There's absolutely nothing going on this weekend in Chicago... April Fools! Did you really believe that? We're welcoming April this weekend with some fun, sweet and savory events you can't miss. There's a two-day bacon fest; a crazy colorful cake shake that's basically an Easter treat for adults; and a nightly sky series at 360 Chicago that has something for everyone: craft beer, yoga and more. It's time to make your weekend plans — here's our top picks.
Auditorium Theatre presents Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra & Bernadette Peters
March 31 // $35-$146 (All sales are final)
Three-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters makes her Auditorium Theatre debut, and her first Chicago appearance in over 10 years, when she joins the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a mixed program that features a tribute to George Gershwin and a medley of Broadway hits and classics. The second half of the program will feature Peters singing a variety of Broadway hits and American classics.
March 31-April 1 // Starts at $60
Baconfest is a fun-filled, walk-around tasting event featuring the most creative bacon dishes from the best chefs in Chicago. The best mixologists and brewers quench thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. Luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacontrepreneurs display, sample, and sell a multitude of local craft bacons and bacon-related products.
Romeo and Juliet at Loyola University Chicago
March 30-April 9 // $6-$20
Head to the Newhart Family Theatre at Loyola University to see this timeless story of true love caught in the tension of violent social conflict continues to remain brutally relevant today. With a fresh look at the romance and its original context, this production will breathe new life into this legendary classic.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company Premieres "Linda Vista"
March 30-May 21
Catch the latest work by ensemble member Tracy Letts, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright of August: Osage County. In this world premiere, meet Wheeler — middle-aged, misanthropic, underemployed — as he moves from his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment, opening complicated and hilarious new possibilities for love and sex.
Public House is hitting its customers with a new cake shake flavor set to be on the menu this Saturday, and "this is no April Fool's joke". The new Funny Bunny Cake Shake flavor is made up of Ciderboys Strawberry Magic beer mixed with strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries and peeps. The seasonal cake shake is also topped with a piece of cake, and this season, the Funny Bunny will feature a lemon buttercream frosting slice. In addition, each Funny Bunny is topped with cotton candy, pastel m&m's and peanut butter cups. Go fulfill that sweet tooth!
360 Chicago Sky Series Kicks Off
Begins April 1
Get ready for a new way to experience 360 Chicago during the 360 Sky Series. The series includes weekly Saturday through Thursday programming such as yoga, art in the sky, Chicago Architecutre Foundation tours, craft beer specials, a DJ as well as magicians and storytelling for the little ones.
Opening Weekend! Chicago Dance Month
Celebrate our city's dance scene during the fifth annual Chicago Dance Month! Highlighting Chicago's vibrant dance scene, Chicago Dance Month features a full schedule of discounted or free events, classes, and performances all over Chicago. Save the date for the Opening Celebration, a FREE event at Navy Pier on Monday, April 3 (6-7:15 pm). The Aon Grand Ballroom will set the stage for a program that celebrates diverse dance styles, including jazz, hip hop, musical theatre and more with performance excerpts by Giordano Dance Chicago's Giordano II, Natya Dance Theater, and Culture Shock Chicago.
The Chicago Cocktail Summit
April 2-3 // $15 Single session | $50 per day
Get ready to soak up knowledge on a variety of topics including in-depth classic cocktail history and tips on running a successful beverage program at the 2-day Cocktail Summit. Along with the showcase, join in for the bonus programming: a FREE admission cocktail kickoff party, a 4-course dinner and drink pairing at Longman & Eagle, a themed drink night with a screening of The Big Lebowski at The Logan Theatre and more after hours events at locations such as The Whistler and Nellcote.
Continue the St. Patrick's Day celebration and kick off the running season in Chicago at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K. The 8K (4.97-mile) run is a Chicago tradition with a course that weaves its way through downtown Chicago, starting and finishing in Grant Park.
For more weekend ideas, see one of the blockbuster museum exhibits open now or get going with a ready Chicago itinerary. Plan ahead with our Ultimate Guide to Chicago Festivals, which breaks down the biggest events of 2017 by month.