Mother's Day

How to Celebrate Mother's Day in the Chicago Area

Plenty of local events are running through the holiday

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Celebrate Mother's Day by showing the special person — or people — in your life a good time in the Chicago area.

All sorts of events, from brunch on Lake Michigan to a tulip festival in Spring Grove, will unravel in time for Sunday.

Here are some local activities you can check out on Mother's Day:

Hit up Coach for Custom Gifts

Make a day out of finding a gift with Coach. The fashion brand's Michigan Avenue storefront is showcasing its "I Got It From My Mom" campaign with a special event stretching from 1 to 6 p.m. all weekend long.

Shoppers can stop by with their loved ones to personalize their Coach bags with custom hand painting by local artist Emmy Star Brown. A monogramming and floral bouquet station also will be available.

The store is located at 625 Michigan Ave.

Grab Brunch

The Duck Inn 

The fifth rendition of “Mommapalooza” will take over the gastro-tavern May 8. The celebration will offer a special menu for dine-in and take-out options, including smoked salmon and avocado toast. 

Reservations can be made here


For enjoyment on the go, Beatrix will offer take-out packages loaded with scrambled eggs, lobster and crab enchiladas, fruit and more May 8. Cinnamon roll and mimosa add-on kits will be available for purchase, too. 

Reservations can be made here.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

The Lincoln Park tapas restaurant will host brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8, with table-side gifts up for grabs. Bouquets, candles or seed paper cards from local florist Southside Blooms will be available for purchase.

Reservations can be made here.


Fulton Market District’s Mediterranean restaurant will run a special for the holiday, with spring frittata with crab, English peas and shaved asparagus on the menu for brunch. Passion fruit gin and tonics and an exclusive bottle of Miraval Rosé can be ordered from the drink menu.  

Reservations can be made here


Tanta will serve a Peruvian-inspired brunch buffet for its Mother’s Day special. An entree will be accompanied by five stations, which include cebiche, causa and salad, anticucho, empanada and dessert. 

Reservations can be made here

Stroll Through a Tulip Festival

Light up Mother’s Day with the bulbs that are beginning to bloom at Richardson Farm’s Tulip Festival. 

While 600,000 tulips are rooted in the farm in Spring Grove, 100,000 of them are showing color with a few already popping open. Warm weather is expected to further the blooms along, according to the farm. 

Two local food trucks will be stationed on the lake-front grounds, and freshly-made donuts, popcorn and kettle corn also will be available at the farm. A wine tasting will run at the gift shop, too. 

The festival will open for the season at 11 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are available here, and parking will be free. Each purchased ticket will come with one tulip.  

Cruise on Lake Michigan 

City Experiences will host a brunch on the lake. Buffets, classic cocktails and city views will be in store inside the climate-controlled interior.

Onboard entertainment, a cash bar and unlimited tea and coffee will round out the two-hour experience. 

Reservations can be made here.  

Take a Painting Class  

Bottle & Bottega’s South Loop studio is inviting duos for a two-hour painting session with drinks. 

Guests will get the chance to paint a “Mom and Me Mermaid” on May 7, and a “Mommy and Me at the Lake” set May 8. Guests can bring their own food and drinks to enjoy. 

Reservations for May 7 can be made here, and reservations for May 8 can be made here.  

Catch a Cubs Game

The Chicago Cubs will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 8 at Wrigley Field. 

Tickets can be purchased here. Exclusive suits with food and beverages included also are available. 

Wind Down With a Spa Treatment 

Aire Ancient Baths draws from traditions of Greek and Roman bath houses. The River West spa offers indoor and outdoor baths, as well as massages.

For Mother’s Day, the spa will run a gift box special. The first 100 gift box purchases will receive a complimentary hydrating face mask, according to the website. 

Reservations can be made here

Explore Various Flower Conservatories

Blooms are booming this weekend, as two Chicago conservatories are displaying their floral shows.

Garfield Park Conservatory's spring flower show "Knock Knock" features a collection of vintage doors hanging above arrangements of tulips, hydrangeas, daffodils and hyacinth. An abundance of knock-knock jokes can be expected, according to the website. Tickets are available here.

Lincoln Park Conservatory's spring flower show "Pillars of Spring" displays over a dozen freestanding pillars covered geraniums, nemesias, snapdragons, fuschias and more. Tickets are available here.

Head to One of The Biggest Scavenger Hunts in The Area

Since 1987, the University of Chicago has hosted an annual scavenger hunt that spans four days. The hunt typically includes a list of items and events like a blood drive, a road trip and more, according to its website. The hunt will start May 4 and end Mother's Day.

For more information, click here.

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