04/28/2011 05:24 pm ET | Updated Jun 28, 2011

Mother's Day In Chicago: Where To Take Mom

There's nothing Moms love more than spending time with their kids, at least when that time remains relatively whine- and responsibility-free. Give her that freedom and much more on Mother's Day, May 8, with these ideas on what to do with Mom -- whether she's art-driven or adventurous, a shopaholic or an animal lover.

For Pampering Mom: This 10,000-square-foot urban oasis in the West Loop offers a bunch of packages that mom and daughter (or son) can partake in together. Named after the word for "body" in sanskrit, Kaya focuses on just that, serving as a tranquil space of wall fountains and wooden beams and where staffers offer just about every spa treatment, including facials, waxing, blowdry and styling, haircuts, pedicures and manicures. As far as full-body pampering, treat Mom and yourself to an Empress Bath, which drenches skin with rosewood, palmarosa and lavender oils. Or give her the Far East Indulgence Package, which starts off with a hot stone massage and continues with a Bamboo Experience body treatment, Botanical R&R facial and finishes with a Bamboo Eucalyptus pedicure and Lemongrass Wasabi manicure.
112 N. May; 312-243-5292

For the Artsy Mom: Encourage Mom to unleash her creativity at the Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood by sculpting clay together during a side-by-side workshop on the Saturday before Mother's Day. An instructor will lead moms and their kids, ages 2 and up, for an hour of clay making on May 7. Clay classes are also available on other Saturdays in April, May and June. For art mediums beyond clay, Lillstreet also has sessions on sewing, printing, quilting, photography, printmaking, metalsmithing, drawing and painting.
$10 per person for side-by-side family clay workshop
4401 N. Ravenswood; 773-769-4226

For the Animal-Loving Mom: Take Mom out for a day of gazing at the elephants, camels, apes and polar bears that are spread across the 216 acres of Brookfield Zoo. But before going on an animal-packed stroll, leave the food preparation to others by taking her to the zoo's special Mother's Day Brunch. The brunch, which seats at 11 am and 1:30 pm on May 8, features shrimp, salmon, an omelet station, a carving station with ham and beef, French toast, an array of pastries, cookies and cakes. And perhaps the best treat for Mom? Unlimited champagne and wine.
$49 for adults; $35 for kids ages 3-11; For reservations, call 708-688-8355.
8400 31st Street, Brookfield; 708-688-8000

For the Adventurous Mom: Give Mom a whole new vantage point of the city on an architectural tour with Kayak Chicago. See the the Wrigley Building and the Trump International Hotel & Tower loom over you while you and Mom paddle in a kayak down the Chicago River. Learn about the history of our watery thoroughfare and spot what was once Al Capone's hideaway. No prior kayaking experience is needed, but make sure to wear lightweight clothing and bring sunscreen, sunglasses and of course, a camera -- kept safe in a waterproof bag -- for those Mother's Day memories. The three-hour architectural tour launches at Magnolia Avenue and LeMoyne Street and runs from noon-3 pm on both the Saturday and Sunday of Mother's Day weekend.
$65 per person
1501 N. Magnolia; 630-336-7245

For the Clothes-Fiend Mom: Treat Mom to a cute cocktail dress for a great bargain at Savvy Seconds & 1sts in Lincoln Square. The vintage clothing store claims that it's "a hip and unique resale boutique," and well, it really is. In addition to Dolce & Gabbana frocks and Diesel Jeans, Savvy Seconds & 1sts carries an array of accessories. On a recent day, lime-colored Etienne Aigner pumps were going for $15 and eye-catching belts for $5. Complete Mom's look with a funky Guess clutch or Bebe handbag.
11 am - 7 pm Mon.-Sat.; 11 am - 6 pm Sun.
4724 N. Lincoln; 773-728-8920