Ready to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer this weekend? You're in the right place. Check out our list of some of the top events taking place in Chicago, including the NCAA Frozen Four hitting the United Center for the first time ever, and the world's largest touring production making its Midwest debut at Soldier Field. And on Monday? The 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs are back in the city for their home opener, and they're opening the new Park at Wrigley too. Create your Chicago weekend itinerary with these top picks!
Odysseo by Cavalia
Through April 23 // $34.50-$144.50
Head to Soldier Field this weekend to check out the newly-opened show Odysseo, the latest big top theatrical adventure by Montreal entertainment company, Cavalia. Odysseo is known as the world's largest touring production and combines equestrian arts, stage performances and high-tech theatrical effects. Special pricing & packages available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).
Chicago Coin Expo
April 5-8 // FREE
More than 1,000 coin and currency enthusiasts, collectors, history buffs and curious visitors of all ages are expected to attend the free expo to view, learn and purchase items from more than 75 dealers participating in the event located at the Chicago Cultural Center. The show brings together coin experts from around the world and will feature auctions, lectures and two rooms of numismatic dealers. The show is free and open to the general public with a suggested donation to the History in Your Hands Foundation.
2017 Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship
April 6-8 // Admission Tickets Start at $175; Fan Fest FREE
The NCAA® Men's Frozen Four® is coming to Chicago for the first time ever this spring, with the top four teams in college hockey competing for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey National Championship. All four teams will compete in the semifinals Thursday, April 6 with winners advancing to the championship on Saturday, April 8.
Liz Gerring Dance Company
April 6-8 // Start at $24
In her company's first Chicago appearance, Liz Gerring's Horizon features seven dancers performing multiple phrases simultaneously in an evening-length work described as "exuberantly athletic" in The New York Times. See them take the stage at The Dance Center at Columbia College.
April is Chicago Dance Month, and there's a full lineup of shows on the calendar. See our Chicago Dance Month highlights.
Chicago Art & Design Show
April 8-9 // FREE
The Chicago Art & Design Show at Navy Pier features original art of all mediums including glass, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, sculpture, wearable art, and photography, as well as extraordinary work from local furniture designers, graphic designers, interior designers, photographers and much more.
Midwest Rum Festival
April 8 // $70 (Get 50% off with this exclusive link)
Taste the best Rums from around the world on April 8th at Chicago's Logan Square Auditorium. Enjoy over 50 samples of unique Rums, a complimentary snifter glass, cocktails, access to grand tasting room vendors and Master Classes with expert seminars about rum.
CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights
April 8 // $7-$35
Join CHIRP Radio at Plumbers Hall to dig through thousands of crates of vinyl records, as well as DVDs, CDs, posters, and more. The fair will be expanding into Plumbers' Lower Hall to bring you EVEN MORE Delights! Chicago's own Vintage Garage will hold a special-edition vintage fair in the lower level (expect to find a fantastic sock-hop suit or frock to go with those 45s you found upstairs!), and there will be live music.
Opening Day at the Park at Wrigley
April 10 // FREE
Celebrate the opening of the Park at Wrigley, the brand-new plaza outside the Chicago Cubs stadium that will be a fan-focused town square filled with fun all year round. An official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place in the morning followed by entertainment and pre-game festivities as everyone gathers for the start of the 2017 Chicago Cubs home opener later that night. Add a stop to the new team retail store also making its debut. The 8,400-square-foot flagship Cubs Store is packed with two floors of fan apparel, gear and collectors items.
Saints and Heroes at Art Institute of Chicago
Open Now // Included with General Museum Admission
Travel back in time and come face to face with armored figures ready for battle. The new Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor have opened — after years of meticulous conservation and a complete gallery renovation. The display presents nearly 700 objects from the museum's rich holdings of art from 1200 to 1600: monumental altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and the beloved arms and armor collection.
For more exhibitions open now and coming soon, get the guide to Chicago's 2017 blockbuster exhibits.
More weekend ideas? It's boat season so take a tour by water! Find the top free things to do in April, or see a show—at half price. And plan even further ahead with our Ultimate Guide to Chicago Festivals, which breaks down the biggest events of 2017 by month, or by getting the new spring/summer Chicago Official Visitors Guide.