Mom’s the word! Once you’ve done the breakfast-in-bed thing (hint, hint), celebrate Mother’s Day in a bunch of exciting ways around town. There’s a sidewalk chalk party in Wicker Park, craft workshop in Roscoe Village, a chick-hatching exhibit in Glenview and lots more. Where will you start? Here are some ideas.


Wicker Park

Sidewalk Chalk Party
Wicker Park’s sidewalks could use a bit more color, don’t you think? Make your own masterpiece at this fun family blast, put together by One Strange Bird art studio and Building Blocks Toy Store. There will also be free face painting and art activities, a balloon giveaway and photo opps with Elmo. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 2124 W. Division St. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

“Four Seasons” Ballet Children’s Matinee
Whirl and twirl over to this family-friendly performance. The dancers of Chicago Repertory Ballet do a world premiere of a version of Vivaldi’s classic score. The abbreviated one-hour performance invites young ones to wear their favorite ballet outfit (tutus encouraged!). Sat., 2-3 p.m. The Biograph Theater. Children, $10; adults, $20All ages. Event details.

Roscoe Village

Mother’s Day Craft Workshop
Handmade Mother’s Day gifts are the bestest. Imagine, paint, create and draw your your appreciation under the tutelage of Unicoi Art Studio pros. There will be card-making, canvas painting, refreshments and a photo booth. Sat., 1-3 p.m. Unicoi Art Studio. $10/person. Ages 1 & up. Event details.


MCA Family Day
Enjoy the one-of-a-kind experience of making art at the MCA. This month’s Family Day has the theme of “Dream.” Pretend that sky’s the limit and create art inspired by imagination and memories. Projects are designed and led by Chicago artists. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free for families with kids under 12. Event details.


Mother’s Day Open Play
Spend family time together or give mom a few hours off at the JCC’s Open Gym. In addition to climbing structures, tricycles, and sports equipment your child can make a one of a kind mother’s day gift to take home. Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Florence G. Heller JCC. $10/family. All ages. Event details.

The Loop

National Train Day Celebration
Whether you have a Chuggington fan in the family or you love to ride real-life rails, this is a holiday worth celebrating. Join Amtrak for this annual event featuring train equipment displays, local exhibitors, model trains, kid-friendly activities and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Union Station. Free. All ages. Event details.

“The Sound of Music” on Stage
The Australian alps have landed in Chicago and you’re invited to join the frolicking. Check out the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of the classic, which is family friendly and features all the songs you’ve come to love (“My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi”). Runs thru May 25. Lyric Opera of Chicago. Tickets starting at $29. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

“The Wizard of Oz” Musical
The enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic contains songs from the Oscar-winning movie, your favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Courage, a heart and brains, coming right up! Runs thru May 11. Cadillac Palace Theatre. $18-$85. Ages 4 & up. Event details.


“Eggs to Chicks” Exhibit
Gain an understanding of the life cycles of the rare Black Java and White Java chickens as they hatch and grow in a special child-height egg incubator, hatchery unit and pen. More than 150 eggs will be hatched, with delivery and incubation carefully timed to ensure that there will be new chicks hatching weekly. Held thru June 16. Kohl Children’s Museum. $11; those under 12 months are free. All ages. Event details.

How will you celebrate Mother’s Day? Let us know in the Comments section below!

— Kelly Aiglon

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