No need to traipse from store to store looking for the perfect gift this Mother’s Day when the best gift you can offer is time well spent. We’re helping you out with ideas that appeal no matter what brings a smile to mom. From classic brunches to salsa dancing and a jazz concert, take advantage of what Chicago has to offer and make sweet memories on this special day. Read on and get planning, May 14 will be here before ya know it!

Get those creative juices flowing: Magnolia’s Bakery

Feeling the need for something sweet and creative? Bring mother in for a fun afternoon of learning how to decorate beautiful flower cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery. Not only will you take home six of your creations, but you'll also receive a starter cupcake icing kit to create more sweet magic at home.

May 13; 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $60
Magnolia Bakery
Block 37
108 N. State St.
The Loop
Purchase tickets online: magnoliabakery.com

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— Maria Chambers