Things to do in April 2014

It’s officially the first day of spring!

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Like many…I’m so exited to finally be able to get out of the house and enjoy the best that Chicago has to offer without freezing my butt off!

Here are a few events and things to look forward to this April.

1. Improv festival — April 1 – 6, 2014 (begins March 31)

Billed as the world’s longest running festival of improvisational theater, the Chicago Improv Festival includes music, song, comedy, story, and puppetry performances in multiple locations. Cost: Varies $5-$30.

If you like comedy don’t miss Curb Your Enthusiasm start Jeff Garling at Zanies (1548 N Wells)  You can purcase tickets here.  Cost: $25

2.  Macy’s Flower show — April 1 – 6, 2014 (begins March 23)

Macy’s Flower Show features 2 million flowers and exotic topiaries plus scheduled events at Macy’s on State Street.  Cost: FREE! 

3.  21st Annual Chicago’s Underground Film Festival (CUFF) — April 2-6, 2014

Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) shows independent, experimental, and documentary films from around the world at the Logan Theatre, followed by nearby after-parties. You can get a festival pass for a $60 here.

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Or if you’d rather see films from Latin America, Brazil, Spain and Portugal check out the 30th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival — April 3-17th, 2014. Cost: starts at $10.

4.  Cubs home opener! Cubs vs. Phillies — April 4th

Chicago Cubs fans are invited to the “Party of the Century” throughout the 2014 season.  Wrigley Field will celebrate its 100th birthday with special guests, gifts, cake, entertainment and even a serenade to the tune of “Happy Birthday.” Cost: $33-$125

5. Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo — April 19, 2014

Eat treats with the Easter bunny, hunt for eggs, visit animals, ride the train & carousel (in dry weather) at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo.  Guests will also enjoy free carousel and train rides! Cost: $15-$40

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Unleash your inner child and check out Adult Easter Egg Hunt in Logan Square  — April 20th, 2014

Filled with food, drinks, music and deals.  Hunters will receive egg gift baskets  and deals from participating restaurants including The Burlington, Busy Beaver Button Co., Parson’s Chicken and Fish, Scofflaw, The East Room, The Whisler and Slippery Slope. Proceeds benefit the neighborhood’s chapter of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.   Cost: $5

6.  Spring Wine Stroll — April 24, 2014

Wine Strolls transform Lincoln Square and Ravenswood’s retail establishments and restaurants into wine tasting destinations of approximately 40-45 different reds and whites! All participating businesses pair delicious hors d’oeuvres with their wines. Cost: $40-$60

7.  The Merchandise Mart Antiques Fair — April 23-27, 2014

Showcasing more than 100 of the world’s top dealers of antiques and fine art, the 17th annual Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair is Chicago’s ultimate treasure hunt.   From the seasoned collector to anyone with an appreciation for timeless design, shoppers will find a wonderfully diverse array of art, antiques and jewelry from antiquities to 20th Century modernism. Cost: $15

8.  April is bacon month!  Baconfest — April 25-26, 2014

On the festival floor, the hottest chefs from the finest local restaurants prepare and serve small plates starring bacon.  The best mixologists and brewers quench thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews.  Luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacontrepreneurs display, sample, and sell a multitude of local craft bacons and bacon-related products.  There are still some tickets left, pricey… but if you truly love bacon you can’t miss this event! Cost: $100-$200

9.  The Sound of Music at the Lyric— April 25th-May 18th

Worlds most beloved family musical live on stage at the beautiful Lyric Opera house.  Don’t miss this production starring Billy Zane (from Titanic and Chicago on Broadway) and Jenn Gambatese (star of Wicked and Tarzan: The Musical Broadway).  Cost: $35-$119

Last but not least…

10.  Lurie Garden in Millennium Park– all throughout April

After one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory, plenty of people are eager to get out and grow! As the first crocus blooms peek through the ground, the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park offers a variety of free public programs for all ages. Cost: FREE

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Concerts not to miss (if you can still manage to get tickets!)

David Guetta at Aragon — April 4th

John Legend at the Cadillac Palace Theater — April 9th

Juana Molina at the Old Town School of Folk Music — April 10th

Diana Ross at the Chicago theater — April 29th-30th

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Now you have absolutely NO excuse to sit at home and say

‘I’m bored…there’s nothing to do’.  

Happy Spring Everyone!

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