April events Chicago: Cubbies, White Sox, film, dance, beer & more

April events Chicago: Cubbies, White Sox, film, dance, beer & more
Chance the Rapper wearing the newly issued White Sox hat will be throwing out the first pitch at today's home opener.

Just as April showers bring May flowers, Chicago’s April events warm things up for the start of Chicago’s summer festival season that officially kicks off the first weekend of May.

Until then enjoy all that April has to offer.

Dance Month

Put on you dancing shoes, Chicago. April is “Dance Month” with a host of dance offerings. This weekend dance fans can enjoy works from local troupe Hedweg Dance who will present a special “Circling the Square’ program on the Athenaeum Theatre, Main Stage at 2936 N. Southport Ave on April 8 and 9.  Tickets are $15-$35

Chicago Latino Film Festival

The Chicago Latino Film Festival, celebratingits 32nd year, kicks off today featuring 115 films from Latin America, Spain,  Portugal, the U.S. and more. Opening night features a screening of the Mexican film “Ilusiones S.A.” followed by a reception. The fest takes place at AMC River East 21 at 322 E. Illinois. Tickets are $23 individual or $110 for a 12 film pass.

White Sox Home Opener

Baseball season is back and this may just be the year for both home town teams. The Chicago White Sox open the season today as the Sox play Cleveland at their home-opener at 3:10 pm. (Fans are advised to be in their seats by 2:15 pm. for the opening ceremony). Today’s home opener is sold out except for a limited number of tickets in Standing Room Only sections. But there’s lots of tickets still available for the first home run of the 2016 season.

Today’s game features the National Anthem by John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls; Presentation of the flag by the Navy Recruiting District Chicago and the Naval Service Training Command Great Lakes; a Flyover by U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets and F/A-18C Hornets from Virginia Beach, Virginia plus the Ceremonial first pitch by Chance the Rapper. Tickets for the remaining games in the series against Cleveland are available at whitesox.com, the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations.

Cubs Home OpenerCubsbleachersLeft Field Porch

Following a six-game road trip the Chicago Cubs open their home season at Wrigley Field Monday, April 11, at 7:05 p.m. vs. the Cincinnati Reds. Although tickets are sold out for opening day…tickets are still available for the rest of the home run that continues vs. the Reds until April 14, followed by the Colorado Rockies April 15-17. This season celebrates a century of the Cubs playing at Wrigley Field (which originally hosted the Federal League’s Chi-Feds and Whales from 1914-15). Again this year, bleacher fans can get their Hot Doug’s fix from a rotating menu of encased meat creations named after former Cubs players.

Craft Beers and morebeerfestrivernorth

Sample 50 beers at River North Beer Fest April 9 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Moe’s Cantina & Old Crow Smokehouse. Click here for tickets and information.Handmade Market…drink, shop and grab a bite

Handmade Market…eat, drink, grab a bite

Find funky jewelry, vintage clothing, crafts, one-of-a-kind pieces at Handmade Market at Empty Bottle from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Guests can grab a drink, shop and then head next door to Bite Cafe for a bite. 1035 N. Western. Free.  Also the Vintage Garage Chicago season kicks off in uptown on April 17…more to come.


What do Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, and countless other alt-rock heavyweights have in common? Find out this and more at the eighth annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) coming to Chicago neighborhoods April 13-17. Twenty different venues will host music and film events in neighborhoods including Logan Square, Wicker Park, Hyde Park, Lakeview, and Pilsen. The fest features 150 films, over 130 bands live in concert, multiple events. For tickets, information and line-up visit the CIMMfest website.

Neighborhoods of the World

This Sunday, April 10, Neighborhoods of the World showcases Poland. This FREE family friendly event features a trip to Poland without leaving town. Visitors can immerse themselves in the rich Polish culture through live music, authentic cuisine, dance performances and art. Noon to 4 pm. in Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.

Butt Run

Run backwards at the Reverse Run for a good cause This ass backwards non-competitive 1-mile run brings awareness to colon cancer detection and symptoms. It benefits Meredith’s Miracles Colon Cancer Foundation (www. merediths-miracles.org). The run steps off at 10 a.m. April 24 at the park space known as Cricket Hill, 660 W. Montrose (between Montrose and Wilson, on the east side of Lake Shore Drive). Participants can advance register at Reverse Run or on race day for $10. Registration includes a Reverse Run t-shirt.

NFL Draft returns

For the second year in a row the NFL Draft will be coming to Chicago. The draft will once again feature a three-day fan festival in Grant Park that will be even bigger than last year’s popular event. Put this on your calendar…from April 28 through April 30. More to come.

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