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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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.

Science talk

April 1, 2015 (6 to 8 p.m.)

8 miles south

Hear expert neurobiologists discuss how our brains work at UChicago Discovery Series. Free but RSVP.

Flower show

April 1 - 4, 2015 (also March)

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.

African American play

April 1 - 12, 2015 (also March)

0.5 miles SW

Two Trains Running is August Wilson’s drama about Blacks living in the 1960s at Goodman Theatre.

Uplifting musical

April 1 - 12, 2015 (also March)

5 miles north

The Full Monty is a crowd-pleasing musical about ragtag, lovable out-of-work steel-mill workers who bare all to earn cash at Theater Wit.

Discount tickets.

Addams Family

April 1 - 12, 2015 (also March)

7.5 miles north

The Addams Family: The Musical (based on the TV show) is about the daughter falling in love with a “normal” boy and inviting him and parents to dinner, onstage at Mercury Theater.

Discount tickets.

Irish theater

April 1 - 19, 2015 (also March)

16 miles north

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

Discount tickets.

Comedy about celebrity culture

April 1 - 26, 2015 (begins March 28)

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.

Musical spoof of 1940s Hollywood

April 1 - May 2, 2015 (also March)

2 miles SW

City of Angels follows a screenwriter whose film noir mirrors his own life at Lyric Stage. “The clever lines, lyrics, and songs keep on coming!” [NY Times] Discount tickets.

A play about aging parents

April 1 - May 16, 2015 (begins March 31)

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 1 - 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.

Discount tickets.

Magic show

April 1 - May 27, 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.

Blue Man show

April 1 - May 31, 2015 (also March)

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 $52.

Adult: Alice in Wonderland

April 2 - 19, 2015 (also March)

10 miles north

Alice’s Adventures in “Wonderland” is a dark, edgy comedy about a schoolgirl lost in the seedy side of town at The Side Project Theatre for age 17+.

Discount tickets.

Comedy about dating

April 2 - 26, 2015 (also March)

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.

Cool cabaret

April 3 & 10, 2015 (also March 27)

3.3 miles SW

The Devil’s Cabaret includes aerialists, a rock band, a hosted craft beer bar, and “seven sinful acts” for age 21+ in a warehouse at Redmoon Theater.

Discount tickets.

Short comedies

April 3 - 17, 2015 (Fridays from March 27)

5 miles north

All In The Timing is a series of 6 one-act comedies performed by 6 Chicago theater groups at Stage 773.

Discount tickets.

Midlife-crisis comedy

April 3 - 19, 2015 (begins March 27)

16 miles north

Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a story of seduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon at Mayer Kaplan JCC Theatre in Skokie.

Discount tickets.

Comedy about identical twins

April 3 - May 9, 2015 (also March)

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.

Game of Thrones parody

April 3 - 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 3 - May 30, 2015 (begins March 27)

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.

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 (9:15 a.m.)

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.
April 2015

Easter fairy tales

April 4, 2015 (2 or 5 p.m.)

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 (sold out)

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.

Doggie Easter

April 4, 2015 (10 a.m.)

8 miles NW

Your dog can hunt for treat-filled eggs at Doggie Egg Hunt at Horner Park, and then get a bandana to wear in the bonnet parade. Register online for $10.

Brunch at Brookfield Zoo

April 4 - 5, 2015 (begins March 28)

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. [All nearly full. Reservations help: 708-688-8355.]

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.

Anne of Green Gables

April 4 - 19, 2015 (also March)

2.8 miles SW

Based on a bestseller, Anne of Green Gables is about an adopted girl who grows up in rural Prince Edward Island, at Provision Theater.

Family theater

April 4 - 26, 2015 (weekends from March)

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 chidren’s book, at Lifeline Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Batman burlesque

April 4 - June 27, 2015 (midnight)

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.

Campy burlesque

April 4 - July 25, 2015 (Saturdays 10:30 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

Burlesque is More gets high marks for its entertaining and funny combination of striptease & improvisation at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.

Discount tickets.

Easter restaurants

April 5, 2015

Chicago locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Easter in the garden

April 5, 2015 (sold out)

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.

Easter at the arboretum

April 5, 2015 (9:30 a.m.)

27 miles west

Enjoy a fine buffet and a visit from the Easter bunny during Easter Brunch at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

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 (sold out)

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.

Museum party

April 10, 2015 (9 p.m.)

1 mile south

Mix and mingle, visit the bar, hear DJ music, and see a show at After Dark for age 21+ in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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.

Dramatic play

April 10 - 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.

Musical theater

April 10 - May 3, 2015

1 mile SW

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

Discount tickets.

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.

Old-time movies

April 11, 2015 (noon)

6 miles north

See Buster Keaton in two of the funniest silent films ever made — Sherlock Jr. & The Playhouse — with live organ at Music Box Theatre.

Discount tickets.

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.

Discount tickets.

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.

Magic party for adults

April 17, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

1.3 miles west

Enjoy an open bar, appetizer buffet, and fun magic by hospital volunteers at Open Heart Magic Tricks are for Kids Benefit for age 21+ at I.B.E.W. Local 134.


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.

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.

Shakespeare in song

April 18 - 19, 2015

4 & 27 miles north

Chicago Chamber Choir sings choral music inspired by William Shakespeare at Much Ado About Singing.

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.

Comedy of woman vs. Mafia

April 18 - 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.

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.

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.

Artisan food festival

April 25, 2015 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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.

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.

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.

Fake wedding

April 30, 2015 (7 p.m.)

3.5 miles west

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to check out the wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Chicago at City View Loft. No gifts required!

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.
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