Saturday Events That Will Save You On Sunday

May 06, 2011

Do you have a Mother’s Day gift for Mom yet?

You can say no, we do not judge. In fact, we are here to help. Here are some places around the Chicago area that you can go to on Saturday to get or make a gift for Mom just in the nick of time.

lurie garden*Lurie Garden: This garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park is hosting its first-ever Spring Festival and Plant Sale, where you can purchase seven different perennials that are the superstars of Lurie Garden, just like Mom is the superstar of your family. Each quart-sized perennial costs $5; all proceeds go to support garden programming.

In addition, this free event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street, will offer tours of spring-blooming bulbs, gardening tips, crafts for kids and more. Bring your own bags or boxes for your plants, and visit for more information.

*Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores: Kids who come in on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. can make two projects for Mom: A painted garden stake and a Mother’s Day card and envelope using paper-crafting supplies.

Visit to find the nearest location, then call that store to be sure it is participating.

*Lowe’s: All Lowe’s stores are hosting a Build and Grown clinic on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. The featured project is a Heart Flower Vase. Grab a flower from your garden and you’ve got the perfect present!

For more information and to register, visit

*Home Depot: If tulips are Mom’s favorite, take the kids to a free How-To Workshop at any Home Depot store on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to noon, where they will make a Tulip Planter.

For more information, go to

*Lakeshore: Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lakeshore Learning Stores host Free Crafts for Kids events. This Saturday, kids can make a pretty purse for Mom. Lakeshore has three Chicago-area locations: 2255 W. 95th St., Chicago; 15780 S. La Grange Road, Orland Park; 1403 N. Rand Road, Palatine.

For more information, visit

*Kids & Kites Festival: Moms love happy kids, so give her that gift the day before Mother’s Day at Mayor Daley’s Kids & Kites Festival. The day will be filled with family-focused programming, including flying free paper kites, face painting, crafts, balloon artists and more.

The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will take place at Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park at Montrose Drive. If the weather seems iffy, call 3-1-1 for last-minute changes.

Visit for details.

Then, check back to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum on Saturday for some frugal yet fun ways to celebrate Mother’s Day around Chicagoland.

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