Moms have a hard job. Thankfully, Mother’s Day is coming up and offers a perfect moment to honor all she does. Don't give mom just any flowers - choose an exceptional couture floral design from Andrew's Garden in Wheaton, Walden Floral Design Co. in Downers Grove or perhaps an arrangement from the award-winning Phillip's Flowers & Gifts (Top 50 florists in North America by both FTD and Teleflora.) This year, we think those flowers need to be accompanied by a memorable outing. Here are our Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Mom:

1. Brunch
A beautiful meal made by someone else is always a wonderful gift for any mom! DuPage is a top destination for dining, brunch included. Check out our favorite brunch spots, many of which are offering specials for Mother’s Day - visit their websites for details. 

2. Shopping
Mom often shops for everyone else. Surprise her by planning a shopping trip to her favorite stores. Hands down, DuPage has the best shopping outside of Chicago, with these 8 major shopping centers and 8 charming downtowns.   

Mom holding daughters hand shopping in Downtown Lisle

3. Staycation
We always like this idea – no planning required on mom’s end making this getaway completely stress free. Several hotels have on-site spas (Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, Hotel AristaHyatt Lodge Oak Brook, and Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center); The Drake Oak Brook partners with Windy City Massage for the ultimate in-room spa experience; or book a treatment at the renowned Kohler Waters Spa in Burr Ridge. With a staycation, mom can make it anything she wants: discover the many sides of DuPage. See our full list of partner hotels and current hotel packages.

4. Cooking Class
Normally we would steer mom out of the kitchen on Mother’s Day but with two major cooking schools in DuPage, a fun and interactive class could serve up delight and happiness. Check out the workshops and events at the award-winning Marcel’s Culinary Experience and The North American Pizza & Culinary Academy - the second official school in the U.S. of the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli, the oldest and most prestigious pizza school in Italy.  

5. Events & Experiences
Give mom the gift of an experience! Check out our calendar for DuPage happenings – new events are added weekly. Can't miss events include Human+Nature at The Morton Arboretum and Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World coming to Cantigny Park in June.