Best Mother’s Day Events In Chicago

May 10, 2013 7:00 AM

By Sara Lugardo

Mother’s Day is the one day of the year that is solely focused on showing your appreciation and love to the leading lady in your life. Mothers all around the country look forward to this holiday and venues cater to make it a special day. Take advantage of the many events Chicago has to offer on Mother’s Day 2013 to make it a joyful and memorable experience for you and your mom. While many people tend to get hung up on what their Mother’s Day present might be, sometimes the biggest gift you can give mom is the time you spend together on that special day.



Mother’s Day 5k Run/Walk
200 Spring St.
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 344-0861

Date: May 12 at 7 a.m.

This is a special Mother’s Day event for the whole family. Preregistration is $34 on May 10, while event day registration is $40. Families are encouraged to bring the kids for the free Kid Fun Run 150 Meter Dash and strollers are also welcome on the course. The registration and packet pick up is at 7 a.m., the 5k starts at 8 a.m. and the course is open for 1 hour and 20 minutes. There will be an awards ceremony at 8:50 a.m., but the best reward will be the memories and experience of doing something different to celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day 70’s Jam 
Arie Crown Theater
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 791-6190

Date: May 11 at 8 p.m.

Let the memories flood back in with 70’s music in this amazing Mother’s Day concert. You and mom will hear favorites like “Break Up to Make Up,” “You Make Me Feel Brand New” and much more. The performers include The Stylistics, The Dramatics, Heatwave, The Main Ingredient and The Manhattans. Ticket prices range from $47.50 to $77.50.



Mother’s Day Brunch 
Pump Room at Public Chicago
1301 N. State Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 229-6740

Date: May 12

This historic venue is filled with old Hollywood glamour, whether known for the location of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s wedding or the venue sung about by Judy Garland. The brunch menu includes the market table that has everything from homemade doughnuts to crab toast with lemon aioli. The homemade pasta and whole wheat flatbread brunch selection has traditional entrees like fettuccine carbonara with sweet peas and fried egg or smoked salmon with dill mascarpone. Mom will love the incredible entrees and side dishes in a venue that will make any Mother’s Day memorable.

Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise
Odyssey II Chicago – Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(866) 305-2469

Date: May 12 at 6 p.m.

Don’t let brunch get all the glory on Mother’s Day–take the special woman in your life out on a Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise. It will board at 5:30 p.m. and dock at 8:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $79.90, children ages 3 to 12 are $47.95 and infants under 3 are free. The cruise comes with access to a full Odyssey Dinner Menu, complimentary champagne upon boarding, a rose for every mother and DJ entertainment. Upgrade packages are available for purchase, whether it’s to reserve a window table, add liquor, add additional flowers and even keepsake mementos to help make the cruise that much more special.

Mother’s Day Brunch
Shaw’s Crab House 

21 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-2722

Date: May 12

Shaw’s Crab House will be holding a Mother’s Day Brunch with its renowned buffet. Whether you’re looking for classic breakfast food in the Grand Hot Buffet line or full on extravagance in the Cold Seafood Bar and Surf and Turf Station, Shaw’s has something to please everyone in the family. Adult prices are $48, while kids 12 and younger are free (limit 2 per table). While this year’s full details on the event have yet to be announced, Shaw’s generally likes to treat each mother with a special gift. Last year, each mother received a $25 Shaw’s Crab House gift certificate for future use. For a great dining experience for the entire family and a kid’s eat free feature, check out Shaw’s Crab House and treat your mother with a treat she will remember.

Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and is currently working on her Master’s. Her work can be found on