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Weekend Alert April 21-23: LOTS of Food (Chicago-Style Tour + JB Eats Week + Even Icelandic Cuisine!), and Pop Culture Overload with a Comic Convention, Film/Music Fest & Record Store Day

c2e2

Anyone else ready to suit up for C2E2, overload on a showcase of international movies and music, go on a "Chicago-style" food tour and celebrate Record Store Day with cook-outs, meet & greets and more? Chicago sounds like the place to be this weekend, am I right? You won't be disappointed with this list of epic Chicago events and festivals happening all weekend long. It's time to make weekend plans — here!


Travel All Over Latin America during Chicago Latino Film Festival: Playing Today through May 4

2017 Chicago Latino Film Festival

You might be in Chicago but the 33rd Chicago Latino Film Festival will transport you all over Latin America with an exciting line-up of 70 feature films and 40 shorts from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. The 15-day movie fest features presentations now through May 4 at AMC River East 21 Theatres. 

8 Fantastic Events That Promise an Up-Close, Personal & Tasty Look into the Culinary Stars of the James Beard Awards in Chicago

James Beard Awards Chicago Events: Three Dots and a Dash Tiki Takeover

On Monday, May 1, Chicago will be hosting the 2017 James Beard Awards at the iconic Lyric Opera House. A whopping ten Chicago restaurants will be among the nominees for what many consider the Oscars of the culinary world. While you can always buy tickets and attend the James Beard Awards and Gala, here are eight fantastic awards week events, all open to the public, that promise an up-close, personal and tasty look into the culinary stars of the James Beard Awards in


Weekend Alert April 14-16: Exhibitionism-The Rolling Stones Grand Opening, Easter Cruises + Sweets, NEW Spring Tours

Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

Ready to make the most of your weekend visit to Chicago? Well we've got some great weekend events and tours that you can't miss. From guided walking or bike tours (with a discount) to the grand opening of Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones at Navy Pier, to cruising with the Easter bunny, there's something for everyone to enjoy. It's time to make weekend plans!


An Equestrian Wonderland at the Odysseo Big Top Show at Soldier Field

Odysseo by Cavalia

Big top tents usually present shows with the expected formula of animal tricks, high-wire acts and prancing and plumed dancers. Well, Cavalia's new multidimensional extravaganza Odysseo kicks all of that tired spectacle right to the curb. A showcase of graceful horses, live music, acrobats, dancers and aerialists, this show lives up to the claim "the best show ever."


10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter in Chicago with the Entire Family

Odyssey Cruise at Navy Pier

Get your baskets ready and don your bonnet! The Easter Bunny is hopping on down to Chicago just in time for Easter Sunday (April 16, 2017) and there's a festive event for every family. From dining with the Bunny in an elegant ballroom in a mansion to setting off on a wild egg hunt together with knights in shining armor, here are ten, family-friendly Easter adventures in Chicago.


Weekend Alert April 7-9: Shop for Art, Vinyl, Vintage Coins + Frozen Four Hockey + A Big Top Show Featuring 65 Horses and 48 Acrobats

Odysseo by Cavalia

Ready to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer this weekend? You're in the right place. Check out our list of some of the top events taking place in Chicago, including the NCAA Frozen Four hitting the United Center for the first time ever, and the world's largest touring production making its Midwest debut at Soldier Field. And on Monday? The 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs are back in the city for their home opener, and they're opening the new Park at Wrigley too. Create your Chicago


Spotlight On 2 Great Events for the 150th Anniversary Celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright

Robie House

If you’ve been to Chicago, you know that Frank Lloyd Wright, master architect, spent the first 20 years of his career working on some of his most notable buildings while living in nearby suburban Oak Park, Illinois. His work remains a powerful expression of a new American mode of architectural expression and visitors come to Chicago from all over the world to experience his vision firsthand.


12 Free Things to Do in Chicago Today & All Through April

The Whistler

Spring is here in Chicago and things are warming up in the Windy City. Warmer temperatures means that there's even more to do in the city, as markets open their doors and song and dance fill the air (no, really!). Most of the options in our list are free things to do in Chicago this month, with a few that will run you less than $10.

Here are 12 free things to do in April that shouldn't be missed.


Kick Off Chicago Dance Month this April!

Joffrey Ballet

Go crazy! Whether you're a dancing fool or a fool for dance, April is Chicago Dance Month, so kick up your heels and head out for a month that showers the city with the breadth, diversity and artistic richness of the Chicago dance community.


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