Things To Do This Spring in Chicago

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APR 15

THE ROLLING STONES EXHIBITIONISM

The Rolling Stones have defined rock n’ roll for decades, and now fans can get what they want with an immersive multimedia “Exhibitionism” at Navy Pier. The sheltered exhibit spans nine thematic galleries with a fashion gallery, original artworks, vintage instruments, a 3D concert experience and much more. Satisfaction guaranteed.Tickets are $32.


APR 20

LATINO FILM FEST

AMC River East will play host to the 33rd Chicago Latino Film Festival this year. Celebrating Latin culture around the globe, the opening night film spotlights Argentina with the romantic comedy One Night of Love (Una noche de amor). Lead actress Carla Peterson will be in attendance at the opening night gala which includes a reception with food, drinks and live entertainment. Opening night tickets are $90. The full festival program will be announced on April 10.


APR 21

C2E2

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (better known as C2E2) is back at McCormick Place with the hottest in cool nerd culture. Meet your favorite stars and superheroes in real life during autograph sessions, photo ops and discussion panels. Guests this year include comic legends Stan Lee and Frank Miller, hometown MMA fighter CM Punk, the Stranger Things kids and many more. Tickets start at $30.


APR 21

WHISKYFEST

Learn everything you didn’t know you wanted to know at the 20th anniversary of WhiskyFest at Hyatt Regency. There will be seminars from experts, tastings galore and a gourmet buffet. The Grand Tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $275.


APR 22

RECORD STORE DAY

Record Store Day has been rocking our turntables since 2007, giving audiophiles yet another excuse to hit up their local indie shop. Special releases and in-store performances are the annual event’s bread and butter and this year is no different. Look for exclusive releases (and re-releases) from artists like David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, Spoon and many more. Reckless, Dusty Groove and Laurie’s Planet of Sound are just a few of the Chicago stores participating.


APR 30

GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

Celebrate the 197th Anniversary of the Greek Declaration of Independence with the Hellenic Heritage Parade. Stepping off at stepping off at 2:30 p.m., the parade runs from Halsted and Randolph to Van Buren streets.


MAY 6

CHICAGO KIDS AND KITES FESTIVAL

Where: Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, Montrose and Wilson Hours: 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Admission: Free Why Go: The city will be providing kite kits for kids to build, decorate and fly. There will also be face painting, balloon artists and crafts.


JUN 2-3

CHICAGO GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Where: Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Hours: June 2, noon-4pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 6-9:30pm at Millennium Park. June 3, 4-9:30pm at Millennium Park Admission: Free Why Go: Come celebrate gospel in the city where the genre was born. The 32nd Chicago Gospel Music Festival will feature local and nationally known artists.


JUN 9-11

CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL

Where: Millennium Park Hours: various hours check here for details Admission: Free Why Go: This is the 34th annual Chicago Blues Festival. The headliners performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion over the three days include: Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues with special guest Rhymefest, William Bell, Gary Clark Jr., Rhiannon Giddens, Ronnie Baker Brooks. The full schedule will be announced later this spring.


JUN 10-11

OLD TOWN ART FAIR

Where: Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street Hours: Saturday 10a.m.-7p.m. and Sunday 10a.m.-6p.m. Admission: Free; $10 suggested donation Why Go: The Old Town Art Fair was voted #1 in America and named one of Chicago’s favorite festivals.


JUN 9-11

RIBFEST

Where: The intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road and Damen Avenue Hours: Friday 5p.m.-10p.m. Saturday & Sunday noon-10 p.m. Admission: $5 suggested donation Why Go: This is the 19th year of Ribfest and last year the festival was named Best Food Fest by the Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” reader’s poll.


JUN 17-18

PRIDE FEST

Where: 3200 N. Halsted St. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission: $10 suggested donation Why Go: Celebrate LGBTQ history and achievements with this two day festival leading up to the famous Pride Parade.


JUN 23-24

CHICAGO ALE FEST

Where: Butler Field in Grant Park Hours: General Admission: Friday 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Admission: Tickets range from $19-$59 and can be purchased here Why Go: The fest will feature more than 200 American craft beers, live music and food trucks.


JUL 1-2

CHOSEN FEWS DJS PICNIC AND MUSIC FEST

Where: Jackson Park Hours: Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission: Tickets range from $150 — $500 and can be purchased here Why Go: Celebrate house music where it originated with world-famous DJs like Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders and Tony Hatchett.


JUN 16-17

CRAFT BREWS AT THE ZOO

Where: 2001 N. Clark St. Hours : 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Admission : General Admission $49 & VIP $79 Why Go: Drink craft beers at the zoo. The third annual craft beer festival will feature more than 75 specialty brews, and beer tasting stations will be in the zoo’s gardens. Tickets and more information here.


JUL 1-4

INERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIFE

Where: Union Park Hours:here Admission: General 1-day admission for adults $25 and for seniors $15 Why Go: This is the 25th anniversary of the African/Caribbean International Festival of Life. The four day festival celebrates the humanity of all people with music and culture.


JUN 9-11

SPRING AWAKENING

When: June 9-11 Where: Addams-Medill Park Hours: doors open at 1:00 p.m. daily, and the festival ends at 10 p.m. each night Admission: tickets range from $70-$289 and can be purchased here Why Go: This electronic music festival features artists like Armin van Buuren, Marshmello, Afrojack, Galantis, Datsik, Louis The Child, Diplo and others.

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