Chicago events April 2019. Things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago events April 2019

European film festival

April 1 - 4, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Chicago European Union Film Festival screens 60 new feature films from the 28 nations of the European Union at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Money week

April 1 - 6, 2019
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.

Flower show

April 1 - 7, 2019
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 2019 outer space theme “celebrates the wonder and mystery of the cosmos.” Free.

Latino film festival

April 1 - 11, 2019
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.

Party at the library

April 5, 2019 (7 to 11 p.m.)
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.


April 5 - 6, 2019
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.

Racy movies

April 5 - 6, 2019
6 miles north
Hump! screens 21 explicit short films (under five minutes long), made by amateurs of all persuasions, at Music Box Theatre.

Blues dance

April 5 - 7, 2019 (party Thursday)
multiple locations
BluesShout includes weekend workshops plus dances with live music that go late into the night.

Comedy film festival

April 5 - 7, 2019
1.5 miles south
See funny feature films, short films, and student films at Chicago Comedy Film Festival at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue.

Asian film festival

April 5 - 17, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Asian American Showcase screens independent dramas and documentaries, some with filmmakers in attendance, at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

International Game Night

April 6, 2019 (12 to 8 p.m.)
7 miles north
Play traditional games and buy international food during International Game Night on the fifth floor of Dank Haus German American Cultural Center. Free.

Pillow fight in Niles

April 6, 2019 (1 to 3 p.m.)
14.5 miles NW
Pillows fly and teddy bears soar on International Pillow Fight Day – Chicago at Leaning Tower YMCA. Bring a soft pillow and take off your glasses. Free.

Festival of colors

April 6, 2019
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.

Robots at the museum

April 6 - 7 and 13 - 14, 2019
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.

Party in a brewery

April 9, 2019 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
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+.

Star Wars convention

April 11 - 15, 2019
3 miles south
Celebrating the Star Wars films and related pop culture, Star Wars Celebration promises immersive exhibits, an interactive show floor, screenings, vendors, celebrity guests, panel discussions, costumes, and a family area at McCormick Place.

Museum party

April 12, 2019 (9 p.m.)
1 mile south
Mix and mingle, visit the bar, eat snacks, see exhibits, and dance to bands at After Dark in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago for age 21+.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

April 12 - 13, 2019
27 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 Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

Islamic festival

April 12 - 14, 2019
1.1 miles east
Enjoy healthy food from India, Pakistan, Africa, and the Middle East at I Heart Halal, with entertainment, vendors, a kid zone, and fashion shows in Festival Hall at Navy Pier. Evening events are age 13+. Schedule.

Beer tasting

April 13, 2019 (12 to 4 p.m.)
0.7 miles west
Sample 25 beers at Chicago Beer Fest [formerly River North Beer Fest] at Moe’s Cantina & Old Crow Smokehouse. Repeats in Nov.

Made in Chicago

April 13, 2019
2.8 miles west
Shop from vendors of locally made clothing, housewares, jewelry, food, and drink at Made in Chicago Market at 410 N. Paulina Street. Held in April, August, and December. Free admission and parking.

Chicken wings festival

April 13, 2019
3 miles SW
Restaurants compete to win the “Best of Fest” award at WingFest, and your ticket includes unlimited samples at UIC Pavilion for age 10+. No pets.

Beer and wine festival

April 13, 2019
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 13, 2019 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
32 miles NW
Celebrate spring with egg hunts, games, crafts, moon bounce, concessions, and pony rides at Bunny Bash at the Community Recreation Center.

Vintage music festival

April 13 - 14, 2019
6.8 miles NW
Roaring City Festival is a “neo-vintage music and performance festival” with live bands, DJs, sideshows, circus clowns, and burlesque performers at Logan Square Auditorium.

Audio expo

April 13 - 14, 2019
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.

Cocktail evening

April 18, 2019 (6:30 p.m., VIP 5:30 p.m.)
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.

Adult night at the planetarium

April 18, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
2.5 miles SE
Adler After Dark offers open access, science talks, planetarium shows, entertainment, and no-host bars at Adler Planetarium for age 21+. This month there will be an LGBTQ band plus a scavenger hunt with elaborate clues to find a hidden artifact.

Modern pop festival

April 18 - 20, 2019
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.

Working-class drama

April 18 - 21, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Factory workers gather in a local bar to share laughs, hopes, and cold beer in Sweat, but soon a recession and a lockout loom, sending shockwaves through these lifelong friends, at Goodman Theatre.

Ticket deal $20 to $40

Classic American drama

April 19 - 20, 2019
2.8 miles SW
Tennessee Williams won a Pulitzer Prize for A Streetcar Named Desire, set in the steamy New Orleans’ French Quarter and featuring conflict between fragile Blanche and temperamental brute Stanley, at UIC Theatre.

Ticket deal $11

Theatrical comedy

April 19 - 21, 2019
20.1 miles north
Play On is a play-within-a-play comedy about a theater group trying desperately to stage a murder mystery as everything about the production goes wrong at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.

Ticket deal $20

Easter brunch on the farm

April 19 - 20, 2019
37.6 miles north
Bunny Brunch offers a buffet, spring crafts, and barnyard animals but no egg hunts at Lambs Farm in Libertyville.

Dance frenzy

April 19 - 21, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Global sensation Tap Dogs turns traditional tap dancing upside-down in a fun-loving show the BBC calls “part theatre, part dance, part rock concert, and part construction site” at James M. Nederlander Theatre.

Ticket deal $25

Zombie, horror, sci-fi convention

April 19 - 21, 2019
17 miles NW
Zombie lovers unite at Walker Stalker Con for panels, celebrities, vendors, and a costume party at the convention center in Rosemont.

Ticket deal $9 to $50

Easter at the arboretum

April 19 & 21, 2019
27 miles west
Enjoy a breakfast buffet or a fine brunch, plus a visit with the Easter Bunny at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Modern circus

April 19 - 28, 2019
13 miles west
Circo Hermanos Vazquez features human cannonballs, graceful dancers, daring acrobats, and crazy clowns in a heated tent art North Riverside Park Mall. The show is visual, with announcements made in both English and Spanish.

Ticket deal $5 to $45

Comedy of errors

April 19 - May 12, 2019
7.5 miles north
An amateur theater group rehearses for a play in Noises Off, with hilarious results that include mistaken props, forgotten lines, and awful acting. The audience gets to go backstage during Act 2 “to experience the off-stage comedy up-close” at Windy City Playhouse.

Ticket deal $49 to $64

Interactive drum show

April 19 - May 18, 2019
3.8 miles north
Every seat comes with a drum at Djembe! The Show, so you can play along to pop and rock songs led by Broadway & Chicago performers at the Apollo Theater.

Ticket deal $30 to $40

Easter brunch - Macy’s

April 20, 2019
Chicago and Oak Brook
Bunny Brunch buffet at Macy’s includes entertainment for kids (face painter, balloon artist, and Easter Bunny).
  • April 13, 14, 20 - State Street, Chicago
  • April 20 - Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

Brunch walk

April 20, 2019 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
0.9 miles west
A ticket to Brunch Bites lets you sample brunch food and drink at 8 restaurants in River North for age 21+.

Rockin’ race & egg hunt

April 20, 2019
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.

Silent films + live music

April 20, 2019 (7 & 9:30 p.m.)
8 miles north
Watch modern silent films as a new score is played live at Sound of Silent Film Festival at Davis Theater. The 9:30 p.m. show is “a more experimental format.”

Easter brunch - Hard Rock Cafe

April 20 - 21, 2019 (10 a.m. to noon)
0.6 miles NW
Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday includes a large brunch buffet and beverages (cocktails extra), plus an Easter egg hunt for kids at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago. Easter Brunch on Sunday is bunny-free.

Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo

April 20 - 21, 2019
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 (sold out), or make reservations for the Easter Sunday Brunch at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Easter at the zoo

April 20 - 21, 2019
14 miles SW
Breakfast with the Bunny is an all-you-can-eat buffet and a visit with the Easter Bunny at Brookfield Zoo on April 13, 14, and 20. Easter Champagne Brunch is a more formal event on April 21, 2019.

Palestinian film festival

April 20 - May 2, 2019
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 restaurants

April 21, 2019
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 21, 2019 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
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 21, 2019
1 mile east
Celebrate Easter on a cruise departing from Navy Pier. The brunch cruises include an Easter Bunny character.

Easter in the garden

April 21, 2019 (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.

Formal Easter brunch

April 21, 2019 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
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.

Easter at Cantigny

April 21, 2019
27 miles west
Brunch with the Easter Bunny on April 13 and April 14 includes a breakfast buffet, the Easter Bunny, face painting, and a balloon artist. The elegant Easter Brunch on April 21 is sold out. Both events are at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

Wine tasting

April 25, 2019 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
8 miles NW
Sample wine with hors d’oeuvres on the Spring Wine Stroll in the shops of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood on your choice of five routes. Repeats in Nov.

Famous speakers

April 25 - May 21, 2019
Chicago locations
Hear today’s leading authors, thinkers, and fashion icons speak at the Springfest organized by the Chicago Humanities Festival. The theme in 2019 is “Power.”

Teen literature festival

April 26 - 27, 2019
1 mile south
Teenagers express themselves and attend workshops at ChiTeen Lit Fest at Harold Washington Library and nearby locations. Free.

Bach festival

April 26 - May 3, 2019
Chicago locations
Bach Week Festival is a series of four classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston.


April 26 - May 19, 2019
2.8 miles NW
“Funny, imaginative, and moving,” Pinocchio is the classic fairy tale about a wooden boy who longs to become real at Chopin Theatre.

Ticket deal $18 to $23

Spirits tasting crawl

April 27, 2019 (11:45 a.m. & 3 p.m.)
2.4 miles west
Taste a variety of tequilas and sangrias, and then vote for your favorites at Chicago Tequila & Sangria Festival at Alhambra Palace Restaurant for age 21+.

Wine tasting at the zoo

April 27, 2019
2.5 miles north
Sample wine, hear live music, and buy food at Chicago Wine Fest in the Mammal-Reptile House & Foreman Pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo for age 21+.

Ticket deal $39 VIP

Rum tasting

April 27, 2019 (1 p.m.)
6.8 miles NW
A ticket to Chicago Rum Festival gets you 1/4 ounce pours, snacks, music, a souvenir snifter, mellow music, and brand seminars at Logan Square Auditorium for age 21+.

Japanese children’s festival

April 27 - 28, 2019 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
24 miles north
Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan at Malott Japanese Garden Spring Festival. Listen to koto harps and shakuhachi flutes, hear folktales, and watch a tea ceremony at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Free except parking. Repeats in Aug.


April 27 & May 3, 2019
0.7 miles south
The Magic Parlour is an evening of close-up magic by an award-winning magician in the beautiful Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Ticket deal $49

Exhibition: Alexander Hamilton

April 27 - Sept. 6, 2019
2.8 miles SE
Featuring an audio tour narrated by the author of the famous musical, Hamilton: The Exhibition uses an interactive mix of lighting, sound, multimedia, music, and historical artifacts to transport you to the life and times of one of our nation’s Founding Fathers on Northerly Island.

Ticket deal $25 to $40

Freaky science magic

April 28, 2019 (4 & 7 p.m.)
5.8 miles north
Mixing “science, history, and insanity,” Sideshow and Sleight of Hand includes illusions, fire eating, fun with electricity, and chain-saw juggling at Trickery for age 16+. Adults may bring wine or beer.

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