Mother's Day Delights in Southwest Illinois

Looking for that special something to treat mom to for Mother’s Day? From a day shopping in the open air to live shows, brunch, and cruises, southwest Illinois has you and mom covered! Break away from the norm with something fun any mother can enjoy!

Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner Ideas

Want to take mom out for a great meal? Old Herald Brewery and Distillery is offering a generous Mother’s Day Menu with breakfast and lunch options mom won’t soon forget! Go to a brunch buffet at Bakers and Hale, brunch at Bluff City Grill, or Edison’s Entertainment Complex for brunch and bowling! Grafton Winery and Vineyards is celebrating Mother’s Day with live music, drinks, and specials and Post Commons will host a day with brunch and coffee specials.
Have brunch at the Pere Marquette Lodge and follow your meal with a spring hike. Fun can also be found at the Route 66 Creamery in Hamel with shopping, eats, and ice cream at their Mother’s Day Market.

What about a brunch with views? Grafton Harbor and the Hakuna Matata crew have three Mother’s Day cruises to partake in, including a Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise, a Sunset Cruise, and a leisurely One-Hour Cruise Mother’s Day weekend!

Enjoy a Brunch or Sunset Cruise on board the Hakuna Matata sailing out of Grafton Harbor.

A Day at the Market

Farmer’s market days arrive in the region with many opening the same week as Mother’s Day! Bring mom on an outdoor shopping adventure and breathe in the spring air at the Alton Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market,, The Land of Goshen Market, Melting Pot Market, Carlinville Market Days, or Hillsboro’s Market on the Square! Antique seeking moms can go to the Litchfield Picker’s Market for vintage finds accompanied by live music. Find fresh produce to cook mom a homemade meal, bouquets of flowers to brighten her day, and unique gifts made by local crafters you won’t find anywhere else!

Take mom to a local farmer's market for some weekend fun!

Something Different

In search of something different for Mother’s Day? Bring your mom on a haunted history Mineral Springs Walking Tour for a change! Mac’s Downtown in Alton is hosting a Kentucky Derby Day event with a buffet and live music and 1818 Chophouse in Edwardsville is having a Mother’s Day brunch and also bringing out the mint juleps on Derby Day with best dressed contests, specials, and more!

For history without the spooks, bring the whole family to the Lewis and Clark Departure Celebration.

For more Mother’s Day ideas and things to do in the southwest Illinois region, go to the events page at:!

About the Author

Kayla Howland

Kayla Howland is a local writer and artist who lives in Alton, IL with her Cairn Terrier, Ripley. She enjoys fiction and non-fiction writing, graphic design, painting, drawing and photography. Kayla is a graduate of Southwestern High School and Lewis & Clark Community College. She has worked doing freelance graphic design, photography and commissioned paintings since 2012.