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Great Mother's Day Ideas in Chicago

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Looking for a great way to show mom how special she is? From brunch to theater to spa, here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Drury Lane Theatre invites families to treat the matriarchs in their family to a spectacular Mother’s Day brunch, served from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mother’s Day, followed by the legendary musical LES MISÉRABLES at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. The brunch buffet features a variety of carved meats, a seafood station, breakfast favorites, assorted sweets, champagne, mimosas, and child-friendly options. LES MISÉRABLES is the winner of over 50 international theater awards, including eight 1987 Tony Awards (two of which were for Best Musical and Best Score). For reservations, call 630.530.8300 or visit www.drurylane.com.

2. For the Mom who likes cheese but isn’t cheesy:
Legendary fondue restaurant, Geja’s Café (340 W. Armitage) will treat all moms to a complimentary 5-minute massage on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11. Moms will step away from the table to receive a well-deserved pampering in a secluded relaxing atmosphere with licensed massage therapists while they dine. The restaurant will opening at noon on Mother’s Day. For reservations, call 773-281-9101.

3. For the foodie Mom:
aria, located at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park (200 North Columbus Dr.) is offering a Mother’s Day brunch menu by Executive Chef James Phillips on Sunday, May 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The hearty menu offers a variety of specialty items that are sure to please not only Mom but the whole family. The brunch is $42 per person. For reservations, call 312-444-9494 or visit www.ariachicago.com.

4. For the Mom who needs a girls’ night out:
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park (200 North Columbus Dr.) has the perfect “Urban Goddess” package for Moms looking for a night out with her friends. The package includes overnight accommodations for two in a Fairmont Guestroom, a $100 credit per room (per paid night to be used in mySpa for service) and overnight valet parking ($65 value). The package starts at $199 plus tax and gratuity. It is available now through December 31, 2014. Please call 312-946-8945 to make an appointment. Any unused credit is not refundable. Credit is per room, per night.

5 For the Mom on the go:
Spring is here, and mySpa, the luxurious retreat at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, (200 North Columbus Dr.) is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a lunch and a manicure special for only $49.00. The offer includes an array of healthy lunch selections and a soothing express manicure in your favorite cheerful spring shade. To book, call (312) 946-8945. *Offer is valid through April 30, 2014.

6. For the Mom searching for the Purr-fect afternoon:
One of the biggest blockbuster musical hits of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS has 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. performances on Mother’s Day at The Marriott Theatre (10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.) CATS is directed and choreographed by multiple Jeff Award-winner Marc Robin with Musical Direction by Ryan T. Nelson. In 2003, the Marriott Theatre presented a new production of CATS, directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, which quickly became the best-selling show in the theatre’s long history and one of the audience’s most requested encores. For tickets, call 847.634.0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.

7. For the Mom who can’t get enough Jack Lemmon:
Continuing in a tradition of storytelling and music, Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein and last season’s smash hit Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane) will present the World Premiere of Chris Lemmon in JACK LEMMON RETURNS, a new play with music. There is a 3 p.m. performance on Mother’s Day at The Royal George Theatre (1641 N Halsted St.) The production is written and directed by Hershey Felder and based on the true story of the legendary Jack Lemmon (Mister Roberts, Some Like it Hot, Days of Wine and Roses, The Odd Couple) and his relationship with his son, actor and musician Chris Lemmon (Duet, That’s Life, Lena’s Holiday, etc.). For tickets, call 312.988.9000 or visit www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

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