Chicago events calendar - April 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, Easter egg hunts, and kids’ free events in Chicago, Illinois.

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April 2015

Enjoy the best Chicago events, festivals, and things to do in April 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

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Flower show

April 1 - 4, 2015

0.5 mile south

Macy’s Flower Show features 2 million flowers and exotic topiaries plus scheduled events at Macy’s on State Street. Free.

Rockin’ race & egg hunt

April 4, 2015

1.2 miles south

Bunny Rock features 1980s rock music, a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m., a petting zoo, and a giant egg hunt for ages 2 to 8 at 10:15 a.m. in Grant Park. Cost.

1/4 marathon

April 4, 2015

2 miles south

Chicago Quarter Marathon begins at Soldier Field and goes south along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Kids’ dash and Easter egg hunt at 10:45 a.m. to age 10.

Easter fairy tales

April 4, 2015

2.5 miles north

Kids enjoy art, music, stories, snacks with Mother Goose, and an egg hunt with Peter Rabbit during Egg Hunt in Storyland at Bubbles Academy for $30.

Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo

April 4, 2015

2.5 miles north

Eat breakfast with the Easter bunny, hunt for eggs, visit animals, ride the train & carousel (if dry) at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Brunch at Brookfield Zoo

April 4 - 5, 2015

14 miles SW

Breakfast with the Bunny is an all-you-can-eat buffet and a visit with the Easter bunny March 28-29 and April 4. The Easter Champagne Brunch is April 5.

Robots at the museum

April 4 - 12, 2015

8 miles south

Robot Block Party at the Museum of Science and Industry celebrates National Robotics Week with demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Easter restaurants

April 5, 2015

Chicago locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Easter in the garden

April 5, 2015

24 miles north

Enjoy a festive Easter Egg Brunch and bring a basket for the Easter egg hunt at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

Sewing expo

April 9 - 11, 2015

28 miles NW

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo has workshops, shows, and vendors at Schaumburg Convention Center.

Latino film festival

April 9 - 23, 2015

Chicago locations

See 100+ films from Latin America, Brazil, Spain and Portugal during the Chicago Latino Film Festival at AMC Loews Theatres 600 and venue partners throughout Chicagoland.

Whisky festival

April 10, 2015

0.2 miles SE

Taste 300 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at WhiskyFest at Hyatt Regency Chicago. This event sells out early.

Bach festival

April 10, 2015 (also May 1 & 3)

Chicago locations

Bach week festival is a series of four classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston.

Mexican children’s day

April 11, 2015

2.8 miles SW

Celebrate Mexican culture and family health at Día del Niño Family Festival. Begin with a two-mile walk from the National Museum of Mexican Art to UIC Forum. Continue with games, art, and activities. Free.

Festival of colors

April 11, 2015

32 miles west

Throw brightly colored organic flour at friends and foes and hear music to celebrate Holi and mark the arrival of spring at the Grand Pavilion in Naperville.

Chocolate & wine tasting

April 11 - 12, 2015 (preview April 10)

13 miles north

Chicagoland Artisan Chocolate Festival & Wine Tasting has lectures, demonstrations, exhibitors, and tastings at Crystal Ballroom in Evanston.

Creativity expo

April 16 - 19, 2015

0.4 miles south

Hear experts speak about art, fashion, film, food, and music at Lake FX Summit + Expo (formerly called Chicago Music/Film/Fashion+ Summit) at Chicago Cultural Center. Free.

Movies and music festival

April 16 - 19, 2015

5 miles NW

The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) is “where movies and music meet.” See films with a music connection by day, and hear live music with a film connection by night at Wicker Park and Logan Square.

Modern pop festival

April 16 - 25, 2015

10 miles north

International Pop Overthrow (IPO) is a cutting-edge pop and rock music festival based in Los Angeles that brings 70 of the latest bands to The Red Line Tap.


April 17 - 18, 2015

3 miles SW

Chicago’s best chefs serve bacon dishes and drinks for lunch and dinner at Baconfest Chicago in UIC Forum. This event sells out early.
April 2015

Blues dance

April 17 - 19, 2015

multiple locations

BluesShout includes weekend workshops and dances with live music that go late into the night.

Villa Park arts & crafts

April 17 - 19, 2015

21 miles west

See hundreds of craft booths at Spring Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair in the Odeum Expo Center.

Antiques and garden fair

April 17 - 19, 2015

24 miles north

See display gardens and shop for vintage and garden-related items at the Antiques, Garden & Design Show at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

Diabetes expo

April 18, 2015

3 miles south

Learn how to prevent and manage diabetes at the American Diabetes Association Expo, which has health screenings, cooking demonstrations, experts, and exhibitors at McCormick Place. Free.

Maritime festival

April 18, 2015

8 miles NW

See ship models and displays, hear music and song, and attend 40 seminars and workshops at Chicago Maritime Festival at Old Town School of Folk Music.

Money week

April 18 - 25, 2015

Chicago locations

Money Smart Week is a series of classes and activities designed to help you better manage your personal finances. Search for events near your zip code. Free.

Palestine Film Festival

April 18 - 30, 2015

0.5 mile SW

The Palestine Film Festival exhibits and promotes films by Palestinian directors as well as films about Palestine at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Improv festival

April 20 - 26, 2015

Chicago locations

Billed as the world’s longest running festival of improvisational theater, the Chicago Improv Festival includes music, song, comedy, story, and puppetry performances in multiple locations.

Irish theater

April 24 - 25, 2015

16 miles north

Outside Mullingar is a romantic comedy about two misfits on neighboring Irish farms finding happiness, at Northlight Theatre in Skokie.

Comedy about celebrity culture

April 24 - 26, 2015

0.5 miles SW

Ella just got a job as The Upstairs Concierge at a swanky hotel in this madcap comedy about fame, live at the Goodman Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Dramatic play

April 24 - 26, 2015

2.7 miles NW

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is the haunting story of an overbearing mother, her poetic son, and shy daughter, living lives of illusion in the Depression at Royal George Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Comic and Entertainment Expo

April 24 - 26, 2015

3 miles south

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is a convention for fans of comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and pop culture at McCormick Place.

Joffrey Ballet

April 24 - May 3, 2015

0.7 miles SW

Joffrey Ballet performs four gorgeous New Works at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Musical theater

April 24 - May 3, 2015

1 mile SW

Carousel features the beautiful songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein at Civic Opera House.

Discount tickets.

Interracial drama

April 24 - May 3, 2015

4.7 miles north

An Issue of Blood is the story of a cursed wealthy woman, crimes of passion, and a love triangle in early America at Victory Gardens.

Discount tickets.

Comedy about identical twins

April 24 - May 9, 2015

12 miles north

The Venetian Twins is a classic play about courtship and mistaken identity, full of frenzied, slapstick farce at Piccolo Theatre in Evanston.

Discount tickets.

A play about aging parents

April 24 - May 16, 2015

10 miles north

The Bird Feeder Doesn’t Know debates when kids must care for their parents and when they can finally leave the nest, at Raven Theatre.

Discount tickets.

The Book of Mormon

April 24 - May 17, 2015

0.8 miles south

The Book of Mormon, winner of 9 Tony Awards, is a musical at Bank of America Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Comedy about dating

April 24 - May 17, 2015

3 miles north

First Date is a funny romantic musical celebrating the search for love with humor and optimism, live at the intimate Royal George Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Comedy of woman vs. Mafia

April 24 - May 24, 2015

4.8 miles north

All’s Well That Ends Well is a comedic battle of the sexes that places Shakespeare’s characters in the 1950s Mafia world at Theater Wit.

Discount tickets.

Funny musical

April 24 - May 24, 2015

5 miles north

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is Stephen Sondheim’s slapstick musical about life in ancient Rome, live at Stage 773.

Discount tickets.

Game of Thrones parody

April 24 - May 29, 2015 (Fridays 7:30 p.m.)

5 miles north

See your favorite characters, plots, and battles of four seasons crammed into a single hour of comedy at A Swarm of Spoilers by Under the Gun Theater.

Discount tickets.

Tribute to the ‘80s

April 24 - May 30, 2015

4.5 miles north

Revisit the songs, movies, TV, and pop-culture of 1980s America in The Power of Prom, a new musical comedy at Annoyance Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Blue Man show

April 24 - May 31, 2015

4.5 miles north

Blue Man Group returns with a new stage show that combines comedy, art, science, visual effects, and music at Briar Street Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Classic Russian play

April 24 - June 6, 2015

3.4 miles NW

The Three Sisters who once led a privileged life must cope with misfortune and life in a tiny Russian town in Chekhov’s play at The Den Theatre.

Emotional family drama

April 24 - June 7, 2015

3 miles NW

The Herd is a witty play about three generations of a spirited middle-class clan attempting to reconcile at Steppenwolf Theatre on Halsted St.

Discount tickets.

Award-winning musical

April 24 - June 7, 2015

19 miles west

Billy Elliot features inspiring songs by Elton John and high-energy dance that earned it the title “Broadway musical of the decade” from Time Magazine at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook.

Discount tickets.

Rock legends concert

April 24 - Sept. 27, 2015

3.8 miles north

Million Dollar Quartet recreates the night Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins played together at Sun Records and includes 21 rock hits performed live at Apollo Theater. Discount tickets.

Artisan food festival

April 25, 2015

1.1 miles west

Meet food makers and taste their cured meats, confections, craft beer, wine, and cheese at Artisan Producer Festival at Chicago French Market. Free.

Martial arts

April 25, 2015 (6 p.m.)

2.6 miles SW

The Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO) presents mixed martial arts fighters in XFO 55 at UIC Pavilion.

Home show in Wheaton

April 25 - 26, 2015

27 miles west

Find renovation help at The DuPage County Home Improvement & Landscaping Expo at DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.

Family theater

April 25 - May 17, 2015 (Sat. & Sun.)

10 miles north

A gorilla and a scrappy dog set out to save a baby elephant in The One and Only Ivan, based on a children’s book, at Lifeline Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Batman burlesque

April 25 - July 27, 2015 (Saturdays)

5 miles NW

Holy Bouncing Boobies! A Batman Burlesque is a campy, sexy, silly show of heroes versus villains at Gorilla Tango Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Broadway musicals

April 26, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.7 miles south

Hear a chorus and orchestra perform songs from The King and I, Oklahoma, Carousel, The Sound of Music, and South Pacific at Something Wonderful! The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein at Symphony Center.

Free skin exam

April 29, 2015 (8 to 11:45 a.m.)

0.6 miles north

Register for a Free Skin Cancer Screening at Northwestern Medicine that could save your life.

Magic show

April 29 - Aug. 26, 2015 (Wednesdays)

3.3 miles north

The Magic Cabaret entertains with mind-boggling sleight of hand and audience participation in small Greenhouse Theater Center. Discount tickets.

Wine tasting

April 30, 2015 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

8 miles NW

Sample 40 wines plus hors d’oeuvres on the Spring Wine Stroll in shops at Lincoln Square and Ravenswood. Repeats in Nov.

Science-fiction Shakespeare

April 30 - June 14, 2015

7 miles north

The characters of Macbeth fight with light sabers and travel to outerspace in MacSith at Pendulum Space.

Discount tickets.

Johnny Cash show

April 30 - June 28, 2015

7.5 miles north

Ring of Fire features the story & music of legendary Johnny Cash at Mercury Theater.

Discount tickets.

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April 2015 calendar of events in Chicago, IL. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Chicago, Illinois.