You might not realize it, but Mother's Day is just weeks away. Remember mom? She's the one who took care of you when you stuck too much Play-Doh up your nose or got bullied by a scary gang of second-graders. Even though you’re on your own now (or trying to be), show her how grateful you are leading up to the May 8 holiday. Start celebrating the lovely lady with a little brunch in Chicago, then take in spring’s blooming flowers or appreciate some beautiful music. Let us guide you with this list of some of the best things to do in the city in the coming weeks.
No “yo mama” jokes here. Embrace the art of comedy with your mom at the 19th annual Chicago Improv Festival. Enjoy performances from local and national acts like CORY! or Hello from the Magic Tavern. (Various locations, Fri & Sat. $5–$25)
Head to the Chicago Cultural Center and immerse yourself in scenes from Carlos Rolón’s Puerto Rican past. The artist reconstructed a boxing trophy den, a Caribbean courtyard and other interesting environments from his experience as a first-generation immigrant. (Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, 10:30am–5pm, Free.)
Dress your best and experience the "Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi in collaboration with violinist Ilya Kaler. You’ll be swept up in the refreshing harmonies and rhythms of this masterpiece. (Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, 2pm. $15–$35)
Instead of a dozen roses, treat your mother to countless azaleas, perennials, tulips, hydrangeas, orchids and more. Walking through the Spring Flower Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory and Garfield Park Conservatory will be the perfect way to celebrate. (Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N Stockton Dr; Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave, 9am–5pm. Free)
Dig up some vintage '70s duds from the back of mom’s closet to wear for the Mother’s Day special screening of Mamma Mia! Enjoy a pre-show fashion contest and mimosas in the lounge. (Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, 2pm. $11–$14)
Show your mom how sweet she is with a cupcake decorating class at Magnolia Bakery. Learn how to transform buttercream frosting into beautiful flowers (that you can eat!) to top your six cupcakes. (Magnolia Bakery, 108 N State St, Sat 2pm. $64.29–$117.04)
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