Chicago events calendar for April 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Chicago, Illinois.

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April 2014

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.

Improv festival

April 1 - 6, 2014 (begins March 31)

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. Cost.

Flower show

April 1 - 6, 2014 (begins March 23)

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.

Underground film festival

April 2 - 6, 2014

7 miles NW

Chicago 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 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. Cost.

1/4 marathon

April 5, 2014

2 miles south

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

Festival of colors

April 5, 2014

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.

Money management

April 5 - 12, 2014

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.

Robots at the museum

April 5 - 13, 2014

8 miles south

Robot 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 west

Try 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 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 11 - 13, 2014

21 miles west

See 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 north

See 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 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.
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Kids’ candy extravaganza

April 12, 2014 (9 a.m.)

2 miles south

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

Doggie Easter

April 12, 2014 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

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. Cost.

Beer and wine festival

April 12, 2014 (4 to 10 p.m.)

28 miles SW

Tinley Park Brew & Vine Festival features 20 breweries, 10 vintners, and a dozen restaurants at Tinley Park Convention Center. Cost.

Reptile show

April 12 - 13, 2014

3 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. Cost.

Gluten-free expo

April 12 - 13, 2014

28 miles NW

Sample 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 SW

Breakfast 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

Chicago locations

Tattoo convention

April 18 - 20, 2014

28 miles SW

Immersed 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 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.

Palestine Film Festival

April 19 - May 1, 2014

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. Cost.

Easter restaurants

April 20, 2014

Chicago locations

OpenTable has a list of restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Easter at the garden

April 20, 2014 (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. Tickets available in mid-February.

Wine & Wildlife

April 24, 2014 (6 to 8 p.m.)

2.5 miles north

See 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.

Wine tasting

April 24, 2014 (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. Cost.

Pinot Noir tasting

April 24 - 26, 2014

1 mile east

Chicago 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.

Whisky festival

April 25, 2014 (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.


April 25 - 26, 2014 (nearly sold out)

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. Cost.

Comic and Entertainment Expo

April 25 - 27, 2014

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. Cost.

Bach festival

April 25 - May 4, 2014

Chicago locations

Bach week festival is a series of four classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston.

Wrestling festival

April 26, 2014

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.

Home show in Wheaton

April 26 - 27, 2014

27 miles west

Find 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 north

See 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.
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April 2014 calendar of events in Chicago. What to do in Chicagoland today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in Chicago, IL.