Set sail on the distinguished Odyssey (600 E. Grand, 888.957.2320) or the festive Spirit of Chicago (600 E. Grand, 888.957.2324) while enjoying breathtaking views of the shoreline and eating delectable food. Moms will be treated to a rose and complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa. Tickets for the Odyssey Mother’s Day Cruise start at $64.90. Boarding times are 9:30am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm. Tickets for the Spirit of Chicago Mother’s Day Cruise start at $59.90. Boarding times are at 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 6pm. Reservations are required for both.
Chicago has a wide assortment of activates for families on Mother’s Day. Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin teams with the House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000) for a new twist on their legendary Gospel Brunch. Performances are at 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm. Adults, $40; Kids (6–12), $25.
Does Mom have a little bit of Ireland in her blood? She will like the Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet at Emerald Loop (216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200). The buffet features both Irish and American fare and runs from 9am–1pm. $9.95 with $6 bloody marys and mimosas.
Brazzaz (539 N. Dearborn, 312.595.9000) will also be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch. Take mom to dine one of Chicago’s finest Brazilian steakhouses. $38.50, 11am–3pm.
After eating, take the family on a walk through Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000). The zoo has had several new additions in the last five months. The Moholi Bushbaby was just born in January and two Sichuan takins were born in February and March. Free.
Can’t quite afford to give Mom a Picasso on Mother’s Day? Then give her the next best thing, take her to see Picasso and Chicago, featuring more than 250 of the master’s works, closes at the Art Institute of Chicago. 10:30am–5pm. Adults, $18; children (under 14), FREE. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600.
Take Mom shopping down Michigan Avenue and State Street. She will enjoy browsing department stores like Macy’s (111 N. State, 312.781.1000) and Bloomingdales (900 N. Michigan, 312.440.4460).
Cap off her special day by taking her to see Hershey Felder’s The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Royal George Theatre (1641 N Halstead, 312.988.9000). The touching play is about a young Jewish pianist, Lisa Jura, who grew up in Vienna and dreamed of playing in Musikverein concert hall. When Lisa is sent to London to avoid the Nazis, her world is turned upside down and she turns to her love of music for comfort and pursues her dream. It is based on a true story and stars Lisa Jura’s daughter, Mona Golabek. Performance at 3pm, $49.