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.


1.  Macy's Flower Show


Macy's Flower Show

Celebrate beautiful spring blooms in the city at the annual Macy's Flower Show. The theme for this year is "Carnival." This is an activity for the whole family to enjoy. Don't forget to bring your camera! Runs through April 9.

Macy's Flower Show  |  111 N. State Street  |  312-781-1000 



2.  Chicago Dance Month Kickoff at Navy Pier


The opening for Chicago Dance Month takes place on April 3 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Navy Pier (Aon Grand Ballroom). The event is free, but reservations are requested. There will be free performances by notable Chicago dance groups, as well as a Q+A with Hamilton dance captains. 

Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier  |   600 E. Grand Avenue  |  1-800-595-7437 



3. CHIRP Record Fair + Vintage Garage Team Up


Pick through piles of new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, posters, and music-related accessories at the 15th annual CHIRP (Chicago Independent Radio Project) Record Fair. Check out the special pop-up edition of Vintage Garage as 25 vendors with all kinds of clothing, art, jewelry, furniture and decor will take over the first floor of Plumber's Hall while CHIRP brings their best vinyl to take over the 2nd floor! Food, drinks and music will round things out.General admission is $7.

CHIRP Record Fair | 1340 W. Washington Boulevard 



4.  Vintage Garage Chicago Flea Market


This month, go check out some of the best vintage and thrift that Chicago has to offer. Vintage Garage is a flea market that happens once a month during the spring to fall season, literally in a parking garage! April 23 is the 2017 season’s first market. Have things to sell? You can do that too! Admission is $5.

Vintage Garage  |  5051 N. Broadway Avenue  |  312-505-6373



5.  Randolph Street Market

APRIL 29-30 

Randolph Street Market is an antique and vintage shopping extravaganza. Whether you’re looking for a unique piece for your home, or some inexpensive fashion jewelry, this place has it all. Tickets start at just $8, and they often run special promos that make them even more affordable. Bring the entire family to enjoy local eats and live music on April 29 and 30.

Randolph Street Market  |  1340 W. Washington Boulevard  |  312-666-1200





6.  Greek Independence Day Parade


Greektown is one of Chicago’s favorite ethnic neighborhoods. On April 30, head to Halsted Street to join in the celebration of the 197th Greek Independence Day. There’s no charge to watch the parade, and delicious food is affordable.

Greek Independence Day Parade  |  2:30 p.m. on April 30  |  Halsted Street at Randolph Street



7.  Emporium Arcade Bar


Emporium Arcade Bar

Emporium Arcade Bar has two locations, one in Wicker Park and one in Logan Square. Both locations have live music a few days a week during April and admission is almost always free. Check the schedule here. Enjoy a beer and a few arcade games without dropping a lot of cash.


Emporium Arcade Bar Wicker Park  |  1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue  |  773-697-7922


Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square  |   2363 N. Milwaukee Avenue  |  773-360-8774



8.  Soul Summit Dance Party


Soul Summit is a monthly Chicago club that hosts awesome soul-music dance parties. The next free dance party is April 15 at Logan Square Auditorium featuring DJs Sloppy White, Dave Mata, and Duke Grip.

Logan Square Auditorium  |  2539 N. Kedzie Boulevard  |  773-252-6179 



9.  Music at Door No. 3

Door No. 3

Located in Wicker Park, this speakeasy-style bar is underneath Double Door. They have lots of live music events in April, including The Legal Immigrants on April 27. Tickets are just $10 bucks. Check out more upcoming events here.

Door No. 3  |  1551 N. Damen Avenue  |  773-489-3160





10.  Music at The Whistler


Head to Logan Square for cocktails and tunes inside The Whistler. Admission is always free. Live music dance parties in April include The Chicago Jamaican Jazz Ensemble and Fresh Roasted: Live Beat-Making and Battle. Be sure to arrive early as this place gets pretty packed.

The Whistler  |  2421 N. Milwaukee Avenue  |  773-227-3530



11.  Concerts at Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music offers concerts, in addition to classes. April performances include Adrian Belew Power Trio, Playdate: Carnaval, and tons more. Ticket prices vary. Enjoy a free show on World Music Wednesday, April 12, at 8:30 p.m. featuring Gullibanque (reserve tickets online).

Old Town School of Folk Music  |   4544 N. Lincoln Avenue  |  773-728-6000



12.  Logan Theatre Open Mic Night




Enjoy a night of impromptu comedy acts at Logan Theatre’s Open Mic Night every Monday at 8:30 p.m. Get there at 8 p.m. to sign up if you want to participate. Admission is free.

Logan Theatre |  2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue  |  773-342-5555 


Which of these free things to do in April will you add to your calendar? Also check out these always free Chicago attractions or browse the list of free museum days.