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From cruises around Lake Michigan to Navy Pier romps to fine dining brunches and dinners, the Windy City has lots to offer you and Mom for a fun Mothers Day. An inventive Mothers Day activity goes a long way in saying thanks to Mom for all she’s done, and it’s a perfect addition to any gift or flowers you’re giving. Pair your date idea up with the perfect gift and you’re all set to make Mom’s day one she’ll never forget.

The City of Chicago is rife with things to do any day of the year, so you’re in a great spot for the celebrated day! From shopping on the Magnificent Mile to activities on the Pier, there is no shortage of inventive Mothers Day date ideas in this magic city! Chicago offers plenty of opportunities to woo Mom. Here are a few date ideas to make your Windy City Mothers Day a memorable one. Whatever you decide to do for Mom’s big day, don’t forget the Chicago Mothers Day flowers! Keep reading for some great Mothers Day ideas in Chicago.

1. Chicago Botanical Gardens

A true learning institution, the Chicago Botanical Gardens has 24 remarkable gardens and is marked by ever-changing beauty on nearly 400 acres of landscaped land. The Chicago Botanic Garden is an amazing spectacle; it has four natural areas to boot. Plus, there are over 2.3 million plants of nearly 9,000 taxa, which is the largest collection in the Midwest. All this makes it the second most visited public botanical garden in the entire country! Who can argue with that many species plus an annual visitor rate of over one million? Take Mom for a leisurely stroll through the gorgeous flowers, trees and plants and enjoy each others company all the while. Call ahead to see if there are any special meals or teas for Mom and you to enjoy: (847) 478-1400.

2. Mother’s Day at Arlington Park

Enjoy live racing, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Arlington Park is the winning ticket for Mothers Day group and family outings. The 2010 season runs through September 26, and there are new, expanded menu choices and prices giving you flexibility to create an unbeatable experience. The options abound from fine and fancy to affordable and fun. Arlington Park reports now that Mother’s Day is traditionally one of their best attended of the season. There are lots of special packages planned plus, last year, they gave a free rose to the first 7,500 women attending! Special Mother’s Day events include an art activity where children can create a special picture frame for mom. Call 847.385.7500.

3. Segway Tours

Mom will absolutely have a ball on this one! Who doesn’t love Segways? View the city’s world famous sites including the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Grant Park, the beautiful Chicago skyline and more on a 3-hour guided tour. Expect to pay around $60 to $70 for the guided tour; call 866.431.1634.

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4. Cruise Lake Michigan

Take Mom on a fantastic cruise! Cruise the waters of Lake Michigan on the Odyssey where three Mother’s Day cruises are being offered. The early cruise boards at 9:30 a.m. and leaves the dock at 10a.m. The special Mother’s Day Brunch offers multiple food stations featuring apple and strawberry pecan salad, house-griddled Belgian waffles, Mojito salmon and tilapias, black pepper crusted sirloin, the Odyssey’s signature chocolate fountain and a complimentary glass of champagne or Mimosa plus a rose for mom. There’s also great live entertainment. The second brunch cruise boards at 1:30p.m. with cruise going from 2-4 p.m.  Dinner Cruise is at 6 p.m. Reservations required: 866.305.2469 or

5. Gospel Brunch

If her heart is set on brunch, take her to the Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues. Three seatings will be offered on Mother’s Day (10a.m., 12:30p.m. and 3p.m.). Moms will love the amazing live gospel performances and abundant brunch buffet with made-to-order waffles, biscuits-and-gravy, jambalaya, fried chicken, omelets, carving stations and more. $37.50 adults, $22 children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under. Call for reservations: 312.923.2000.

6. Drake Hotel Tea

Surprise her with “Afternoon Tea” at the elegant, old-world style Palm Court at The Drake Hotel. Their traditional Tea features live harp music (performed 365 days a year in case you can’t get in on Mother’s Day). The menu for the high tea offers finger sandwiches, scones, mini French pastries, lemon curd and more. Call for reservations: 312.787.2200.

7. Mothers Day Dinner at Cooper’s Hawk

If you’re looking for a very special Mother’s Day dinner in the Chicago area, then we recommend you stop by Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant at the Arboretum of South Barrington. They are planning the ultimate in Mother’s Day treats. Cooper’s Hawk always crafts two custom choices that will delight any mother. Call ahead for more information on the specific menu and to make reservations: 847-836-9463.