Celebrate Mom all weekend long with an art market in Chicago, two shopping events, the opening of a favorite annual exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden, and free mimosas in Winnetka.

Friday Art Markets at Daley Plaza

5 Things to Do: Daley Plaza
May 11

Starting this weekend, roughly 75 juried artists will showcase jewelry, sculptures, paintings, and more at Daley Plaza on select Fridays during the summer.

Magnificent Mile of Fair Trade: Chicago’s World Fair Trade Day Celebration

5 Things to Do: Chicago

Photo by Jeff Brown on Unsplash.

May 11

Chicago has been the site of the biggest World Fair Trade Day event in the country for 10 years, but this year the Chicago Fair Trade event will be even bigger. Don’t miss a Fair Trade Bazaar, Fair Trade Luxury Boutique, Ethical Fashion Show, and more.

Vintage Market

Vintage Market at The Grove

Photo courtesy of Glenview Park District.

May 12

Spend time with Mom as you shop vintage items and dine on delicious fare from 60 vendors and food trucks at The Grove. Plus, enjoy product demos, workshops, and live music.

Model Railroad Garden

5 Things to Do: Chicago Botanic Garden's Model Railroad Garden

Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Opens May 12

Chicago Botanic Garden’s Model Railroad Garden, an annual family favorite, will return this weekend with 18 model trains, almost 50 mini landmarks, 5,000 plants, and more.

Mother’s Day at Good Grapes

5 Things to Do: mimosa
May 13

You’ll have a chance to celebrate Mom at Good Grapes with a complimentary mimosa on Mother’s Day. Then, shop for the perfect bottle of wine to pair with dinner or give as a gift.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and 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