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European film festival

April 1 - 2, 2020
CANCELED
0.5 miles SW
Chicago European Union Film Festival screens 40 new feature films from the 28 nations of the European Union at Gene Siskel Film Center. Opening night is dedicated to Croatia.

Flower show

April 1 - 5, 2020
CANCELED
0.5 mile south
Macy’s Flower Show features flowers and exotic topiaries in landscapes, plus scheduled events at Macy’s on State Street. The 2020 theme is “under the ocean.” Free.

Party at the library

April 3, 2020
CANCELED
1.1 miles south
Dress up for the $125 Night in the Stacks, which includes cocktails, beer, specialty drinks, gourmet food stations, DJ music, and happy vibes in the Winter Garden at Harold Washington Library Center.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

April 3 - 4, 2020
CANCELED
44.2 miles west
Bring a flashlight to find thousands of eggs with hidden prizes during the Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt, which begins with a shotgun blast at 8 p.m. and has food & drinks for sale at Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora.

Blues dance

April 3 - 5, 2020
multiple locations
BluesShout includes weekend workshops plus dances with live music that go late into the night. This event will be streamed live on the Internet.

Villa Park arts & crafts

April 3 - 5, 2020
CANCELED
21 miles west
See hundreds of craft booths at Spring Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair in the Odeum Expo Center. Children younger than age 10 are free.

Free museum day

April 4, 2020
CANCELED
Statewide
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Rum tasting

April 4, 2020
CANCELED
1.1 miles south
A ticket to Chicago Rum Festival gets you 1/4 ounce pours, snacks, music, a souvenir snifter, mellow music, and brand seminars at Venue SIX10 for age 21+.

Beer and wine festival

April 4, 2020
CANCELED
28 miles SW
Tinley Park Brew & Vine Festival features breweries, vintners, restaurants, and live entertainment at Tinley Park Convention Center.

Easter for kids in Schaumburg

April 4, 2020
CANCELED
32 miles NW
Celebrate spring with egg hunts, games, crafts, moon bounce, concessions, and pony rides at Bunny Bash at the Community Recreation Center for ages 1 to 11.

Festival of colors

April 4, 2020
CANCELED
32 miles west
Wear white and buy brightly colored flour for $2 to throw at friends and foes to celebrate Holi and mark the arrival of spring, with music and Indian food for sale at the Grand Pavilion in Naperville.

Easter at Cantigny

April 4 - 5, 2020
CANCELED
27 miles west
Brunch with the Easter Bunny includes a breakfast buffet, the Easter Bunny, face painting, and a balloon artist. The Easter Brunch is elegant. Both events are at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

Money week

April 4 - 11, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Easter brunch - Macy’s

April 4, 5, 11, 2020
CANCELED
0.5 miles SW
Bunny Brunch buffet at Macy’s on State Street includes entertainment for kids (face painter, balloon artist, and Easter Bunny).

Robots at the museum

April 4 - 12, 2020
CANCELED
8 miles south
Celebrate National Robotics Week by viewing robots on display, interacting with some, hearing talks by robotics professors, and watching a live robotics competition at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Palestinian film festival

April 4 - 16, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Easter at the zoo

April 5, 11, 12, 2020
CANCELED
14 miles SW
Breakfast with the Bunny is an all-you-can-eat buffet and a visit with the Easter Bunny at Brookfield Zoo (April 5 & 11). Easter Champagne Brunch is a more formal event (April 12).

Party in a brewery

April 6, 2020
CANCELED
6.7 miles SW
A $10 ticket to Delta Social includes food, activities, games, and beer for sale at Lagunitas Brewing Company Chicago for age 21+.

Easter brunch on the farm

April 10 - 11, 2020
CANCELED
37.6 miles north
Bunny Brunch offers a buffet, spring crafts, and barnyard animals but no egg hunts at Lambs Farm in Libertyville.

Easter at the arboretum

April 10 & 12, 2020
CANCELED
27 miles west
Enjoy a breakfast buffet or a fine brunch, plus a visit with the Easter Bunny at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Beer tasting

April 11, 2020
CANCELED
0.7 miles west
Sample 25 beers at Chicago Beer Fest at Moe’s Cantina & Old Crow Smokehouse. Repeats in Nov.

Rockin’ race & egg hunt

April 11, 2020
CANCELED
6.8 miles north
Bunny Rock at Montrose Harbor features 1980s rock music, a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m., a petting zoo, and a giant egg hunt for ages 2 to 10 at 10:15 a.m.

Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo

April 11 - 12, 2020
CANCELED
2.5 miles north
Eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs, visit animals, and ride the train & carousel (if it’s dry) at the Saturday Easter Egg-Stravaganza, or make reservations for the Easter Sunday Brunch at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Easter restaurants

April 12, 2020
Chicago locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for Easter. Select a morning hour to see brunch availability, or select an evening hour for dinner.

Easter brunch with a view

April 12, 2020
0.8 miles north
Easter Brunch includes a buffet, an entree, desserts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny at The Signature Room at the 95th.

Easter dining cruise

April 12, 2020
1 mile east
Celebrate Easter on a brunch or dinner cruise departing from Navy Pier. Some cruises include an Easter Bunny character.

Easter in the garden

April 12, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Formal Easter brunch

April 12, 2020
26.2 miles west
Easter Sunday Brunch has an “elegant atmosphere, impeccable service and gourmet cuisine” with chocolate fondue, champagne, and the Easter Bunny at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn.

Cocktail evening

April 16, 2020
RESCHEDULED
1.7 miles NW
A ticket to Chicago Cocktail Social gets you premium cocktails made by bartenders from 20 establishments, gourmet food, and live music at Galleria Marchetti. Moved from April 16 to October 15.

Latino film festival

April 16 - 30, 2020
CANCELED
Chicago locations
See 100+ films from Latin America, South America, Spain, Portugal, and the U.S. during the Chicago Latino Film Festival at AMC River East 21 theaters.

Asian film festival

April 16 - 30, 2020
CANCELED
0.5 miles SW
Asian American Showcase screens independent dramas and documentaries, some with filmmakers in attendance, at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Audio expo

April 17 - 19, 2020
RESCHEDULED
26.8 miles NW
Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) features 400 vendors of high-end audio (headphones, speakers, turntables, musical instruments, amps, and vinyl), plus 125 listening rooms, live concerts, and lectures by industry leaders at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Moved from April 17 - 19 to August 7 - 9.

Modern pop festival

April 17 - 25, 2020
CANCELED
8 miles NW
International Pop Overthrow (IPO) is a cutting-edge pop and rock music festival based in Los Angeles that brings dozens of the latest bands to LiveWire Lounge.

Baconfest

April 18, 2020
CANCELED
3 miles SW
Join 4,000 people tasting bacon dishes made by chefs at Baconfest Chicago, with beer, wine, and cocktails for sale in UIC Forum. Lunch on Saturday, dinner both days.

Chicken wings festival

April 18, 2020
CANCELED
3 miles SW
Restaurants compete to win the “Best of Fest” award at WingFest, and your ticket includes unlimited samples at Credit Union 1 Arena for age 10+. No pets.

Mac & cheese tasting

April 18, 2020
CANCELED
6.4 miles SW
Your $60 ticket to Mac and Cheese Competition includes 15 varieties of all-you-can-eat macaroni & cheese, desserts, an open bar, dancing, and a silent auction at Co-Prosperity Sphere to support women’s reproductive health.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi convention

April 18 - 19, 2020
CANCELED
17 miles NW
Zombie lovers unite at Fan Fest Chicago [formerly Walker Stalker Con] for panels, celebrities, vendors, and a costume party at the convention center in Rosemont.

Famous speakers

April 19 - May 6, 2020
CANCELED
Chicago locations
Hear today’s leading authors, thinkers, and fashion icons speak at the Springfest organized by the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Teen literature festival

April 24 - 25, 2020
RESCHEDULED
1 mile south
Teenagers express themselves and attend workshops at ChiTeen Lit Fest at Harold Washington Library and nearby locations. Free. Moved from April to November 6 & 7.

Crafts fair

April 24 - 26, 2020
CANCELED
1 mile west
One of a Kind Show and Sale features handmade crafts by 300 artists, food, and entertainment at the Merchandise Mart. Repeats in Dec.

Progressive party

April 25, 2020
CANCELED
2.5 miles south
Enjoy dancing, entertainment, an open bar, light bites, DJ music, and performances by Jeezy’s Juke Joint at ChiQ, a fundraiser for the LGBTQ community at Mae District.

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