Chicago events calendar for April 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment 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.

Flower show

April 1 - 4, 2015 (begins March 22)

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.

Uplifting musical

April 1 - 12, 2015 (begins March 10)

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.

Easter egg hunts

April 2 - 5, 2015

Chicago locations

1/4 marathon

April 4, 2015

2 miles south

Chicago Quarter Marathon begins at Soldier Field and goes south along Lake Michigan’s shoreline.

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 gourmet Easter Brunch is April 5. Both are at Brookfield Zoo.

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 has a list of restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Easter at 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. Tickets available in mid-February.

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 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.

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.

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.
April 2015

Reptile show

April 11 - 12, 2015

2.7 miles SW

See, touch, and hold hundreds of amphibians and reptiles at ReptileFest, which has kids’ activities, expert advice, and pet products at U. of IL.

Musicians’ conference

April 16 - 19, 2015

Chicago location

Music professionals can register for workshops, panels, concerts, and networking events at Chicago Music/Film/Fashion+ Summit at Chicago Cultural Center. Free.

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 Creative Chicago Expo) 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.


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 and Garden Fair 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

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

Healthy Living Expo

April 18 - 19, 2015

27 miles NW

Learn about healthy lifestyles and fitness, and shop for natural products, foods, and wellness services at Healthy Living Expo at Arlington Intl. Racecourse.

Tattoo convention

April 18 - 20, 2015

28 miles SW

Immersed In Ink Tattoo & Arts Festival is at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Repeats in Sept.

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.

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.

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.

Wine tasting

April 30, 2015 (uncertain)

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.

Modern pop festival

April 2015 (undated)

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.

Artisan food festival

April 2015 (undated)

1.1 miles west

Meet 100 food makers and taste their cured meats, confections, craft beer, wine, and cheese at Artisan Producer Festival at Chicago French Market. Free.

Palestine Film Festival

April 2015 (undated)

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.

Wrestling festival

April 2015 (undated)

1 mile east

Watch wrestlers of all ages do demonstrations and compete at the World Sport Chicago Wrestling Festival in Festival Hall B at Navy Pier. Free.

Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo

April 2015 (undated)

2.5 miles north

Eat 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.

Kids’ candy extravaganza

April 2015 (undated)

2 miles south

Spring Egg-Stravaganza includes fun activities for children plus a giant candy hunt at Soldier Field. Free.

Doggie Easter

April 2015 (undated)

8 miles NW

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