How to celebrate Mother's Day in Chicago

Zach Long
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Zach Long

We hope that you've bought a card and tracked down a thoughtful gift because Mother's Day is this Sunday and the woman who raised you deserves to be treated like a queen. If you're mom is going to be in town this weekend, it's time to choose restaurant for Mother's Day brunch and start planning a beautiful afternoon in the city. We've gathered a list of activities that are guaranteed to show mom that—even though you sometimes miss her phone calls—you really care.

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See some art

Take your mother to the Museum of Contemporary Art and explore the subtle sculptures of "Doris Salcedo" before the exhibit closes later this month. Alternatively, you could journey to the Richard H. Driehaus Museum to view some of the early 20th century jewelry on display as part of the "Maker & Muse" exhibition.

Laugh out loud

Treat mom to an evening of live sketch comedy at Second City's new Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? revue or seek out some chuckles at the Laugh Factory during the Mother's Day edition of Laughing Insanity, featuring a lineup of local and national comedians.

Get some exercise

Work off that Mother's Day brunch by getting a little exercise on Sunday during the Komen Chicagoland Race for the Cure at Butler Field. You can also hop on your bike and head to BFF Bikes, where the CycloFemme North Side ride will depart at 10:30am.

Go to the theater

How about a show? The Eifman Ballet is in town at the Auditorium Theatre on Sunday, presenting the Jazz Age dance Up and Down. If mom is a Chekhov fan, she may enjoy the Hypocrites' irreverent take on Three Sisters at the Den Theatre.

Sing at the movies

Sing timeless Swedish pop song with your mother at the Music Box Theatre's screening of Mamma Mia!the 2008 film featuring the music of ABBA. Come dressed in your best '70s clothes and you could win the fashion contest.

Commune with nature

If you forgot to get flowers for mom, you can always show her some of the exotic flora on display at the Lincoln Park Conservatory or the Garfield Park Conservatory. If the weather is nice, a walk through one of Chicago's best parks could be in the cards as well.

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