Concerts, Events

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Events, Festivals

Things to do in Chicago in April

Chicago Events

April 2018

Easter restaurants

April 1, 2018

Chicago locations

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for Easter. Also see Easter Bunny Brunches.

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 dining cruise

April 1, 2018

1 mile east

Odyssey Cruises offers a brunch cruise with the Easter bunny, and a dinner cruise departing from Navy Pier.

Easter in the garden

April 1, 2018

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.

Easter at Cantigny

April 1, 2018 (begins March 31)

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 (begins March 30)

27 miles west

Enjoy a breakfast buffet or a fine brunch, plus a visit with the Easter Bunny at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Films from Europe

April 1 – 5, 2018 (begins March 9)

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 (begins March 25)

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 5 – 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.


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.

Asian film festival

April 6 – 19, 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.

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 Holiand 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.

Discount tickets $9 to $35.

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.

Discount tickets $9 to $35.

Robots at the museum

April 7 – 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.

Pig feast

April 8, 2018 (5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)

1.2 miles south

Cochon is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at Hilton Chicago for age 21+.

Discount tickets $98 (VIP $150).

African fashion show

April 12, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)

0.4 miles south

The $150 Fashion Challenge is a designer runway show that highlights scarves made by African women, followed by a $40 party with drinks and dessert at Chicago Cultural Center. Attend either or both.

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.

Discount tickets $7.75.

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.

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.

Discount tickets $20 to $30.

Roaring Twenties musical

April 16 – May 27, 2018

4.8 miles north

It’s 1928, the world is at peace, and the stock market is booming, but issues of life and death face diverse characters we meet as they share their hopes and dreams in the lobby of the Grand Hotel at Theater Wit.

Discount tickets $13 to $28.

Cocktail evening

April 19, 2018

1.7 miles NW

A ticket to Chicago Cocktail Social gets you premium cocktails made by bartenders from 17 establishments, gourmet food, and live music at Galleria Marchetti.

Villa Park arts & crafts

April 20 – 22, 2018

21 miles west

See hundreds of craft booths at Spring Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair in the Odeum Expo Center. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Modern pop festival

April 20 – 28, 2018

10 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 The Red Line Tap.

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

2.8 miles SW

Celebrate Mexican culture and family health at Día del Niño Family Festival. Begin with a two-mile walk from the National Museum of Mexican Art to UIC Pavilion. Continue with games, art, and activities. 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, with wine and spirits tasting, and chef demonstrations at Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium.

Discount tickets $16.

Money week

April 21 – 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.

Films about Palestine

April 21 – 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.

Famous speakers

April 24, 28, 29, 2018

Chicago locations

Hear today’s leading authors, thinkers, and fashion icons speak at the Springfest organized by the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Wine tasting

April 26, 2018

8 miles NW

Sample wine plus hors d’oeuvres on the Spring Wine Stroll in the shops of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood. Repeats in Nov.

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 completes the challenges assigned by a smartphone app to win prizes. Video.

Crafts fair

April 27 – 29, 2018

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 27 – May 4, 2018

Chicago locations

Bach Week Festival is a series of three classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston.

Japanese children’s festival

April 28 – 29, 2018

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.


Events, Festivals, Holidays

Things to do in Chicago in March

March 2018
best events in Chicago

Irish film festival

March 1 – 4, 2018

5 miles NW

Chicago Irish Film Festival focuses on films that exemplify the spirit of Irish culture at Logan Theatre and the Society for Arts.

Classic love story

March 1 – 4, 2018

10.2 miles north

Anna Karenina is torn between love and truth when she falls in love with a handsome count despite her marriage to a Russian aristocrat at Lifeline Theatre.

Discount tickets $20.

Orchid Show

March 1 – 25, 2018 (begins Feb. 10)

24 miles north

See 10,000 blooms at the Orchid Show, which has a photographer hour (Thursdays 8:15 a.m.), an orchid sale (March 10 & 11), and an Evening with Orchidscocktail tasting (March 7) at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Monster trucks

March 2 – 5, 2018

18 mile NW

Big trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement at Monster Jam in Rosemont’s Allstate Arena.

Ecology film festival

March 2 – 11, 2018

Greater Chicago area

One Earth Film Festival shows films about climate change, sustainability, and environmental activism.

Chinese New Year

March 3, 2018 (1 to 5 p.m.)

1 mile south

Celebrate the end of Chinese Lunar New Year with Chinese music, art, storytelling, and lantern making workshops. At sundown, lion dancers lead a procession of lanterns from the Art Institute of Chicago to Maggie Daley Park.

Beer festival

March 3, 2018 (SOLD OUT)

1.9 miles south

A ticket to The Chicago Beer Festival includes 40 tasting tickets, with live music and food for sale at The Field Museum for age 21+.

Shopping-cart race

March 3, 2018

3 miles west

Shopping cart riders race through Wicker Park pulled by humans in the Chiditarod, on the same day the Alaska Iditarod dog-sled race begins. Donate food.


March 3, 2018 (3 to 10 p.m.)

11 miles west

Choose from a dozen different jazz performances in Oak Park restaurants during Jazz Thaw, with the option of ordering food. Free.

Irish day in Oak Forest

March 3, 2018

25 miles SW

Oak Forest Fleadh includes a 5K race at 8:30, bikers and walkers on car-free Cicero Avenue at 10 a.m., a family parade at 11 a.m., and Irish pub specials.

Children’s expo

March 3 – 4, 2018

27.4 miles NW

The Kids Expo features family-oriented vendors plus children’s activities (some ticketed) at Schaumburg Convention Center.

Festival of colors

March 4, 2018 (1 to 5 p.m.)

1.3 miles east

Global Connections: Holi features Indian music and performances in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Wear a white shirt to be permanently stained if you want to join the traditional throwing of color, with free color powder provided (outdoors 2 to 4 p.m.). Free.

Polar Plunge

March 4, 2018

2 miles north

Join 5,000 fundraisers who wade into the cold waters of Lake Michigan to support charity at Chicago Polar Plunge at North Avenue Beach, or watch from shore.

Female films

March 7 – 9, 2018

1.5 miles south

See films addressing issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality at Chicago Feminist Film Festival at 1104 S Wabash Avenue (floor 8). Free.

Film festival

March 8 – 10, 2018

42 miles west

The Geneva Film Festival screens a variety of independent short and feature-length films from around the world in downtown Geneva.

St. Patrick’s Day party

March 9, 2018

0.4 miles south

Forever Green is a big event with a DJ, two Irish bands, Trinity Irish Dancers, and beverages at the Chicago Cultural Center for age 21+.

Knitting show

March 9 – 11, 2018

1.2 miles south

Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes, fashion shows, and vendors at the Hilton Chicago.

Peaceful film festival

March 9 – 11, 2018

7.8 miles north

Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) features works that raise awareness of peace, non-violence, social justice, and an eco-balanced world, at Davis Theater in Lincoln Square.

Custom car show

March 9 – 11, 2018

17 miles NW

World of Wheels features hot rods, competition cars, specialty, and concept vehicles at the Rosemont convention center.

Films from Europe

March 9 – April 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.

Beer tasting

March 10, 2018 (1 and 6 p.m.)

7.5 miles SW

A ticket to Windy City Brewhaha gets you 15 samples of beer from the brewers at The Geraghty.

St. Patrick’s parade (west)

March 10, 2018 (noon)

19 miles west

Celebrate Irish tradition with leprechauns, clowns, jugglers, dancers, bagpipes, marching bands, and floats at Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Free.

St. Patrick’s beer run/walk

March 10, 2018

23.8 miles NW

Your reward for participating in the Shamrock Chicago 5K Beer Run is a three-ounce beer each kilometer and a pint at the finish in Arlington Heights for age 21+.

St. Patrick’s parade (north)

March 11, 2018 (noon)

13 miles NW

Northwest Side Irish Parade begins at Onahan School and is free. Buy a ticket for the optional after-partyfor dinner and family fun.

St. Patrick’s parade (south)

March 11, 2018 (noon)

17 miles south

South Side Irish Parade is on Western Avenue and goes south from 103rd to 115th Street. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

March 16, 2018

1.2 miles south

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner honors the grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and includes cocktails, dinner, and Irish music at Hilton Chicago for $175.

Pet expo

March 16 – 18, 2018

27 miles NW

Chicagoland Family Pet Expo features entertainment, exhibitors, and demos at Arlington Park Racetrack. No pets.

St. Patrick’s Day – green river

March 17, 2018 (9 a.m.)

0.4 miles east

Watch the Chicago River flow green at Dyeing of the Chicago River “best viewed from the east side of the bridge at Michigan Ave. or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.”

St. Patrick’s parade

March 17, 2018 (noon)

1.3 miles south

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes north on Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe, rain or shine. Free.

St. Patrick’s run

March 17, 2018

2.7 miles south

Wear green to the Get Lucky half marathon, 14K, and 7K that begin at Soldier Field Stadium Green and go south along the lake.

St. Patrick’s run/walk

March 17, 2018 (9:30 a.m.)

2.8 miles north

The best costumes get prizes at St. Paddy’s Day 5K & 8K Run/Walk [formerly called Leprechaun Leap], which begins in Lincoln Park and ends with Irish music, entertainment, and refreshments.

St. Patrick’s Festival

March 17, 2018

9 miles NW

After the big parade, enjoy Irish music, dance, food, activities, and Irish gifts for sale at St. Patrick’s Festival throughout the Irish American Heritage Center. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Maple sugar fair – Schaumburg

March 17 – 18, 2018

29 miles NW

Enjoy an outdoor pancake breakfast with real maple syrup and see how it’s made in a pioneer sugar camp at Sugar Bush Fair, which includes a puppet show and a hayride in Schaumburg. [Sunday has its own page.]

Estefan musical

March 21 – April 8, 2018

0.7 miles SW

On Your Feet! is a musical about the Grammy winning husband and wife team of singers Emilio and Gloria Estefan (Conga & 1-2-3) at Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Discount tickets $45 to $79.

War games convention

March 22 – 25, 2018

26.7 miles NW

AdeptiCon is a small event with tournaments, event games, pirate gaming, cosplay contests, and hobby seminars at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel.

Sportsman’s show

March 22 – 25, 2018

29.4 miles NW

Chicago Outdoor Sports Show has fishing and hunting seminars, kids’ activities, and hundreds of vendors at Arlington Park Race Track.

Whisky festival

March 23, 2018

0.2 miles SE

Taste 300 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at WhiskyFest Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Food festival

March 23 – 24, 2018

3 miles SW

Good Food Expo is all about locally produced food, with speakers, micro workshops, chef demonstrations, vendors, and a kids’ corner.

Tattoo convention

March 23 – 25, 2018

17 miles NW

Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention features live tattooing, sideshows, and entertainment at Rosemont convention center.

Easter for kids in Schaumburg

March 24, 2018 (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.

Craft fair

March 24 – 25, 2018

27 miles west

Browse handcrafted goods from 175 juried exhibitors at Shower of Crafts Craft & Art Fair at College of Du Page in Glen Ellyn.

Shamrock 8K race

March 25, 2018

1.5 miles SE

Billed as the world’s largest timed 8K race, the Shamrock Shuffle begins and ends in Grant Park and includes a post-race party. The free health and fitness expo is Friday and Saturday at McCormick Place.

Flower show

March 25 – April 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.

Easter at the arboretum

March 30 – April 1, 2018

27 miles west

Enjoy a breakfast buffet or a fine brunch, plus a visit with the Easter Bunny at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo

March 31, 2018

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.

Science-fiction films

March 31, 2018

6 miles north

See science-fiction and fantasy short films from around the world at Juggernaut Film Festival, an annual event at the swanky, art deco Music Box Theatre.

Rockin’ race & egg hunt

March 31, 2018

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.

Asian-American party

March 2018 (undated)

1.1 miles SW

Dress up for the Lunar Ball to enjoy music, dancing, food, drinks, and networking at Wintrust Bank on S. LaSalle Street to support charity.

Barrel-aged beer

March 2018 (undated)

6 miles NW

Festibarrel features dozens of beers aged in wood on tap at Riverview Tavern. Free entry. Bring cash.

Swedish Easter buffet

March 2018 (undated)

7.6 miles north

Påskmiddag is a family-friendly event with a smorgasbord and indoor Easter egg hunt at the Swedish American Museum.