What to do with mom after brunch is served

(Published on April 29, 2019)

By Angela Gagnon – Staff Writer

This year Mother’s Day is May 12, and there’s no shortage of events, activities and entertainment to enjoy in downtown Chicago that will leave mom feeling like a queen. Check out our list of local happenings and choose the perfect way to honor mom.

Take mom out to the ballgame. The Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers May 10-12 at Wrigley Field. Buy mom some peanuts and Cracker Jack and watch the Cubs bring home the W.

Give mom the gift of laughter at The Comedy Bar’s Comedy Brunch on Mother’s Day at noon on Sunday, May 12 at 500 N LaSalle (third floor). Enjoy a comedy show and bottomless mimosas with mom. Tickets are $30. Ages 17 and up. More information is at comedybar.com

Broadway in Chicago features “RENT” from May 10-19 at the James M. Nederlander Theater at 24 W. Randolph. Treat mom to a 20th anniversary tour show on Mother’s Day at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Get tickets at broadwayinchicago.com

Eataly’s Kid’s Kitchen hosts “Bring Your Mama: Mother’s Day Parent/Child Pasta Making” from 12:30-2 p.m. on May 12 at its LaScuola, located on the 2nd floor of the store at 43 E. Ohio St. This special class invites children ages 6-12 and their mothers to learn the art of pasta making. For more information and tickets, which start at $75, visit www.eataly.com

Get in an early morning workout for a good cause at Susan G. Komen’s 22nd annual Race for the Cure. Run or walk the 5K at 9am on May 12 at Montrose Harbor. More information can be found at komenchicago.org

Race for the Cure participants gather in 2018 for the annual 5K on Mother’s Day. Photo courtesy Race for the Cure Chicago

Explore the Spring Flower Show with mom at Garfield Park Conservatory located at 300 N Central Park Ave. This year’s show, Understory: Layers of Light, focuses on plants that thrive below the forest canopy and runs through May 12. The conservatory is open 9am – 5pm on Sundays and admission is free with suggested donation.

Try your hand at cupcake decorating at a Flower Cupcake Icing class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Magnolia Bakery in Block 37 at 108 N. State St. Learn how to make beautiful flower cupcakes with classic American buttercream in a variety of pastel colors in time for Mother’s Day. For more info and to register for the class, visit eventbrite.com.

Flower Cupcake Icing class at Magnolia Bakery makes the perfect edible treats just in time for Mother’s Day. Photo courtesy Magnolia Bakery

Head to Lincoln Park Zoo’s Cafe Brauer (2021 N. Stockton Drive)  for a special Brunch at the Zoo on Sunday May 12 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. You can also stroll around the gardens along the zoo’s boardwalk or head into the zoo to get a closer look at the animals. For more information and tickets, visit eventbrite.com (Cost is $45 for people 13 and over, $20 for children ages 1-12, under 1 is free).

Enjoy an energizing Core Power Yoga class followed by Brunch at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at Pinstripes in Streeterville located at 435 E Illinois St. Or treat mom to a leisurely Mother’s Day Brunch between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday May 12 and enjoy some bowling or Bocce afterward. More info can be found at pinstripes.com/chicago.

Hop aboard a cruise on Lake Michigan leaving from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Take the whole family aboard Odyssey and enjoy a delicious meal, entertainment and amazing views. On Sunday, May 12, choose from breakfast, lunch or dinner cruises with music and dancing or an architecture themed brunch cruise. Prices vary. More information can be found at odysseycruises.com.Spirit Cruises also offers Mother’s Day cruises for brunch and dinner with skyline views, music and games. Prices vary. Find more info at spiritcruises.com.

Head over to Maggie Daley Park for some outdoor rock climbing and take in the spectacular view of the city skyline. If the weather isn’t cooperating, check out First Ascent in Block 37 located at 108 N. State St. suite 420 for some indoor rock climbing. Take a climbing class or perfect your bouldering in this world class facility run by local Chicago climbers. Prices vary. Visit firstascentclimbing.com for more information.

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