From egg hunts to breakfast with the bunny, there are plenty of Easter activities for kids throughout the upcoming holiday weekend. But what about those of us who are a little too old to consume copious amounts of Easter candy or sit on the lap of a middle-aged guy in a rabbit costume? Once you're finished devouring a delicious Easter brunch, celebrate the spring holiday in an age-appropriate fashion at these adult-oriented events.
Bunny Rock 5K
If you're going to spend a weekend being tempted by decadent brunches, jelly beans, ham and chocolate bunnies, you might as well alleviate some of the guilt with a morning run through Grant Park. All participants receive bunny ears and pastel sunglasses to wear during the race. If you have kids, you can bring them along for a post-race egg hunt and petting zoo.
Saturday, April 4 at 9am. $45–$60.
Brooklyn Boulders Easter Egg-travaganza
West Loop climbing facility Brooklyn Boulders celebrates Easter weekend and the Final Four tournament with a series of events on Saturday, including a Hold Hunt that allows participants to search for eggs hidden on the venue's climbing walls. Attendees can win prizes from Big Star, Soho House and Zipcar, or post up to take in the big games projected on a garage door.
Saturday, April 4 at 11am. Free for members, $25 for non-members.
Adult Easter Egg Hunt
You don't have to be a kid to carry an Easter basket and hunt for eggs at this annual Logan Square event, organized by Land & Sea Dept. Teams of two will scour the surrounding neighborhood, searching for 6000 expertly hidden eggs while competing for prizes from local businesses. Longman & Eagle serves as the event's home base, cooking up rabbit sausages to accompany some guest DJ sets.
Sunday, April 5 at 11am. $5 entry fee.
Thalia Easter Egg Hunt
The North Side isn't the only place where adults can take part in a neighborhood Easter egg hunt. Thalia Hall is hosting a free, all-ages search in Pilsen, where sharp-eyed participants will be able to compete for prizes from Dusek's, Punch House, Modern Co-op, Empty Bottle and more. If you don't win anything, just treat yourself to Easter brunch at Dusek's or a stiff drink from Punch House.
Sunday, April 5 at noon. Free.
Mad Men premiere parties
Don Draper may not be one of the famous fictional characters generally associated with the Easter holiday, but we're so excited/sad about the final season premiere of Mad Men that we're going to let it slide. Those who want to watch the premiere in style have a couple of options, including a costumed soirée at the Logan Theatre (April 5, 7:30pm. $25.) and a party at the Drake Hotel (April 5, 7pm. Free.) featuring themed food and cocktails.