Weekend 101: Mother’s Day Weekend 2019

Celebrate Mom all weekend long with family-friendly events at Chicago Botanic Garden and Brookfield Zoo, an Evanston Symphony Orchestra concert, and more.

Model Railroad Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden: Model Railroad Garden
Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Opens May 11

Explore Chicago Botanic Garden with Mom this weekend, when the annual Model Railroad Garden will open for its 20th year.

Brick Safari

Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo
More than 40 life-size animal sculptures, including an elephant, will be featured at Brookfield Zoo’s Brick Safari. The exhibit runs from May 11 through Sept. 29. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society.)

Opens May 11

Don’t miss the U.S. debut of this event that will bring more than 40 life-size LEGO sculptures of animals to Brookfield Zoo.

Mother’s Day at Skydeck Chicago

Skydeck Chicago
Photo courtesy of Skydeck Chicago.

May 12

Treat Mom to spectacular views of the city with a visit to Willis Tower’s Skydeck Chicago, where the first 100 mothers will receive a pink rose.

Virtuoso Voices

Michelle Areyzaga
Michelle Areyzaga (Photo courtesy of Evanston Symphony Orchestra.)

May 12

Evanston Symphony Orchestra welcomes Michelle Areyzaga and the North Shore Choral Society for this tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.

Visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum May 10-12 and Mom gets in free. Admission is also free for all on May 10 in celebration of the museum’s 10th anniversary.

Make a Difference:

  • The Lovie Project at Classic Kids Photography returns May 12 to June 15. Schedule a “lovie” photo shoot to create modern display art of your child’s favorite stuffed toys and the shoot will be free with the donation of a new lovie for children at Primo Center for Women and Children. The Lovie Project will take place at all Classic Kids studios, including Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital







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