Chicago Beer Festival

It's springtime in Chicago, you can tell by our new website background. If you're into sunshine, seasonal layering and the start of baseball season, Chicago's the best city in the world to celebrate the beginning of April. This weekend we have a pre-Broadway show to see, some regional IPA's to drink and a few designer gowns to buy. Kick it with us this weekend. It'll be fun.

Big Fish at the Oriental Theatre (4/2 - 5/5)

I saw Big Fish (the film) in high school. I recall dubiously pretending to tear up at the movie's end for the sole purpose of showing a then-girlfriend my sensitive side. That kind of calculated immaturity really resonates with me. Well I'm all grown up now, so I'll be crying for real this time. This emotionally gripping, pre-Broadway show is directed and choreographed by 5-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. With an abbreviated Chicago run and intense national hype, tickets for Big Fish will go quickly. For a guide to Broadway in Chicago's entire spring season, click here.

Erykah Badu at the House of Blues (3/29)

With Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott borrowing a page out of the Gary Busey Guide to Elongating Your Career, Erykah Badu's had a three year stronghold on the neo-soul genre. Her compositions are frictionless. Her voice is comforting. If you've ever wondered what it feels like to take a bubble bath in a hookah bar, check out the Soulquarian herself at the House of Blues.

Chicago Beer Festival (3/30)

150 kinds of beer from more than 60 breweries will be available for the swigging in Chicago's striking Union Station. With vendors from all over the world, plastic steins and the highest quality ales, it won't be the first (or last) time I drink beer in a train station, but it will be by far my most sophisticated experience. If you can't make the show, take your own tour of Chicago's best breweries (here's our helpful guide).

Easter Brunch (3/31)

For a uniquely Chicago take on Easter brunch, some of the city's most iconic attractions are going all out. The Skydeck, which is on the 99th floor of Willis Tower, is pairing a breakfast buffet with the Easter Bunny from 8AM-11AM. The Spirit of Chicago is celebrating the holiday with a special cruise that includes brunch and dinner sessions, live entertainment and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. The Mystic Blue Chicago is also taking a special Easter cruise with kid-friendly dining, goodie bags and an appearance by (drum roll...) the Easter Bunny. That rabbit is going to be very busy this Sunday. For a guide to Easter festivities in Chicago dining, click here.

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair (Through January, 5 2013)

You don't need an Oscar de la Renta off shoulder blouse to admire the steez (style + ease) of Europe's premier designers. The Chicago History Museum's Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair displays more than 60 garments from the likes of Yves St. Laurent, Pierre Cardin and Emanuel Ungaro. For a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition, click here.

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