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River North Beer Festival, Sat., April 9, noon-4 p.m., River North, $55
Details: Join fellow beer lovers in River North for the perfect Saturday.. Enjoy tasting and sampling at several breweries in the area. The beer fest is the perfect place to widen your brew platte as well as drink a few of your favorite brews! Grab your buds and cheers to beer!
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Chicago's International Movies and Music Festival, Wed., April 13 - Sun., April 17, $8-$149
Details: Love music? Or maybe your more of a movie junkie? This five day festival spread across the city is just that- music and movies. Over 150 films will be shown and a variety of concerts will be played. Savage Beliefs: The Movie will be making its world premiere Thursday. This is one festival you don't want to miss!
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9th Annual Pinot Days Chicago, Sat., April 16, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Navy Pier Lakeview Terrace, $75-$125
Details: Time to get your Pinot on! Wineries from all around will be here to give you a taste of pinot. You'll have the chance to taste over 100 pinots from the Russian River Valley to Santa Luia Highlands. The winemakers will be available to answer questions and give you background on the different ones.
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#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment, Fri., April 1 - Sun., May 29, 7:15 p.m., UP Comedy Club, $26
Details: What happens when you put "undatable" profiles on the biggest online dating site? This show will show you the hilarious outcome. After months of REAL research(real people taking to fake characters), the scientific experiment about the online search for your soulmate. This modern day show will have you laughing from start to finish, weather you hate love, love love or love to hate, you won't be able to help loving this show.
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Chicago Beer Classic, Sat., May 7, Solider Field, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m./4 p.m. - 7 p.m., $25-$75
Details: Don't miss your chance to check out the LARGEST beer festival taking place right in Solider Field! Your ticket will include samples of beers from Half Acre, Bucket List Brewing, Vice, as well as some limited time release beers! You'll also get access to the tunnel, games and activities, and some beer education. This is THE beer festival to be at!
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3rd Annual Spin to Break the Cycle, Sat., April 9, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., House of Blues, $30 registration plus $300 fundraising minimum
Details: Get ready to ride! World Sport is back to host the charity spinathon. Bring your cycle shoes and energy because this event challenges riders to get active to achieve one goal, breaking the cycle of violence in Chicago! Newbie riders can workout for one hour or if you've been in the bike before you might opt to ride for three hours! While the wheels are turning a DJ will be spinning the hottest tracks to keep your energy high for the entire workout! After your workout make sure to checkout the rejuvenation, the reception and the rewards.
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Carnivale Delirium: The Midnight Cabaret 2016, Sat., April 9, 10 p.m. -3 a.m., 2109 S. State St, $25-$40
Details: Come one, Come all to a Carnivale like never before! The show will have acts you'll have to see for your own eyes! Acts like the Swingrowers from Italy, The Squidling Brothers, and Ray Gunn will grace the stage. Fire breathing, nail beds, burlesque, and body modification rituals will leave you stunned, this is not your child's carnival.
The Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival and Wine Tasting, Sat., April 16 - Sun., April 17, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington Blvd, $35-$55
Details: What better combo is their than chocolate and wine? Learn from the variety of exhibits and get the opportunity to talk to the specialist themselves! Wine tastings will be an additional costs but all proceeds go to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Black Women's Expo, Fri., April 8 - Sun., April 10, 10 a.m. - noon & 11:30 a.m. - noon, McCormick Place
Details: Join in on the nation's leading African American exposition. The weekend will empower, enlighten and uplift, African American women and their families from seminars to panel discussions. Topics will range from health to racial equality, hair and beauty, career, business and so much more!
Children's Research Fund Junior Board Fashion Show, Thurs., 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Perillo BMW, 1035 N. Clark Street, $60-$100
Details: Enjoy an evening of fashion and fun! The Fashion Show will show off the hottest spring trends, while you enjoy cocktails and passed appetizers. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase and prizes will include A trip to Spaartanburg for driving school and a BMW for a weekend! Dr. Paul Lee is the beneficiary his research is focused on a gene linked to childhood leukemia.
Autism Speaks Fundraiser for Eyas Landing & Blue Bird Day's First Annual Expressions Gala, Sat., May 7, 6 p.m., Artspace 8, $20 Suggested Donation
Details: Help Autism in a new way! ArtSpace 8 is hosting a fundraising event that will include a can't miss silent auction! In addition art from local artist will be displayed as well as available for purchase.Throughout the night light bite, beer and wine will be served. Come support the community and raise money for Autism.
NFL Draft Town, Thurs., April 28 - Sat., April 30, times vary, Grant Park, FREE
Details: Draft Town is back! Grant Park will be transformed to the ultimate football fan land. All ages welcome bring out your inner fan! Play football games, youth clinics, merchandise from the NFL shop, autograph signings with players, theres something for everyone! Or if you can't get into the auditorium for the picks, grab a beer and head to one of the tents to view the picks live! Grab your family, grab your friends it'll be a fun filled football weekend!
Odyssey Dinner Cruise, Fri., April 1 - Sun., May 15, The Odyssey (Navy Pier), Starting at $90
Details: See Lake Michigan like never before! Sip a Champagne cocktail while taking in the gorgeous view of the Chicago skyline. Enjoy a three course meal while taking in the beauty of Lake Michigan and the surrounding city. Relax and book an evening aboard the luxurious Odyssey.
Voices of our Youth: A Call For Peace, Tues., April 26, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center, $50-$1,000
Details: Take a stand with Strides for Peace and Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence at a fundraising event showcasing artwork from students in these programs. Cocktails and light bites will be served and cocktail attire is required.
Your F!#&ed Up Relationship, Saturdays beginning April 8, 8:30 p.m., iO Chicago, $14
Details: We all make mistakes; especially when it comes to love. Saturday nights at iO we celebrate your relationship missteps and crazy exes with Your F!@$ed Up Relationship - a long form improvised show inspired by your true stories. Put your name in a bowl and you may be called upon to share a story about a F!@$ed Up Relationship from your past. Grab your gals, grab your boys and come enjoy the most salacious night of comedy in Chicago.
Carlyle, Sat., April 2 - Sun., May 1, Goodman Theater, 170 N. Dearborn, $10-$40
Details: Carlye Meyers is a black republican, and he's not alone! Meyers hired playwright Thomas Bradshaw and turned his life into a play! He's taking the stage and reenacting some important moments he's lived through. Caryle brings truth to the stage and may spark a debut but you'll have to see for yourself!
Happy Hour with Jeff Lewis, Fri., April 8, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Walter E. Smithe Furniture Lincoln Park Showroom, 200 N. Clybourn Ave, FREE
Details: Have a passion for interior design and can't get enough of Jeff Lewis taking spaces from drab to fab? Come to Walter E. Smithe in Lincoln Park to join in the celebrations of the launch of the Jeff Lewis collection. Grab a drink, check out the collection and you can even get a picture with Jeff Lewis himself! Make sure to RSVP at email@example.com! It's okay to start Flipping Out now!
Dia del Nino Health Walk and Family Festival, Sat., April 9, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., UIC Forum/NMMA
Details: Kickoff your weekend the healthy way! Grab your family and sneakers! The day will start with a 2 mile health walk from NMMA to the UIC Forum. After your walk enjoy a day of family fun health based activities, such as games, flu shots, health screenings and photos with Ronald McDonald!
Tinley Park Brew and Vine Festival, Sat., April 9, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Tinley Park Convention Center, $30-$60
Details: Weather your a beer person or swear by a glass of wine, the Brew and Vine Festival has something for everyone! The general admission ticket includes 12 tasting tickets(good for beer, wine or food), Tinley Park Brew and Vine wine or beer glass, pre paid check in, live entertainment, and FREE parking! With several beer and wine vendors this is a can't miss event!
Chicago Chocolate Crawl, Sat., April 9 - Sat., December 31, Southeast corner of Pearsons St and Tower Court, $50
Details: Calling all chocolate lovers, this crawl is all for you! Indulge in some of Chicago's finest. From fan favorites to the more secret you'll get to taste truffles, cake balls,handmade gelato, and cupcakes! Get your tastebuds ready because this is sweet!
Fund the Fight Ball, Sat., April 16, 8:30 p.m., Moonlight Studios, 1438 W. Kenzie St, $100-$850
Details: The evening will feature the most divine food from local favorites like MFK and Brix, specially crafted cocktails, music, dancing and the can't miss silent auction. All the proceeds benefit immunotherapy research at University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center. Have fun and make a difference all in one night!
Night Nation Run, Sat., April 16, Check in starts at 4:30 p.m., Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr., $80
Details: Get ready to PARTY! Love to run? Love festivals? Love to party? This is for you! This 5K party is nothing like you've done before. The course filled with lights, lasers and DJs jamming every step of the way. After you finish the course join in at the main stage for a blow out party with top EDM DJs and a celebrity performer. Proceeds of the party will go to Stand up to Cancer.
The Adventures of Reginald Sampson (and consequence of Bliss), Fri., April 22 - Fri., May 27, 10:30 p.m., IO Chicago, $14
Details: Vienna Juvenile members will act out the love story with a nice does of reality. The cast takes you through love stories where the lines between real world and imagination are blurred. We've all been there and all could use a good laugh when it comes to love.
Cochon U.S. Tour, Sun., April 24, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Loews Chicago Hotel, $130-$258
Details: Competition finds a new meaning in this must see cook off. Five chefs must prepare thirty-six dishes from whole locally raised heritage breed pigs. You will get to taste several of these dishes paired with beer, wine and spirits.
Mustang Color Run, Sun., April 24, 9:30 a.m., Dellwood Park, $30
Details: Lace up your running shoes! This is the first annual Mustang color run! The goal is to raise $20,000 to go back into the school for school supplies, assemblies, technology and school improvements! Let's run for a good cause!
3rd Annual Chicago Cocktail Social, Thursday April 28th, 6pm-10pm, 825 W. Erie St, $50-65
Details: The most elite happy hour is back. Tickets include mixed cocktails made by Chicago's finest, Gourmet catering, music and a guest list you can't beat. Drinks and food provided by Analouge, Bar Deville, Broken Shaker, The Duck Inn, Fremont, and more. This is one happy hour you have to put in your books!
Tequila, Sangria, Margarita Chicago, Saturday April 30th, 2:30pm-5pm, River North, $40-55
Details: Tequila! Sangria! Margaritas! Oh my! Taste over forty different types all over Downtown Chicago! A ticket includes tasting passport, souvenir tasting glass, and $5 gift card. Grab your amigos because its a fiesta!
Brunch with Jeff Lewis, Saturday April 9th,10am-noon, Walter E. Simthe Furniture Oakbrook Showroom 1501 16th Street, FREE
Details: Need to upgrade your living room or just have a passion for everything interior design? Flipping Out star Jeff Lewis is releasing a collection at Walter E. Simthe and wants to give you the exclusive! Check out the new collection, sip a mimosa and even take a picture with Lewis! Make sure to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org! It's okay to start Flipping Out now!
Viva Cinco De Mayo, Thursday May 5th-Sunday May 8th, Toyota Park, $5-20
Details: Grab your amigos and get ready to celebrate! There's something for everyone at Viva Cinco De Mayo, from live music to traditional Mexican food and beer, and crafts for the kids! Get ready to have a good ole time!
Local Brews and Local Grooves, Sunday May 15th, 5:30pm, 329 N. Dearborn St House of Blues, $10-60
Details: Love beer? Love music? This is for you! Listen to live and local artist whole sampling some of Chicago's finest brews, you'll have over 32 options! The Windy City Duo, The Shams Band, Divino Nino and so many other will be performing. Sip a brew, groove to some tunes, its the perfect way to end your weekend.
Lincoln Park Wine Festival, Saturday May 21st-Sunday May 22nd, 1pm-6pm, Jonquil Park 1001 W. Wrightwood Ave, $50-90
Details: Red wine, white wine, rose, its all here! Enjoy a lovely afternoon in Lincoln Park while sampling several wine or just grab a glass of your favorite pinot. Tickets in tastings and a commemorative wine glass! Have a refreshing afternoon!
Zombie Prom, Saturday May 21st, 8pm-2pm, The Cubby Bear, $25-$120
Details: This isn't the prom you attended in high school. Transform yourself and your date into zombies(zombie makeovers will be available for $10) and throw on your old prom dress for a night of dancing and zombie fun! Libido Funk Circus will be the live band performing, throughout the night there will be giveaways and a buffet. Who will be crown prom King and Queen?
Autism Speaks Walk, Saturday May 14th, 8am-2pm, Solider Field, $150 to get a t-shirt
Details: Join the walk to raise awareness and money to help the future of those affected by autism. Walk to make a difference or walk to honor someone. Funds raised go to research, to raise public awareness, and to bring hope to those to have to deal with the disorder. Join together as a community for this cause.
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