How to Have an Inexpensive, Happy Mother’s Day Around Chicagoland

May 07, 2011

sign saying happy mothers day surrounded by kid's stuffIn these difficult economic times, a lot of loving mothers are right now telling their children not to spend too much money on Mother’s Day.

That doesn’t mean Mom doesn’t deserve a great day, so Chicagoland Real Estate Forum has come up with some ways to treat Mom around the Chicago area without breaking the bank.

*Free breakfast: Start the day at the Ikea home store in Schaumburg and Mom will get a free breakfast of eggs, hash browns, bacon and coffee in the store’s restaurant through 11 a.m.

*Free drink: Mirabell Restaurant, the German eatery on Chicago’s North Side, will give all Moms a free glass of wine on Mother’s Day. Make a reservation at (773) 463-1962.

*Free dinner: Moms not only can eat Chinese for free at Koi in Evanston and Chens in Wrigleyville on Mother’s Day, but they can also enter to win a $200 Tiffany & Co. gift certificate. Probably should secure a reservation at either one of these restaurants in advance.

*Free dessert: Take Mom out for a free cup or cone of The Country’s Best Yogurt (TCBY). It’s healthy and delicious. To find a store, visit No reservations needed.

*Free cruise: Moms cruise and eat free aboard the Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue with the purchase of three adult tickets. All cruises set sail on Lake Michigan at Navy Pier. Sunday’s forecast is partly sunny and mid 60s.

*Free museums: All Moms and Grandmoms get complimentary admission to the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago in Glenview and the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier on Mother’s Day. At the latter, kids can interview their Moms about a favorite childhood memory and get a CD copy of it.

*Free concert: Check out this Chicago Blues Festival Preview at the Maxwell Street Market in Chicago. The concert starts at noon and features Robert Johnson and Fruteland Jackson.

*Free smells: Mother’s Day is the last day of the Chicago Park District Spring Flower Shows. The free shows are being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Drive; and the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Avenue.

*Free festival: Remember that the Little Village Cinco de Mayo Festival is going on from 2 to 11 p.m. at Douglas Park. For more details on this free party, click here.

*Free hand: Love is free and costs nothing to give. But if you want to do more for your Mom than give her a hug, and you don’t have the cash to take her out, clean her house! Next to healthy, happy children, a clean home is the best gift for Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our reader Moms and reader’s Moms!

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Tracey, sometimes you write about your children, so I know you’re a mom. Happy Mother’s Day to you! Thanks for the great tips. They really helped.


Thanks, Janet!

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