Chicago events April 2019. Things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago events April 2019

European film festival

April 1 - 4, 2019
(begins March 8)
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.

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.

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.

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.

Party at the library

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

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.

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, including selected screenings with filmmakers in person, at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

International Game Night

April 6, 2019
7 miles north
Play traditional games and buy ice cream sundaes, German beer, and international food (German, Haitian, Chinese) at International Game Night on the fifth floor of Dank Haus German American Cultural Center.

Festival of colors

April 6, 2019
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.

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.

Museum party

April 12, 2019
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+.

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.

Ticket deal $13

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.

Teen literature festival

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

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.

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, 2019.

Cocktail evening

April 18, 2019
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.

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.

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 $8 to $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

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.

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.

Silent films + live music

April 20, 2019
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.

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, or make reservations for the Easter Sunday Brunch at Lincoln Park Zoo.

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.

Formal Easter brunch

April 21, 2019
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.

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.

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.

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+.

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 $39

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.

Diabetes expo

April 2019
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.

German cabaret night

April 2019
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
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.

Modern pop festival

April 2019
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.

Easter brunch - Macy’s

April 2019
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

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

April 2019
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
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.

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