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Favorite Rainy Day Activity

Noreen: Exploring the Renoir Exhibit at the Art Institute
Lianne: Doing a BBG workout at home
Carrie: Working on home improvements
Sarah: Trying a new face mask and relaxing with a cup of tea
Anneliese: Organizing my house

Kathy: Baking
Megan: Reading a good book

Katie: Watching a movie on Netflix
Gianna: Making vision boards on Pinterest
Annie: Testing out Bon Appetit’s newest spring recipes
Shannon: Sleeping in
Derek: Keeping up with the latest True Crime podcasts

Zoe: Going to the movies
Jenny: Take a bubble bath
Jacqueline: Watching Blue Bloods
Skyler: Playing board games with my friends

Lincoln the Lion

The iconic InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is offering a Summer Scavenger Hunt Package for guests of all ages to explore 30 of Chicago’s most popular landmarks and track their self-guided sightseeing progress along the way. The family-friendly package includes an adventure backpack, scratch-off scavenger hunt kit and several other special treats for kids, including a Lincoln the Lion teddy.

World's Largest HIIT Workout

Orangetheory® Fitness presents the World’s Largest HIIT Workout Saturday, May 18, featuring an OTF-style high intensity interval training workout with music from a live DJ, exciting activations and an after party. As the new official fitness partner of the Chicago Cubs, Orangetheory® Fitness will host the officially monitored Guinness Book of World Records attempt at Wrigley Field at 7 a.m. Follow @orangetheoryil for more details!

Raging Waves

Family-owned, Raging Waves is Illinois’ largest waterpark located 45 minutes southwest of Chicago in Yorkville, Ill. The award winning waterpark was named “Best of the Midwest” by Midwest Living magazine and USA Today rated it “the top Illinois Summer Destination.” Raging Waves features 26 water slides, a huge wave pool, multiple kiddie areas, private cabanas, and a quarter mile long lazy river.


With 10 locations nationwide, Pinstripes will serve a vast array of beautiful dishes at their Mother’s Day Bottomless Brunch on Sunday, May 12. Hours vary by location. After brunch, guests of all ages are invited to continue the celebration on one of the bocce courts or bowling lanes.

VU Rooftop

VU Rooftop Bar, the hot rooftop destination in the city’s South Loop neighborhood, is gearing up for Chicago’s rooftop season with the launch of their new brunch program. With an array of brunch options for every type of palate, guests will enjoy a selection of shareable brunch items paired with specialty cocktails to kick start the weekend right, available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime, the modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell, is excited to offer guests an exclusive Mother’s Day Brunch Menu on Sunday, May 12. The delicious menu features Smoked Salmon, Lobster Toast, Blackened Salmon Salad, French Toast, Crab & Eggs, Braised Short Rib Surf & Turf and several signature cocktails including a Bloody Mary with house made mix, a Blood Orange Mimosa and more.

Lincoln Common

Lincoln Common is home to world-class retail, dining and fitness experiences, luxury apartment and condominium residences, boutique offices, and public parks and gardens. Offering year-round community events on the central plaza, this conveniently located live-work-play destination is the vibrant New Crossroads of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Outside Experience

OUTSIDE, America’s preeminent active lifestyle brand, is excited to announce Outside Experience, presented by Go RVing, an unprecedented two-day event for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages taking place at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago from July 13-14, 2019.


Roof on theWit presents Wind Down Weekdays with $10 G.H. Mumm Champagne, $10 Grey Goose Le Fizz Cocktails and more Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

State and Lake

Uncork and unwind! State and Lake Chicago Tavern offers 1/2 off all bottles of wine for Mondays Uncorked every Monday.


The iconic Sportsmen’s Lodge has been a home away from home for many classic Hollywood stars including Katherine Hepburn and Clark Gable. Today, the Sportsmen’s Lodge offers guests full-service accommodations only minutes from the best San Fernando Valley attractions including Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, L.A. shopping and numerous beaches.

Hotel EMC2

Hotel EMC2‘s Einstein-inspired restaurant, the Albert, will serve a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12, featuring a garden salad, deviled eggs, smoked salmon, chilaquiles and strawberry shortcake prepared by Executive Chef Larry Feldmeier and Pastry Chef Allison Schroeder.

Fairmont Salad

This spring, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is in full Bloom with the launch of new floral, spring-inspired amenities and packages to celebrate the start of a new season. Through June 9, Fairmont Chicago’s in-house gastropub, lobby bar, luxurious spa, and guestrooms will all be blooming with glorious flowers and botanicals, Guests may book the Bloom Guestroom Package starting at $179/night, which includes a $10/night donation to the Grant Park Conservancy.


ROOH Chicago, a progressive Indian kitchen and lounge located in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, will be opening this month!


Featuring 63 guest rooms and suites (approx 675 sq.ft.), the Ivy Hotel is a chic setting designed with comfort and travel needs in mind. Locals and travelers alike are invited to experience the privacy of a luxury residence with services of an upscale hotel. Opening for the spring and summer, the Ivy Hotel’s Sky Terrace Rooftop Lounge will be open to the public with great views of the city.

Lucky Strike Social

Located ideally across the street from the home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, the recently-opened Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville is one of a kind entertainment experience and new destination for Northsiders with time to spare.

Fyre Festival

Replay Lincoln Park has announced it will transform into the alleged former private island of Pablo Escobar in the Bahamas and host the hottest, “luxury” pop-up of the season: Fyre Festival. Beginning Friday, May 3 and running through Sunday, May 19, guests are invited to enjoy Fyre Festival with live palm trees and rental cabanas in the perfect island paradise.


This Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12, Staytion Market & Bar will be offering an exciting special menu for mothers and families to celebrate! The pre-fixe menu includes delicious bites such as Tuna Poke Lettuce Wraps, Deviled Eggs, Parmesan Crusted Sable, Mole Rubbed Filet, Hazelnut Crème Brûlée and more.


AIRE Chicago, one of the city’s hottest and most sensational rooftop decks, will unveil a striking new 4,000 sq. ft. mural 24 stories above the Loop this May. In a nod to the new mural, Maplewood Brewing will be releasing a pale ale, aptly named the “Up in the AIRE Pale,” available in cans created by local artist, Chris Cantore. Maplewood beer and spirits will also be featured in a rotating boozy shake.

Geja's Cafe

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Geja’s Café will treat all moms to a complimentary 5-minute massage and glass of bubbly on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. Moms will step away from the table to receive a well-deserved relaxing chair massage in a secluded area, courtesy of a licensed massage therapist from Massage House located in Lincoln Park.


Yolk Lincoln Park, the 9th Chicago location since the concept hatched in 2006, will soon open to the public at 1504 N. Fremont Ave. The new location features updated décor and an elevated coffee program, featuring a selection of handcrafted espresso drinks and homemade syrups like Pacific Coconut Mint and Cinnamon Breakfast.

Rayito de Sol

Marking the first of its kind in Chicago, Rayito de Sol is an award-winning, nationally-accredited Spanish immersion daycare and preschool that recently opened its doors in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. Rayito de Sol offers the best early childhood preparation for social and academic success, allowing children to consciously grasp the Spanish language in their early years while receiving personalized care and attention from licensed and experienced native Spanish-speaking educators.

Westin Long Beach

Westin Long Beach has officially kicked off a $23 million renovation. Set to be unveiled in summer 2019, all of the designated spaces reflect a modern, sophisticated style reflecting the property’s vibrant California coastline setting.

Arbor Lodging

Arbor Lodging is a hotel investment and management company that is driven by innovation, quality and collaboration. Arbor Lodging delivers an exceptional experience for guests and employees at all price points, from select service to luxury, nationwide.

Stage 773

Stage 773, the vibrant comedy hub of Chicago, hosts the 7th Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, back by popular demand, This year’s lineup includes an eclectic selection of show stopping headliners that celebrate all that is the Chicago nerd comedy scene, beginning May 8 through May 11.

Paper Source

Paper Source, a Chicago-based premier paperie and gift retailer, has you covered with fun crafts, decorations and gifts for Mother’s Day!

Randolph Street Market

Randolph Street Market begins its much-anticipated outdoor season series with “Garden Party,” home to over 250 vendors selling vintage of all calibers, on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019. Your one-stop-shop for all your upcoming summer home and fashion essentials.

National Hellenic Museum

The National Hellenic Museum will hold its Annual Gala, Projecting into the Future, on Saturday, May 11 starting at 5:30 p.m., at The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne Avenue in Chicago. An opportunity for hundreds of Greek Americans and friends from across the country to gather together for a night of philanthropy, the Gala features spectacular auctions, live music, dinner and cocktails, and dancing while celebrating and supporting the legacy of Hellenism.


Bentley Hair & Beauty, situated on East Oak Street, the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, just off Michigan Avenue, is the city’s top exclusive, luxurious and contemporary Chicago salon. Owner Jennifer and her handpicked professional team are focused on making sure that you have a wonderful experience when you visit. Receive 20% off when you mention code ‘Heron’ when you book your appointment today!


A musical love letter to the Chicago Cubs, MIRACLE, makes its thrilling World Premiere at The Royal George Theatre with previews beginning May 8 and opening May 17. Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 Championship Season, MIRACLE tells the story of a northside Chicago family of generational Cubs fans. The production traces the “Miracle” season through their eyes and experiences as they face ups and downs, anxiety, lose faith and regain faith.

Marriott Theatre

The Marriott Theatre is thrilled to welcome back ten-time Jeff Award-winning director Gary Griffin to helm the exhilarating smash hit FOOTLOOSE, running through June 2, 2019 at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Based on a true story and the 1984 classic film, FOOTLOOSE is a compelling story of teenage rebellion and celebrating life through music and dance.

Highland Games

The largest Scottish cultural organization in North America, the CHICAGO SCOTS, returns for its 33rd year to provide live entertainment and Scottish culture during their annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games on June 14 and 15 at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca, Illinois.Chicago Sinfonietta

Chicago Sinfonietta is proud to conclude its 2018-2019 season by presenting SoundSketch: Portraits in Rhythm, Blues + Beyond on May 11 and 13. The Sinfonietta is putting its own spin on the concept of “the tribute” with an exceptional program dedicated entirely to musical portraits spanning genres and centuries.