love you” bits?

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Ideas for Mother’s Day

Really, anything goes. Just take a minute to think about what mom enjoys. Does she like being outdoors, or is she keener on being indoors? Does she have a particular hobby or passion that you could tap into? What does she like to do when she has a day to herself? Regardless of the answers to any of these questions, the most important part of the equation will be time spent with her.

When is Mother’s Day? It’s Sunday, May 12th, which depending on when you are reading this, may determine how big a deposit you are making into the mom account…or how much credit you’re going to be needing.

We’ve pulled together a few options below, mostly brunches, and mostly on Mother’s Day itself, but there are a few others, so look closely. Remember that this can be a busy time, so consider tickets or reservations, even for those that don’t require it.

All information is subject to change and we always recommend contacting the specific locations to verify conditions and availability, especially those that are weather-dependent.

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Cucina Bella

Date & Time: Sunday, May 14, 2023, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Host: Cucina Bella

Address: 220 South Main St, Algonquin, IL 60102

Phone: 847-458-2504

Information: Details

Mother’s Day Brunch at Port Edward

Date & Time: Sunday, May 12, 2024, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Host: Port Edward

Address: 20 W Algonquin Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102

Phone: 847-658-5441

Information: Details

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Crystal Lake

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hickory Hall

Date & Time: Sunday, May 12, 2024, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Host: Hickory Hall

Address: 406 W Woodstock St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-477-5871

Information: Details

Fox River Grove

Mother’s Day Brunch at Avante Banquets

Date & Time: Sunday, May 12, 2024, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Host: Avante Banquets

Address: 1050 Northwest Hwy, Fox River Grove, IL 60021

Phone: 847-287-1006

Information: Details

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Mother’s Day Brunch

Date & Time: Sunday, May 14, 2023, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Host: Big Foot Inn

Address: 11508 N US Highway 14, Harvard, IL 60033

Phone: 815-943-4740

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Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Stanchion Pub

Date & Time: Sunday, May 14, 2023, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Host: Stanchion Pub at the Starline Factory

Address: 300 Front St, Harvard, IL 60033

Phone: 815-943-4805

Information: Details

Get Outside

Even if mom’s not a full-on nature lover, she’d probably be thrilled to enjoy a nice day out spending time with the people she loves. That could be as simple as sitting on the deck, walking around the block, or strolling around a nearby park.

And if you’re looking for parks, we are fortunate to have a lot of outdoor spaces of all different sizes and varieties. In fact, we’ve written about a number of them. Check out some of our local park district friends…


Mother’s Day at Niko’s Bar & Pub

Date & Time: Sunday, May 14, 2023, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Host: Niko’s Bar & Pub

Address: 7509 South Grant Hwy, Marengo, IL 60152

Phone: 815-506-2055

Information: Details

A bouquet of multicolored tulips and a cup of tea are on a wooden tray on the table


Mother’s Day Brunch at UpRooted

Date & Time: Sunday, May 14, 2023, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Host: UpRooted

Address: 2816 W IL-Rt 120, McHenry, IL 60051

Phone: 815-679-6996

Information: Details

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Port Barrington

Mother’s Day at Broken Oar

Date & Time: Sunday, May 14, 2023, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Host: Broken Oar

Address: 614 Rawson Bridge Rd, Port Barrington 60010

Phone: 847-639-9468

Information: Details

Heart-shaped cupcakes decorated with grated chocolate.


Mother’s Day Brunch at Rusty Nail Saloon

Date & Time: Sunday, May 12, 2024, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Host: Rusty Nail Saloon

Address: 4520 Ringwood Rd, Ringwood, IL 60072

Phone: 815-728-3017

Information: Details


Mom’s Day at Illinois Railway Museum

Date & Time: Sunday, May 12, 2024, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Host: Illinois Railway Museum

Address: 7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180

Phone: 815-923-4391

Information: Details

Beautiful bouquet of alstroemeria in a vase with water, white cup of tea, greeting card with the inscription happy mother's day.

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