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What to Get Your Mom Boss for Mother's Day in Chicago

Looking for sweet gift ideas for your mom boss for this Mother’s Day? Everyone loves a box of decadent chocolates or a pretty bouquet of flowers. If you want a unique gift to show your appreciation, we’ve got you covered with more gift ideas below.

A great workout session from a local program

After a clean house and a full night of sleep, what moms wish for most often is a good workout. Luckily, Chicago has plenty of options that she can try out. Active Moms’ Club offers programs for prenatal fitness, postnatal recovery, post-baby training, and more. Active Moms Club is based in Lincoln Park, conveniently located in the Goose Island CrossFit building. Is your mom boss more go with the flow? Boutique yoga studio CorePower Yoga has 29 locations in Chicago, with all kinds of classes for every kind of yogi.

A sweet homemade gift from the kids

This one is a no-brainer. A handmade gift from her children is one she’ll always treasure. Set up a fairly easy craft project for younger kids, like painting inexpensive vases or pots from craft stores. Older kids can have a little fun and make homemade bath bombs for Mom (and learn about science at the same time.)

A meal at one of the best outdoor restaurants in Chicago

Give your mom boss the opportunity to dine alfresco with a gift card to a beautiful outdoor restaurant or cafe. We love The Warbler in Lincoln Square, with its comfort food and bird-themed colorful cocktails. Another favorite is Parlor Pizza Bar in West Loop, where you can enjoy a good slice and a beer on the patio while watching the game. Is your mom boss a romantic? Piccolo Sogno in River West/West Town serves simple Italian fare in a lush, fairytale outdoor setting. If these restaurants aren’t quite right for your mom boss, there are many more with wonderful outdoor dining in Chicago.

A fun class at a local school

We couldn’t pick just one of these classes offered in Chicago, so here’s 3!

At Aroma Workshop in Lincoln Park, you can design your own customized fragrance. Their list of scents is sure to please moms with the most sensitive noses. A gift certificate to Aroma Workshop can be used online or in-store.

Talisman Glass in West Loop has special Mother’s Day classes, where participants can create their own vase, heart, or oil lamp out of beautiful glass. If your mom boss can’t make it on Mother’s Day, not a problem. Talisman Glass offers regular classes and workshops year round.

Give Me Some Sugar in Roscoe Village hosts cooking classes of all types, from pie to candy bars to cookie decorating to macarons. A gift card to this baking school will give your mom boss a discount on the class of her choice.

A pass to a craft beer festival or event

If your mom boss is a craft brew fan—like many others in Chicago—why not set her up for the summer with a pass to an event like Chicago Friday Night Flights? This year, the local beer tasting event begins on May 31, featuring 32 breweries from neighborhoods across the city. Your mom boss can sample several 3-ounce pours, plus enjoy live music and food from local restaurants for purchase. Our other favorite craft brew events include Craft Brews at the Zoo in June and the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer in November.


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