Chicago events April 2020. Things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago events April 2020

European film festival

April 1 - 2, 2020
(begins March 6)
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.

Flower show

April 1 - 5, 2020
(begins March 22)
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 3, 2020
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
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.

Blues dance

April 3 - 5, 2020
multiple locations
BluesShout includes weekend workshops plus dances with live music that go late into the night.

Asian film festival

April 3 - 16, 2020
0.5 miles SW
Asian American Showcase screens independent dramas and documentaries, some with filmmakers in attendance, at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Free museum day

April 4, 2020
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live. Tickets are available beginning February 27, 2020.

Rum tasting

April 4, 2020
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+.

Beer and wine festival

April 4, 2020
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
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
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
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
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 4 - 12, 2020
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
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.

Free film festival

April 8 - 10, 2020
9.2 miles north
Watch 64 films from 18 different countries that were made by filmmakers younger than age 23 during CineYouth Festival at Davis Theater. Free.

Easter at the arboretum

April 10 - 11, 2020
27 miles west
Enjoy a breakfast buffet and a visit with the Easter Bunny during Breakfast with the Bunny at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Easter brunch on the farm

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

Beer tasting

April 11, 2020
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
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
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 dining cruise

April 12, 2020
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 12, 2020
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
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.

Latino film festival

April 16 - 30, 2020
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.

Islamic festival

April 17 - 19, 2020
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.

Audio expo

April 17 - 19, 2020
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.

Discount tickets $7

Modern pop festival

April 17 - 25, 2020
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.

Brunch walk

April 18, 2020
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+.

Made in Chicago

April 18, 2020
2.8 miles west
Shop 70 vendors of locally made clothing, housewares, jewelry, food, and drink at Made in Chicago Market at Bridge 410 in West Town. Held in April, August, and November. Free.


April 18, 2020
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
(1 p.m.)
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
(7 to 10 p.m.)
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.

Superhero convention

April 18 - 19, 2020
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 18 - 19, 2020
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
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
1 mile south
Teenagers express themselves and attend workshops at ChiTeen Lit Fest at Harold Washington Library and nearby locations. Free.

Crafts fair

April 24 - 26, 2020
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
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.

Party in a brewery

April 2020
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+.

Vintage music festival

April 2020
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.

International Game Night

April 2020
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.

Easter brunch - Macy’s

April 2020
Chicago and Oak Brook
Bunny Brunch buffet at Macy’s includes entertainment for kids (face painter, balloon artist, and Easter Bunny).
  • Chicago - State Street
  • Oak Brook - Oakbrook Center

Easter brunch with a view

April 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.

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