You’re not going to pick up a Whitman sampler box of chocolate and a cheesy card at Walgreens for mom, are you? No no, she deserves much more. Refer to this list for fab, unique items for Mother’s Day at fine Chicago shops.

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1903 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-1150

Jonathan Adler stationery, chocolate by Vosges, Tokyo Milk bath and body products, home accessories by Himalayan Candles and Chalkboard China are just some of the smart gifts stocked at Elevenzees. Patty Johnson and her son, Chad, have fashioned the Wicker Park shop into “One of life’s little comforts” with a bath and body section, jewelry, a large array of home decor, gourmet food, music and books. Why not wow mother with a gift certificate to “Temple Beautiful” which is an extension of the store on the lower level offering Reiki, Pilates, intuitive readings and spiritual classes?

Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago Store
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 397-4000

Mark Millmore, Director of Retail for the eclectic MCA Store, says buyers travel the globe searching for the next surprise to bring back to Chicago so you can wrap it up for your best gal. Choose among jewelry, accessories, technology and books. “We are the source for what is current and emerging in contemporary art, design, fashion, music and culture,” he notes. Recent cool finds include Katherine Collection Planters Set, a gorgeous Big Bloom Vase, the Fiato Sul Collo Necklace, a study in “unstable geometry,” and charming Technogel Bracelets.

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Art Effect
934 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 929-3600

Look through luscious leather bags, straw totes, sensible but flirty-by-design items like travel mugs and phone chargers, cool necklaces and bracelets, trendy apparel like tunics and heavenly scented candles at Art Effect. Does mom love Paris, birding or the sea? There are plenty of sublime gifts that will speak directly to her and the funny parent will certainly appreciate the kitschy stuff from a superhero sleep mask to the scatological.

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Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas
900 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(847) 202-1900

Chicago favorite, Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas, just introduced three new “prescriptive” nail services that promise to heal, correct or balance skin and nails. Wouldn’t mom love a mani or pedi that uses carefully selected, 100-percent natural plant extracts and essential oils from Pino Spa in Hamburg, Germany? Well. of course, and you’ll look smarter than your sibs when you give that to her. All 15 Chicago Mario Tricoci locations list these services as available in Calm, Balance and Active modalities. Moms who need longer, stronger nails, thicker, fuller hair and younger, healthier skin could go for the new cutting-edge, all-natural line of hair care and skincare products from GROH®, an all-natural, 100-percent vegan line of hair care and skincare products. 

Asrai Garden
1935 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 782-0680

Mom loves things that grow because they remind her of your journey from zygote to guy with beard or girl with too many shoes. The creative floral arrangements at Asrai Garden are stunning and can be easily affordable if that’s what you need. Little surprises, sprigs of herbs in bouquets, beautiful paper goods and tableware, fascinating works of art and products from Santa Maria Novella, one of the oldest apothecary lines in the world, make this little local gem a true treasure.

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Jacky Runice has been a columnist with the Daily Herald Chicago since grunge music and flannel was the new black. Her fingers and gray matter have been busy as travel editor of Reunions Magazine; penning a column that was syndicated around the nation via Tribune Media Services. Her work can be found at