5 Unique Experience Gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day in Chicago

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Instead of going the traditional route and getting flowers and yet another coffee mug to celebrate your mom on mother’s day, give her something that will be unforgettable like a culinary class or take her on a bike ride through Chicago.  ‘Experience gifts’ create memories that will last, provide amazing pictures to share on social media, and won’t get thrown away after a few years. And won’t wilt after a few passing days.

Here are 5 ways to do something fun and adventurous with mom in Chicago on Mother’s Day that she will absolutely adore.  Plus, remember for life.


#5 Take A Chicago Culinary Class

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No insult to your mothers cooking skills at all! This gift can be a great way to bond with your mother over a delicious “home” cooked meal.  Eataly in downtown Chicago offers a mother’s day treat giving you the ability to pick ingredients, cook up a scrumptious meal, and learn the history of your dish. They have classes that range from $50 for 1 hour up to $110 for 2 hours. Price includes tax and complimentary wine and beer for those old enough. 

Location: 43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
Info: eataly.com/chicago
Cost: $50

#4 Chicago Spa Day

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Give your mom some mud for mother’s day.  A mud bath!  Or how about an invigorating massage, cucumber facial, or event a mani/pedi day.  Combined with a very large bottle of wine, this gift will for sure be a hit for the mom that is always busy juggling a thousand tasks.  Spas are most everywhere but one of the best rated in Chicago is Renew Spa in the Near North Side. She will savor a day to rest, recharge and relax. Spa day packages start at $190 for 3 hours.

Location: 980 N Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago
Info: renewspachicago.com
Cost: Starting $190

#3 Art Workshop

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Bring out your mom’s inner creativity with an adult art class. Painting is a fun relaxing way to share your artsy side and have a great conversation with your mom.  Arts n  Spirits in between Bucktown and Wicker Park has multiple classes every week. Each class has a professional artist that will take you through a step by step process on how to replicate that night’s featured art piece. Prices range from $25-$40 depending on age and day of the week and is BYOB.

Location: 1921 N. Damen, Chicago
Info: artsnspirits.com
Cost: $25-$40

#2) Do Some Zumba!

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Grab some florescent yoga pants, some sneakers and get ready to burn some calories and have a blast this mother’s day with a Zumba class. Learn some new moves and have some fun laughs while burning off your mother’s day brunch.  Zumba classes have exploded in Chicago and across the world, most large club gyms have multiple classes a week and charge a small drop in fee for single class participants. Prices range from $5-$20.

Location: Various Studios, Chicago, IL
Info: zumba.com
Cost: $5-$20 Drop-in Class


#1) Take a Mother’s Day Bike Ride

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You have two world-renowned trails to choose from in Chicago, both are sure to get mom’s heart pumping and get your senses in overdrive.  Originally The 606 bike trail was an un-kept and unused train line, now renovated and converted into a beautiful 2.7-mile bike/walking trail connecting Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Wicker Park and Bucktown. Perfect for a relaxing way to spend an afternoon riding with your mom and even creating a neighborhood bike pub-crawl. The Lakefront Bike Trail is one of the top trails in the entire country, hugging the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan and providing 20 miles of real estate to bike, jog, or walk. Need a bike for you and mom?   Check out Bobby’s Bike Hike in Streeterville offers both tours and rentals and have the best prices in town. They also offer the best tours of the city for any age and skill level, including the Bikes, Bites & Brews – Westside Foodie Ride Tour which might be another good option for mom.

Location: 540 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Cost: $20 for a 2-Hour Rental