Don’t get us wrong: we love Sunday brunch. But didn’t you take mom to brunch last last year (and the year before) for Mother’s Day? This year, skip the usual eggs Benedict and avocado toast and treat your mom to a day she won’t forget with these five fun activities.
Bring mom to the annual Mother’s Day Dose Market to shop the creations of more than 80 carefully curated local artisans, designers, and other small businesses. It’s for a good cause—25% of all ticket sales go to local nonprofit organization New Moms, which provides housing and job training to young, single mothers and their children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; buy tickets on dosemarket.com. Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St.
You’re never too old for a tea party. Don stylish hats and tuck into scones, cake breads, tea sandwiches, and sweets at this elegant tea in the museum’s historic ballroom. Chicago’s own Rate Tea Cellars will supply the tea, and the Chicago Millinery Collective will make an appearance to showcase its latest designs. 10:30 a.m.; book on driehausmuseum.org. 40 E. Erie St., 312-482-8933
Treat mom to a bouncy blowout that’ll leave her feeling like a new woman. This blow dry bar, with locations in River North and the West Loop, has a few specials worth your while. For the week of May 8, mother/daughter duos can enjoy $5 off each blowout and a $10 gift card to use toward your next service this month. Don’t forget to BYOB so you can toast to all of her hard work! Book on blowoutjunkie.com. 445 W. Huron St., 312-929-2291; 1219 W. Madison, 312-496-3794
Sip yummy mimosas while you learn to whip up a delicious brunch with mom. Together, you’ll make a smoked salmon and crème fraîche tart, eggs Florentine frittata, cheesy roasted potatoes, and a lemon poppy seed coffee cake. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; book at atyourschool.youritdept.com. The Merchandise Mart Plaza, Ste. 107, 312-644-6360
Skip the landlocked brunches and hop on board a Mother’s Day boat ride with Spirit Cruises. Take in the Chicago skyline from the middle of the lake as you enjoy a delicious brunch buffet and live tunes from a DJ. Moms will receive a complimentary drink and flower. Cruises at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 3-5 p.m.; book on spiritcruises.com. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., 866-273-2469