Want to know what’s happening this weekend in Chicago? Look no further. As Chicago continues to safely reopen, there’s a whole calendar of exciting events, exhibits, and activities taking place all over the city. This weekend, you can step inside a cutting-edge art exhibits, soak up the sun at a spring flower show, enjoy world-renowned opera at home, and so much more.

Check out just a few of the top things to do this weekend in Chicago, April 16 – 18.

Chicago Fire home opener
April 17
Chicago Fire home opener

Tickets are now on sale for Chicago Fire FC’s home opener on April 17 against the New England Revolution (7:30 PM CT). To ensure the health and safety of fans, pre-determined and socially-distanced seating pods in groups of one, two, four or six seats are available for purchase. CFFC can’t wait to see you on the lakefront!

Saturday April 17, 2021

Soldier Field

Art on theMART
April 16 - 18
Art on theMART

Join us on the Chicago Riverwalk nightly at 8:30 & 9:00 p.m. to view the Spring 2021 Projection Program. Artwork includes the Adler Planetarium's Astrographics and a…

Saturday April 17, 2021 — Sunday July 4, 2021
theMART
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Asian Pop-up Cinema at the Drive-in
April 16-18
Asian Pop-up Cinema at the Drive-in

This signature semi-annual film festival, Asian Pop-Up Cinema is bringing specially selected films (presented in their original languages with English subtitles) to the Lincoln Yards Drive-In. Chosen films often depict the stories of everyday people which offer a view to the myriad emotions, challenges, hardships, excitement and successes all people experience in life. In short, we bridge east and west cultures through film.

Thursday April 15, 2021 Sunday May 2, 2021

Lincoln Yards Drive-In located at 1684 N. Throop Street, 60614

“Quantum Mirror” Immersive Installation at Artspace 8
April 16-18
“Quantum Mirror” Immersive Installation at Artspace 8

“Quantum Mirror,” by emerging new media artist Adrian Stein, takes the viewer through a journey of self-awareness, exploring how different states of consciousness can create…

Sunday April 18, 2021 — Tuesday April 20, 2021
Artspace 8
900 N Michigan Avenue
Spring Flower Show: Saturation
April 16-18
Spring Flower Show: Saturation

The Garfield Park Conservatory’s 2021 Spring Flower Show “Saturation” will be on display Saturday, February 27 through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9. This year’s show…

Garfield Park

Event details
Sunday April 18, 2021 — Sunday May 9, 2021
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago Latino Film Festival
April 16-18
Chicago Latino Film Festival

The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) is produced every April by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino culture among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms. The Chicago Latino Film Festival began in 1985 with 14 films projected onto a concrete wall for 500 viewers, and has now grown into the ILCC, which was originally founded as Chicago Latino Cinema.

Thursday April 8, 2021 Sunday April 18, 2021

Virtual

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
April 16-18
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes celebrates Marvel history with more than 300 artifacts including original comic book pages, sculptures, interactive displays and costumes and props…

Sunday April 18, 2021 — Sunday October 24, 2021
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
Poetic Strings
April 16-18
Poetic Strings

– Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) continues its popular IPO Reimagined virtual season with its spring concert Poetic Strings filmed in IPO’s stunning home venue, Ozinga…

Sunday April 18, 2021 — Friday April 23, 2021
The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
377 Artists Walk
Virtual Shark Feeding Tour
April 16-18
Virtual Shark Feeding Tour

It’s time to meet the sharks—virtually!   Experience a live virtual tour with the sharks that call Shedd home from the comfort of your home during this new,…

Sunday April 18, 2021 — Sunday May 30, 2021
Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
The FRIENDS Experience: The One in Chicago
April 16-18
The FRIENDS Experience: The One in Chicago

After going “on a break” to comply with COVID-19 city mandates, The FRIENDS Experience: The One in Chicago is back! The experience offers fans of…

Sunday April 18, 2021 — Friday May 28, 2021
The Shops at North Bridge
540 N Michigan Ave
Cuts and Beats: Cecil McDonald, Jr.
April 16-18
Cuts and Beats: Cecil McDonald, Jr.

Hyde Park Art Center, the renowned non-profit hub for contemporary art located on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, plans to safely reopen its doors to the…

Sunday April 18, 2021 — Saturday June 12, 2021
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Ave
Bisa Butler: Portraits
April 16-18
Bisa Butler: Portraits

Over twenty of Bisa Butler’s large-scale portrait quilts come together in the first museum exhibition devoted to her bold and celebratory works. Quilts have long…

Sunday April 18, 2021 — Monday April 19, 2021
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour
April 16-18
Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour

Discover Chicago's world-famous architecture and dramatic history on Shoreline Sightseeing's Architecture River Tour, named as TripAdvisor's #1 Travel experience in the United states for 2020.…

Sunday April 18, 2021 — Tuesday November 30, 2021
Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier 66 North Streeter Drive
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts | Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra String Quartet
April 16-18
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts | Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra String Quartet

ILLINOIS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA STRING QUARTET Azusa Tashiro, violin 1 Elizabeth Huffman, violin 2 Amanda Grimm, viola Jacob Hanegan, cello   Program Anton Webern - Langsamer…

Wednesday April 21, 2021
International Music Foundation
11 E. Adams St., Suite 350-B

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