I take Mother's Day very seriously. It's really the one day of
the year where I can get away with pretty much anything I
want-sleeping in, no laundry, very little parenting. Because if
anything, Mother's Day should be about what the mother wants to do,
For me, a long, drawn out brunch is the last thing I want.
So I scoped out some ideas for fun Mother's Day activities that
help mom get a little bit of that "me-time,"
Head downtown to Grant Park to walk for a good cause in one of
the biggest Komen walks in the country. Just being outside and
doing something good for my body may actually warrant an appetite
for the aforementioned brunch. Plus, I wouldn't mind a hug from the
kiddos as I crossed that finish line. Learn more at
If you're really angling for that family meal, try for something
a little different. Starting at about $65 per person, you can
cruise the shores of Lake Michigan while you dine on one of the
ships' various climate-controlled decks. You can even slip out to
the balcony for a bit of fresh air. All moms get a rose and free
cocktail. Book your brunch or dinner at spiritofchicago.com/Chicago/mothersday.
There's no better way to enforce a little bit of quiet than by
taking the gang to Chicago's
Art Institute for a stroll around the modern wing, a view of
artwork of very famous mothers, and a meal at the lovely Terzo
Piano restaurant. The brunch, served 11 a.m.-2 p.m., is a
traditional buffet and a special treat is given to all moms. It
would be treat enough for me to get a little culture mixed in with
the day's pomp and circumstance.
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
See more of Sara's stories here.
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