Three unusual ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Chicago

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, right?

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,” too.

1 Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure

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

2 Odyssey and Spirit of Chicago

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

3 Terzo Piano Mother’s Day

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.

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