Can't think of what to get Dad this Father's Day? How about giving him the gift of time spent with family over brunch, lunch or dinner at one of many suburban restaurants? Making memories -- that just might be the best gift you can give him.
Blossom Cafe, 8349 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, (708) 453-5300, theblossomcafe.com/. Father's Day specials include slow-roasted prime rib, 22-ounce bone-in rib-eye, filet mignon and lobster tail, Parmesan-crusted skirt steak, macadamia-crusted Alaskan halibut and more. It's open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Bub City, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 261-0399, bub-city.com/rosemont/. What could be better than brunch, barbecue and live music for Father's Day? Bub City has them all from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Start with a Southern brunch that features the Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar and fare such as the Father's Day Meat Platter, which includes 18-hour brisket, smoked wings, spare ribs and a jalapeno-cheddar hot link, or fried chicken and waffles, brisket Benedict and more. Reservations required.
The Capital Grille, 87 Yorktown Center, Lombard, (630) 627-9800, and 5340 N. River Road, Rosemont, (847) 671-8125, thecapitalgrille.com/home. On Father's Day, the restaurant is offering a special off-menu, by-request cut in Dad's honor: the 20-ounce bone-in Wagyu New York strip. Pair it with a glass of Faust "Liberation," a sought-after Napa Valley Cabernet from a limited auction lot exclusive to The Capital Grille.
Chandler's Chophouse and Grille, 401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, (847) 885-9009, chandlerschophouse.com/. Some dads would say Father's Day is a perfect day for golf and steak, and so does Chandler's. The special limited Father's Day menu, which is available from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, includes prime rib, surf and turf, Seaboard Farms pork chop, the big rib-eye, barbecue baby back ribs, broasted fried chicken, crispy buffalo mac and cheese and cheesecake for dessert.
Chicago Prime Italian, 1370 Bank Drive, Schaumburg, (847) 240-1414, chicagoprimeitalian.com/. Say Happy Father's Day with a Southern barbecue-themed brunch. From noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, enjoy a breakfast buffet (chicken and waffles, breakfast potatoes, biscuits and gravy), barbecue smoked meats (brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends), sides (barbecue cowboy beans, Southern fried potato salad), salads, specials such as fried chicken and fried catfish, pasta (bayou and barbecue spaghetti), a dessert station (Mississippi mud pie, Southern banana bread pudding, peach cobbler) and more. It's $29.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids 7-12. Reservations requested.
Claddagh Irish Pub, 1702 Commons Drive, Geneva, (630) 208-0337, claddaghirishpubs.com/geneva/. Here's something Dad will like: All fathers eat for free on Sunday, June 17, with the purchase of another entree.
The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-0600, theclubhouse.com/. The Clubhouse is preparing a feast for Father's Day Brunch, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Expect a carving station (prime rib, roast turkey, bourbon-glazed ham), omelet station, salads, seafood and raw bar, hot buffet (pancakes, banana walnut French toast, eggs Benedict, vodka pasta, blackened chicken jambalaya, chicken piccata, pecan-crusted tilapia), fruit, kids' table, and a dessert table (chocolate fountain, assorted pastries and cakes). It's $49.95 for adults, $24.95 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and younger. If a later meal is more Dad's style, Father's Day Dinner will be served from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring steaks, prime rib, fresh seafood, featured specials and more. Reservations required.
Dover Straits, 890 E. U.S. Route 45, Mundelein, (847) 949-1550, doverstraits.com/. Open from noon to 10 p.m., Dover Straits will be serving the regular menu and daily specials. All dads will receive a $25 gift certificate. The June monthly special is a whole live Maine lobster for $25.95. Reservations requested.
Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 530-8300, lucillerestaurant.com/. Honor Dad at Lucille's Father's Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Start off with a beermosa or a half-price loaded Bloody Mary. Brunch includes options such as barbecue pork, smoked chicken, tenderloin sliders, loaded fries and a prime rib carving station. It's $45 for adults, $16 for kids 6-12, $10 for kids 3-5, and free for kids younger than 2. Smart casual attire requested. Reservations required.
E+O food and drink, 125 Randhurst Village Drive, Mount Prospect, (847) 398-3636, eofoodanddrink.com/. Join e+o for the annual Father's Day Seafood Boil from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. It's all-you-can-eat crawfish, mussels, shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes and clams, all for $35 per person. Reservations requested.
Eaglewood Resort & Spa, 1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, eaglewoodresort.com/. Prairie River Restaurant will be celebrating dads from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday with Father's Day Specials. The bacon cheeseburger, chicken-fried steak and barbecue brisket are only $10 during that time. Plus, draft beer (Coors Light, Leinenkugel Shandy, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller Light) is only $1 all day long.
Flemings, 960 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, (847) 793-0333, flemingssteakhouse.com/. Fleming's celebrates Father's Day over three days, Friday through Sunday, June 15-17. Dad is the guest of honor at a three-course prix fixe dinner featuring a seasonal or Caesar salad, a 35-ounce Prime Tomahawk steak and dessert. Dinner costs $90. If Dad likes bourbon, he can enjoy a premium bourbon tasting experience of Buffalo Trace ($6), Basil Hayden's ($7) and Knob Creek ($7). If Dad prefers getting up early on Sunday, brunch opens at 10 a.m., featuring the Signature Eggs Benedict.
Fogo de Chão, 1824 Abriter Court, Naperville, (630) 955-0022, and 5460 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 678-7200, fogodechao.com/. All fathers who dine on Father's Day will receive a dining card for a complimentary full churrasco lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch on a future visit. It's redeemable June 18 through Aug. 30. One complimentary card per dad while supplies last.
Francesca's, various locations throughout the suburbs, miafrancesca.com/events/profile/celebrate-fathers-day-at-francescas. Many of the Francesca's restaurants are hosting Father's Day specials, including Dads receiving $10 off the buffet price with another buffet purchase or one complimentary entree (of equal or lesser value) with the purchase of another entree, dine-in only. Check the website for details.
La Sorella di Francesca (Naperville): Dinner menu all day
Francesca's North (Northbrook): Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($38 adults, $14 kids); dinner menu from 3 to 9 p.m.
Francesca's by the River (St. Charles): Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($38 adults, $14 kids); dinner menu from 3 to 9 p.m.
Francesca's Amici (Elmhurst): Dinner menu all day
Francesca's Tavola (Arlington Heights): Dinner menu all day
Francesca's Intimo (Lake Forest): Dinner menu all day
Francesca's Passaggio (South Naperville): Brunch menu into dinner menu
Francesca's Famiglia (Barrington): Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($38 adults, $14 kids); dinner menu from 3 to 9 p.m.
Francesca's at the Promenade (Bolingbrook): Dinner menu all day
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, (630) 850-5555, oakbrookhillsresortchicago.com/en-us. Father's Day: Lexus, Luxury and Libations returns to the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Dad can enjoy complimentary test drives of Lexus cars, a chef-driven barbecue lunch, craft cocktails, local brews, hand-rolled cigars and live entertainment. There will even be activities for the kids. It's $65 for adults, $20 for teens 13-20, and free for kids 12 and younger. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com/.
Hofbrauhaus Chicago, 5500 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 671-2739, hofbrauhauschicago.com/. Hofbrauhaus celebrates dads with its Hops for Pops promotion. Starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, guests can try authentic selections including the Frische Knusprige Schweinshaxen (a crispy pork shank served with Bavarian cabbage and bacon salad), the Entenbraten (a classic roasted half-duck served with potato and bread dumplings) and the Hauptrippe (a rib-eye steak served with a baked potato and asparagus), plus desserts, drink specials, German beer, music and dancing.
Kings Dining and Entertainment, 5505 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 233-0099, kings-de.com/rosemont. Enjoy bowling and games, food and drinks, and free pin painting for the kids on Father's Day.
Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville, (847) 362-4636, lambsfarm.org/. On Sunday, Dads can enjoy a Father's Day Brunch featuring hearty entrees, breakfast favorites and desserts straight from the bakery. Seatings are 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Brunch is $26.95 for adults, $10.95 for kids 2-12, and free for kids younger than 2. Call the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery for reservations at (847) 362-5050.
Michael Jordan's Restaurant, 1225 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, (630) 828-2932, michaeljordansrestaurant.com. Michael Jordan's celebrates dads with a special $39 prime rib meal. It includes a 16-ounce sliced dry-aged prime rib, a choice of one side (mashed potatoes, chile lime corn, roasted mushrooms or asparagus) and a choice of beverage (beer like Sierra Nevada, Revolution or Great Lakes; white wine like cava, riesling or chardonnay; red wine like sweet red, malbec or cabernet sauvignon). Reservations requested.
Mon Ami Gabi, 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900, monamigabi.com/home/?loc=oakbrook. Celebrate Dad with a French breakfast on Father's Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Specialties include classic quiche Lorraine, salmon and hash brown Benedict, waffle with Nutella and more, plus sparkling cocktails. Lunch options include classic steak frites and the Croque Madame sandwich and frites. Dinner will be served from 3 to 9 p.m. Reservations requested.
Morton's The Steakhouse, 1751 Freedom Drive, Naperville, (630) 577-1372; 699 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, (847) 205-5111; 9525 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, (847) 678-5155; 1470 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, (847) 413-8771; mortons.com/. Fete Father's Day with Morton's three-course prix fixe menu for $59 per person. It includes a choice of salad (Morton's salad, Caesar salad, sliced beefsteak salad), entree (8-ounce filet mignon, double-cut prime pork chop, braised short rib, honey-balsamic glazed salmon), choice of vegetable or potato and a dessert (double chocolate mousse, Key lime pie, individual souffle).
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, 5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook, (630) 571-1808, perryssteakhouse.com/. On Sunday, Perry's will open at 11 a.m., serving its dinner menu throughout the day. Special Father's Day cocktails include Bloody Marys, mimosas and Brandy Milk Punch for $4.95 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sunday Supper Special menu, available from 4 to 9 p.m., consists of a salad, Perry's Famous Pork Chop and the dessert trio (vanilla bean crème brûlée, praline cheesecake and Perry's Chocolate Crunch) for $34.95.
Pete Miller's Steak and Seafood, 3032 English Rows Ave., Naperville, (630) 428-4242, and 1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston, (847) 328-0399, petemillers.com/. Now through Father's Day, Pete Miller's is offering free steaks to all dads. To redeem the $50-value offer, dads must mention they are celebrating Father's Day with Pete. The offer is only valid with the purchase of another full-price entree and a reservation.
Pinstripes, 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, (630) 575-8700; 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, (847) 480-2323; 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, (847) 844-9300; pinstripes.com. Treat Dad to a special barbecue brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The grand brunch buffet includes made-to-order omelets, a waffle bar, carved prime rib, fresh seafood, a salad bar, a chocolate fountain and a dessert station. Plus, Pinstripes will be grilling up summer favorites including barbecue ribs, Italian sausage, pesto chicken, corn on the cob and more. $4 Mimosas and $7 Bloody Marys will be available all day. Brunch is $35 for adults, $15 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and younger. Reservations required.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop, locations across the suburbs, potbelly.com/. Here's a sweet treat: Dads can get a free cookie for stopping in Saturday or Sunday, June 16-17, at participating locations. No purchase is necessary.
Prairie Grass Cafe, 601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, (847) 205-4433, prairiegrasscafe.com/. Come hungry for Sunday's Father's Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diners will start with the PGD Benedict (poached egg with spinach and roasted tomato hollandaise). The buffet features Shepherd's pie; sautéed peppers, onions and tomatoes; grilled wild salmon topped with a basil rémoulade and balsamic reduction; shrimp cakes served with a spicy and sweet tomato chutney; oven-roasted potatoes; barbecue black beans and baked mighty vine tomatoes with a parsley-shallot-bread crumb-Parmesan topping. Dessert includes sticky toffee date cake, warm berry crumble, flourless chocolate cake, a crepe station and more. Adults $51, kids 10 and younger $18. Reservations required.
Reel Club, 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 368-9400, reel-club.com/. This Father's Day, treat Dad to Reel Club's Seafood Brunch Buffet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The regular dinner menu will follow from 3:30 to 9 p.m., in addition to daily specials. The buffet is $49.95 adults, $19.95 kids 6-12, and free for kids younger than 6. Reservations are recommended.
Sam's of Arlington, 1863 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 577-1800, samsofarlington.com/. Father's Day specials include prime rib, steak and lobster tail, filet mignon Oscar, roast leg of lamb, roast duck, lobster tail, tournedos of beef, broiled mahi mahi, baked ham with sweet potatoes and more.
Schnitzel Platz, 729 North Ave., Glendale Heights, (630) 942-9900, schnitzelplatz.com/. This Sunday, Schnitzel Platz will be serving up Father's Day specials such as pork shank with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, pork back ribs with German potato salad, Long Island duck, and Hungarian-style paprika goulash with homemade spatzle and red cabbage. Plus, every dad will receive a free souvenir beer stein, while supplies last.
Shaw's Schaumburg, 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722, shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/. This Father's Day, Shaw's is celebrating Dad with a special brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. featuring a cold seafood and salad bar, a grand hot buffet including Alaskan king crab, a build-your-own omelet station, and a sweets table featuring cookies, cupcakes and other mini desserts. If Dad fancies dinner instead, Shaw's Schaumburg will continue Father's Day dining with delicious offerings off their regular dinner menu during the afternoon and evening hours. The brunch buffet is $65 for adults, $15 for kids 7-12, and free for kids younger than 6. The main dining room a la carte dinner runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and the Oyster Bar a la carte menu will be available from 2 to 9 p.m.
Sullivan's Steakhouse, 244 S. Main St., Naperville, (630) 305-0230, sullivanssteakhouse.com/naperville/. Dad will feel like a VIP at Sullivan's with specials such as the 14-ounce bone-in filet, 12-ounce hand-carved prime rib with a creamy horseradish sauce and au jus, and the 26-ounce dry-aged long bone rib-eye.
Sullivan's Steakhouse, 250 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 883-0311, sullivanssteakhouse.com/lincolnshire/. Treat Dad to Sullivan's bone-in filet, dry-aged long-bone rib-eye or prime rib this Father's Day. Reservations requested.
Texas de Brazil, 5 Woodfield Mall, Suite D312, (847) 413-1600, texasdebrazil.com/locations/schaumburg/. The restaurant will open early at 11 a.m. on Father's Day. Dads dining in on Father's Day will receive a $20 certificate that can be used later (valid June 18 to Aug. 31).
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, (630) 264-2739, twobrothersbrewing.com/event/fathers-day-at-two-brothers-roundhouse/. Celebrate Father's Day with special beer tappings, artisan spirits and upscale food starting at 11 a.m. Two Brothers Roundhouse will host a free tour of the Two Brothers Artisan Spirits distillery at 2 p.m.
Two Brothers Social Tap, 100 S. Marion St., Oak Park, (708) 665-4300, twobrothersbrewing.com/restaurants/two-brothers-social-tap/. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Two Brothers Social Tap will be serving up a barbecue-centric menu and special beer tappings all day long in honor of Father's Day.
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave. W, Warrenville, (630) 393-2337, twobrothersbrewing.com/event/fathers-day-at-two-brothers-tap-house-2/. Starting at 11 a.m. Father's Day, Dad (and his family) can expect food specials, special beer tappings and four free brewery tours (at 1, 3, 5, 7 p.m.).