Although we always know how special mom is, Mother’s day is the perfect excuse to shower her with love and recognize how much she has done for everyone over the years! Forego the usual gifts and give Mom an experience she will always remember this Mother’s Day. From a Red Carpet hotel getaway to an evening at the theater, here are our top picks for treating Moms to a memorable day on Sunday, May 14.

 

TRADITIONAL PRESENTS AND CARDS

For the mom that wants a fun present to treasure:

Paper Source, a Chicago-based premier paperie and gift retailer, is the perfect place to get thoughtful and fun Mother’s Day gifts this year. From personalized stationery, unique greeting cards and custom gifts, there is something that every mom will love. Head to one of their 121 stores in the U.S. or visit their website at PaperSource.com which offers nation-wide shipping. To view this year’s Mother’s Day gifts, click HERE.

 

EAT DRINK & RELAX

 

For the mother who loves to brunch:

El Tapeo, 2100 Spring Road, Oak Brook, will be hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14 from 10am to 2pm. The brunch, which is $45 for adults, $23 for children 6-12 and free for children under 6, features several buffet options, specialty Spanish-inspired entrees, and delicious desserts. In additional to their meal, all mothers will receive a complimentary glass of El Tapeo’s signature red sangria. There will also be live music and an entertainment area for younger guests that will be stocked with toys, crafts and movies. For reservations or additional information, please call 630.828.2044 or visit www.eltapeorestaurant.com.

 

For the Mom who needs a little extra relaxation:

This year, Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, will treat all moms to a complimentary 5-minute massage and glass of bubbly on Sunday, May 14th. Moms will step away from the table to receive a well-deserved pampering in a secluded relaxing atmosphere with licensed massage therapists from Lincoln Park Massage Spa while they dine. The restaurant will open at 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day. For reservations, call 773.281.9101, or visit on-line at www.gejascafe.com.

 

For the Mother who needs the stress lifted off of her shoulders:

As I’m sure you know, there’s no better gift than the gift of relaxation for a busy mom. This Mother’s Day, Massage Envy’s 45 Chicagoland locations are helping give mom even more of it with a special gift card offer.  From April 24 to May 15, purchase $125 in gift cards, and receive a voucher for a FREE60-minute facial session or 30-minute massage upgrade. That means mom can have 30-60 extra minutes of relaxation such as Aromatherapy, Deep Muscle Therapy, Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy or a choice of a Facial. For more information or to find your nearest location visit www.massageenvy.com.

 

For the Mom who wants to raise a glass:

If mom is a spy movie fanatic, treat her to a meal at SafeHouse Chicago, Chicago’s newest experiential restaurant. SafeHouse is offering mom her choice of either a complimentary SpyMom-Mosa or a Spycial Bloody Mary on Mother’s Day. Reservations can be made atwww.safehousechicago.com or by calling 312-3131-007.

 

For the “shop ‘til she drops” mom:

Chicago’s top lifestyle destination, NEWCITY, 1457 N. Halsted, is the perfect place to treat mom to a while day of fun. From shopping, bowling, to a variety of restaurants such as Earls Kitchen + Bar and Nando’s Peri-Peri, there are plenty of options! End the day by treating mom with tickets to the latest movie at ArcLight Theater! Find more information and a directory at http://experiencenewcity.com/.

 

 

For the Mother who likes to be pampered:

Spoil mom this year with Fairmont Chicago’s Suite Moments Package. The package includes nightly suite accommodations with 10% off the daily rate, plus daily complimentary in-suite breakfast for two and perfectly crafted welcome cocktails. Members of the Fairmont President’s Club will also receive a daily $25 room credit. Whether you’re traveling to the city or enjoying a staycation, this package is sure to leave Mom feeling pampered and special. For more information on the Suite MomentsPackage visit www.fairmont.com/chicago or call 312.565.8000.

 

For a Mother’s Day retreat in the heart of downtown Chicago:

Located in the heart of the Chicago Loop, Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago offers a location that allows you and mom to get anywhere in Chicago with ease. Minutes from the theater district, Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile shopping, and many other Chicago attractions, this hip and modern hotel is perfect for the Mother who wants to explore the Windy City. For more information, visit theloopchicago.centric.hyatt.com or call 312.236.1234.

 

For the mom who needs a glamorous getaway:

For the movie star mom in your life who deserves it all- treat her to the luxurious Red Carpet Ready package in the newly unveiled penthouse suites at The Westin Nashville! Allow mom to channel her inner celebrity complete with full hair and makeup services, a design consultation with a local fashion designer to style her out, and light bites to give mom a boost before making her way to the step and repeat!  Celebrate her new look with champagne and a wine tasting. Located on the 26th floor of the 453-room property, the 1,592 square-foot Belmont and Broadway Suites feature innovative design, and breathtaking views of the skyline with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounded by locally inspired artwork. Entertainment options are endless with a personalized butler station and a pool table, while the jacuzzi and deluxe king bed ensure a rejuvenating stay. The 2,045 square-foot Nashville Suitefeatures all the amenities of the Belmont and Broadway Suites, but takes luxury to the next level, adding a Champagne Tower filled with the finest bubblies and dance floor. For reservations visit www.westinnashville.com.

 

For the Mom who wants her cake and to eat it too:

This Mother’s Day Great Street Restaurant wants to make sure every Mom feels a little extra loved on her special day. Located in the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Great Street will host an elevated breakfast in honor of mom from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. for $32/person which will include the choice of an entrée and a mimosa or glass of champagne. There will also be a sweets table featuring, profiteroles, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate pound cake verrines, French macarons, raspberry white chocolate cheese cake, and rose raspberry verrine. Reservations can be made online at www.opentable.com/great-street or over phone  312-795-3333.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

For the Mom who loves live music:

This year for Mother’s Day, treat mom to a performance a week early with the iconic Apollo Chorus of Chicago. Their Spring Concert: American Masters will feature the work of musical composer and multiple Emmy Award winner, Jeff Beal. The season finale performances will be Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut St., Chicago, and Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd., Evanston. To purchase tickets call 312.427.5620 or visit www.apollochorus.org.

 

For the Mom who can’t get enough of live theater:

Set against the lavish backdrop of a 1930’s Hungarian perfume shop, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy gem, SHE LOVES ME, continues The Marriott Theatre’s 2017 Season, running through June 18, 2017. Based on Miklos Laszlo’s play, Parfumerie, which then became the inspiration for the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan box office hit, You’ve Got Mail, SHE LOVES ME features a soaring score by Tony Award-winning composers Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). With musical direction by Matt Deitchman, Marriott Theatre Lead Artistic Director and Jeff Award-winner Aaron Thielen directs and choreographs this euphoric comedy. To reserve tickets, please call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847-634-0200 or go toMarriottTheatre.com today!

 

For the mom that loves a good laugh:

One of Chicago’s longest-running smash hit shows, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, is celebrating Mother’s Day this year by making sure every mom feels a little extra love! Moms who attend the Mother’s Day performance on Sunday, April 16 will be treated to a free chair massage, courtesy of Spavia Day Spa, and a beautiful rose from Ashland Florist. For more information or to purchase tickets, visitwww.tonylovestina.com.

 

NON-TRADITIONAL GIFTS

For the Mom who always has her nose in a book:

This Mother’s Day celebrate mom’s love for books by purchasing tickets to the country’s first American Writers Museum, opening in downtown Chicago May 16, 2017. Located at 180 North Michigan Avenue, this museum will engage the public in celebrating American writers, and exploring their influence on our history, identify, culture, and daily lives. The interactive high-tech museum will showcase the personal stories and literary works of diverse American writers, from Mark Twain to Dr. Suess. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.americanwritersmuseum.org.

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