At last, Chicago springtime is here just in time for a lovely holiday weekend. Celebrating Easter this weekend? Leave the ham at home and enjoy Easter brunch at some very special spots around Chicago. Looking to get down, get down, get down tonight? Funk Fest is rolling into town this weekend just in time. Still looking for things to do this weekend? We've got you covered.
Special Easter Brunches Around Chicago (4/20)
In Chicago, Sunday means brunch. And this Sunday, Chicago takes brunch to a whole new level with Easter Sunday. Bring the entire family to all of these celebratory and festive morning meals!
- The Easter Egg Brunch at the Chicago Botanic Garden is a day of fun activities and a buffet breakfast that everyone will enjoy. Bring your Easter basket and hop over to the Rose Garden lawn after brunch for the Easter Egg Dash, and even get the chance to pot your own spring plant in Burnstein Hall.
Take to the water this Easter Sunday and enjoy an Easter Brunch cruise with Spirit Chicago or with Odyssey Chicago, both docking from Navy Pier.
- Raise a glass and enjoy a lovely Easter meal at the Easter Champagne Brunch at the Brookfield Zoo, and you may even get a glimpse of Mr. and Mrs. Bunny!
It's time to take it down... that's right, to Funky Town. As the home to some of the funkiest Funk bands in our country's history, its only appropriate that Chicago play host to Funk Fest. Hitting up Subterranean this weekend, this is one party you won't want to miss tomorrow and Saturday night. Learn more about who you'll be seeing at Funk Fest from our music blogging expert Katie Karpowicz in last week's post.
Renowned soul and gospel singer (and this year's Chicago Blues Festival headliner!) Mavis Staples is coming to Symphony Center this weekend, her first appearance in Chicago since her critically-acclaimed 2011 Grammy® Award-winning album You Are Not Alone. Regina Carter will open for Staples with Southern Comfort, her interpretation of the transition from African music to the music of southern states.
Don't act like you don't already have the Music Box's Grease Sing-a-long on your calendar. In case you don't (or in case you need a reminder), this sing-along is back by popular demand again this yea, with a pre-show costume parade and screening of the beloved Grease. Dig out that poodle skirt or biker jacket and get ready for some good ole T-Birds and Pink Ladies sing-along!
Kicking off this weekend, the Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) is not your average film festival - in fact, it's the first of its kind. The CPFF is an indepdent, not-for-profit, nonsectarian celebration of Palestinian director and films and invites an open dialogue on the films and the culture, experience and vision of each filmmakers. As CPFF puts it, "it's sharing ideas and emotions and lives. It's storytime."