April 2014 events calendar for things to do in Chicago

Plan your April in Chicago with our events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, and picks from theater, art and music

Photograph: Mandy Dempsey
At Baconfest, you'll see a lot of different takes on the pork product
So long as it's not one of those Aprils cursed by snowstorms, it's finally safe to crawl out of winter hibernation. Plenty of spring events beckon, including the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the National Robotics Week party at the Museum of Science and Industry and Baconfest.

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...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Critics' pick

You can learn a lot about Austin’s …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead when you take a forensic look at—well, its trail. Since joining forces in the mid-’90s, the band has presided over eight albums, numerous lineup changes, several stylistic left turns across the prog-psych-noise-rock continuum, and enough bar brawls and smashed guitars to fill a weekend police blotter. An awesomely intimate show from the apocalyptically-named AYWKUBTTOD, with a rejigged lineup and a relatively new, decidedly grungey melodicism added to their former tumultuous, percussion-heavy mix. Get ready for one gear-trashingly mental performance.

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Empty Bottle

McDonald's All American Games

Critics' pick

Want to see the future Michael Jordan dunk some hoops while raising money for a worthy cause? The McDonald's All American Games features the top 48 prep basketball players, and future NBA and WNBA stars—alumni include Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Derrick Rose. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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United Center

Peter and the Starcatcher

Critics' pick

This imaginative Peter Pan prequel, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, explains how the Boy Who Never Grew Up got that way. The touring production stars Chicago actors Joey deBettencourt as the Boy and John Sanders as the villainous Black Stache.

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Bank of America Theatre

Chicago Latino Film Festival

Critics' pick

In its 30th year, the venerable Latino Film Fest offers a wide selection of features, documentaries and shorts from throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

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AMC River East 21

Congrats on Your Success

Critics' pick

Congrats on Your Success has steadily built up an audience of dedicated regulars, who pack every bit of available space in Logan Square's Uncharted Books. The show's loose, friendly vibe is reinforced by interactive bits and between-set segments that engage attendees with the show's hosts and producers.

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Uncharted Books Free

Against Me!

Critics' pick

Do you remember when you were young and wanted to set the world on fire? If not, Against Me!'s punk rock music will certainly remind you of angstier days when nothing mattered and you were always right. The band's powerful latest, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, deals with singer Laura Jane Grace's, well, just what the title says. Hard-charging, fist-pumping tracks like "Fuckmylife666" are far more uplifting than they read.

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Durty Nellie's

David Guetta

Critics' pick

The French electro-house chart topper and superstar DJ Guetta rocks up to Uptown for one night of huge mainstream appeal. His latest single is a remake of Nancy Sinatra's "Shot Me Down," adding a mechanical bull beat to the spaghetti western original. VIP gets you seats in the balcony, so you can watch the kids on the floor go nuts.

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Aragon

Robot Block Party

Critics' pick

In celebration of National Robotics Week, the MSI hosts a series of lectures, workshops, activities and demonstrations about the often artificially intelligent and useful machines.

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Museum of Science and Industry

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