Let’s Celebrate! 22 Mother’s Day Activities for Seniors in Chicago and at Home

Did you know Sedgebrook is just 30 miles from downtown Chicago? The Windy City offers a plethora of opportunities to celebrate and create cherished memories with Mom.

From iconic landmarks like Millennium Park and Navy Pier to fun experiences such as architectural boat tours and floral design workshops, there’s something to delight every taste and interest. Here are 22 enchanting Mother’s Day activities for seniors in the vibrant city of Chicago.

1. Millennium Park

This iconic park is home to Cloud Gate (affectionately called “The Bean”), Crown Fountain, and Lurie Garden. You can take pictures, have a picnic lunch, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery.

2. Navy Pier

This waterfront destination offers something for everyone, with rides, shops, restaurants, and stunning views of Lake Michigan. You can take a boat tour, ride the Ferris wheel, or simply stroll along the pier.

3. Lakefront Trail

Chicago’s beautiful Lakefront Trail is perfect for a walk or bike ride. You can enjoy the views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan, and stop for a break at one of the many beaches or parks along the way.

4. Enjoy an Architectural Boat Tour

Celebrate Mother’s Day by learning about Chicago’s history and architecture on a scenic boat tour along the Chicago River. Check out the Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise to experience one of the most highly rated boat cruises in the Windy City.

5. Watch a Movie or TV Show

Whether it’s a Mother’s Day tradition or just a cozy way to spend an afternoon, watching TV with your mom is a great way to connect. It’s a chance to laugh together, share stories, and simply enjoy each other’s company.

6. Art Institute of Chicago

One of the world’s most renowned museums, the Art Institute of Chicago houses an impressive collection of art from around the world. You can spend hours exploring the exhibits, or take a guided tour.

7. Museum of Science and Industry

Gather the whole family because this interactive museum is perfect for curious minds of all ages. There are exhibits on everything from space exploration to the human body.

8. Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Treat yourselves to a night at the symphony. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is one of the finest orchestras in the world, and they offer a variety of concerts throughout the year.

9. Partake in Cooking Classes

Take a cooking class together and learn how to make a new dish. This is a fun and interactive way to spend time together. Craving comfort food? Try a class at Bettie’s Chicago. Looking for a little more gusto? Sign up for an Italian cooking class at Eataly Chicago. 

10. Get Active Together

Strengthen your bond with Mom this Mother’s Day by taking a scenic walk along the Chicago lakefront. The fresh air and beautiful views provide the perfect backdrop for conversation and quality time. Exercising together is a wonderful way to create meaningful moments while also improving your health.

11. Attend a Rug Tufting Workshop

Learn the craft of tufting, a textile technique used to create plush rugs and wall art. You can create your own unique designs together, which will be perfect for adding a personal touch to your home. You can sign up for a class through ClassBento or Tuft Stuff.

12. Design Your Own Jewelry

Many places, like Beadniks Chicago, offer workshops where you can create your own custom jewelry pieces. Choose your favorite stones, metals, and beads, and create a unique piece to commemorate your special day together.

13. Attend a Floral Design Workshop

Learn the art of floral arranging and create a beautiful bouquet to take home. This is a relaxing and rewarding activity that you can both enjoy. There are plenty of options to choose from, including Grove House and Sprout Home. But hurry! These classes quickly sell out quickly.

Lincoln Park Zoo Sign

14. Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo is a great option for a casual day out. You can see a variety of animals, including lions, primates, reptiles, and even a farm exhibit with cows, chickens, and pigs. They also offer daily events like seal training and feeding, and an ape cognition and care demonstration.

15. Prepare a Meal Together

Celebrate Mom’s special day with a homemade meal. Gather fresh ingredients and enjoy some quality time in the kitchen preparing a dish together. If you prefer to skip the cooking, you can always order a meal from her favorite restaurant for delivery.

Sedgebrook offers two signature dining experiences, perfect for residents and their guests to enjoy something tasty, whatever the occasion.

16. Shedd Aquarium

Immerse yourselves in the underwater world at Shedd Aquarium. Explore aquatic life from all over the world, and get up close with animals like beluga whales, penguins, and even touch stingrays in the touch pool. They also offer special experiences like behind-the-scenes tours and VR experiences.

17. Brookfield Zoo

Located just outside the city, Brookfield Zoo is a larger zoo with a wider variety of animals. You can see everything from giraffes and elephants to zebras and Komodo dragons. They also offer unique experiences, like feeding experiences with giraffes and penguins and a zoo train ride.

18. Read Together

Select a book that interests both of you and take turns reading aloud to each other or browse her favorite magazine together. Sedgebrook’s library boasts a variety of genres for you and your mom to choose from. This allows you to whisk your mom away to faraway places without leaving Chicago.

19. Chicago Botanic Garden

Treat your mom to a day of vibrant beauty and tranquility at the Chicago Botanic Garden this Mother’s Day. Stroll through blooming gardens, marvel at the intricate displays of exotic plants, and find a peaceful spot to enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the natural splendor. The Garden offers a serene escape where you can connect with your mom and create lasting memories surrounded by the wonders of nature.

20. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

This museum focuses on the natural history of the Chicago region. They have exhibits on everything from local wildlife to the geology of the area. They also have a live animal room where you can see animals like snakes, frogs, and turtles.

21. Johnny Twist Blues Museum

Explore the history and culture of blues music in Chicago. The Johnny Twist Blues Museum is located in the historic Printers Row neighborhood, and it features interactive exhibits, live performances, and educational programs.

22. Play With Board Games or Puzzles

Enjoy the day with a variety of classic board games, such as Scrabble or Monopoly, or collaborate on a jigsaw puzzle together. At Sedgebrook, we offer a dedicated game room that includes a billiard table, ping-pong table, and dart board. Host a lively game night with neighbors or opt for some one-on-one time by indulging in her favorite board game.

Mother and adult daughter doing a puzzle at table

Experience Life’s Celebrations at Sedgebrook

Discover a community that celebrates you every day. At Sedgebrook, we create a warm and welcoming environment where you can thrive. Whether you crave an active lifestyle filled with engaging events and outings or simply seek a place to relax and connect, we offer something for everyone. Contact us online or call (847) 780-9750 to schedule a tour and experience the Sedgebrook difference.

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