Chicago events April 2018. Things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago events April 2018

Easter restaurants

April 1, 2018
Chicago locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for Easter.

Easter brunch with a view

April 1, 2018 (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 in the garden

April 1, 2018 (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 1, 2018 (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 1, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
27 miles west
Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday includes a breakfast buffet, the Easter Bunny, face painting, and a balloon artist. The elegant Easter Brunch is Sunday. Both events are at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

Easter at the arboretum

April 1, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
27 miles west
Enjoy a breakfast buffet or a fine brunch, plus a visit with the Easter Bunny at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

European film festival

April 1 - 5, 2018
0.5 miles SW
Chicago European Union Film Festival screens 62 new feature films from the 28 nations of the European Union at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Flower show

April 1 - 8, 2018
0.5 mile south
Macy’s Flower Show features flowers and exotic topiaries in landscapes, plus scheduled events at Macy’s on State Street. Free.

Party at the library

April 6, 2018 (7 to 11 p.m.)
1.1 miles south
Dress up for the $150 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.

German cabaret night

April 6, 2018 (7 p.m., doors 6:30 p.m.)
7 miles north
A ticket to German Cabaret Legacy includes a drink, hors d’oeuvres, and “daring performances by candlelit crooner Elizabeth Doyle and readings from author William Farina” in the lounge at Dank Haus German American Cultural Center.


April 6 - 7, 2018
3 miles SW
Chicago’s best chefs serve bacon dishes and drinks for lunch and dinner at Baconfest Chicago in UIC Forum.

Blues dance

April 6 - 8, 2018
multiple locations
BluesShout includes weekend workshops and dances with live music that go late into the night.

Comic and Entertainment Expo

April 6 - 8, 2018
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.

Asian film festival

April 6 - 18, 2018
0.5 miles SW
Asian American Showcase screens independent dramas and documentaries, including selected screenings with filmmakers in person, at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Latino film festival

April 6 - 19, 2018
Chicago locations
See 100+ films from Latin America, Brazil, South America, Spain, Portugal, and the U.S. during the Chicago Latino Film Festival at AMC River East 21 theaters and venue partners throughout Chicagoland.

Beer tasting

April 7, 2018 (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.

Festival of colors

April 7, 2018
32 miles west
Wear white and buy brightly colored organic 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.

Superhero convention

April 7 - 8, 2018
17 miles NW
Heroes & Villains Fan Fest celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors in the Rosemont convention center.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi convention

April 7 - 8, 2018
17 miles NW
Zombie lovers unite at Walker Stalker Con for panels, celebrities, vendors, and a costume party at the convention center in Rosemont.

Gluten-free expo

April 7 - 8, 2018
28 miles NW
Sample and purchase products from 100 vendors at Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, which also offers classes at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

Robots at the museum

April 7 - 8 and 14 - 15, 2018
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.

African fashion show

April 12, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)
0.4 miles south
The $150 Fashion Challenge is a designer runway show that highlights fabrics and scarves made by African women, followed by a party with drinks and dessert at Chicago Cultural Center.

Quilt festival

April 12 - 14, 2018
17 mile NW
Shop for quilts and take mini-classes at Quilt Festival Chicago in Rosemont convention center.

Teen literature festival

April 13 - 14, 2018
1 mile south
Teenagers express themselves and attend workshops at ChiTeen Lit Fest on Saturday at Columbia College Chicago. The Friday night kick-off party is at a nearby library. Free.

Audio expo

April 13 - 15, 2018
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.

Fashion show

April 14, 2018 (7 p.m.)
0.8 miles NE
Fashion for a Cause begins with cocktails at a red-carpet reception, followed by a spring fashion showcase with DJ music at W Chicago.

Diabetes expo

April 14, 2018
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.

Rum tasting

April 14, 2018 (3:30 p.m., VIP 2:30 p.m.)
6.8 miles NW
A ticket to Chicago Rum Festival (formerly Midwest Rum Fest) gets you 1/4 ounce pours, snacks, music, a souvenir snifter, mellow music, and brand seminars at Logan Square Auditorium for age 21+.

Silent films + live music

April 14, 2018 (7 and 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 late show is R-rated.

Beer and wine festival

April 14, 2018
28 miles SW
Tinley Park Brew & Vine Festival features breweries, vintners, restaurants, and live entertainment at Tinley Park Convention Center.

Cheese tasting

April 15, 2018 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
3.4 miles NW
Taste cheesy foods like pizza, grilled cheese, poutine, and macaroni & cheese from restaurants and cheese vendors during Say Cheese Fest at Concord FiftyFive. Held in April and October.

Cocktail evening

April 19, 2018 (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 19 establishments, gourmet food, and live music at Galleria Marchetti.

Film festival about citizenship

April 20 - 22, 2018
1.1 miles south
Watch films about immigration at Define American Film Festival, which also offers virtual-reality experiences, panel discussions on immigrants in Hollywood and female empowerment, and stand-up comedians (Sunday night) at Venue SIX10.

South Asian singers

April 21, 2018 (5:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
Watch singers with ancestors from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal sing many different styles of music at the National South Asian A Capella Championsnip at Harris Theater in Millennium Park.

Brunch walk

April 21, 2018 (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+.

Mexican children’s day

April 21, 2018 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
5 miles SW
Celebrate Mexican culture and family health at Día del Niño Family Festival. Begin at 10 a.m. walking around Harrison Park with children in superhero costumes, followed by games, art, health screenings, and fitness activities at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Free.

Chocolate & wine

April 21 - 22, 2018
2.5 miles west
Chocolate, Wine & Spirits Expo promises 50 vendors displaying products for you to sample and purchase, wine and spirits tasting, and chef demonstrations at Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium.

Bowling & brunch

April 22, 2018 (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
0.4 miles east
A ticket to Jammin’ with Jane includes brunch, bowling, entertainment, and a silent auction to benefit Friends of the Chicago River at 10Pin Bowling Lounge.

Money week

April 25 - 28, 2018
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.

Modern pop festival

April 25 - 28, 2018
9.3 miles north
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 Heartland Cafe.

Palestinian film festival

April 25 - May 3, 2018
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.
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Bon Jovi

April 26, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
2.9 miles west
Hear Bon Jovi (Livin’ on a Prayer; You Give Love a Bad Name; Wanted Dead or Alive) perform at United Center.

Ticket deal $30 to $99

Wine tasting

April 26, 2018 (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.

Magic show

April 26 - May 6, 2018
3.1 miles NW
The Rosenkranz Mysteries is a “truly unusual and immensely likable magic show” [Chicago Tribune] by a local medical doctor who performs tricks and illusions at Royal George Theatre.

Ticket deal $25

Irish musical

April 26 - June 3, 2018
43 miles west
Tony Award winner Once is an emotionally captivating musical about love and loss, with live folk music, dance, and humor at Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

Ticket deal $36 to $45

Tropical musical

April 26 - June 17, 2018
18 miles west
South Pacific is the Rodgers & Hammerstein story of Americans living in exotic lands during World War II, dealing with love, prejudice, and cultural differences at Drury Lane Theatre.

Ticket deal $37 to $45

Whiskey tasting

April 27, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
Taste 60 whiskeys and hear a Mowgli’s concert at WhiskyX Chicago, with food trucks and restaurant food for sale at the United Club at Soldier Field for age 21+.

Ticket deal $53 (VIP $88)

Adventure race

April 27 - 28, 2018
1.9 miles SW
Questival is a 24-hour race that begins with a check-in party at Brooklyn Boulders. Your team of 2 to 6 people completes the challenges assigned by a smartphone app to win prizes. Video.

Bach festival

April 27 - May 4, 2018
Chicago locations
Bach Week Festival is a series of four classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston.

Hunchback of Notre Dame

April 27 - May 5, 2018
12.1 miles SW
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a romantic musical combining elements of the gothic novel and the Disney film. Unlikely hero Quasimodo must save the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda from evil archdeacon Frollo at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.

Ticket deal $10

Tony-winning musical

April 27 - May 13, 2018
21 miles NW
The show-business musical Chicago has sizzling songs, seductive dance numbers, and a powerful story at Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes, in Des Plaines.

Ticket deal $15

Adult variety show

April 27 - July 21, 2018 (7 p.m.)
7 miles north
Kiss Kiss Cabaret is a fun mix of burlesque, off-color comedy, music, magic, song, and variety acts for age 21+ Fridays and Saturdays at Uptown Underground.

Ticket deal $12 to $14

Burlesque cirque show

April 28, 2018 (9:30 p.m.)
7 miles north
The Vertical Side Show promises “an adult themed spoof of your classic kids’ shows” with burlesque, circus acts, live songs, dance numbers, and drag at Uptown Underground for age 21+.

Ticket deal $10

Progressive party

April 28, 2018 (7 to 11 p.m.)
10.1 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 South Shore Cultural Center.

Famous speakers

April 28 - 29, 2018
Chicago locations
Hear today’s leading authors, thinkers, and fashion icons speak at the Springfest organized by the Chicago Humanities Festival. The theme in 2018 is “The Year of Graphic.”

Japanese children’s festival

April 28 - 29, 2018 (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.

Family theater

April 28 - May 12, 2018
34 miles north
A gullible king buys magical clothes “invisible to fools” and only a young boy can teach him an important lesson about outward appearance in The Emperor’s New Clothes at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

Ticket deal $9

Greek parade

April 29, 2018 (2:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles west
The annual Greek Independence Day Parade is on N. Halsted Street (from Randolph to Van Buren). Free.