Kids are back in school, so reward yourself for a summer well done by scheduling much-needed adulting time with you favorite crew. Looking for a place to host your next MNO (Mom’s Night Out) or book club meeting? Read on for our roundup of perfect spots for a bit of girl time!

Green Zebra Chicagophoto: Green Zebra

Green Zebra
Visit the charming Green Zebra for some really inventive and colorful vegetarian fare, created by Chef de Cuisine David Chapman (Sepia, Vie) and Sous Chef Bill Walker (Chop Shop, Wood, Next), that is served alongside craft drinks in vintage glasses and stemware. The delightful menu evolves and changes with the seasons and moms here can enjoy four-course tasting menus or order off the menu. Entrees at Green Zebra are sure to spark conversation and make the night memorable.

Green Zebra
1460 W. Chicago Ave.
West Town
Hours: Tues.-Thurs., 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Online: greenzebrachicago.com

Morton’s Steakhouse
You hang with a meat and potatoes kind of crowd? If you’re looking for an unobtrusive locale that provides an environment that enables great tête-à-tête interaction, consider Morton’s Steakhouse — the king of the steak and seafood market. There are several locations to choose from, making your ladies get-together a cinch: two locations in Chicago, Naperville, Rosemont, Schaumburg and Northbrook. Bonus: Your server will take a professional photograph of your group for you to take home.

Morton’s Steakhouse
Various locations throughout Chicagoland
Online: mortons.com

Kings Bowl Lincoln Parkphoto: NEWCITY Kings Bowl

Lincoln Park’s NEWCITY has loads of entertainment and dining options, including two really great restaurants that offer a fun atmosphere for an ideal MNO: Earls Kitchen + Bar and Kings Lincoln Park.

Earls Kitchen + Bar
Open since fall of 2015, their menu focuses on fresh, in-season ingredients and innovative worldwide inspired meals. Earls has a large outdoor three-season patio with fire pits and cushioned couches, where you’ll enjoy live music and handcrafted drinks.

Kings Bowl Lincoln Park
is a giant retro-inspired space that includes swanky bowling, American dining and cocktails. The soy-glazed salmon is delicious and for something to talk about, order the “Savage”, which features citrus vodka, St. Germaine strawberry puree, fresh lemon juice topped with Sprite and a glass rimmed with Pop Rocks. Note: during the day, kids are welcome and invited to hang, play and dine.

NEWCITY Lincoln Park
1457 N. Halsted St.
Lincoln Park
Online: experiencenewcity.com

Arami Chicagophoto: Arami

Arami
This light-drenched restaurant in West Town is the place to go for authentic Japanese options with several unique twists on classic American fare. Arami recently launched a Sunday brunch, which may be ideal for your mom’s group outing. Be sure to check their website for fun happenings like Noodle Night, Sushi Class or Japanese Whiskey Tasting, all of which would make for a fun night out with your mom pals.

Arami
1829 W. Chicago Ave.
West Town
Online: aramichicago.com

The Gwen ChicagoPhoto: Upstairs at the Gwen

Upstairs at The Gwen
Located at The Gwen Hotel Chicago, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is a lovely and private rooftop terrace with an Art Deco design, which makes for a perfect meeting spot for interesting and delicious cocktails and sharable plates. You’ll love the Prosecco Popsicles and personal bar carts!

Upstairs at The Gwen
521 N. Rush St.
Near North Side

The Terrace at Trump
Another great rooftop terrace, with one of the very best views of Chicago, is The Terrace at Trump. When you gaze upon the Wrigley Building’s clock tower, you’ll think you’re staring at a green screen—it’s that magical. And, of course, the menu options are incredible—sharable or individual. Here you can also order a Chilled Shellfish Tower, Flatbreads or a Terrace Picnic, which includes a sharable picnic basket for up to four people.

The Terrace at Trump
401 N. Wabash Ave.
Near North Side
Online: trumphotelcollection.com

Where’s your favorite spot to connect with your mom squad? Chat with us about it in the Comments!

—Wendy Altschuler