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Mother’s Day is Sunday, and these are some nearby restaurants that can help out. Just make sure to place your orders in advance.

Bonefish Grill

1604 Randall Road, Algonquin, (847) 658-9268; 180 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, (847) 534-0679; 9310 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, (847) 674-4634, bonefishgrill.com/. When: Call in advance to place an order for Mother’s Day, for pickup or delivery Friday through Sunday, May 8-10. What: This Mother’s Day, Bonefish will be serving an exclusive Mahi & Shrimp Family Bundle that feeds up to five. The $49.90 meal includes a choice of house or Caesar salad, family-style sides of garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies, fresh bread with pesto and, for dessert, three cheesecake slices and three cookies. Add a bottle of wine starting at $15. Other Family Bundles options include the Grilled Salmon Bundle ($39.90), Lily’s Chicken Bundle ($35.90), Bang Bang Shrimp Taco Bundle ($39.90) and more.

Chicago Prime Italian

1370 Bank Drive, Schaumburg, (847) 240-1414, chicagoprimeitalian.com/. When: Pre-orders are requested 48 hours in advance, for pickup Friday through Sunday, May 8-10, for curbside carryout. What: Treat Mom to special appetizers (portobello al forno, arancini), organic pear salad, braised lamb shank ($45.95), bone-in sliced ham ($30.95), swordfish sauteed with shrimp and asparagus ($35.95) and surf and turf ($65.95). Each entree includes one side and dessert (Godiva chocolate-dipped strawberries, raspberry mousse cake or lava cake). The wine list is 25% off. The full menu also will be available.

Cooper’s Hawk

Locations in Arlington Heights, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Naperville, South Barrington, St. Charles, Wheeling and more; chwinery.com/. When: Orders must be placed by 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, for curbside pickup or carryout on Saturday, May 9, (cold options only) and Sunday, May 10 (hot and cold options). What: Enjoy a special Mother’s Day menu for four to five diners for $149.99 or for eight to 10 diners for $199.99. The dinner includes house salad, pretzel bread and butter, a choice of entree (soy ginger salmon, Ellie’s Chicken Piccata, red wine braised short ribs, bourbon-lacquered barbecue pork chops, Parmesan-crusted filet medallions (+$20)), sides of Mary’s Potatoes and garlic green beans, and Key lime pie or Cooper’s Hawk chocolate cake for dessert.

Francesca’s

Locations in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bolingbrook, Elmhurst, Lake Forest, Naperville, St. Charles and more; miafrancesca.com/. When: Order by 2 p.m. Thursday, May 7, to schedule curbside pickup between 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10. What: The special Mother’s Day menu features roasted chateaubriand, plus a choice of three salads and sides (Caesar salad, asparagus salad, whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, creamed spinach, ravioli con ricotta) and Eli’s cheesecake for dessert. It’s $109.95 for two and $214.95 for four. Add on a mimosa kit for $29.95.

Moretti’s

Locations in Barrington, Bartlett, Edison Park, Fox Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake in the Hills, Mount Prospect, Morton Grove, Rosemont and Schaumburg, morettisrestaurants.com/. When: Pre-order before Sunday, May 10. What: It’s a Mother’s Day feast at Moretti’s. Specialties include the Italian Combo with lasagna and chicken Parmesan with garlic bread ($15.99), Canadian salmon ($17.99), fresh-made short rib ravioli ($17.99), rib-eye steak dinner with asparagus and mashed potatoes or fries ($16.99) and a half slab ($10.99) or full slab ($17.99) barbecue rib dinner with coleslaw and fries. Plus, take advantage of $10 bottles of select Napa Valley and other wines to-go. The full dinner menu will be available.

Shaw’s Schaumburg

1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722, shawscrabhouse.com/. When: Preorders should be made by noon Friday, May 8, with brunch pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, and dinner pickup from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. What: Mom will enjoy a lavish brunch for four featuring cinnamon roll French toast, bagels and lox, fruit salad, country sausage, caramelized bacon and more. Dinner for four features clam chowder, Caesar salad, au gratin potatoes, creamed spinach, Shaw’s signature mini raspberry pie and more for $99. Add-ons include South African lobster tail ($75), lobster mac and cheese ($40), roasted tenderloin ($80), sushi platter ($40), Parmesan-crusted haddock ($40), cocktail kits (mojito, mimosa, Bloody Mary, Old Fashioned and martini), bottles of wine and more. Order online or email jkoval@leye.com.

For more options, visit the Daily Herald’s listings here.

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Barrington Hills’ elected officials want village hall and the adjacent police headquarters to reopen to the public this month, with visitors abiding by state regulations such as social distancing.

Barrington Hills’ elected officials want village hall and the adjacent police headquarters to reopen to the public in less than two weeks, with visitors abiding by state regulations such as social distancing.

Village board members have set May 19 as the target date for the municipal buildings to be accessible to the public. Officials said the facilities typically receive a minimum number of visitors.

In addition, the village board plans to end teleconference meetings and return to in-person sessions, while not exceeding a limit of 10 people together and spreading them 6 feet apart in a room, Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin said.

“It’s really difficult to get the sense of what somebody’s going through on a Zoom (video) call or a phone call,” he said. “You can’t really interact. And from board member to board member, it’s really difficult to communicate as well. You’re getting cut off mid-sentence. It’s just not an appropriate way, in my opinion, to do public business from this point moving forward.”

Read more here.

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East Dundee has approved a five-year contract extension with Duke’s Blues-n-BBQ to operate out of the village’s downtown caboose concession stand. (Rick West | Staff Photographer)

East Dundee officials know it takes a unique tenant to make the village’s caboose concession stand successful.

Cuisine, customer base, flexibility and overhead costs all play a role. So far, they say, Duke’s Blues-n-BBQ seems to have the right recipe.

For the past two years, Terrance “Duke” Seward and his wife, Rhiannon, have run their business seasonally out of the village-owned train car at 112 Railroad St. At their request, the village board voted 5-0 this week to approve a five-year lease extension.

Built in 1952 for the Milwaukee Road, the caboose was purchased by the village and has been used as a concession stand in the heart of downtown since May 2015. It became an attraction for Dundee-area residents and visitors, particularly those passing through on the Fox River Trail, Village President Lael Miller said. Still, the village struggled for a few years to find the right operator.

Read more hereand give them a try since they’re perfectly suited for the “new norm” of our carryout world these days!

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JB Pritzker’s ten-page plan of, “A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State,” can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Illinois reports April pot sales top previous 2 months

CHICAGO (AP) — The legal sale of marijuana during Illinois’ first full month of lockdown due to the coronavirus surpassed sales in two previous months, state officials announced Monday.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reports April adult-use cannabis sales totaled more than $37.2 million. A little over $7.5 million of sales at the state’s 50 recreational marijuana dispensaries were to out-of-state residents.

April sales topped March’s $36 million in sales and February’s approximately $35 million in sales. April’s sales trailed the $39.2 million in January, the first month of legalized adult sales.

Read more from the Associated Press here.

Editorial note: We’re wondering if patrons of these establishments are required to wear face masks, adhere to 6-foot social distancing and wait in line if stores have too many smokers on site at one time?  

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Zion’s Illinois Beach State Park is among the state parks that reopened this weekend. – courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The reopening of some Illinois state parks is good news for hikers, bikers and bird watchers. But those who want to camp, picnic or reserve a shelter will have to wait a while longer.

As of Friday, selected parks closed in recent weeks because of the pandemic will now be open from sunrise to sunset daily for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, wildlife observation and mushroom collecting.

However, visitor centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, beaches and concessions are closed and educational programs and special events are canceled. Also, hunting is suspended until further notice as are shelter reservations, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Visitors must adhere to six feet of social distancing and other safety guidelines established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes wearing face coverings.

Read more here.

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