Chicago, Monday, May 7, 2012. Instead of the usual brunch, flowers and chocolate, why not try something different this year for Mother's Day. Below are some ideas for moms of all types. Try one on for size to see if it fits your mom.
The CEO Mom.
With this mom, life is well-organized, under-control and a learning experience. Why not up her learning curve at the Art Institute of Chicago's Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective exhibition before it opens to the public (May 22). Buy her a membership ($80 and up) to the Art Institute of Chicago so she can attend the members-only preview on Mother's Day (make reservations ahead) through Friday, May 18, 2012). While you are there you may want to take a lunch break at the inviting Terzo Piano restaurant inside the Museum.
The Nostalgic Mom.
This mom is always looking back. She'll remind you in front of your friends or spouse of some of the most embarrassing things from your childhood and even bring out your nude baby pictures. What better gift for her than a trip back in time to the Chicago History Museum. Currently on view is Lincoln's Chicago. The exhibit features portraits of Lincoln’s contemporaries with lithograph views of Chicago created in the 1860s. If you finish early, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum are nearby.
The Animal Lover.
Treat Mom to her special day at Brookfield Zoo. Take a stroll through the zoo to see some of her favorite animals along with the beautiful spring flowers. If she insists, there is also an all-you-can eat Mother's Day brunch in the zoo’s Discovery Center. Seatings are offered at 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. The cost, which includes zoo admission, is $49 for adults and $35 for children 3-11 (zoo members pay $39 and $29, respectively). Children 2 and under eat for free. For further information and to make reservations call (708) 688-8355.
A good bet for the gambling mom is the Arlington Park Race Track. This beautiful setting offers fun for all ages at a variety of price points. The first 7,500 ladies to arrive will receive a free rose, presented by one of Arlington's jockeys dressed in racing silks. Bring the whole family and check out the new Junior Jockey Zone plus free pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, and hands on activities.
The Worry Wart.
Her mantra is always the same--"be careful." Give her a worry-free day with a trip to one of Chicago's public gardens. Bring bug spray, an umbrella (just in case) and a camera to capture it all. Some good choices include: Millennium Park and Lurie Garden, the Lincoln Park or Garfield Park Conservatories, the Chicago Botanic Gardens or the Morton Arboretum.
The Daredevil Mom.
Unlike the worry wart, with the daredevil mom anything goes. Test her bravo with a trip to Great America. Take her on the parks' assorted collection of thrill rides on Mother's Day. If she survives, promise her a return trip when Great America unveils their thrill ride for 2012--the X-Flight. The wing coaster X-Flight takes off on May 16 (or preview X-Flight from May 11 through the 15 with a season membership). Riders on the flight that defies gravity sit in pairs, suspended on either side of the track with feet dangling as they climb a 12-story lunge, at speeds of 55 miles per hour through drops, zero-g-rolls and more.. Great America opens for the season on May 11.
If your mom is a romantic, she may be the exception to the "no brunch" rule. Take her to Geja's Cafe for an indulgent day of chocolate fondue, champagne and personal pampering. On Mother’s Day, Geja’s treats all moms to a complimentary 5-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist from Lincoln Park Massage Spa. The restaurant opens at noon on Mother’s Day. Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, 773-281-9101.
The Crazy or Unpredictable Mom.
One minute she says no, the next minute she says go...she drives you crazy, but you love her anyway. If this is your mom…the one who believes that you talk about her all the time with your therapist, and you do, but you’d never tell her, schedule her session with Freud at the Mercury Theater. The hot-ticket hit, Freud's Last Session features a debate between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud so, at least for the day, you can put aside the differences between you and your mommie dearest. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, 773-325-1700. Try the nearby BYOB Tango Sur for a tasty lunch/brunch or dinner.
The Boomer Mom.
If your mom… grew up in the days of big hair, segregation, and rock’n’roll, she's the perfect target audience for Hairspray at Drury Lane Theatre. Try not to be embarrassed if she starts dancing in the aisles to the 60’s inspired tunes. And if you must, Drury Lane also offers a Mother's Day brunch package from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, 630 530 8300.
The Helicopter Mom.
Need, we say more. Give her a taste of her own medicine with a Chicago Aerial Tour . Both day and evening tours are available, each offering entirely different but equally fun highs with up close looks at Soldier Field, the lakefront, the museum campus and the towering giants of the city. From $85 per person.