Hey Chicago, do you enjoy shopping, food, comedy and having fun? Well first, I sure hope so, because that's pretty general and covers a lot of things. But if you want the best of all of those things, check out the events below to kickstart an epic weekend. Feel like a superhero at C2E2; laugh non-stop at Chicago Improv Festival; marvel at Joffrey Ballet's newest show; dine like a king or queen at Pastoral's Artisan Producers Festival; and shop 'til you ... you know ... at the Randolph Street Market Fest.
Get on your finest cosplay for C2E2 - the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - and see what's next in pop culture. The most creative, like-minded artists, entertainers and fans convene every year for C2E2 at McCormick Place, which covers the best in comics, movies, TV, toys, games, anime, manga and video games. See Marvel legend and Spider-man creator, Stan Lee, as well as CM Punk, Hayley Atwell, Eoin Macken, Kevin Smith, Matt Dillon and more.
CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL (THRU 4/26)
The 18th annual Chicago Improv Festival wraps up this weekend, so this is your last chance to see some of best on-the-spot comedic talents in the world take the stage! Head to famed venues such as Athenaeum Theatre, Annoyance Theater, iO and Stage 773 and experience the hilariousness of breakneck comedy. Tickets are still available - most for just $10-$20!
JOFFREY BALLET'S 'NEW WORKS' (THRU 5/3)
This new, enchanting mixed repertory show from Joffrey Ballet features four different pieces, including New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck's Chicago debut of "In Creases." Each performance is from a different choreographer, all curated by Joffrey Ballet artistic director Ashley Wheater. See these moving performances on the Cadillac Palace Theater stage through May 3 - tickets are going fast!
The 5th annual Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival (APF) at Chicago French Market, presented by The Specialty Food Association, showcases the talents of local, national and international producers of high-quality artisan foods and beverages. The quality of production of the craft food and beverage on display here is unmatched, and you'll thank us later for telling you about the deliciousness. Be sure to bring an empty stomach. Admission's free!
RANDOLPH STREET MARKET FEST (4/25-26)
This European-style market gives you three expansive floors of the city's best shopping! This monthly market in the West Loop features almost 100 select purveyors of the highest quality items at reasonable prices - you'll find everything from vintage, antique furnishings to indie designer jewelry, "fancy foods" and much more. You might need a full day here at Randolph Street Market if you've got a fat wallet and an appetite to spend.