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Photograph: Martha WilliamsExpo Chicago 2014 kicked off with Vernissage, an opening-night preview at Navy Pier's Festival Hall.

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

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

Spring in Chicago has officially arrived! Celebrate the beginning of a new season (and, if we're lucky, the first few days of warmer weather) by exploring the best things to do in Chicago in April. The month kicks off with a splash as EXPO Chicago returns to Navy Pier for the first time since 2019, bringing together more than 140 galleries from across the world for a weekend of creative programming. Later in the month, head back to Navy Pier for the first-ever Golden Girls convention, or check out egg hunts and other festivities just in time for Easter in Chicago. Plus, catch a talk with acerbic humorist Fran Lebowitz, sample rum expressions at the annual Rum Fest, fly high at 4/20 events or see Wilco during the band's tour to mark the 20th anniversary of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Say hello to spring—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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