Windy City Live -Things To Do For Mother’s Day Under $10

As seen on ABC’s Windy City Live! Mother’s Day Deals For $10 and Under!

Check out my appearance on Windy City Live here!

I gave viewers a few gift ideas and things to do with mom for $10 and under.

#1: Vintage Garage: Buy a pair of tickets to the Vintage garage ($5 admission) for you and mom
Over 75 vendors, Indoor/Outdoor Garage, buy mom tickets for the next show May 15th

Vintage Garage
5051 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

Garfield Park Conservatory - Poor Girl's Guide Chicago

Garfield Park Conservatory – Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago

#2: Garfield Park Conservatory: Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory (free admission, suggested $5 donation) Makes a great 2-part gift, bring the camera and snap photos with mom, grandpa and the kids in front of thousands of beautiful flowers

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60624

#3: Chicago Water Taxi:  Take a trip on the Chicago Water Taxi ($10 all day, unlimited pass / $5 one-way ticket) The two stops open on Mother’s Day weekend are Ogilvie to Michigan Avenue and Ogilvie to China Town. With purchase of a $10 unlimited pass you can take the taxi to and from brunch or lunch at one of those stops and then hop back on and ride to and from the other for a little extra time on the river. $10 gets you unlimited back and forth stops all day

400 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

#4: Chicago River Museum:  Buy mom tickets to the opening of the Bridgehouse for the 2016 season, May 14th ($5 GA Tickets, $10 Bridge Lift Viewing Tickets, open Thurs-Mon, May-Oct, FREE on

Chicago Water Taxi - Poor Girl's Guide Chicago

Chicago Water Taxi – Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
99 East Riverwalk
Chicago, Il 60601

Mother’s Day Printable Banner


{Click the image to view on Etsy}

Now on sale on Etsy! View the PG Printables shop to purchase! Perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch or photoshoot back drop! Only $1.99 on Etsy, 1-click purchase, download and print at home!

Just print, cut + hang! Get this adorable “Happy Mother’s Day” pennant banner to print at home. Each letter prints on an 8.5×11 piece of paper.

Colors: Pink, Gray & Green

DIY Guide:


*Printable banner (download after purchase)
*Hole punch


1) Download + print the banner (print each page on 8.5 x 11 paper in color)
2) Cut out each triangle
3) Hole punch two holes at the top corners of each triangle
4) Measure + cut string so that it goes through all 11 triangles with enough extra room on either side to hang- if you need more room, you can also string each separately on two lines as shown in photos
5) Run string through each hole and hang banner

Mother’s Day at Nana

Mother’s Day at Nana

3267 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Featuring a holiday brunch and Sunday Supper on Sunday, May 8

Executive chef Jeremy Kiens features a special brunch menu on May 8 including seasonal and holiday dishes, plus year-round bestsellers such as the Nanadict, the Bridgeport restaurant’s spin on eggs Benedict with chorizo, poached eggs and poblano cream over housemade pupusas ($13); and the Grilled Tofu Scramble with seasonal vegetables and choice of chorizo or soyrizo ($11).

The Mother’s Day lineup lists selections such as the Mom’s Benedict with griddled cornbread, beef brisket, poached egg and chipotle hollandaise ($14); Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes with rhubarb jam and fresh strawberries ($12); and Dulce de Leche Stuffed French Toast, coffee cake stuffed with dulce de leche and served with cinnamon syrup ($12). Treat Mom to brunch cocktails such as a Mimosa with fresh-squeezed orange juice or cranberry puree (both $10). The complete Mother’s Day menu is listed below.
Brunch is available from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served(reservations are not accepted).  The sidewalk café is slated to open prior to Mother’s Day and will be available for brunch seating (weather permitting). The weekend lunch menu will be offered from 2:30-5 p.m. and dinner service runs from 5-8:30 p.m. on May 8.
Chef Kiens augments the dinner menu with a multi-course Sunday Supper from 5-8:30 p.m. every Sunday, including Mother’s Day. The supper includes Slagel Family Farm fried chicken, seasonal vegetable, poblano-and-Cheddar cheese cornbread, arugula house salad, cabbage-lime slaw, creamy mac and cheese and featured dessert. $24 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations for all size parties accepted after 5 p.m. by calling 312-929-2486.  
Avocado Fries, cilantro, chipotle lime aioli, $8
Shellfish Bisque, $4 cup/$8 bowl
Empanadas, short rib, Chihuahua wild ramp relish, $10
Cauliflower Salad, crispy kale, fresh herbs, celery, black olive oil,
preserved lemon vinaigrette, $8.50
Lobster Deviled Eggs, chipotle, $10
Chickpea Frites, herb aioli, date agrodolce, chipotle honey, $8
Kale Salad, avocados, roasted peppers, tomatoes, lime vinaigrette,
Cotija cheese, $8.50
Blueberry & Lime Donuts, vanilla pudding, $4
Baked Chilaquiles, Chihuahua cheese, black beans, poblano cream,
two eggs any-style, $12
Nanadict, chorizo, pupusas, poached eggs, poblano cream, $13
Crispy Chicken Thigh, poblano cheddar grits, asparagus, bacon jus, $13
Garden Omelet, grilled zucchini, spring onions, roasted peppers, spinach,
goat Parmesan, $12
Chef’s Daily Omelet, smoked salmon, asparagus, capers, spinach, brie, $13
Mom’s Benedict, griddled cornbread, beef brisket, poached egg,
chipotle hollandaise, $14
Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes, rhubarb jam, fresh strawberries, $12
Dulce de Leche Stuffed French Toast, coffee cake, cinnamon syrup, $12
Grilled Tofu Scramble, seasonal veggies, choice of soyrizo or chorizo, $11
Huevos Rancheros, crispy tortillas, two eggs any-style, onions, peppers,
refried pinto beans,poblano cream, guacamole, queso fresco,
choice of chorizo or soyrizo, $13


3-Course Mother’s Day Brunch

South Water Kitchen
Hotel Monaco
225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

The 3-Course Mother’s Day Brunch is available from 7am to 3pm for $26 per person. Reservations are available online at or by calling 312.236.9300.

First Course – one course per person 

  • Deviled Eggs: white truffle, lobster & chives
  • Grape Salad: mesclun greens, candied walnuts, blue cheese & grape vinaigrette
  • Greek Yogurt Parfait: housemade granola, fresh berries & honey

Second Course – one course per person 

  • Crab Cake Benedict: crab cakes, spinach, poached eggs, english muffin, cayenne hollandaise & breakfast potatoes
  • Citrus Ginger Glazed Salmon: wild rice pilaf & mache
  • Asparagus & Wild Mushroom Omelet: goat cheese, fresh herbs, breakfast potatoes & toast
  • Oven Roasted Prime Rib: garlic whipped potatoes, broccolini & rosemary jus

Third Course – one course per person 

  • Marble Pound Cake: dark Chocolate & toasted marshmallow
  • Berries and Cream: fresh berries, vanilla bean whipped cream & cinnamon crisp


The 3-Course Mother’s Day Brunch is available from 7am to 3pm for $26 per person. Reservations are available online or by calling 312.236.9300.