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.
April 1 - 3, 2016 (begins March 20)
0.5 mile southMacy’s Flower Show features flowers and exotic topiaries in landscapes, plus scheduled events at Macy’s on State Street. Free.
Shamrock 8K race
April 1 - 3, 2016
1.5 miles SEThe 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.
April 1 - 17, 2016
0.9 miles northA 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.
April 23 - May 8, 2016
3 miles NWMisfits running a small-town movie theater grapple with life in tragicomedy The Flick at Steppenwolf Theatre.
Hazel the musical maid
April 1 - May 29, 2016
18 miles westBased on the 1960s sitcom, Hazel is a comedy about an amazing maid and the family she serves at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. Discount tickets $34.
Funny dinner show
April 1 - July 29, 2016
5.8 miles northColorful characters gather in an Irish town to mourn the death of a local at Flanagan’s Wake, with stories, sing alongs, and a free buffet (except 10 p.m.) at Chicago Theater Works. Discount tickets $29.
April 1 - July 31, 2016
2.1 miles northBased on actual online-dating conversations, #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment is a comic mix of original music, improvisation, and multimedia elements at Up Comedy Club. Discount tickets $16.
April 2 - 3, 2016
27 miles westBrowse handcrafted goods from 100 juried exhibitors at Shower of Crafts Craft & Art Fair at College of Du Page in Glen Ellyn.
Robots at the museum
April 2 - 10 2016
8 miles southCelebrate National Robotics Week by viewing robots on display, interacting with some, hearing talks by robotic professors, and watching a live robotics competition at the Museum of Science and Industry.
April 2 - 17, 2016
2.8 miles SWHeidi is the classic story of a Swiss girl who lives in the Alps with her grandfather and must travel to the big city, at Provision Theater.
Culture of Mexico
April 3, 2016
1 mile eastEnjoy the folk music, traditional dance, food, and crafts of Mexico at Neighborhoods of the World in the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. Free.
Rocking dinner show
April 5 - May 31, 2016 (7:30 p.m. Tuesdays)
0.8 miles NWHear hits from the rock and roll era at Rock Baby Rock featuring a band and vocalists with optional dinner at Hard Rock Cafe. Discount tickets $15.
Taste of the Gold Coast
April 6, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)
1.9 miles northA ticket to Taste of the Gold Coast includes samples from local restaurants and 2 drink tickets at Germania Place. Requires cocktail attire and age 21 ID.
Exclusive dinner & movie
April 7, 2016 (6 to 10:30 p.m.)
0.6 miles westDinner & Movie includes dinner at Mercadito, a drink, and Lyft transportation to ArcLight Cinemas to see Melissa McCarthy in “The Boss” before it goes public.
April 7 - 9, 2016
6 miles northHump! is 18 five-minute movies by amateurs of all persuasions at Music Box Theatre.
April 7 - 9, 2016
17 mile NWShop for quilts and take mini-classes at International Quilt Festival in Rosemont convention center.
Irving Berlin show
April 7 - May 8, 2016
2.8 miles NWHershey Felder as Irving Berlin tells stories about the famous composer and plays his music (God Bless America, White Christmas, Puttin’ on the Ritz, etc.) at Royal George Theatre. Discount tickets $30.
Latino film festival
April 8 - 21, 2016
Chicago locationsSee 100+ films from Latin America, Brazil, Spain, and Portugal during the Chicago Latino Film Festival at AMC River East 21 theaters and venue partners throughout Chicagoland. Receptions April 8 and 21.
April 9, 2016
0.7 miles westSample 50 beers at River North Beer Fest at Moe’s Cantina & Old Crow Smokehouse.
Freaky carnival show
April 9, 2016 (10 p.m.)
2.6 miles southThe Midnight Cabaret by Carnivale Delirium is a “neo-vintage circus sideshow extravaganza” with live music, DJs, and performers at Reggies Chicago for age 18+.
Mexican children’s day
April 9, 2016
2.8 miles SWCelebrate 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.
April 9, 2016
3 miles southLearn 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.
April 9, 2016 (12 to 5:30 p.m.)
6 miles northSee science-fiction and fantasy short films from around the world at Juggernaut Film Festival in the swanky, art deco Music Box Theatre.
Beer and wine festival
April 9, 2016
28 miles SWTinley 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 westBuy brightly colored organic flour for $2 to throw 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 eastEnjoy the folk music, traditional dance, food, and crafts of Poland at Neighborhoods of the World in the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.
Movies and music festival
April 13 - 17, 2016
5 miles NWThe 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 14 - 17, 2016
multiple locationsBluesShout includes weekend workshops and dances with live music that go late into the night.
Modern pop festival
April 14 - 23, 2016
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.
Mel Brooks musical
April 14 - June 26, 2016
4.8 miles northBased on a classic film, The Producers is a Tony-winning musical comedy about two con artists who produce a show at Mercury Theater. Discount tickets $31.
Villa Park arts & crafts
April 15 - 17, 2016
21 miles westSee 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 northSee 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 eastSample 100 pinots and meet the winemakers during Chicago Pinot Days in Lakeview Terrace at Navy Pier.
Teen literature festival
April 16, 2016 (party April 15)
1 mile southTeenagers express themselves and attend workshops at ChiTeen Lit Fest at Columbia College Chicago. Free but RSVP on their website.
Running music festival
April 16, 2016 (SOLD OUT)
2.7 miles southRun or walk a 5K to multiple stages that have parties with DJ music, lights, lasers, and glowsticks during Night Nation Run at Soldier Field.
Silent films + live music
April 16, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)
7.2 miles northWatch modern silent films as a new score is played live at Sound of Silent Film Festival at Music Box Theater.
April 16, 2016
8 miles NWSee 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 westChicago Artisan Chocolate Festival has lectures, demonstrations, exhibitors, and tastings at Stephen Bailey Auditorium.
April 16 - 17, 2016
30.3 miles SWThe Kids Expo features family-oriented vendors plus children’s activities (some ticketed) at Tinley Park Convention Center.
Films about Palestine
April 16 - May 5, 2016
0.5 mile SWThe Chicago Palestine Film Festival exhibits and promotes films by Palestinian directors as well as films about Palestine at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Game of Thrones parody
April 16 - July 2, 2016 (7 p.m. Saturdays)
5 miles northSee your favorite characters, plots, and battles of five seasons crammed into a single hour of comedy at A Swarm of Spoilers by Under the Gun Theater.
Culture of India
April 17, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)
1 mile eastEnjoy the folk music, traditional dance, food, and crafts of India at Neighborhoods of the World in the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. Free.
April 17, 2016 (2:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles westThe annual Greek Independence Day Parade begins at N. Halsted Street & Randolph Street. Free.
April 20 - Oct. 19, 2016
4.5 miles northWe Gotta Bingo [sound] delivers corny, bawdy, slapstick humor, lasagne, bread, and salad, as you participate in a bingo game between rival parishes at Chicago Theater Works. Discount tickets $24 to $40.
April 22 - May 6, 2016
Chicago locationsBach Week Festival is a series of four classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston held on April 22, 24, and May 6.
April 23, 2016 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)
27.4 miles NWHunger to Hope includes a three-course dinner, live music, an international craft market, and a live auction at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.
April 23 - 30, 2016
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.
April 24, 2016 (5 to 8 p.m.)
0.5 miles eastCochon is a culinary competition that features a stand-up tasting of dozens of chef-prepared dishes paired with wine, beer, and spirits for $131 at Loews Chicago Hotel.
Bordeaux wine tasting
April 25, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
0.6 miles NETaste fine wine from 22 French wineries and passed hors d’oeuvres at Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux at Chez.
April 28, 2016 (6 to 10 p.m.)
1.7 miles NWA ticket to Chicago Cocktail Social gets you premium cocktails made by bartenders from 17 establishments, gourmet food, and live music at Galleria Marchetti.
April 28, 2016 (8 to 11 p.m.)
4.7 miles northBurlypicks is a national burlesque and variety-act competition and show for $10 at Lincoln Tap Room.
April 28, 2016 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
8 miles NWSample wine plus hors d’oeuvres on the Spring Wine Stroll in the shops of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood. Repeats in Nov.
NFL football festival
April 28 - 30, 2016
1 mile southNFL Draft Town is a free fan festival in Grant Park & Congress Plaza, which offers games, exhibits, kids’ play, autographs, and food vendors. Free.
April 28 - May 1, 2016
Chicago locationsHear today’s leading authors, thinkers, and fashion icons speak at Style, which is a new event organized by the Chicago Humanities Festival.
April 29 - 30, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles southMiami City Ballet performs contemporary works by some of today’s most heralded choreographers at Harris Theater in Millennium Park.
Small press festival
April 29 - 30, 2016
2.5 miles westA 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.
April 29 - May 1, 2016
1 mile westOne of a Kind Show and Sale features handmade crafts by 300 artists, food, and entertainment at the Merchandise Mart. Repeats in Dec.
Spirits tasting crawl
April 30, 2016 (2:30 p.m., VIP 1:30)
0.5 miles westTaste 40 tequilas and margaritas in downtown Chicago bars at Tequila, Sangria, Margarita Chicago, age 21+.
Artisan food festival
April 30, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1.1 miles westMeet food makers and taste their cured meats, confections, craft beer, wine, and cheese at Artisan Producer Festival, which includes a stage with cooking demos at Chicago French Market. Free.
April 30, 2016
2.1 miles westThe MidWest Rum Fest is a new event that promises a tasting room, brand seminars, and an after party at Bottom Lounge for age 21+.
April 30, 2016
2.4 miles westMidwest Rum Fest has a tasting room, crafts for sale, and mixology demos at Bottom Lounge for age 21+.
April 30 - May 1, 2016
3 miles SWChicago’s best chefs serve bacon dishes and drinks for lunch and dinner at Baconfest Chicago in UIC Forum.
Elmhurst Art in the Park
April 30 - May 1, 2016
17 miles westArt 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.
April 30 - May 15, 2016
27 miles westEnjoy 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.
Walking tour & brunch
April 30 - May 28, 2016 (9:30 a.m. Sat.)
0.4 miles SEPedway Brunch Tour is a 3-hour excursion starting at the Radisson Blu Hotel and following the city’s heated pedestrian walkway, with an included buffet brunch. Discount tickets $35.