April Events for Chicago 2013: Calendar of April Highlights

April Events for Chicago 2013: Calendar of April Highlights

April may be the cruelest month, according to T.S. Eliot, but in Chicago it’s the kick-off for spring and summer--time to open the doors and let the sun shine in.  April is the next year that all of us in Chicago have been waiting for since the end of the baseball season last fall.  The slate is clear and our hopes are high that this may be the year that our boys of summer will go all the way.  Chicago's April calendar is  jam-packed full of things to do, places to go and days you'll need/want to remember like "Tax Day."

April 1

Chicago White Sox, Opening Day, vs. Kansas City Royals, U.S. Cellular Field, 3:10p.m.

April Fools Day

Classical Mondays (every Monday in April at 12:15p.m.) features a free classical music program in Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center. Today's program:  Chicago Chamber Musicians: Michael Henoch, oboe / Larry Combs, clarinet / Dennis Michel, bassoon / Gail Williams, horn / Meng-Chieh Liu, piano / TBA, flute.

April 2

Catch Me if You Can by Broadway in Chicago opens today for a two week run at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Catch Big Fish opening at the Oriental Theatre today (through May 5, 2013).

April 3

Dame Myra Hess Concerts (every Wednesday in April at 12:15p.m.) feature a free classical concert in the beautiful Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center.

South Pacific opens at Lincolnshire Marriott Theatre (Through June 2).

April 4

Maria/Stuart by Sideshow Theatre opens at Theatre Wit (through May 5, 2013).

The Next Gen Jazz, a New Jazz Series, (part of the Jazz Institute of Chicago) kicks off at the Drake Hotel today. The series features Drummer and producer, Makaya McCraven who has established himself as one of the city's first-call sidemen ushers in a new era of jazz with his peers, bringing fresh sound to venerated traditions. (also April 11 and 18)

Fete Chicago, is a weekend-long festival of Chicago’s dynamic food and design cultures, featuring a night market, talks, tastings, and tours chef demos in various Chicago locations through April 7.

April 5

Architectural Artifacts Auction is holding a three-day auction featuring more than 1500 pieces at their space at 4325 N. Ravenswood.

Barnum opens at the Mercury Theatre.

It's Wine Down Friday at Foodlife in Water Tower Place. Taste 20 wines for $15 paired with party snacks from 6 to 8p.m. Spend an additional $15 for a Foodlife wristband and enjoy unlimited visits to any of their 14 kitchens after the event.

April 6

Dinosaurs Alive opens at Brookfield Zoo.  Take a trip back millions of years and experience Dinosaurs Alive today through October 27.  31st and 1st, Brookfield.

National Caramel Popcorn Day.

View 20 amazing robots from all around the world during National Robotics Week at the Museum of Science and Industry (through April 14). The robots include the amazing Murata Boy, which can ride a bicycle, and Cubelets, which you can assemble to build your own robot, in addition to many other amazing bots.

April 7

Holocaust Remembrance Day.

April 8

Cubs Home Opener Day with the Cubbies hosting the Milwaukee Brewers at 1:20p.m. at the friendly confines (Wrigley Field) along with lots of pre and post-game happenings throughout Wrigleyville.

Atten: Opening Day Ticketholders. Before heading up to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers, Hotel Lincoln is inviting all ticketholders to stop by their lobby to enjoy complimentary beers and bagels (provided by Delightful Pastries) for a pre-game treat from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1816 N. Clark St.

It's National Empanada Day. In honor of  “National Empanada Day” Nacional 27, the popular River North hotspot, is offering a buy one order of empanadas, receive a second order of empanadas for free.  (April 8 through April 11)

April 13

The world premiere of “Havana Blue" delves into the rich history of Cuban and Afro-Caribbean roots to bring a cultural exchange of music, dance and art to Chicago's Auditorium’s Landmark Stage. The show is a collaboration between River North Dance Chicago and Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble.

April 14

Take a visual romp through the history of the Motown Sound with Detroit's Eisenhower Dance Ensemble at the Chicago premiere of "Motown in Motion."  Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.

April 15

Tax Day.

Black Ensemble Theater's 8th annual Black Playwright’s Festival, opens today at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center (through April 21, 2013).  The Festival, at the  4450 N. Clark Street, brings new scripts to the BE stage for performance readings after being developed through the BPI in workshops and rehearsals.

Harold Washington Birthday Celebration at Harold Washington Library features a lively panel discussion titled Breaking New Ground: Harold Washington and the 1983 Election. Join Professor Timuel D. Black, Jr., author, historian and civil rights activist; Helen Shiller, former 46th Ward Alderman and community activist; and Professor Dick Simpson, Political Science Department at the University of Illinois Chicago, for a  discussion on Harold Washington's historic mayoral victory. Moderating the event is Laura S. Washington, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and ABC-7 Chicago’s political analyst. Free event, at 6 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.

April 19

Jim Gaffigan returns to The Chicago Theatre for three shows this April (through April 20).  Gaffigan has proven himself a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences, achieving accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting, and writing.

Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest No. 5), Chicago’s annual festival of film screenings, music concerts and more opens today (through April 21) at the Music Box Theatre. The fest features CIMMpathy for The Stones, a major retrospective celebrating The Rolling Stones’ 50 years of music on film. The retrospective includes screenings of ten concert films and documentaries – two never before seen in Chicago – plus music videos and filmmaker Q&As. 3733 N. Southport.

April 20

Baconfest Chicago on April 20th at the UIC Forum is SOLD OUT.

Pinot Days Festival at Navy Pier.

Great American Cooking Expo. Sample fine wines, beer, spirits & fantastic foods; watch local & celebrity chefs live; taste their exquisite culinary creations; see the latest market trends & cooking gadgets; cookbook signings by celebrity authors. Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid. Through April 21.

April 22

Earth Day

April 23

As a former Chicago mayor once said, Chicago is not only about the 'Da Bulls and 'Da Bears, but also 'Da Bard."  So today's your chance to celebrate 'Da Bard  (William Shakespeare's 449th birthday) at Talk Like Shakespeare Day in the State of Illinois (and many other places).

April 24

Administrative Professionals Day.

April 25

Untitled hosts its first annual American WhiskeyFest, where guests can taste over 50 plus whiskey samples and meet the best known distillers from all over the country.

April 26

Arbor Day.

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2, this convention spans the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. (Through April 28)

April 27

Slow Art Day is a worldwide celebration of art that encourages people to look at art SLOWLY – and thereby experience art in a new way.  Locally the MCA and Smart Museum are offering special events.

Walk & Roll Chicago, Bike, walk and party to help raise funds to fight cancer. Soldier Field.

Stingray Touch opens today at the Shedd Aquarium (through Fall 2013).  The exhibition lets visitors a hands-on opportunity to explore the underwater grace and wonder of these awesome creatures.

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