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

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At Baconfest, you'll see a lot of different takes on the pork product

At Baconfest, you'll see a lot of different takes on the pork product Photograph: Mandy Dempsey


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

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Tue Apr 1
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Chicago Underground Film Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Logan Theatre 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, at Kedzie Ave
  2. Until Sun Apr 6
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McDonald's All American Games

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Until Wed Apr 2
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Peter and the Starcatcher

  • Price band: 3/4
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  1. Bank of America Theatre 18 W Monroe St, between State and Dearborn Sts
  2. Until Sun Apr 13
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  1. AMC River East 21 322 E Illinois St, at Fairbanks Ct
  2. Until Thu Apr 17
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Congrats on Your Success

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  • Free
  1. Uncharted Books 2630 N Milwaukee Ave, between Logan Blvd and Diversey Ave
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Thu Dec 4
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Against Me!

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Durty Nellie's 180 N Smith St
  2. Fri Apr 4
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David Guetta

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Aragon 1106 W Lawrence Ave, at Winthrop Ave
  2. Fri Apr 4
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  1. Soldier Field 1410 S Museum Campus Dr, at McFetridge Dr
  2. Sat Apr 5
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Robot Block Party

  • Price band: 1/4
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  1. Museum of Science and Industry 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, at 57th St
  2. Sun Apr 13
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Into the Woods

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Mercury Theater 3745 N Southport Ave, between Waveland Ave and Grace St
  2. Until Sat Apr 5
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Tinariwen

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. City Winery 1200 W Randolph St, at Racine Ave
  2. Sat Apr 5
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Cock

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Profiles Theatre Main Stage 4139 N Broadway, at Gordon Terr
  2. Until Sun Jun 29
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Hedda Gabler

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Writers Theatre 325 Tudor Ct
  2. Sat Apr 5 - Sun Apr 6
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King Hedley II

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave, at Oakdale Ave
  2. Until Sun Apr 6
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Emmylou Harris

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Until Tue Apr 8
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John Legend

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W Randolph St, at LaSalle St
  2. Wed Apr 9
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Juana Molina

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. Old Town School of Folk Music, Maurer Hall 4544 N Lincoln Ave, between Sunnyside and Wilson Aves
  2. Until Thu Apr 10
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The Coathangers + Audacity

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Fri Apr 11
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The Dillinger Escape Plan

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Until Fri Apr 11
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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Until Fri Apr 11
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Betty Who

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Until Sat Apr 12
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2014 CoffeeCon at Zhou B Art Center

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Zhou B Art Center 1029 W 35th St, between Morgan and Aberdeen Sts
  2. Sat Apr 12
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  1. Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall 1340 W Washington Blvd, between Ada and Loomis Sts
  2. Sat Apr 12
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  1. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave, at Mies van der Rohe Way
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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Julianna Barwick

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Constellation 3111 N Western Ave, Clybourn Ave
  2. Sat Apr 12
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  1. Brookfield Zoo 3300 Golf Rd
  2. Until Sat Apr 19
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Seminar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Theater Wit 1229 W Belmont Ave, between Racine and Lakewood Aves
  2. Until Sun Apr 13
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"CITY SELF"

  • Critics choice
  1. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave, at Mies van der Rohe Way
  2. Sun Apr 13
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Cochon 555

  • Critics choice
  1. Renaissance Chicago Hotel 1 W Wacker Dr, at State St
  2. Sun Apr 13
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  1. P.E. Building, University of Illinois at Chicago 901 W Roosevelt Rd, between Morgan and Halsted Sts
  2. Sun Apr 13 - Mon Apr 14
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  1. Brainstorm Comics 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste 321at North and Damen Aves
  2. Sat Oct 11 - Sat Dec 27
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Speedy Ortiz

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Sat Oct 25
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John Cale

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Old Town School of Folk Music, Maurer Hall 4544 N Lincoln Ave, between Sunnyside and Wilson Aves
  2. Until Thu Apr 17
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  1. Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 N Clark St, between Lake Shore Dr and Fullerton Pkwy
  2. Until Sat Apr 19
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The Wild

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Steppenwolf Garage 1624 N Halsted St, between North Ave and Willow St
  2. Until Sat Apr 19
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  1. Longman & Eagle 2657 N Kedzie Ave, at Schubert Ave
  2. Until Sun Apr 20
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The Knife

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Aragon 1106 W Lawrence Ave, at Winthrop Ave
  2. Wed Apr 23
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  1. Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 N Clark St, between Lake Shore Dr and Fullerton Pkwy
  2. Thu Apr 24
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Baconfest

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. UIC Forum 725 W Roosevelt Rd, between Halsted St and Union Ave
  2. Until Sat Apr 26
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Lydia Loveless

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Schubas 3159 N Southport Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Until Sun Apr 27
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C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. McCormick Place 2301 S Lake Shore Dr
  2. Sun Apr 27
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Black Lips

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Logan Square Auditorium 2539 N Kedzie Blvd, at Albany Ave
  2. Until Sat Apr 26
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Temples + Drowners

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Until Sat Apr 26
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  1. Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, at Streeter Dr
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Baby Loves Disco

  • Critics choice
  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Sun Apr 27
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Vintage Garage

  • Critics choice
  1. 5051 N Broadway 5051 N Broadway, between Foster and Argyle
  2. Sun Sep 21
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Diana Ross

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Until Wed Apr 30
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  1. Auditorium Theatre 50 E Congress Pkwy, between Michigan and Wabash Aves
  2. Until Sun May 11
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"Christopher Wool"

  • Critics choice
  1. Art Institute of Chicago 111 S Michigan Ave, at Adams St
  2. Sun May 11
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  1. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave, at Mies van der Rohe Way
  2. Until Sun May 18
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  1. Art Institute of Chicago 111 S Michigan Ave, at Adams St
  2. Until Sun May 18
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  1. The Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, at McFetridge Dr
  2. Until Sun Sep 7
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Modern Vintage Chicago

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Randolph Street Market 1340 W Washington Blvd
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Dec 14
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  1. The Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, at McFetridge Dr
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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