Top Things To Do For Mother’s Day

Mother & Daughter at Chicago Botanic Garden

Mother & Daugther at Chicago Botanic Garden

Around this time of year, we’re looking for the perfect things to do for Mother’s Day in Lake County.
“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love,” is a quote from the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Mothers are the backbone of our lives. Mothers do the heavy lifting. Mothers always have the most logical advice. Mothers provide unconditional love among the millions of billions of other things they do as our biggest superhero and supporter.

Let’s make this a memorable celebration for mother dear and plan an outing as these are the top things to do for Mother’s Day in Lake County.

Get Your Brunch On

Brunch today from 11am until 2pm. Full menu also available.

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What better way than to treat mom out with a beautiful brunch spread? Let’s hope we won’t have more April showers in May (which unfortunately has been the trend). Here’s a list of brunches in Lake County for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Gift Alert

JUST ANNOUNCED: Ravinia’s 2017 Summer Season! Link in bio to full calendar

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Ravinia Tickets Go On Sale

Tuesday, May 9

Featured Performances:

  • Aretha Franklin
  • John Legend
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Darius Rucker
  • Blondie
  • Santana
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Tony Bennett
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Smokey Robinson
  • TLC

To read more about performances at Ravinia this summer, continue here.

Take Your Mama Out For Mother’s Day Weekend

Under the Streetlamp at Genesee Theatre

Friday, May 12; 7:3o p.m.

Under the Streetlamp delivers a nostalgic evening of American standards and classic hits performed by leading former cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys! Don’t miss an evening of all of your favorite genres including Doo-Wop, Motown, Rock n Roll, and more.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Citadel Theatre

Friday-Sunday, May 12-14

It’s a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance. Who couldn’t be more curious about those three plots combined? Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is now showing at the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest. This comedy originally written by Christopher Durang revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings. The trio of siblings bicker and discuss their lives while Spike is Masha’s love interest whose claim to fame is landing the role in the sequel to Entourage: Entourage 2. The original Broadway production of the play was nominated for six Tony Awards winning ‘Best Play’ in 2013. For the remainder of the schedule, Citadel Theatre is offering tickets for only $20!


She Loves Me at Marriott Theatre

Friday-Sunday, May 12-14

This comedy-musical gem based off the book by Joe Masteroff is set in the 1930s in a Hungarian parfumerie and the store clerks. Amalia and Georg don’t see eye-to-eye at work but get jazzed up as they unknowingly write love letters to each other after responding to a lonely hearts advertisement. The original stage play won a Tony Award in 1964 for Jack Cassidy’s portrayal of Steven Kodaly. Just picture the drama that may occur on a reality show between employees with text messages (instead of love letters) and Tinder at a modern-day Sephora. The show runs through June 18.

Wild About Mom – A Twist on Mother’s Day

Friday, May 12; 6-8:30 p.m.

The Regent Center in Mundelein is hosting Wild About Mom – A Twist on Mother’s Day. This event is a family-friendly dinner and dessert that will be followed by a 75-minute humorous, interactive and educational reptile show. Dave Dinaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles will perform a “hands-on” night of lizards and laughs. Mom is the special guest of the evening, and there will be an assortment of prizes that make her feel as special as she is. Registration deadline is May 8.


Third Annual Lake Zurich Craft Beer Fest

Friday-Saturday, May 12-13; 5-10 p.m.

Bring mom out to the two-day brew fest in Lake Zurich’s Paulus Park. Attendees will be able to sample more than 40-craft beers by prestigious local and regional breweries. The fest also features live music and plenty of eats for purchase. All attendees (21 & older) will receive a souvenir tasting glass.

Mama’s 5K Run in Zion 

Saturday, May 13; 8 a.m.

Enjoy a fun run with mama bear as the Zion Park District Sports Arena hosts a 5K. The race begins and ends in front of the Zion Leisure Center. Participants will receive a race shirt and a goodie bag if they are one of the first 200 to enter.


Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Tempel Lipizzans

Saturday, May 13; Doors at 9:30 a.m., Tour at 10 a.m.

If you hear an emphatic neigh in the distance, it is coming from the lips of the majestic Tempel Lipizzans in Old Mill Creek. Invite mom to a meet and greet inside the dancing stallions’ humble abode. On this behind-the-scenes tour, attendees will learn about the Lipizzan history, the methods of classical riding and receive a full tour of the farm. The tour will end in the Old Mill Creek farm’s arena with a daily training session and a Q&A with the trainers.

World Bonsai Day

Saturday, May 13; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

World Bonsai Day was created in 2010 to promote the plant and friendship throughout the world. Chris Baker, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s curator of bonsai; Jack Sustic, retired bonsai curator at the United States National Arboretum; and garden bonsai volunteers demonstrate a forest slab planting and bonsai tree styling. Demonstrations take place in Burnstein Hall. At 1:30 p.m., Chris Baker leads a tour of the Bonsai Collection. Spring-blooming highlights in the Bonsai Collection may include wisteria, crabapple and azalea. The tour rendevous point begins in Runnells Courtyard for the tour.

Foodie 5K in Libertyville

Saturday, May 13; 9 a.m.

Searching for a 5K to participate in with mom? Participants in the Foodie 5K at Independence Grove will have a great fun run with friends, family and neighbors as you will assist the lives of the hungry. The benefits of this race go towards the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Following the Libertyville forest preserve event, there is a post-run festival that features live entertainment, food trucks and a kid’s zone.

Daniela Liebman at Ravinia

Saturday, May 13; 8:30 p.m.

Mexican-born pianist Daniela Liebman had made her Carnegie Hall debut before she was a teenager, and last year Forbes Mexico named one of the 50 most influential women in the nation as a 13-year-old! That same year, she made a special appearance at Ravinia for the inauguration of the festival’s newest Sistema Ravinia site in neighboring schools. Liebman now returns to renowned Highland Park stage to make her Ravinia concert debut with the song (without words) and country dance of Mendelssohn’s “Scottish Sonata” and the sonic largesse of Mozart’s K. 333 sonata, an “orchestra-less concerto” with an operatic love duet at its center.


Had a blast opening for Chubby Checker tonight!! #CNE

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The Long and Winding Road Starring Jim Witter at James Lumber Center

Saturday, May 13; 8 p.m.

The Beatles captured the world’s attention with their songs, providing a musical soundtrack to the historical events of the ’60s and ’70s. In this multimedia musical tribute, Jim Witter brings his powerful voice, endless talents and infectious personality to the stage as he shares the songs and stories behind the music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Antioch’s Civic Club Spring Carnival

Friday-Sunday, May 12-14; Fri 6-11 p.m., Sat 1-11 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.

When spring comes, so does the Antioch Civic Club Annual Spring Carnival. This is a nostalgic and old-fashioned event where all of our favorite foods and rides are at our disposal. Unlimited daily wristbands are available for all of the thrilling festivities for $25 in this downtown Antioch party.

Zurko Antique and Flea Market

Saturday-Sunday May 13-14; Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

For 45 years, Zurko Promotions has been bringing quality antique shows and flea markets to the Midwest. This weekend’s show at the Lake County Fairgrounds will offer a variety of antiques and collectibles, including country furniture, estate jewelry, Victoriana, postcards, art glass and porcelains, advertising items, old toys, and much, much more.

This is the stuff that dreams are made of…🌻🌤🙌🏻 #nature #flowers #golden #sunset #beautiful

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Annual Native Plant Sale at Independence Grove

Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14; Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

Choose from a variety of native plants, shrubs and trees suited to almost any backyard. Native plants are beautiful, hardy, less expensive, easy to maintain and beneficial to the environment. Native flowering species will provide an abundance of nectar and attract wildlife from butterflies and songbirds to chipmunks and other beneficial insects. There will also be rain barrels and compost bins on sale on Saturday only.



Trails of treasures at Volo Antique Malls. 📷: @chelsienelson #letsgolakecounty #enjoyillinois #antiques

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Mother’s Day Special Event at Volo Antique Mall

Sunday, May 14; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Take mom out for a Mother’s Day shopping spree at the Volo Antique Mall. She will enjoy chocolates (while supplies last) and gift card giveaways every half hour. Attendees must purchase an item to enter the gift card raffle.

Mother’s Day Special at Tilt Studio

Sunday May 14; 11 a.m.

Celebrate with mom and the family at Tilt Studio in Gurnee Mills. For each mini golf outing you purchase, the mother of the household will receive a game for free.

Painting & Wine with Daisy: Mother Day at Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center

Sunday, May 14; 1 p.m.

Visit the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center to celebrate with your Mother and paint glasses together. You and mom can banter, sip wine and express yourselves through art on an afternoon of fun. A few demonstrations will get you acquainted with your canvas and Daisy will be there to help you finish up your masterpiece.


Human Condition Featuring Richard Harris’ Art Collection

Friday-Sunday May 12-14

The Human Condition featuring the Richard Harris Art Collection is open to the public at Urban Edge in Waukegan. Explore the ways different backgrounds, cultures and religions cope with mortality. The Riverwoods curator accumulated over 3,000 objects to represent every medium from all over the world. This event is featured every Thursday through Saturday until Saturday, June 1.

Less than 24hrs until we open up for 2017! See you tomorrow! 🙌🎢💯👏

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Six Flags Great America

Friday-Sunday, May 12-14

Six Flags Great America is back open again for business. Experience a thrilling ride on one of 14 serious roller coasters, great dining treasures, charming live entertainment, their undying tribute to Looney Toons and DC Comics and so much more at the legendary park. THE JOKER, a new free-fly coaster is slated to open Memoria Day Weekend. The new VR experience on Drop of Doom stretches from now until Memorial Day Weekend. Great America knows how to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Sunday Tours at Gold Pyramid House

Sunday, May 14

Capture a taste of Egypt in Lake County as you take a guided Sunday Tour of the Gold Pyramid House. The tours are usually between one-two hours long. Visit King Tut’s tomb, tour the inside of the pyramid, drink their legendary water and discover exciting artifacts in the Wadsworth pyramid’s gift shop. Groups of six or more can call for private tours. The Gold Pyramid House conducts tours on Sundays through November 5.

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