Spring has finally arrived! So, get out and enjoy the warmer weather.  Here are some interesting thing to do this weekend – you deserve it!

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1. Taste of Iceland in Chicago

  • When:   April 11-14, 2019, Saturday from 6:00 pm to close.
  • Where:  Elske, 1350 W. Randolph St, Chicago IL 60607.

Why this is fun:  Iceland is one of the hottest destinations for international tourists, but you don’t have to leave Chicago to experience the Nordic island nation. Icelandic culture comes to venues throughout the city during the annual Taste of Iceland in Chicago, which showcases food, music and movies from the country where Game of Thrones is filmed. Michelin-starred West Loop restaurant Elske will serve a special Fire & Ice pop-up menu from April 11 through 14, featuring dishes prepared by Icelandic chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason. Plus, musician Sólveig Matthildur turns in a late-night performance at Underground (April 12), a lineup of Icelandic artists perform a free concert at Martyrs’ (April 13) and the Logan Theatre screens a lineup of Nordic short films (April 13).

For more details, visit the website. 

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2. Eggstravaganza Vertical Egg Hunt

  • When:  April 13, 2019, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
  • Where:  Brooklyn Boulders, West Loop 100 S Morgan St, Chicago IL 60707.

Why this is fun:  Brooklyn Boulders opens up all 22,000 square feet of its climbing facility to kids ages 5–12 for Easter, staging a hunt that hides hundreds of eggs high and low. Start times are staggered throughout the morning, so you can show up with the kids to enjoy the festivities when it’s most convenient and stick around to continue climbing after they’ve found some eggs.Brooklyn Boulders builds and operates active lifestyles facilities that foster community through rock climbing, fitness, arts + culture, active co-working, and events.

For more details, visit the website.

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3. Star Wars Celebration

  • When: Apr 11 – 15, 2019. Thursday 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday – Sunday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Where:  West Building at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60616.

Why this is fun: For five days in April, Chicago will become the center of a galaxy far, far away as the Star Wars Celebration takes over McCormick Place. The gigantic convention devoted to the sci-fi franchise takes place in a different city every two years, but the 2019 edition is particularly special as it will likely host the first peek at Episode IX—the final film in Disney’s Star Wars trilogy. Confirmed guests include Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), though we wouldn’t be surprised if current series stars like John Boyega and Daisy Ridley also show up.Plus, attendees can snap pictures with cosplayers, go shopping for Star Wars merch on the show floor and sit down to see panels that explore new Star Wars TV shows, video games, comics and more. The Force had better be with you if you’re going to show up for all five days of this mega-convention.

For more details, visit the website.

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4. Djembe! The Show

  • When:  April 10 – 14, 2019 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm (afternoon show on Saturday from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm).
  • Where:  The Apollo Theater, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614.

Why this is fun: The Show, is a limited engagement theatrical concert where ancient drumming meets some of our favorite jazz, funk, and pop songs in an exciting, unforgettable celebration of people and cultures coming together in music, fun, and laughter.

There’s a drum on every seat! Come see why Oprah chose DJEMBE! to lead her Super Soul Sessions!

DJEMBE! (“Jem-Bay!”) is a theatrical concert taking audiences on an unforgettable musical journey through decades of beloved hits and genres, where you’ll play along to songs you love (from “We Are Family” to “Kiss” to “Happy”), all led by world-class Broadway and Chicago performers. Drum with us and join the party!.

For more details, visit the website.

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5. Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America

  • When:  April 9 – December 2, 2019 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Where:  Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60614.

Why this is fun:  Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America reveals how Chicago brought cutting-edge modern design to the American marketplace on a scale unmatched by any other city. The exhibition focuses on 1930s–50s, a critical period in American history. It presents issues of design and aesthetics within the larger social, economic and cultural context of the time and explores how the city’s hosting of the 1933-34 World’s Fair, its industries, advertising firms and mail order companies advanced modern design on local, regional and national levels. Innovative designs coupled with the might of Chicago’s manufacturing and distribution infrastructure led to mass production of affordable state-of-the-art products featuring a new urban-inspired aesthetic that furnished public and private spaces across the country.

The exhibition includes more than 200 objects, photographs and documents, many on view for the first time. The works of many celebrated designers, such as Alfonso Iannelli, Otis Shephard and Wolfgang Hoffmann will be featured.

For more details, visit the website.

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