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April 2023 events calendar for Chicago

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

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai

Spring in Chicago has officially arrived! It's time to get outside and explore. You can go hiking near Chicago or take a day trip to enjoy a quick getaway. April sees the return of several fan festivals, such as C2E2 and Golden-Con, as well as the Chicago Latino Film Festival for cinephiles. If you're looking for food and beverage experiences, grab tickets to Chicago Rum Festival or reserve a temperature-controlled dome at Dinner With a View. Later in the month, head to Merchandise Mart to shop unique, handmade goods from 300 vendors at a One of a Kind Show or check out the premiere of the Joffrey Ballet's The Little Mermaid. So celebrate the beginning of the spring season—and all the new beginnings that go along with it—with our list of the best things to do in Chicago this April.

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Featured events in April 2023

  • Comedy
  • Uptown

This weekly “live magazine” is 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 drinks, hot takes and laughs; the longstanding Saturday afternoon edition tends to run about two and a half hours.

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