Mother's Day Chicago: Ten Creative Places to Take Mom out for Mother's Day beyond the usual Brunch.

1.  The weather forecast is looking good for Sunday so why not take Mom on a Segway tour of

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Chicago. View the city’s world famous sites including the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Grant Park, the beautiful Chicago skyline and more on this 3 hour guided tour. $57.49 to $66.99. 866 431 1634.

2. Take your dear Mom  to “Mommie Dearest” at the Music Box for the Joan-a-Palooza festivities. Highlights include: Mother/daughter matching outfit contest, “Mad at the Dirt” video by “The Joans” and a screening of the original 1981 “Mommie Dearest” film.  1:30p.m. 3733 N. Southport  Ave. 773 871 3718.

3. Take her to Geja’s Cafe for something to eat and for a complimentary 5-minute massage.  Restaurant opens at noon.  340 W. Armitage. 773 281 9101.

4. Take Mom on a Cruise. Cruise the waters of Lake Michigan on the Odyssey.  Three Mother’s Day Cruises are being offered.  The early cruise boards at 9:30a.m. and leaves the dock at 10a.m. The special Moter’s Day Brunch offers multiple food stations featuring Apple and Strawberry Pecan Salad, a House-griddled belgian waffles, mojioto salmon and tilapis, black pepper crusted sirlion, the Odyssey’s signature chocolate fountain and a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa plus a rose for mom. live entertainment. 10a.m. to 12p.m. $64.90 adult, kids, age 3 to 12 half price, 2 and under free. 2nd brunch cruise board 1:30p.m. cruise 2-4p.m. $69.90.  Dinner Cruise 6p.m. $79.90. Reservations required: 866 305 2469 or

5. Take her to Arlington Park Race Track.  Enjoy live racing, a petting zoo, pony rides and more.  Special Mother’s Day events include: an art activity where children can create a special picture frame for mom and a rose presented by one of the jockeys to the first 5000 ladies admitted to the park. 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. 847 385 7500. Post time 1p.m.

6.  Accompany her to a “Mother’s Day Cooking Class” where you will both learn to make a gourmet brunch and mimosas an then enjoy the fruits of your labors.  10:30a.m. to 1p.m., Kitchen Chicago, 324 N. Leavitt St. 312 455 0863.

7.  If her heart is set on brunch, take her to the Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues. Three seatings will be offered on Mother’s Day (10a.m., 12:30p.m. and 3p.m.). Moms will love the amazing live gospel performances and abundant brunch buffet with made-to-order waffles, biscuits-and-gravy, jambalaya, fried chicken, omelets, carving stations and more. $37.50 adults, $22 children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6.  329 N. Dearborn St. 312 923 2000.

8. Surprise her with “Afternoon Tea” at the elegant, old-world style Palm Court at The Drake Hotel. Their traditional Tea features live harp music (performed 365 days a year in case you can’t get in on Mother’s Day). The menu for the high tea offers finger sandwiches, scones, mini French pastries, lemon curd and more. $31 to $50. 140 E. Walton. 312 787 2200.

9. Write her a Limerick then take her to the Mother’s Day Limerick Contest, part of the Celtic Fest activities at Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millenium park.  Although it is too late to enter the contest you can hear the winning limericks read on stage and then pull out yours and give it to your Mom.   Or spend the entire weekend with Mom at  CELTIC FEST CHICAGO.  The 14th Annual Celtic Fest Chicago brings two days of unique music and entertainment to Millennium Park.  The Fest features a full line-up of world-class entertainment including The Saw Doctors, 7:30p.m., Saturday: and The Rogues, 6:00p.m.,.Saturday.  Other highlights include the Celtic Art Fair, traditional contemporary Celtic music and dance plus the popular bagpipe parade and the Men in Kilts Contest.  Millennium Park and Jay  Pritzker Pavilion Stage.  11a.m. to 9p.m. both days. Free.

10. Give her a free night at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  You pay only $129 for one night including complimentary parking–less then you would probably spend if you took her to brunch.  151 East Wacker, 800 233 1234.

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