MNO. It's secret mom code for "Moms Night Out."
Most moms understand the beauty of MNOs - those kid-less nights when we seek sanity by escaping kids, husbands, work, dogs and whatever else occasionally drives us nuts.
We gather to gossip, complain, brag, catch up and just hang out.
While dishing with fellow moms over dinner and drinks always is a good time, Chicago offers countless opportunities for mom bonding. I snagged some mom friends and diligently researched some fun and different options for mom fun in the city and suburbs - plus some do-it-yourself ideas sure to bring on the giggles.
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The wine was flowing as much as the creative juices at a wine and art party at Bottle & Bottega in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. With the guidance of an expert, we each created a masterpiece using the same subject matter: a vase of flowers. The best part of the night was painting a portrait of a friend and then revealing it later in the night. Bottle & Bottega is just one of many art studios that encourage amateurs to bring their own drinks and food.
A few other BYOB art studios are Arts n Spirits in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, Wine & Canvas in Chicago, Tipsy Paint in Glenview and Artist @ Heart in Libertyville. Paint-your-own pottery studios also offer special ladies nights.