In his homily, the cardinal talked about the permanent bond between mother and child that can withstand so much.
At the Drake Hotel, some mothers enjoyed a special brunch Sunday. In addition to an array of delicacies, there was a room dedicated to kid-friendly activities -- complete with a juggler and face painting. In the palm court, "Makeover Mama" festivities ruled, where manicures and massages were served up along with high tea.
In another part of the city, a Chicago woman was the first to become a new mother on Mother's Day. Nicole Johnson gave birth to a baby boy early Sunday at Resurrection Medical Center. Little Ryan was born at approximately 5:50 a.m.
For being this year's first Chicago birth on Mothers Day, Nicole Johnson received a gift basket and a free professional photo shoot from the Kodak company, along with a lifetime's worth of Happy Mother's Day memories going forward.