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Bored With Brunch? Go Off The Beaten Path This Mother's Day

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Bouquets of flowers, overpriced brunches and cheesy framed photos are fine for most mothers, but your Mom is special. Maybe she has a wicked sense of humor, or maybe she just really likes to party. Whatever the case, we've found some unique ways to celebrate with your one-of-a-kind Mom.

Music Box Theatre: Show Mom how much you love her – even if she abhors wire hangers – with a screening of "Mommie Dearest" at the Music Box Theatre. The special Mother's Day event kicks off with a pre-show featuring cult-classic lovers Camp Midnight and a mother-daughter matching outfit contest. In a tribute to the film's campy content, audience members will get an interactive audience guide and hilarious running commentary from Camp Midnight throughout the film.
Sun., May 8 at 1:30 p.m.; $12 per person
3733 N. Southport Ave.; 773-871-6604

The Neo-Futurarium: For the mom who loves everything weird and wacky, stop by The Chi-Town Clown Revue at The Neo-Futurarium. This variety show features some of the best clown ensembles in the area. Among the 8 – 10 acts scheduled for the event is one "Schluberhagen," a slot reserved for a raw, experimental clown act. The whole thing concludes with a giant pie fight, in which participation is optional but highly recommended for a memorable Mom's Day.
Sun., May 8 at 9:30 p.m.; $10 per person
5153 N. Ashland Ave.; 773-275-5255

Bobby's Bike Hike: The Lakefront Neighborhoods Tour at Bobby's Bike Hike is perfect for active Moms. You'll zip through charming neighborhoods to view sites like the Playboy Mansion, Oprah's house, and more. Plus, the helmets and bikes are available on site so you won't have to haul your own there and back.
Sun., May 8 at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.; $35 for adults, $30 for students and seniors, $20 for kids under 12
Departs from 465 N. McClurg Ct.; 312-915-099
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Annoyance Theatre: It's improv meets musical theater at Happy Karaoke Fun Time at The Annoyance Theatre. This hilarious show starts off with a song and topic chosen by the audience. The cast then creates scenes from scratch, with the DJ spinning karaoke tracks at random. When a new song comes on, listen closely as the actors rework the lyrics to fit the story they've created.
Sun., May 8 at 7 p.m.; $10 per person
4830 N. Broadway; 773-561-4665

Berlin: Show Mom you appreciate her ability to still go clubbing on a school night this Sunday at Berlin. The Lakeview nightclub will feature DJ Chester, who will be spinning tracks from the '80s all night. Dance to Madonna, Journey and Cyndi Lauper and sip on $2 PBRs till 4 a.m. with the coolest Mom ever.
Sun., May 8; No cover
954 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-348-4975