2022 Guide to Celebrating Mother's Day in Chicago

By Debra Flanagan, Macaroni KID Chicago Northside April 20, 2022

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Let's make this Mother's Day extra-special because it has been, well, let's say... a challenging year for moms.

So on May 8, let's celebrate the Chicago moms and mom-figures in our lives by letting them know how much we appreciate everything they do for us the other 364 days of the year.

Here are events, activities, and even a few craft ideas children can do to show their love: 

A special day out

Above Average Candle Studio - Mom & Me - Mother's Day Candle Making Class
In this Mom and Me workshop you'll learn the basics of fragrance blending and make a custom scented signature candle. This is MORE than a class, this is a TRUE Experience. Mom will receive a special Mother's Day surprise. All supplies are included. Pick your day and time. Music, Games, Snacks, Prizes and Fun! Alcoholic beverages are available for attendees 21yrs or older. (at no additional cost)
May 7, 2022 and May 8, 2022 10am
3414 W. Foster Ave.

Alice's Table - Virtual Floral Arranging, Brush Lettering, Artisan Charcuterie Workshops, or Featured Chocolate Lava Cake Baking Class
Necessary items will be sent to your doorstep. Prior to the event, each guest will receive tracking details and live streaming instructions. Pour a beverage of your choice and log on to experience a one-of-a-kind Alice's Table workshop. Throughout the workshop, we will teach you step-by-step how to create a beautiful arrangement in a stylish vase, all while sharing our top floral tips and tricks!
May 5 - May 14, 2022

Amazing Co. - Family Mystery Picnic
Your destination is a mystery and so is how you'll get there! The whole family will have fun throughout the day as you solve a series of puzzles and riddles leading you to collect delicious, gourmet picnic food from local artisan producers. End your adventure at a picnic destination you won’t forget and enjoy what you’ve collected along the way.  
Available in Lincoln Park, Ravenswood, and Evanston

Blackberry Farm - Mother's Day Brunch and Flowers
Treat mom to a special day at Blackberry Farm! Start the day with a beautiful brunch and then enjoy the day with mom at Blackberry Farm.*
May 8, 2022 10:30am-12pm

Bottle and Bottega - Mother’s Day Morning Event! Mommy and Me!
We supply the OJ, you supply the Bubbly! Ticket price includes all paint supplies, instruction, aprons and a 11x14 take-home canvas!
May 8, 2022 9am-11am
2900 N. Lincoln Ave.

Bottle and Bottega - Mimosa Brunch- Colorful Daydream
We supply the OJ, you supply the Bubbly! Ticket price includes all paint supplies, instruction, aprons and a 11x14 take-home canvas!
May 8, 2022 12pm-2:30pm
2900 N. Lincoln Ave.

Bottle and Bottega - Ethereal Love
We supply the OJ, you supply the Bubbly! Ticket price includes all paint supplies, instruction, aprons and a 11x14 take-home canvas!
May 8, 2022 5pm-6:30pm
2900 N. Lincoln Ave.

Circus Vazquez
Get ready for a turbo-charged take on the traditional circus that’s sure to thrill audiences of all ages. From graceful dancers and daring trapeze artists to a hilarious clown, this gasp-inducing performance gathers tons of amazing world-known talent under the big top for a huge dose of family fun. Take somewhere different this Mother's Day and SAVE BIG by clicking HERE.
April 22, 2022 - May 9, 2022

City Cruises - Mother's Day Premier Brunch Cruise on Lake Michigan and Mother's Day Premier Dinner Cruise on the Chicago River

In addition to incredible food, both cruises include:

  • Spectacular views of the city skyline and local landmarks
  • Guaranteed table for your party size
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Flower for mom and two souvenir champagne flutes (Dinner)

May 8, 2022

The Davis Theater - Mother’s Day Brunch & Kids Cartoons
Cartoons will be shown in Theater 1, connected to Carbon Arc, where a special brunch buffet will be setup. Buffet includes: Kids juice boxes, eggs, bacon, sausage, croissants, donuts, yogurt, fruits & berries, and a Kids Waffle Bar with all the fun toppings. Each Adult Brunch comes with a Mimosas included in the price. Adults are $25 and Kids are $15, before taxes/fees/gratuity. Every group will get a reservation in Carbon Arc for the number of adults purchased, kids can head to the theater. Only people with the brunch purchase will be allowed access to Carbon Arc. You do not have to purchase the brunch package to bring your kids to cartoons, theater access is free and those who have not purchased the brunch package can enter the theater through the lobby.
May 8, 2022 10am - 12pm
4620 N. Lincoln Ave.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa - Mother's Day Lunch
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has everything your mom wants for Mother’s Day: an extravagant meal with unlimited Champagne, a new Bloody Mary Bar, a relaxing spa, and maybe even a few hours of peace on the green.
May 8, 2022 Seating Times: 11:00am | 11:15am | 11:30am | 1:00pm | 1:15pm | 1:30pm | 2:00pm
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva

Laugh Factory - Mother's Day Comedy Showcase
This show will feature some of the funniest moms in comedy! 
May 8, 2022 7pm
3175 N. Broadway

The Rock and Roll Playhouse - The Beatles for Kids and More Mother's Day Celebration
The Rock and Roll Playhouse is the largest national kid-friendly live concert series having performed to hundreds of thousands of kids and their families. It has hosted over 1,000 shows in more than 35 leading live music venues across the United States, filling the void for shared musical experiences between parents and children across the country.
Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children aged 1-7, games, movement, stories and most importantly an opportunity to rock out. It allows parents to enjoy the music they love while little fans are encouraged to explore their creativity and have fun!
May 8, 2022 11am
The Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St.

Crafts for the kids to make

Handmade gifts are all about the heart. Help the kids make gifts for mom she's sure to treasure: