Enjoy the best Chicago events, festivals, and things to do in April 2014 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.
April 1 - 6, 2014 (begins March 31)
Chicago locationsBilled 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. Cost.
April 1 - 6, 2014 (begins March 23)
0.5 mile southMacy’s Flower Show features 2 million flowers and exotic topiaries plus scheduled events at Macy's on State Street. Free.
Underground film festival
April 2 - 6, 2014
7 miles NWChicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) shows independent, experimental, and documentary films from around the world at the Logan Theatre, followed by nearby after-parties. Cost.
Latino film festival
April 3 - 17, 2014
Chicago locationsSee films from Latin America, Brazil, Spain and Portugal during the Chicago Latino Film Festival at AMC Loews Theatres 600 and venue partners throughout Chicagoland. Cost.
April 5, 2014
2 miles southChicago Quarter Marathon begins at Soldier Field and goes south along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Cost.
Festival of colors
April 5, 2014
32 miles westThrow 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.
April 5 - 12, 2014
Chicago locationsMoney 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.
Robots at the museum
April 5 - 13, 2014
8 miles southRobot Block Party at the Museum of Science and Industry celebrates National Robotics Week with demonstrations and hands-on activities.
California wine tasting
April 9, 2014
2 miles westTry wines from West Sonoma Coast vintners at West of West Wine (WOW) Festival at City Winery. Cost.
Modern pop festival
April 10 - 19, 2014
10 miles northInternational 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 11 - 13, 2014
21 miles westSee hundreds of craft booths at Spring Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair in the Odeum Expo Center. Cost.
Antiques and Garden Fair
April 11 - 13, 2014
24 miles northSee display gardens and shop for vintage and garden-related items at the Antiques and Garden Fair at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Cost.
Artisan food festival
April 12, 2014
1.1 miles westMeet 100 food makers and taste their cured meats, confections, craft beer, wine, and cheese at Artisan Producer Festival at Chicago French Market. Free.
Kids’ candy extravaganza
April 12, 2014 (9 a.m.)
2 miles southSpring Egg-Stravaganza includes fun activities for children plus a giant candy hunt at Soldier Field. Free.
April 12, 2014 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
8 miles NWYour dog will enjoy hunting for treat-filled eggs at Doggie Egg Hunt at Horner Park and then it will get a bandana to wear in the bonnet parade. Cost.
Beer and wine festival
April 12, 2014 (4 to 10 p.m.)
28 miles SWTinley Park Brew & Vine Festival features 20 breweries, 10 vintners, and a dozen restaurants at Tinley Park Convention Center. Cost.
April 12 - 13, 2014
3 miles SWSee, touch, and hold hundreds of amphibians and reptiles at ReptileFest, which has kids’ activities, expert advice, and pet products at U. of IL. Cost.
April 12 - 13, 2014
28 miles NWSample and purchase products from 100 vendors and attend classes at Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo at the Schaumburg convention center. Cost.
Brunch at Brookfield Zoo
April 12, 19, 20, 2014
14 miles SWBreakfast with the Bunny is an all-you-can-eat buffet and a visit with the Easter bunny at Brookfield Zoo. The gourmet Easter Champagne Brunch is April 20. Sold out online. Call 708-688-8355 for availability.
Easter egg hunts
April 17 - 20, 2014
April 18 - 20, 2014
28 miles SWImmersed In Ink Tattoo & Arts Festival is at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Repeats in Sept. Cost.
Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo
April 19, 2014 (sold out)
2.5 miles northEat treats with the Easter bunny, hunt for eggs, visit animals, ride the train & carousel (in dry weather) at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Palestine Film Festival
April 19 - May 1, 2014
0.5 mile SWThe Palestine Film Festival exhibits and promotes films by Palestinian directors as well as films about Palestine at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Cost.
April 20, 2014
Chicago locationsOpenTable has a list of restaurants offering special menus for Easter.
Easter at the garden
April 20, 2014 (sold out)
24 miles northEnjoy a festive Easter Egg Brunch and bring a basket for the Easter egg hunt at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Tickets available in mid-February.
Wine & Wildlife
April 24, 2014 (6 to 8 p.m.)
2.5 miles northSee ornate box turtles, meadow jumping mice, and smooth green snakes that the Lincoln Park Zoo is returning to prairies and grasslands at Prairie Pioneers. Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Click “register” on the bottom of the event page. Cost.
April 24, 2014 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
8 miles NWSample 40 wines plus hors d’oeuvres on the Spring Wine Stroll in shops at Lincoln Square and Ravenswood. Repeats in Nov. Cost.
Pinot Noir tasting
April 24 - 26, 2014
1 mile eastChicago Pinot Days is a series of tastings, dinners, and seminars that culminate in a grand festival tasting of 150 pinots in Lakeview Terrace, Navy Pier.
April 25, 2014 (sold out)
0.2 miles SETaste 300 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at WhiskyFest at Hyatt Regency Chicago. This event sells out early.
April 25 - 26, 2014 (nearly sold out)
3 miles SWChicago’s best chefs serve bacon dishes and drinks for lunch and dinner at Baconfest Chicago in UIC Forum. This event sells out early. Cost.
Comic and Entertainment Expo
April 25 - 27, 2014
3 miles southChicago 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. Cost.
April 25 - May 4, 2014
Chicago locationsBach week festival is a series of four classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston.
April 26, 2014
1 mile eastWatch wrestlers of all ages do demonstrations and compete at the World Sport Chicago Wrestling Festival in Festival Hall B at Navy Pier. Free.
Home show in Wheaton
April 26 - 27, 2014
27 miles westFind renovation help at The DuPage County Home Improvement & Landscaping Expo at DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. Cost.
Party at the nature museum
April 29, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.)
3 miles northSee all the exhibits, join a trivia contest, and visit the bar during Nature on Tap for teens and adults at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Cost.