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Afternoon tea, train day and a bike-in movie top your weekend: Time Out Chicago

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This weekend has all the class with a garden tour and afternoon tea, plus all the fun with prom, train day and even a bike-in movie theater. There's no way you'll be bored with Time Out Chicago's D.L. Hopkins' picks for you perfect weekend.

The weekend starts early this week during Friday lunchtime. As April showers bring May flowers, the year-round must-see Lurie Garden becomes extra colorful. Check it out on springtime weekly Free Tours of Lurie Garden. Garden staff and volunteers talk about the garden's history and plants, including this year's especially intense shocks of purple and blue salvia. We suggest you brown bag a lunch and enjoy it by the stream. Lurie Garden, Monroe St between Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr (luriegarden.org). 11am–1:30pm; free.

Why wait until Sunday to celebrate Mother's Day? Well, okay, Mom's great and all, but we're more excited about the chance to eat inside a museum gallery. At the Driehaus Museum's Mother's Day Afternoon Tea, take a seat in the chandelier-decked third-floor ballroom and adjoining galleries. Partake in a Gilded Age tradition: Sip a cuppa and imbibe finger sandwiches, cheeses, fresh fruit, scones and an array of sweets (served on tiered trays, no less). Before or after you nibble, tour the house museum and eye its collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany objects. Driehaus Museum, 40 E Erie St (312-482-8933, driehausmuseum.org). Tea service at 3pm; $60.

Prom season is all around us, and did you know the average prom reportedly costs a little more than $1,000 per teen? Luckily, us old farts are way too wise to spend that kind of money. Wear something out of your closet and donate the rest of the dough to Dill Pickle, a community-owned grocery store. Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd (dillpickle.coop). $25, Dill Pickle Food Co-op members $20.

Also on Saturday is a National Train Day celebration. Handsome CSI: New York actor Hill Harper wrote chapters from his latest book, The Wealth Cure, while traveling on Amtrak from Los Angeles to Chicago. Today, he'll share his travel experiences during a speaking engagement. Other highlights include cooking demos, kids' activities, model train exhibits and freight train tours. Union Station 225 S Canal St (nationaltrainday.com). Free.

And finally on Sunday, start a summer tradition early: Bike over to the Hideout for an outdoor flick. Bike-In Movie Theater: T.A.M.I Showfeatures the music documentary covering the 1964 concert T.A.M.I Show. Grab a beer from the bar and watch Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson, James Brown and the Rolling Stones work it on the big screen. The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave (hideoutchicago.com). 8pm; free.

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