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Chicago events / April 2019

April 2019

We recommend the best events, festivals, and fun things to do in Chicago, Illinois.

Flower show

April 1 – 7, 2019

Macy’s Flower Show features flowers and exotic topiaries in landscapes, plus scheduled events at Macy’s on State Street. Free.

Stylish jazz party

April 4, 2019

(7 to 10 p.m.)

Dance to Chicago jazz star Dandy Wellington and his band playing “jazz classics from the 1900s to 1940s” at Spring Swing, with a cash bar and a chance to explore the International Museum of Surgical Science for age 21+. You are welcome to wear vintage attire.


April 5 – 6, 2019

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

International Game Night

April 6, 2019

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

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.

Robots at the museum

April 6 – 7 and 13 – 14, 2019

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.

Museum party

April 12, 2019

(9 p.m.)

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+.

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.)

Celebrate spring with egg hunts, games, crafts, moon bounce, concessions, and pony rides at Bunny Bash at the Community Recreation Center.

Made in Chicago

April 13 – 14, 2019

Shop from vendors of locally made clothing, housewares, jewelry, food, and drink at Made in Chicago Market at 412 N Paulina Street. Free admission and parking.

Easter brunch – Macy’s

April 13 – 20, 2019

Chicago and Oak Brook

Bunny Brunch buffet at Macy’s includes entertainment for kids (face painter, balloon artist, and Easter Bunny). Ticket sales begin March 6, 2019.

  • April 13, 14, 20 – State Street, Chicago
  • April 20 – Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

Easter at the zoo

April 13 – 21, 2019

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.

Easter brunch on the farm

April 19 – 20, 2019

Bunny Brunch offers a buffet, spring crafts, and barnyard animals but no egg hunts at Lambs Farm in Libertyville.

Zombie, horror, sci-fi convention

April 19 – 21, 2019

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

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

April 20 – 21, 2019

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 dining cruise

April 21, 2019

Celebrate Easter on a cruise departing from Navy Pier. The brunch cruises include an Easter Bunny character.

Wine tasting

April 25, 2019

(6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

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.

Rum tasting

April 27, 2019

(1 p.m.)

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.)

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.