Happy weekend, Chicago - and a warm one at that! We're talking (dare we say) 70 degrees this weekend, and all of Chicago couldn't be more ready to kick off those winter boots and get to dancing. And shopping. And Easter Egg hunting. And all of the things that are about to make this Chicago weekend so wonderful.
As you know, devout Weekend Alert readers, this month is the second annual Chicago Dance Month, a month-long celebration of including performances, classes and more. This weekend, you'll find a full agenda of dance: this evening, the Ensemble Espanol Dance Theatre Youth Company invites you to an open rehearsal at Northeastern Illinois University. This Saturday, Hyde Park School of Dance also invites you to an open rehearsal at the First Unitarian Church. You can get in on the action with a live showcase and class from the American Rhythm Center with the Class Sampler & Tap Jam tomorrow night at the American Rhythm Center at 6pm. Get dancin', Chicago!
Back this year just in time to celebrate springtime in Chicago, the Antiques & Garden Fair takes places this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden just outside the city in Glencoe, IL. Running Friday through Sunday from 10am-5pm each day, the fair is a stunning display of treasures in every price range: from classical or contemporary furnishings to botanical jewelry or art, over 100 dealers from Europe and the United States have something for everyone here. Tickets are $25 if purchased at the door, but buy them today for just $15!
Brookfield Zoo is getting in the mood for spring this weekend by kicking off its annual Breakfast with the Bunny, an all-you-can-eat-buffet for the whole family. Held in the zoo's Discovery Center with live music from the Banjo Buddies, the breakfast will be hosted by costumed characters Mr. and Mrs. Bunny themselves. Make your way out to the Brookfield Zoo for this family-fun spring celebration this weekend and next!
Looking for more Easter and springtime good times? This weekend, sports mecca Soldier Field will not be playing home to our beloved Chicago Bears: think smaller players on the field. Soldier Field's 11th annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza is the largest candy grab in the city of Chicago, and invites families with kids of all ages to enjoy a massive Easter egg hunt on the field, along with face painting, balloon artists, optional Easter Bunny brunch and more.
Celebrate the the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's "The Tramp" this weekend at Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre. To think that a century ago, a man who changed the face of comedy and silent films was simply a funny looking and strange man wearing a bowler hat and a cane! Enjoy this program of early shots from KID AUTO RACES put together along with a restoration of 1917's THE IMMIGRANT, a film selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1998. Step back in time and enjoy the films "authentically" as they were shown back in the day in 35mm at proper silent film speed and aspect radion with live accompaniment.