A magical 2011 Mother’s Day in Chicago

It’s the one day a year when you have a built-in response to the “but Moooooom, I don’t want to ______!” From elegant brunches to a walk in the woods, we’ve got a mash-up for a Mother’s Day you’ll remember.

From elegant brunches to a walk in the woods, we’ve got a mash-up for a Mother’s Day you’ll remember.

Remember what it’s like to have someone else cook breakfast? And… wait for it! … clean up afterward? Remind yourself in luxuryat one of these five classy brunch spots. Or if you’re not really a”white tablecloth” kind of family (read: wait staff sees your kidscoming and duck for cover), OpenTable.com has a complete list of Mother’s Day brunches across
Chicagoland.

5 Mother’s Day brunches in Chicago

Brunch is the classic way to spend theperfect Mother’s Day morning, but with so many gorgeousbrunch buffet spreads in Chicago, it’s hard to choose the one thatthe woman in your life will love. We tried all the fancy downtownSunday brunch buffets (yes, our life is so stressful) so you canpinpoint the perfect Mother’s Day treat.


Chicagoland is in bloom, and we’ve got just the (five) places totake it all in this Mother’s Day, from Glencoe to Rockford to Lisleand more. It’s the one day of the year when you might actually beable to stand your ground to the choruses of “But Moooom, I don’twant to go look at a bunch of flowers.” Details

Awesome Blossoms

5 places to celebrate spring in full bloom

Better late than never: It applies as aptly to potty-trainingsuccess as it does to spring’s annual arrival in Chicagoland. Andwith that warmer temperatures come greener pastures, so get outthere and take it in!Here are five regional hot spots to takein the spring blossoms, along with bike riding, nature hikes, birdwatching and more.


You get a angelic amble through Chicago Botanic Garden’sworld-class greenhouses. Your boys (big and small) get to watchthings that make noise and move. Talk about a win-win.

Putting the petal to the metal

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America

The Model Railroad Garden delights visitors of all ages with the sights and sounds of garden-scale trains traversing bridges and trestles, past miniature scenes of America’s best-loved landmarks and beautiful gardens planted to scale. From June 7-Aug. 30, the exhibition stays open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.


Boast and toast Chicago moms at Families in the Loop’spre-Mother’s Day Bash at the Kenmore Live Studio. Enjoy nibbles,creative cocktails and tons of gal- and guy-centric tips from localstyle and wellness experts who will launch us into our hippest andhealthiest this spring.



Spend time with that special girl in your life. In the evening,you will set out on a fun hike around Lake Marmo to hear thenighttime sounds. Afterward, return to camp for snacks around thecampfire. After a light breakfast the next morning, take a bikearound the Arboretum.


In honor of Mother’s Day, the following venues are offering freeadmission:

  • Chicago Children’s Museum In
    theStories Connect Us program, kids can
    interview moms bout an important childhood memory, and then record
    it to a CD to give as a special Mother’s Day gift.

What’s free for moms


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