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!
Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
Join the ninth annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) to enjoy a showcase that celebrates the inseparable connection between music and movies. While the multi-venue festival continues to be centered along the 1.5-mile stretch of Milwaukee Avenue from Wicker Park Bucktown to Logan Square, this year the CIMMfest footprint expands throughout Chicago's most arts-friendly neighborhoods, from Hyde Park to Lincoln Square. CIMMfest has also added two film categories in competition, including Best Soundtrack and Best Original Score, further showcasing the connection of music in film.
A Cross Cultural, All Senses Taste of Iceland
Celebrate various aspects of Icelandic culture in Chicago this weekend and enjoy the opportunity to experience authentic Icelandic cuisine at Baptiste & Bottle, learn how to craft quintessential Icelandic cocktails at Upstairs at The Gwen, Icelandic music at the Reykjavik Calling concert at Chop Shop / 1st Ward, view and discuss Icelandic film at Logan Theatre and more during this four day festival. Bonus: many of these events are FREE.
New "Best In Chow" Tour
See the calendar for dates // $35-$55
Experience 6 iconic dishes (Portillo's Chicago-Style Hot Dog, Chocolate Brownie With Glaze, Al's Italian Beef Sandwich, Contemporary Churros, Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza and Garrett's Popcorn Mix) from famous Chicago restaurants and learn the meaning of "Chicago-style". Easily navigate the busy River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, as you discover the diverse history, architecture and culture of downtown Chicago.
Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
April 21-23 // $10-$70
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is a comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. C2E2 gives Fans a chance to interact with their favorite Creators and Celebrities and delivers a weekend of pop culture and fandom in downtown Chicago.
James Beard Eats Week
April 21-May 1
James Beard Eats Week is a weeklong culinary celebration inspired by James Beard, known as the "Dean of American Cookery." More than 130 restaurants will offer an inspired menu or dish for 11 days in honor of the culinary legend. ICYMI, James Beard Eats Week is a prelude to the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards Gala to be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago — and the whole city is celebrating with fun foodie focused events.
Record Store Day
Now in its 10th year, Record Store Day is for the people who make up the world of the record store including the staff, the customers, and the artists to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store. In Chicago fans line up for special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products made exclusively for this day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on.
Special Edition Treats from Stan's Donuts for Exhibitionism-The Rolling Stones
Available Now through April 30 // $4.39
Stan's Donuts & Coffee is offering its special edition Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones Donut to celebrate The Rolling Stones first ever major exhibit, which is now in Chicago after making its US premiere in New York City. The donut is a yeast-raised Bismark with a raspberry jam filling and coated in a vanilla glaze topped with a hand-airbrushed sugary rendition of John Pasche's famous Rolling Stones "Hot Lips" logo. As each donut is a handcrafted work of edible art, availability will be limited, so Stan's will limit sales to one donut per customer.
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