By Candice Silva
Forget giving your mom the standard chocolate and flowers this Mother’s Day. Chicago moms deserve something a little more special and a bit more extravagant. If your mom enjoys whipping up a delicious meal, running around the gym after a long day or creating a piece of art to show off to her family and friends, this gift guide has you covered. This May, show your mom you didn’t forget about her and give her something she’ll never forget, and possibly brag about on her next Bunco night.
For The Foodie
The Wooden Spoon
5047 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
woodenspoonchicago.comPrice: $65 and over for standard class
Hours: Tues to Fri – 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Located in Andersonville community, the Wooden Spoon is Chicago’s best location for perfect cookware and cooking classes. The welcoming atmosphere hosts students of all ages to learn anything from basic recipes to master cooking skills from trained professionals. This friendly shop offers a top-quality line of kitchenware at reasonable prices and custom-tailored private events. Your mother can learn how to whip up homemade pasta, Indian food or even dishes made only in Southwest France while sipping on some of her favorite wine (classes are BYOB). Purchase a Wooden Spoon gift certificate this Mother’s Day and give her the chance to learn to prepare some exotic dishes. Just make sure she doesn’t think the gift is a knock on her cooking or you’ll never be able score a few bites of the delicious food she’ll be learning to make.
161 North Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60606
www.spaspace.comPrice: $50 and up for spa treatments
Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tues – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spa Space in the West Loop is a modern, downtown salon perfect for a relaxing retreat for overworked moms. With many luxurious spa services including massages, facials, pedicures and body treatments, Spa Space makes sure to treat both your body and mind. Show your mom how much you appreciate her with some much-needed pampering. The salon’s “Love Thy Mother” package offers head-to-toe pampering for three and a half hours, with a space ritual massage, a happy feet pedicure and a seasonal aromatherapy manicure. Your mother will be leaving this place feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to take on the world.
For Active Moms
Tennis on the Lake
3650 North Recreation Drive
Chicago, IL 60613
www.tennisonthelake.comPrice: $65 and up for lessons
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If your mom is the active type, this is the gift for her. With some of the best tennis instructors in Chicago, Tennis on the Lake will take your mom’s stamina and physical strength to the next level. From adult beginner to adult advanced level five classes, there is a course here for everyone. Your mom will learn stroke combinations and how to react effectively to offensive and defensive situations. Private and special group classes are available and a customized training program can be developed for your mommy dearest.
For History Buffs
405 North Wabash
Chicago, IL 60611
www.wendellaboats.comPrice: $26 per ticket for adults; $24 for seniors (65 and over); $13 for children (11 and under)
Hours: Time varies depending on tour, See Combined Lake and River Tour info.
Give your mom a memorable experience this Mother’s Day with a Wendella Boat tour. The tour runs an hour and half long and combines trips on both the lake and river. Journey through the Chicago Lock and enjoy expert guides speak about the history and architecture of the area. The combined lake and river tour is perfect for mothers who are interested in Chicago’s rich culture and history. This tour also gives moms the chance to spend some quality time with their family. Buy a ticket of your own and create some family memories with her while viewing Chicago’s skyline at the same time.
For The Creative Moms
Lillstreet Art Center
4401 North Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
www.lillstreet.comPrice: $80 and up, depending on type of class
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fri to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If your mom is more of the creative type, this will be the perfect gift for her. Lillstreet offers a variety of classes, from painting and drawing to jewelry making to photography. Your mother can work side-by-side with other artists in this friendly environment, which will encourage her to express her truly creative side. Beginning classes, intermediate and advanced classes are offered, which will help your mother develop technical skills that she may use in the long run.
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