Beyond Brunch: Creative Ideas for a Chicago Mother’s Day – by Elise Soeder

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, on Sunday, May 9! We at the Museum of Illusions certainly don’t have anything against a good brunch, but we love fun, alternative ways to celebrate loved ones. Our downtown location has been the destination for plenty of birthdays and anniversaries, so why not Mother’s Day too? We will be open all Mother’s Day weekend, and as much as we would love to have literally everyone and their mother join us to celebrate, our capacity is limited and tickets sell out fast! Make sure you snag them well in advance if you’re planning to bring Mom to our mind-bending museum.

Image courtesy of Museum of Illusions Chicago and Kidlist

$21+, For info visit us at moichicago.com

Looking for more ideas? Here are some other possibilities for what to do after the last mimosa has been poured.

For the #MOM

We are so excited to have the WOMANISH Experience as our downtown neighbor, and since it is designed and intended for womxn of all experiences and perspectives, it’s a perfect treat for your mom (and kiddos too)! With 10 exciting visual and sensory experiences across 5 floors, WOMANISH offers some of the best photo and video opportunities in the city for content creators. WOMANISH guests are required to wear face coverings for the duration of their visit, so grab your cutest, most Insta-worthy masks and make sure those phones are fully charged!

$35-$55, For info visit wearewomanish.com

Image courtesy of WOMANISH on Instagram @womanishexperience

For Taking in Chicago

Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock building, the 360 Chicago observation deck offers the absolute best views of the city. Whether your mom is a Chicago native who loves her home, or is visiting from out of town, 360 Chicago is the place to go to give her an experience unique to our city, especially since their BAR 94 is stocked with locally crafted beer and spirits. If you’re looking for an extra thrill, add TILT to your ticket package and find yourself leaning out over the Magnificent Mile from 1,030 feet in the air!

$30+, For info visit 360chicago.com

e courtesy of 360 Chicago

For the Royal Family Fan

Vaccinated and can safely visit mom? Pick up her favorite tea and treats and join her for afternoon tea! The Driehaus Museum focuses on “the art, architecture and design of the late 19th century to the present” and is housed in a restored downtown mansion from 1883. While they are open for visitors and would normally host their Mother’s Day tea in-person, the museum moved this event to the safety of Zoom this year. Once the kettle is on and the finger sandwiches are ready, you and Mom will learn all about the tradition and artistry of afternoon tea from actor and history scholar Leslie Goddard, Ph.D. The Driehaus Museum store also carries Victorian-styled teaware if you’re looking for a themed gift for mom. Pinkies up!

$15, For info visit driehausmuseum.org/programs

Image courtesy of the Driehaus Museum

For the Green Thumb

The Lincoln Park Conservatory has re-opened and is welcoming guests for their annual spring flower show. This year’s theme is “Pretty In Pink,” and features azaleas, tulips, orchids, hydrangeas, and more–all in varying shades of pink. This event runs until Mother’s Day and requires registration in advance. Plus, it’s free!
(Hint: The Garfield Park Conservatory is also hosting a flower show! That one ends May 5.)

Free, For info visit chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/spring-flower-show-lincoln-conservatory-2
Image courtesy of Chicago Parks District

For the Adventurer

If you’ve got an outdoorsy mom, try getting out on the water and in the sunshine with Kayak Chicago. They have three different locations in the city, and offer classes, tours, and rentals so you can customize your adventure. (Don’t worry, the rentals come with a basic orientation to kayaking!) Depending on the weather and conditions on the water, their opening hours may vary, so we suggest giving them a call before you take off for the lake with Mom.
Fingers crossed for beautiful weather!

$30+, For info visit kayakchicago.com

Image courtesy of Kayak Chicago



Whatever you decide to do this year, we at MOI Chicago wish all the moms out there a beautiful Mother’s Day! Hope to see you soon!