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Chicago events April 2019

Money week

April 1 - 6, 2019
(begins March 30)
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.

Improv festival

April 1 - 7, 2019
Chicago locations
Billed as the world’s longest-running festival of improvisational theater, Chicago Improv Festival includes music, song, comedy, story, and puppetry performances.

Flower show

April 1 - 7, 2019
(begins March 24)
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.
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Latino film festival

April 1 - 11, 2019
(begins March 28)
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.

Blues dance

April 4 - 7, 2019
multiple locations
BluesShout includes weekend workshops and dances with live music that go late into the night.

Baconfest

April 5 - 6, 2019
3 miles SW
Chicago’s best chefs serve bacon dishes and drinks for lunch and dinner at Baconfest Chicago in UIC Forum.

Asian film festival

April 5 - 17, 2019
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.

Beer tasting

April 6, 2019
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.

Indoor art show

April 6 - 7, 2019
1 mile east
Browse the work of 100 artists at the Chicago Art & Design Market [formerly Chicago Art & Design Show], with painting classes plus food, beer, and wine for sale in the Exhibit Hall at Navy Pier. Free.

African fashion show

April 11, 2019
0.4 miles south
The $150 Fashion Challenge is a designer runway show that highlights fabrics and scarves made by East African refugee women, followed by a party with drinks and dessert at Chicago Cultural Center. Video.

Audio expo

April 12 - 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.

Teen literature festival

April 13, 2019
1 mile south
Teenagers express themselves and attend workshops at ChiTeen Lit Fest at Harold Washington Library. Free.

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.

Easter at the zoo

April 13 - 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.

Superhero convention

April 19 - 21, 2019
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.

Ticket deal $9.50

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 $9.50

Brunch walk

April 20, 2019
(12 to 5 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.

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.

Easter in the garden

April 21, 2019
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.

Wine tasting

April 25, 2019
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.

Crafts fair

April 26 - 28, 2019
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.

Whiskey tasting

April 27, 2019
0.7 miles west
Chicago Whiskey Festival offers 30 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch at Old Crow Smokehouse for age 21+.

Rum tasting

April 27, 2019
(1 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+.

Ticket deal $30

Adventure race

April 2019
(undated)
location uncertain
Questival is a 24-hour race that begins with a check-in party. Your team of 2 to 6 people completes the challenges assigned by a smartphone app to win prizes. Video.

Bach festival

April 2019
(undated)
Chicago locations
Bach Week Festival is a series of four classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston.

European film festival

April 2019
(undated)
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.

South Asian singers

April 2019
(undated)
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 Championship at Harris Theater in Millennium Park.

Fashion show

April 2019
(undated)
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.

Party at the library

April 2019
(undated)
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.

Greek parade

April 2019
(undated)
1.5 miles west
The annual Greek Independence Day Parade is on N. Halsted Street (from Randolph to Van Buren). Free.

Cocktail evening

April 2019
(undated)
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.

Whiskey tasting

April 2019
(undated)
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+.

Diabetes expo

April 2019
(undated)
3 miles south
Learn how to prevent and manage diabetes at the Health and Wellness Expo Chicago sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, which has health screenings, cooking demonstrations, experts, and exhibitors at McCormick Place. Free.

Cheese tasting

April 2019
(undated)
3.4 miles NW
Taste cheesy foods like pizza, grilled cheese, macaroni & cheese, and cheesecake from restaurants and cheese vendors during Say Cheese Fest, with samples of adult beverages at Concord FiftyFive for age 21+. Held in April and October.

Mexican children’s day

April 2019
(undated)
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.

German cabaret night

April 2019
(undated)
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.

Robots at the museum

April 2019
(undated)
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.

Silent films + live music

April 2019
(undated)
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.

Modern pop festival

April 2019
(undated)
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.

Japanese children’s festival

April 2019
(undated)
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.

Festival of colors

April 2019
(undated)
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.

Easter brunch - Macy’s

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

Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo

April 2019
(undated)
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 Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Formal Easter brunch

April 2019
(undated)
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.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

April 2019
(undated)
27 miles west
Bring a flashlight to find thousands of eggs with hidden prizes during the Adult Easter Egg Hunt, which begins with a shotgun blast at 8 p.m. at Cantigny Park in Wheaton for age 18+.

Easter at Cantigny

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

Easter brunch on the farm

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

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