Mother’s Day Guide – NBC Chicago

Get a head start on Mother’s Day — which falls on May 8 — by planning ahead for the various events Chicago has to offer. To match the special someone in your life, local places like restaurants and spas run their own specials.

Here are some activities you can participate in on Mother’s Day weekend:

Have a brunch

The duck inn

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

Reservations can be made here.


For on-the-go fun, Beatrix will be offering to-go packages loaded with scrambled eggs, lobster and crab enchiladas, fruit and more on May 8. Complementary cinnamon roll and mimosa kits will also be available for purchase.

Reservations can be made here.

Ba-Ba-Reeba Cafe

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

Reservations can be made here.


The Mediterranean restaurant in the Fulton Market District will host a special for the holidays, with spring crab frittata, English peas and shredded asparagus on the brunch menu. Passion fruit gin and tonics and an exclusive bottle of Miraval Rosé can be ordered from the drinks menu.

Reservations can be made here.


Tanta will be serving a Peruvian-inspired brunch buffet for her Mother’s Day special. A starter will be accompanied by five stations, which include cebiche, causa and salad, anticucho, empanada and dessert.

Reservations can be made here.

Relax with a spa treatment

Aire Ancient Baths is inspired by the traditions of Greek and Roman baths. The River West Spa offers indoor and outdoor baths, as well as massages.

For Mother’s Day, the spa will organize a special gift box. The first 100 purchases of gift sets will receive a free hydrating mask, according to the website.

Reservations can be made here.

Take a painting class

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

Guests will have the chance to paint a “Mom and Me the Mermaid” on May 7 and a “Mom and Me at the Lake” set on 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.

Cruise on Lake Michigan

City Experiences will host a brunch on the lake. Buffets, classic cocktails, and city views will be on tap inside the air-conditioned interior.

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

Reservations can be made here.

Catch a game of wolf cubs

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

Tickets can be purchased here. Exclusive costumes with food and drinks included are also available.

Discover various flower conservatories

While April showers bring May flowers, two Chicago conservatories show the flowers a little earlier.

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

The Lincoln Park Conservatory’s “Pillars of Spring” spring flower exhibit features more than a dozen freestanding pillars covered in geraniums, nemesias, snapdragons, fuschias and more. Tickets are available here.

Head on one of the region’s greatest treasure hunts

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

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