Chicago events calendar - April 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, theater, art, and kids’ free events in Chicago, Illinois.

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

Mileage is from the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Flower show

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 20)

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.

Shamrock 8K race

April 1 - 3, 2016

1.5 miles SE

The Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday is billed as the world’s largest timed 8K race. It starts and ends in Grant Park and includes a post-race party. The free Shamrock Shuffle Health and Fitness Expo is Friday and Saturday at McCormick Place.

Funny Hitchcock play

April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins Feb. 18)

26 miles NW

39 Steps is a classic film about a wrongly accused man racing to clear his name while evading the law. This fast-paced play is a comedic spoof at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Discount tickets $19.

Beatles show

April 2, 2016 (8 p.m.)

16 miles NW

Relive Beatlemania and hear 40 hits live at the show Let it Be in Rosemont Theatre.

Discount tickets $45.

Craft fair

April 2 - 3, 2016

27 miles west

Browse handcrafted goods from 100 juried exhibitors at Shower of Crafts Craft & Art Fair at College of Du Page in Glen Ellyn.

Family musical

April 2 - 10, 2016 (begins March 19)

0.9 miles north

A brother and sister travel back in time to meet young Louis Armstrong in the jazzy musical A Night in New Orleans based on the Magic Tree House books, at Broadway Playhouse. Discount tickets $18.

Robots at the museum

April 2 - 10 2016

8 miles south

Celebrate National Robotics Week viewing robots on display, interacting with some, hearing talks by robotic professors and students, and watching a live robotics competition at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Culture of Mexico

April 3, 2016

1 mile east

Enjoy the folk music, traditional dance, food, and crafts of Mexico at Neighborhoods of the World in the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. Free.

Racy movies

April 7 - 9, 2016

6 miles north

Hump! is 18 five-minute movies by amateurs of all persuasions at Music Box Theatre.

Quilt festival

April 7 - 9, 2016

17 mile NW

Shop for quilts and take mini-classes at International Quilt Festival in Rosemont convention center.

Latino film festival

April 8 - 21, 2016

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.

Beer tasting

April 9, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)

0.7 miles west

Sample 50 beers at River North Beer Fest at Moe’s Cantina & Old Crow Smokehouse. Discount tickets $20.

Mexican children’s day

April 9, 2016

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.

Diabetes expo

April 9, 2016

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.

Beer and wine festival

April 9, 2016

28 miles SW

Tinley Park Brew & Vine Festival features breweries, vintners, restaurants, and live entertainment at Tinley Park Convention Center.

Festival of colors

April 9, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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.

Culture of Poland

April 10, 2016

1 mile east

Enjoy the folk music, traditional dance, food, and crafts of Poland at Neighborhoods of the World in the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.

Blues dance

April 14 - 17, 2016

multiple locations

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

Movies and music festival

April 14 - 17, 2016

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 14 - 23, 2016

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.

Villa Park arts & crafts

April 15 - 17, 2016

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 15 - 17, 2016 (preview April 14)

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.

Pinot Noir tasting

April 16, 2016

1 mile east

Sample 100 pinots and meet the winemakers during Chicago Pinot Days in Lakeview Terrace at Navy Pier.

Discount tickets $60.

Running music festival

April 16, 2016 (music 6:30, race 7:30 p.m.)

2.7 miles south

Run or walk a 5K to multiple stages that have parties with DJ music, lights, lasers, and glowsticks during Night Nation Run at Soldier Field (location subject to change).

Discount tickets $29.

Maritime festival

April 16, 2016

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.

Chocolate & wine tasting

April 16 - 17, 2016

2.2 miles west

Chicagoland Artisan Chocolate Festival has lectures, demonstrations, exhibitors, and tastings at Stephen Bailey Auditorium. Discount tickets $33.

Films about Palestine

April 16 - 28, 2016

0.5 mile SW

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

Culture of India

April 17, 2016

1 mile east

Enjoy the folk music, traditional dance, food, and crafts of India at Neighborhoods of the World in the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. Free.

Greek parade

April 17, 2016 (2:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles west

The annual Greek Independence Day Parade begins at N. Halsted Street & Randolph Street. Free.

Funny musical

April 20 - May 22, 2016

31.2 miles north

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is Stephen Sondeheim’s slapstick musical about life in ancient Rome, live at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest. Previews April 20 & 21. Discount tickets $10.

Bach festival

April 22 - May 6, 2016

Chicago locations

Bach Week Festival is a series of four classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston held on April 22, 24, and May 6.

Money week

April 23 - 30, 2016

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.

Wine tasting

April 28, 2016

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.

Small press festival

April 29 - 30, 2016

2.5 miles west

A zine is a cheap, self-published, underground publication. Chicago Zine Fest offers panel discussions Friday, plus exhibitions by 200 writers, artists, and publishers Saturday on the Near West Side. Free.

The King and I

April 29 - May 22, 2016

1 mile SW

The King and I is a popular musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein set in 19th-century Bangkok. This revival at the Civic Opera House recently won four Tony Awards. Discount tickets $89 to $149.

Artisan food festival

April 30, 2016

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.


April 30 - May 1, 2016

3 miles SW

Chicago’s best chefs serve bacon dishes and drinks for lunch and dinner at Baconfest Chicago in UIC Forum. This event has sold out in the past.

Elmhurst Art in the Park

April 30 - May 1, 2016

17 miles west

Art in the Park is a juried show of fine art, craft, and design, which is held rain or shine at Wilder Park in Elmhurst. Free.

Lilac festival

April 30 - May 15, 2016

27 miles west

Enjoy lilac-themed events at Lilac Time in Lombard, including concerts, plant sales, tours, a formal ball, a stroll through Lilacia Park, beer and wine tasting, 5K, and an art & craft fair.
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