April 2018 events calendar for Chicago

Plan your April in Chicago with our events calendar of the best things to do, including concerts, theater openings and art exhibits

Photograph: Grace DuVal

So long as it's not one of those Aprils cursed by snowstorms, it's finally safe to crawl out of hibernation and start scouring new Chicago shops for lighter clothes, and maybe even pay a visit to a few Chicago beaches on one of the nicer days. Celebrate the arrival of spring with a trip to the patio at your favorite cocktail bar, start hashing out your warm weather plans and figure out a few things to do on a rainy day—you know what they say about April showers, don't you?

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Featured events in April 2018

C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

Each year, C2E2 brings a ton of comic book creators and some notable TV and movie stars to McCormick Place for a bonafide pop-culture bonanza. If you hit the floor, you'll find costumed attendees mingling in a sea of comics, toys and assorted memorabilia. Head for the panel halls (or autograph lines) to catch a glimpse of celebrities like Superman Returns star Brandon Routh, SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor Tom Kenny and Goosebumps author R.L. Stine.

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Until Sun Apr 8

Chicago Humanities Festival: Springfest/18

Back for a third year, the spring edition of Chicago Humanities Festival brings a lineup of artists, activists and thinkers to the city. This season's lecture series features installationist Ai Weiwei, Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and artist Molly Crabapple. With this spring series, Chicago Humanities Festival kicks off its 2018, The Year of Graphic!

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Until Sun Apr 29
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Adult Easter Egg Hunt

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Just because you’re a grown-up doesn’t mean you have to give up on hunting for Easter eggs. Longman & Eagle organizes this annual scramble, hiding eggs all throughout Logan Square. Teams of two can scour the neighborhood between noon and 2pm, with all proceeds benefitting One Tail at a Time. The party continues at Longman from 2–4pm, where a winner will be crowned and prizes from Jim Beam, Revolution Brewing and Gordon Food Service will be awarded.

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Until Sun Apr 1

Baconfest

Bacon lovers rejoice! Baconfest is coming back to Chicago with more bacon than ever. Current attendees include Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Ada St., Margeaux Brasserie, Kimski and a whole lot more. Each participating restaurant and brewery is offering a bacon dish or drink, so loosen your belt and you'll be in bacon heaven.

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Until Sat Apr 7
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“Amplified: Chicago Blues”

Photographer Raeburn Flerlage documented Chicago blues musicians performing in the city in the ‘50s and ‘60s, providing an intimate look at some of the genre's biggest stars. "Amplified: Chicago Blues" sifts through a collection of than 1000 of Flerlage's images, including photos of Howlin Wolf, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor and Muddy Waters. If you want to travel back in time to an era when blues clubs ruled the city, this is the peek into the past you've been searching for.

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Chicago History Museum , Lincoln Park Until Saturday August 10 2019

I Heart Halal

Experience the Halal lifestyle at the inaugural I Heart Halal expo at Navy Pier, which features all-natural foods and a grand bazaar filled with products that are permissible under traditional Islamic law. Muslim celebrities such as beauty blogger Nura Afia and personal trainer Koshal Azami will be in attendance giving talks, while the evenings will be filled with special events like a fashion show and a Muslim stand-up comedy showcase.

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Until Sun Apr 15
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CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights

Before Record Store Day arrives, the annual CHIRP Record Fair fills the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall with stacks of vinyl for collectors to sift through. More than 50 vendors show up for the event, which benefits CHIRP Radio and features sets from local DJs like ShowYouSuck and Miss Alex White. Plus, there'll be drinks from Dark Matter Coffee, a listening station and a family activity area. You've still got some room for records on that IKEA shelf—you might as well fill it.

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Until Sat Apr 14

Dragon Lights Festival

The traveling Dragon Lights Festival has set up more than 40 gigantic Chinese lanterns in Soldier Field South Parking Lot, providing the perfect environment for some twilight selfies. The event features an enormous 200-foot-long dragon lantern, a whale, an adorable panda wall and plenty of other colorful creations. In addition to the lanterns, the festival also features nightly performances from acrobats, musicians and dancers as well as demonstrations of calligraphy, painting and knot-tying.

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Until Sun May 6
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International Tom Hanks Day

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Celebrate the life and work of actor (and antique typewriter collector) Tom Hanks at this annual party. Each year, Hanks fans gather to show their appreciation for the nicest guy in Hollywood and raise money for his favorite charity, Lifeline Energy, while watching some of his finest films. The highlight of the afternoon is a raffle that includes items autographed by Hanks himself.

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Until Sat Apr 7

DOC10 Film Festival

Chicago Media Project brings its second annual DOC10 Film Festival to the Davis Theater in Lincoln Square. The festival will screen 10 current documentaries, including: Won't You Be My Neighbor, a Mr. Rogers doc from Oscar-winning filmmaker Mogan Neville; Love Means Zero, about legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri; 306 Hollywood, which premiered at Sundance, and many more. 

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Until Sun Apr 8
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Macy's Flower Show

The downtown department store hosts this annual flower-filled extravaganza, transforming a floor of the historic building into a garden filled with real blooms and exotic plants. This season's "Once Upon a Springtime" theme explores the flora found in fairty tales—we're picturing romantic cherry blossoms, winding vines and cheerful daisies. Drop in to check out the free show during store hours. 

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Until Sun Apr 8

Chicago Pizza Summit

There's no need to debate about which city has the best pizza in the world because nine out of ten Chicagoans agree that ALL pizza is delicious. That's why we gather at the annual Chicago Pizza Summit to sample pies from all over the city and knock back cold cans of Old Style. Presented by Old Style and the Empty Bottle, this year's festivities move to Thalia Hall for two sessions (at 2 and 5pm) of cheese, pepperoni, music and more. Local emcee ShowYouSuck hosts the event, which will also feature Chicago-themed art, an exhibition from the US Pizza Museum, exclusive merch and a surprise hometown musical guest.

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Until Sun Apr 22
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Walker Stalker Con

AMC's television adaptation of The Walking Dead continues to shamble on, as does this annual convention devoted to the franchise's undead universe. This year, the festivities move to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, where attendees will also have access to the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest. Actors Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Jeffery Dean Morgan (Negan) will be in attendance, alongside a long list of cast members, past and present.

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Until Sun Apr 8

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest

If you're attending Walker Stalker Con, your ticket also gives you access to this superhero-focused event that takes place in the very same convention center. Heroes & Villains Fan Fest brings together talent from TV shows like Arrow, The Gifted and Gotham, giving you a chance to interact with some of the folks who bring your favorite stories to life on the small screen. The convention also lets attendees feel like a hero, with activities like archery, obstacle courses and more.

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Until Sun Apr 8
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The Whisky X

40 whisky distillers from across the country gather in Soldier Field from the Whisky X, which combines a plethora of boozy samples with food from local chefs and food trucks. Once you've sipped the offerings of Bulleit Bourbon, WhistlePig and The Macallan, stick around for a concert from alt-rockers the Mowgli's.

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Until Fri Apr 27

Randolph Street Market Festival

More than 200 vendors hawk their antique housewares, furniture, ephemera, clothing and more at this indoor-outdoor festival. Stop in for vintage clothes and jewelry, a vinyl swap meet, a fancy food market and global goods bazaar or bring your own items for appraisal. This event typically occurs on the last weekend of each month. During the warm-weather months of May–September, the market adds an outdoor area, offering even more vintage shopping and a beer garden.

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Plumbers Hall Until Sunday December 16 2018
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An Epic Tale of Scale

This month-long interactive event invites kids and their families to explore the human body through a two-story theatrical environment inside the Chicago Children's Theatre. Along the way, your youngsters will encounter costumed organisms, hear original music, make their way through an obstacle course, participate in art activities and check out curiosities from the Field Museum. Audiences are limited to groups of 20, and entry times are staggered every 15 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays through April 8.

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Until Sun Apr 8

Concerts in April 2018

Dan Auerbach + Robert Finley + Shannon and the Clams

With the Black Keys on hiatus, Dan Auerbach hits the road behind his latest solo album, Waiting on a Song, which finds the frontman indulging in his love of vintage soul and pop through a selection of lavishly produced arrangements. To add some authenticity to his retro sound, he's backed by a house band made up of session musicians who played with the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Bluesman Robert Finley and surf-punks Shannon and the Clams support.

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02 Apr 2018

Cut Copy + Kauf

Aussie dance-pop act Cut Copy masterfully blends plaintive British rock lyricism with bouncy house beats and infectious synth melodies. The group's recent album, Haiku From Zero, embraces the dance floor rhythms and production of the ‘80s and ‘90s, grounding itself in same casually rebellious rave culture mined by acts like LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip. It's the kind of breezy pop that seems to coax some humanity from the machines used to make it. Los Angeles electro-pop act Kauf opens the show.

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Until Thu Apr 5
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Lucy Dacus + And the Kids + Adult Mom

Virginia singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus is the latest in a long line of young artists who sound wise beyond their years. On her latest album, Histories, Dacus grapples with heartbreak and despair throughout a collection of earnest indie rock ballads that maintain a certain amount of optimism, even in the face of darkness and troubling times. Indie rockers And The Kids and Adult Moms open the show.

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Until Fri Apr 6

Mind Over Mirrors

Experimental Chicago musician Jaime Fennelly debuts his expansive new Mind Over Mirrors album with a series of concerts at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Inspired by the work of naturalist writer Henry Beston, Bellowing Sun blends Fennelly's otherworldly synthesizer arrangements with otherworldly chants, rhythms and fiddle melodies provided by musicians Jim Becker, Janet Beveridge Bean and Jon Mueller. Surrounded by the audience, the entire performance takes place beneath a rotating illuminated sculpture that lends a shifting aura to the proceedings.

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Until Sat Apr 7
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Weird Al Yankovic + Emo Philips

After years of costume changes, video montages and general tomfoolery, parody-master Weird Al Yankovic is hanging up the fat suit for his latest, stripped-down tour. Self-consciously dubbed the Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, the setlists will focus on Yankovic's early songs and original material, dating back to the days of the Dr. Demento Show. Here's hoping that Yankovic treats the shows like an episode of VH1 Storytellers, so that we can finally learn what inspired him to write the 11-minute epic "Albuquerque."

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Until Sat Apr 7

Frontwoman Fest

Each year, the Burlington hosts a showcase of exciting female and female-identifying musicians during the daylong Frontwoman Fest. The lineup includes sets from electropop act Superknova, R&B singer Jordanna and experimental rockers Little Church. Decima, Ovef Ow, Glad Rags, Glitter Moneyy, Fauvely, Black Sandwich, Erzulie, Alysha McElroy-Hodges and Freddie Old Soul are also confirmed to perform.

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Until Sat Apr 7
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Ty Segall

It's become a cliché to say that Ty Segall is prolific, but even as his release schedule has slowed down ever-so-slightly, he's still churning out enough songs that you'll probably need a checklist to keep up. On Freedom’s Goblin, Segall’s 10th full-length album in as many years (countless side-projects notwithstanding), the West Coast garage-rocker once again proves that he’s one of the most capable purveyors of pop melodies drenched in buckets of psychedelic fuzz.

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Until Sun Apr 8

The Decemberists + Tennis

After crafting sprawling prog-rock based on a Japanese folktale and paying tribute to musical heroes R.E.M., the Decemberists take another unexpected turn on the group's latest album, I'll Be Your Girl. The record's first three songs recast Colin Meloy and company has a buoyant synth-pop act, revealing a jaunty, fun-loving side of the band that often gets lost amid its earnest refrains and ambitious conceptual undertakings. Nautical indie-pop outfit Tennis support.

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Until Tue Apr 10
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Afghan Whigs + Built to Spill + Rituals of Mine

During the early ‘90s, Afghan Whigs and Built to Spill both managed to land major label record deals on the heels of critically-acclaimed independent releases. Decades later, they're hitting the road together on a co-headlining tour that could be pegged as nostalgic if not for the fact that both groups are still producing vital work. While the Afghan Whigs explore melodramatic alt-rock, you can expect Built to Spill to supply the triumphant guitar solos. Electro-pop duo Rituals of Mine open the show.

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Until Thu Apr 12

Kool Keith + The Palmer Squares

Ever since he started rapping in the ‘80s, Bronx MC Kool Keith has been known by many names, including Dr. Octagon and Dr. Dooom. With the exception of a single major-label release (1999's Black Elvis/Lost in Space) Keith has remained independent as a hip-hop artist, harnessing his eccentric flow with the help of producers such as Dan the Automator and DJ Qbert. During his latest appearance in Chicago, Keith teams up with local hip-hop duo the Palmer Squares. 

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Until Sat Apr 14
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Theater in April 2018

Hamilton

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Let’s not mince words, since we’ve already spilled so many of them: Hamilton, writer-composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biography of Alexander Hamilton as refracted through a hip-hop, pop and R&B lens, is a sprawling, stunning, singular achievement. By filtering the story of the American Experiment’s beginning into modern, meticulously rhymed vernacular and populating the stage with performers of color to play the likes of Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson and Madison, Miranda and his regular collaborators (director Thomas Kail, music supervisor Alex Lacamoire and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler) make the founding fathers feel fresh and, miraculously, human. RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Hamilton Chicago Weeks out from the country’s naming its 45th president, Hamilton’s new Chicago company arrives to remind us our democracy has always been messy, political, personal, and worth fighting for. Kail and Blankenbuehler fill designer David Korins’s spare set—which suggests that, like the country, it’s still under construction—with movement as thrilling and dense as Miranda’s lyrics. (The few moments of stillness are also used to great counter effect.) The nearly all-new Chicago cast (ensemble member Emmy Raver-Lampman is the sole transfer) easily lives up to the originals while finding their own new moments and shades. Miguel Cervantes is a rather more grounded Hamilton than the more frenetic Miranda, who originated the role, but Cervantes conveys the man’s vital, fatal

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CIBC Theatre , Loop Until Sunday September 2 2018

The Magic Penthouse

Magician Nick Roy started this monthly magic-show-as-cocktail-party in 2016. Enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and penthouse views, and be entertained throughout the evening by four roaming illusionists.

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Penthouse 111 , Loop Friday June 15 2018 - Friday December 21 2018
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The Aristophanesathon

In a similar vein as his Greek-tragedy marathon All Our Tragic, Hypocrites artistic director Sean Graney adapts Aristophanes’ 11 surviving comedies, including Lysistrata, The Frogs and The Birds, into a four-hour mashup. The ticket price includes a light supper and snacks, and a cash bar is available throughout.

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Chopin Theatre , River West/West Town Until Sunday May 27 2018
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The Gentleman Caller

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This new work from Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins (Charm, Le Switch) presents a fictionalized version of the relationship between Tennessee Williams (played by Rudy Galvan) and William Inge (played by Curtis Edward Jackson) in the 1940s, before either of the future pillars of 20th-century American drama had found success in the theater. Raven artistic director Cody Estle stages the premiere.

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Raven Theatre , Edgewater Until Sunday May 27 2018
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Trickery Chicago

Owner-illusionist Aaron Rabkin performs six hyperintimate shows each week at this BYOB Boystown storefront theater, where his tricks are visible by passersby on Halsted Street.

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Trickery , Boystown Until Sunday December 30 2018

Company

The Mercury inaugurates its new Venus Cabaret Theater (a remodel of the former Cullen’s restaurant and bar adjacent to the Mercury’s main lobby) with Stephen Sondheim’s episodic musical about birthday-boy bachelor Bobby learning about being alive. The immersive production promises to put you in the middle of the birthday party.

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Mercury Theater , Wrigleyville Until Sunday June 3 2018
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Southern Gothic

Just 25 audience members will see each performance of this immersive work by Leslie Liautaud that allows you to roam a cocktail party in 1960s small-town Georgia as four couples’ longstanding secrets are revealed.

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Windy City Playhouse , Irving Park Until Sunday July 29 2018

Art and dance in April 2018

"Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural"

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In 1989, acclaimed artist Keith Haring came to Chicago to create a gigantic 488-foot-long mural in collaboration with 500 Chicago Public School students. After remaining on display at Midway Airport for several years, 36 panels of the mural will return to the Loop, going on display alongside a selection of Haring's photographs, correspondence, designs and his now-iconic drawings.

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Chicago Cultural Center, Yates Gallery , Loop Until Sunday September 23 2018

“Gun Ballet: the Aestheticization of Violence in Video Games”

Whether players are shooting aliens or mowing down soldiers, violence and video games go hand in hand, which is why the latter is often used as a scapegoat for real-world occurrences of the former. The Video Game Art Gallery presents an exhibition that unpacks the aestheticization of violence in games, showing how artists and developers use weaponry and combat in brutal, beautiful and meaningful ways.

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VGA Gallery , Logan Square Sunday May 27 2018 - Sunday June 3 2018
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“Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium”

Abstract artist Helen Frankenthaler is best known for her bold canvases, on which she employed her "soak stain" technique to create translucent splashes of color. However, "The Romance of a New Medium" focuses on her lesser-known work as a print artist, which shrinks her abstract process down in size through the use of lithography, wood cutting and etching. The Art Institute displays a nearly complete collection of more than 50 of her prints, which—true to its name—exhibits Frankenthaler's enthusiasm for a new set of artistic tools. 

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Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL , Grant Park Until Sunday September 30 2018

"Max Lamb: Exercises in Seating"

English designer Max Lamb has created designs for more than 400 seats during his relatively young career, using a variety of materials to fabricate chairs, stools and benches that balance form and function. "Exercises in Seating" collects some of his most ambitious and understated designs, presented alongside photographs, maquettes, tools and videos that illustrate how they were made. If you want to see even more chairs on display, make sure you check out "The Art of Seating" at the Driehaus Museum.

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Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL , Grant Park Until Sunday August 26 2018
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“Anna Kunz: Color Cast”

Chicago-based painter Anna Kunz explores the properties of color and light through this installation at the Hyde Park Art Center. Combining screens, paintings, fabrics and sound, the work immerses viewers in a vibrant spectrum of hues that can be experienced from various perspectives in the gallery.

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Hyde Park Art Center , Kenwood Until Sunday June 24 2018

“To Be Seen and Heard”

The Intuit presents a survey of outsider art originating from Wisconsin in “To Be Seen and Heard,” which collect work from Prophet William J. Blackmon, Josephus Farmer, Simon Sparrow, Albert Zahn and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. Made up of more than 50 paintings, photographs, sculptures and reliefs, the exhibit features signs and religious imagery by Blackmon, Zahn's intricate carvings and photographs by Bruenchenhein.

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Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art , River West/West Town Until Sunday June 17 2018
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“In Their Own Form”

The Afro-futurist movement seeks to redefine the black experience in popular culture, through films like Black Panther and the music of free jazz artist Sun Ra that depict alternative visions of the future. “In Their Own Form” presents a collection of photos that are inspired by the Afro-futurist aesthetic, envisioning a world where racism and oppression have been eradicated, giving black individuals to create a new culture that is not bound by the past.

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Museum of Contemporary Photography , Loop Until Sunday July 8 2018

"Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded"

Whether subtle or overt, most advertisements contain messages that go beyond the desire to sell a product. Hank Willis Thomas has spent the majority of his career sifting through archives of vintage ads and digitally stripping away the text, uncovering imagery that was targeted at African Americans and women that sought to influence the ways in which consumers view race and gender. Devoid of context, brands and slogans, Thomas uses the illustrations and photographs contained within these advertisements to examine the impact of mass communication.

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Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art , Evanston Until Sunday August 12 2018
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"Xu Longsen: Light of Heaven"

Shanghai artist Xu Longsen presents a collection of his large-scale landscape paintings, made using traditional tools and materials. His interpretations of Chinese vistas draw on techniques that date back to the 10th century and are presented on gigantic 30-foot canvases. The "Light of Heaven" installation was created for the Art Institute, presenting his ink-wash drawings on a set of pillars within the museum.

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Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL , Grant Park Until Sunday June 24 2018

"Chicago Works: Paul Heyer"

The latest exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art's Chicago Works series highlights the work of local artist Paul Heyer, who presents a selection of paintings and sculptures inspired by LGBTQ club culture. Pastel hues and surreal imagery accompanied by a soundtrack inspired by YouTube ASMR videos create a psychedelic, dream-like space that emulates the hallucinogenic quality of a drug-addled evening on the dance floor.

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Until Sunday July 1 2018
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Free events in April 2018

Free museum days at the best Chicago museums

You don't have to spend a fortune in order to visit some of Chicago's best museums and cultural institutions. If you're willing to plan ahead, you can take in masterpieces at the Art Institute or gaze at tropical fish while strolling through Shedd Aquarium without spending a dime. You'll need to be an Illinois resident to take advantage of many of these offers, but that's just one of the perks of living in Chicago. 

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“Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural”

In 1989, acclaimed artist Keith Haring came to Chicago to create a gigantic 488-foot-long mural in collaboration with 500 Chicago Public School students. After remaining on display at Midway Airport for several years, 36 panels of the mural will return to the Loop, going on display alongside a selection of Haring's photographs, correspondence, designs and his now-iconic drawings.

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Chicago Cultural Center, Yates Gallery , Loop Until Sunday September 23 2018
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The Paper Machete

Christopher Piatt hosts this weekly "live magazine," a cavalcade of culture, politics and wit featuring journalists, actors, comedians and musicians offering idiosyncratic reports on the news of the day. Head to Uptown's iconic Green Mill for a Saturday afternoon of drinks, hot takes and laughs. 

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The Green Mill , Uptown Until Saturday December 29 2018

“Anna Kunz: Color Cast”

Chicago-based painter Anna Kunz explores the properties of color and light through this installation at the Hyde Park Art Center. Combining screens, paintings, fabrics and sound, the work immerses viewers in a vibrant spectrum of hues that can be experienced from various perspectives in the gallery.

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Hyde Park Art Center , Kenwood Until Sunday June 24 2018
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“In Their Own Form”

The Afro-futurist movement seeks to redefine the black experience in popular culture, through films like Black Panther and the music of free jazz artist Sun Ra that depict alternative visions of the future. “In Their Own Form” presents a collection of photos that are inspired by the Afro-futurist aesthetic, envisioning a world where racism and oppression have been eradicated, giving black individuals to create a new culture that is not bound by the past.

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Museum of Contemporary Photography , Loop Until Sunday July 8 2018

2nd Fridays in the Chicago Arts District

On the second Friday of each month, The Chicago Arts District hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night, a series of receptions at the galleries and artists' studios centered around South Halsted Street, beginning at 1711 and ending at 2005 South Halsted Street. Pick up a map at the information center at 1945 South Halsted Street and visit the creative spaces free of charge as they open their doors to showcase an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond.

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Chicago Arts District , Lower West Side Friday June 8 2018 - Friday December 14 2018
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Night Names

Set a new high score at this arcade bar’s monthly queer night. Guests can take advantage of free pinball (make sure you take a turn on the classic Star Wars and PIN·BOT tables), enjoy bar specials or bust a move in the back room with resident DJ Essential Logic.

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Logan Arcade , Logan Square Thursday June 7 2018 - Thursday December 6 2018

Duro

This biweekly nocturnal Latinx and LGBTQ gathering is always filled with clever decorations, dancing queens and underground Latin club music from resident DJ [X]P. It also serves Jarritos cocktails.

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Berlin , Lake View Wednesday June 13 2018 - Wednesday January 23 2019
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“Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded”

Whether subtle or overt, most advertisements contain messages that go beyond the desire to sell a product. Hank Willis Thomas has spent the majority of his career sifting through archives of vintage ads and digitally stripping away the text, uncovering imagery that was targeted at African Americans and women, influencing the ways in which consumers view race and gender. Devoid of context, brands and slogans, Thomas uses the illustrations and photographs contained within these advertisements to examine the impact of mass communication.

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Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art , Evanston Until Sunday August 12 2018

Tuesday Funk

This eclectic reading series is where good writing and good beer mix. Every month five local writers and authors put together pieces to read while you order off Hopleaf's extensive beer menu.

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Hopleaf , Uptown Tuesday June 5 2018 - Tuesday December 4 2018
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Comedy in April 2018

Gaslight District

The Second City e.t.c.’s newest revue welcomes newcomers Emily Fightmaster and Katie Kershaw to the cast, and Second City Touring Company director Anneliese Toft makes her resident company directorial debut.

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The Second City e.t.c. , Lincoln Park Until Friday July 20 2018

Hitch*Cocktails

Nothing is preplanned in the improvised Hitchockian two-act play-slash-drinking game, but there is one rule. Anytime a player offers another a drink in a scene, they must finish it. Hitch*Cocktails is a bit of a sh*t show, but the cast is talented and the premise is so much fun.

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Annoyance Theatre , Lake View Friday June 1 2018 - Friday June 29 2018
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The Infinite Wrench

Taking the place of the long-running Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, the Neo-Futurists’ new flagship show retains the basic structure of original short works penned each week by the performers, with a few new tweaks and twists.

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Neo-Futurarium , Uptown Until Sunday December 30 2018

Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider

Storyteller extraordinaire, actor, and ’90s Saturday Night Live alum Julia Sweeney takes the Second City stage for her first swing at stand-up comedy; following a workshop run on the Judy’s Beat Lounge stage, she moves to the e.t.c. for a monthlong residency. In her show, Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider, she offers quips on parenting, religion, cancer and feminism. She even takes on her best-known SNL character, the androgynous “Pat,” through a 2018 lens.

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The Second City , Lincoln Park Until Wednesday May 30 2018
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ClickHole at the Hideout

Writers from ClickHole, the Onion’s sister site that cranks out deadpan spoofs of Upworthy-style viral content, convene at the Hideout for a live show each month. See what the creators of articles like, "90s Kids Rejoice! The Spider Eggs They Used To Fill Beanie Babies Are Finally Hatching" write outside of the site.

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Lincoln Hall , Sheffield & DePaul Thursday May 31 2018
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The Paper Machete

Christopher Piatt hosts this weekly "live magazine," a cavalcade of culture, politics and wit featuring journalists, actors, comedians and musicians offering idiosyncratic reports on the news of the day. Head to Uptown's iconic Green Mill for a Saturday afternoon of drinks, hot takes and laughs. 

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The Green Mill , Uptown Until Saturday December 29 2018
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Eileen B

Interested in supporting a non-profit organization of supporters and survivors of sexual abuse/assault?

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is hosted a walk on April 9th to raise awareness and collect donations for survivors to attend the 2016 SNAP Conference being hosted in Chicago.

Come out and walk for a great cause April!!!