Mother’s Day Guide for Chicagoland Families

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

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 12, 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!

This article was recently updated on April 1, 2024 by Chicago Parent’s Assistant Editor, Nikki Roberts. The update included her research and fact-checking expertise to provide the latest information on Mother’s Day events and activities, aligning with Chicago Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to

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


Love Trees With Mom and Me at Bottle & Bottega

May 12, 2024

Moms and daughters of all ages can enjoy painting an 11-inch-by-14-inch canvas of trees coming together to make a heart, in honor of Mother’s Day. Registration required. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk

May 12, 2024

Celebrating its 15th annual race, participants will receive a cake pop and finisher rose at the end of the race. Runners will also receive a t-shirt or a ladies fit tank top (for $5 extra.)

Mother Daughter Tea at Drury Lane

May 11, 2024

Mothers and daughters can enjoy afternoon high tea with unique pastries. Also, a Bespoke Tea Station for children, a tea flower selection and a custom tea for moms to take home. Reservations required.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Morton Arboretum

May 12, 2024

  • Address: 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
  • Cost: $67/adult members, $35/ages 4-12 members, $77/adult guests, $40/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 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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