- Cool things to do this month April 2022 or add to your social calendar in Chicago
If you’ve lived in Chicago for quite some time now, or maybe you’re new to the city, one thing is certain, the calendar might say April is technically Spring but it won’t feel like it most days this month. We are probably still going to be in the thick of Chicago winter by the time you are reading this and you are getting anxious for warm weather…its coming…soon? we hope? To take your mind off the temps being probably under 40°, we’ve curated some cool things to do this month around Chicago. Its an exciting time, kinda feels almost pre-pandemic with the amount of things going on and happening with little COVID restrictions. If you still don’t feel safe being outsiiiiiiide, some of these events have virtual components that you can also take part in. Whatever event(s) you attend, please do so safely, responsibly, introduce yourself to someone new if you go solo and have fun.
WHAT :: EXPO Chicago 2022
WHERE :: Navy Pier Festival Hall and surrounding areas in Chicago
WHEN :: April 7-10
WHY:: The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art will host more than 140 leading international exhibitors at EXPO CHICAGO 2022 presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. The exposition draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while engaging the region’s contemporary art community and collector base. The 2022 edition of EXPO CHICAGO will present various programs and events throughout Chicago during EXPO ART WEEK.
COST :: Single Day Admission $30 | Single Day Admission + Guided Tour $50 | Three Day Admission $45 Click here for more info
WHAT :: Fran Lebowitz @ Auditorium Theatre
WHERE :: Auditorium Theatre | 50 E Ida B Wells Drive 60605
WHEN :: Friday April 15 at 7:30PM
WHY:: Get ready for a night of no holds barred conversation with the queen of “tell it like it is!” In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. The New York Times Book Review calls Lebowitz an “important humorist in the classic tradition.” Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz will be interviewed by Greta Johnsen.
COST :: $29.75+ excluding ticketing fees Click here for more info
WHAT :: What To Send Up When It Goes Down
WHERE :: Westside at Gray Chicago (2044 West Carroll Avenue 60612) | South side at Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 South Stony Island Avenue 60649)
WHEN :: March 31, 2022-April 16 (Westside); April 21, 2022-May 1 (Southside)
WHY:: Presented by Congo Square Theatre, Aleshea Harris’ profound play What To Send Up When It Goes Down addresses the physical and spiritual deaths of Black people as a result of racialized violence. Co-directed by Congo Square Artistic Director Ericka Ratcliff and Ensemble member Daniel Bryant. The performance unfolds as a series of vignettes which employ a variety of forms including parody, song, movement, and facilitated dialogue. Breaking the fourth wall, cast members enact the script differently in each performance as members of the audience are invited not only to behold the piece as spectators, but to become part of the current that holds the story together. This piece is powerful. It is necessary. It’s going down.
COST :: $35 Click here for more info
WHAT :: Chicago Latino Film Festival
WHERE :: Landmark Century Center (2828 N. Clark St.); ChiTown Movies (2343 S. Throop St.); Instituto Cervantes (31 W. Ohio Street) and Virtual
WHEN :: April 21-May 1
WHY:: The 38th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) produced by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, will showcase films from all over Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. CLFF will open this year’s festival with Abner Benaim’s “Plaza Catedral,” Panama’s official submission to the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film exclusively at ChiTown Movies Drive-In. The Festival will once again adopt a hybrid format with in-person screenings at the Landmark Century Center, 2828 N. Clark St., several Drive-In presentations at ChiTown Movies, 2343 S. Throop St., and with virtual screenings via Eventive.
TICKET COST:: Tickets for screenings at the Drive-in (maximum 6 passengers) are: general, $55 per car; ILCC members, $44 per car. | In person General admission $14 Click here for more info
WHAT :: America’s Beauty Show 2022
WHERE :: The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont 60018
WHEN :: April 9-11
WHY:: America’s Beauty Show brings together professional cosmetologists, nail technicians, stylists and colorist from all over the world. SalonCentric and America’s Beauty Show joining forces for America’s Beauty Show 2022 is creating a one of a kind industry event that is not to be missed! ABS 2022 will also serve as the ultimate event to gain valuable inspiration that can be taken back to salons in order really hit the ground running for a successful 2022.
TICKET COST :: 1 day ticket $79; 3-Day Professional ticket $159 Click here for more info
WHAT :: JBF Greens X CEBU Chicago
WHERE :: Cebu Chicago | 2211 W North Ave, Chicago 60647
WHEN :: Tuesday, April 12
WHY:: Join JBF Greens at CEBU for an intimate three-course menu highlighting modern regional Filipino cuisine. The meal will also include wine from J Vineyards & Winery and premium sake sponsored by Japan External Trade Organization.
TICKET COST :: $85 for JBF Greens members and $95 for the public Click here for more info
WHAT :: Asian American Showcase
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WHEN :: April 1 – 13 at the Film Center
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WHAT :: Golden-Con’s Mother of a Solid Gold Dancer Disco
WHERE :: Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk
WHEN :: Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
WHY:: One of the events and official after-party taking place during the Golden-Con: Thank You For Being a Fan weekend. Break out your best golden-inspired outfit and join the Golden Gays of NYC and DJ Paul Joseph from London for the first-ever Golden-Con’s Mother of a Solid Gold Dancer Disco.
TICKET COST :: $25.49 Click here for more info
WHAT :: Eataly Chicago SpringFest
WHERE :: Eataly Chicago | 43 E. Ohio Street 60611
WHEN :: Friday, April 29
WHY:: Eataly Chicago is hosting their first all-inclusive in person experience since 2019 with SpringFest, the big finale to Vino Month! Throwing our all-access experience from 6- 11 p.m. The theme of this year’s back-and-better-than-ever Springfest? La Dolce Vita (“the sweet life” in Italian)! Join us to gain total access to Eataly, complete with unlimited food, unlimited drink, and unlimited entertainment. Our chefs are crafting a menu of authentic Italian dishes for you to enjoy (think: Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh housemade pasta dishes, artisanal salumi and formaggi, and sweet Italian desserts). To pair, our experts and partners are overflowing with regional Italian wines, Italian spirits, and beer. We’ll have a live band playing all night long. Plus, we’re inviting guests to dress up in their best retro-Italian attire (best dressed has the chance to win a special prize!). *Some seating will be available, however this is primarily a standing event.*
TICKET COST ::
$99 per person. Click here for more info
WHAT :: The Chicago Architecture Center ENERGY REVOLUTION
WHERE :: The Chicago Architecture Center | 111 E. Wacker Drive Chicago, 60601
WHEN :: April 9—October 17<
WHY:: Chicago Architecture Center’s new exhibition ENERGY REVOLUTION opening during Earth Week 2022 will be the biggest exhibition in the organization’s history to date. The exhibition will champion urban innovations to fight climate change.bENERGY REVOLUTION reveals how city residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses and city leaders can create a carbon-free city using tools and approaches created by architects and urban planners and now being tested/used around the world. Energy Revolution is developed by co-curator Doug Farr, founder of Chicago-based architecture and design firm Farr Associates, and CAC staff, including Eve Fineman, CAC Director of Exhibitions.
COST :: Free with CAC General Admission Click here for more info
WHAT :: Chicago Humanities Festival
WHERE :: Harris Theater
WHEN :: April 13
WHY:: The Chicago Humanities Festival this spring features a superstar lineup of festival headliners. Join us for a laughter-filled evening! First up: Molly Shannon (The White Lotus, The Other Two) chats with fellow SNL alum Tim Meadows (Mean Girls) about her signature brand of daring and empathetic comedy and her book Hello, Molly!: A Memoir (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm). Then, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness talks about their new essay collection Love That Story: Observations from a Gorgeously Queer Life with Greta Johnsen of WBEZ’s Nerdette podcast (8:30 pm – 9:30 pm).
TICKET COST :: Each show is $60 Book+Ticket General admission Click here for more info
WHAT :: One of a Kind Show
WHERE :: The Mart 7th Floor | 222 Merchandise Mart Chicago 60654
WHEN :: Friday April 29-Sunday May 1
WHY:: The 6th annual One of a Kind Spring Show is back. Join us at The Mart for a unique shopping event that supports the creative community and more than 300 talented artists, makers and designers. Talk directly with the makers themselves while enjoying great food and drinks, live music, hands-on workshops and more. There’s a little something for everyone.
COST :: Daily admission is $10; Children under 12 FREE Click here for more info
WHAT :: 2022 Chicago Exclusive Whiskey Tasting Festival
WHERE :: The Station Bar and Restaurant | 120 N Canal St, 60606
WHEN :: Saturday April 30 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHY:: Take your taste buds on a flavor adventure at Social Scene’s Exclusive Whiskey Tasting Festival. Sample over $2,000 in whiskey with over 20 whiskey varieties averaging $100 a bottle or more! Your chance to access only the best whiskies and learn their story with us, limited to 200 attendees.
TICKET COST :: $2 – $125 Click here for more info
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