Mother’s Day Guide for Chicago Families

Make Mom's day extra special with these sweet ideas!

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 14, and it’s time to start planning something special for the moms in your lives. Whether you’re spending the day at home or planning to go out as a family, we’ve rounded up some ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Chicagoland.

Below, you’ll find events, gifts, food and more to spoil Mom — because she deserves it!

Looking for more family activities? Check our our guide to Things to Do with Kids This Spring in Chicagoland


Paint with Mom – A Rainbow Wish Set

May 14, 2023

Moms and daughters of all ages can enjoy painting an 11×14 canvas of two dandelions with a rainbow background, in honor of Mother’s Day. Advanced registration required.

Mother’s Day Tea Party

May 13, 2023

Ages 12 and under can enjoy a tea party in the grass, music, crafts and a meet and greet with Alice in Wonderland. Bring your own blanket. Advanced registration required.

Mother’s Day Tea Party

May 13-14, 2023

Moms and their budding chefs ages 2-8 will celebrate with a tea party made entirely from scratch. From strawberry shortcakes with hand-whipped cream to freshly brewed Magic Tea, this fun Mother’s Day tradition is a way of saying thank you for all that moms do. Festive tea party attire welcome. This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together. Pre-registration required.

Mother & Daughter Afternoon Tea

May 13, 2023

Mothers and daughters can enjoy afternoon high tea, with freshly baked scones, tea sandwiches, decadent desserts, an assortment of teas, unlimited champagne and entertainment from a live harpist. Reservations required.

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 14, 2023

  • Address: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
  • Cost: $62/adult members, $28/ages 4-12 members, $67/adult guests, $34/ages 4-12 guests, free/ages 3 and under

Morton Arboretum will host a Mother’s Day brunch for kids and dads to celebrate mom sitting in the blooming backdrop of Meadow Lake. After brunch, spend the rest of the day exploring the Arboretum grounds.

Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk

May 14, 2023

Celebrating its 14th annual race, kids ages 11 years and younger can participate in the Kids Fun Run and receive an untimed bib, cake pop and finisher rose. A shirt and medal can be purchased during registration. Kids ages 8 and younger can take part in a free race, a 100-meter dash where all finishers get a ribbon at the finish line. 

Looking for more Mother’s Day ideas in Chicagoland? Check out these Mother’s Day events and more in our calendar.


Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids to Make

Especially if you have younger kids, they’ll love to make something for Mom that she’ll cherish forever. We rounded up some easy crafts to make at home.

Thoughtful Gifts for Mom

Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect gift for Mom. We shared some gifts she’ll love whether she’s a foodie or fashionista, or she just really loves coffee.

Me-Time for Mom

Let’s be honest, some moms barely have time to breathe. What they would love for Mother’s Day is a day to relax. Why not gift her a package at one of these local bathhouses for a spa day? 


Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Have Mom wake up with breakfast already made! Here are some simple, yet delicious, brunch ideas that you can make for Mother’s Day.

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