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The 12 Coolest Things to Do in Chicago This April

Published On 04/01/2015 Published On 04/01/2015
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Apr 1 Wed

Chicago Firefighters Chili Cook-Off If there's one thing firefighters are good at, it’s cooking chili. (Oh, and also: putting out fires.) But cooking chili is up there, and you’ll get to sample loads of it at this event while raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Rock Bottom

Chicago Firefighters Chili Cook-Off Rock Bottom If there's one thing firefighters are good at, it’s cooking chili. (Oh, and also: putting out fires.) But cooking chili is up there, and you’ll get to sample loads of it at this event while raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Flickr/-EMR-

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Apr 4 Sat

Next Year Day Chances are that this year is not the year. We know it, they know it, you know it, everyone knows it. But it’s still fun to pretend it is while partying with fellow Cubs fans and raising money for charity.

The Cubby Bear

Next Year Day The Cubby Bear Chances are that this year is not the year. We know it, they know it, you know it, everyone knows it. But it’s still fun to pretend it is while partying with fellow Cubs fans and raising money for charity.

Flickr/Thai Nguyen

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Apr 4 Sat

Pong Wars Looking to relive your collegiate glory days? Pong Wars lets you compete in a massive beer pong tourney while watching Final Four games and drinking -- nay, CRUSHING -- sponsored Budweiser brews. Rack it up!

The Anthem

Pong Wars The Anthem Looking to relive your collegiate glory days? Pong Wars lets you compete in a massive beer pong tourney while watching Final Four games and drinking -- nay, CRUSHING -- sponsored Budweiser brews. Rack it up!

Flickr/Matt Leclair

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Apr 7 Tue

Kevin Bacon Movie Night A part of ACME Hotel’s month-long celebration of Baconfest, Kevin Bacon Movie Night includes a screening every Tuesday this month at 7pm, including cinema gems such as Footloose and The River Wild. Also: FREE bacon-dusted popcorn.

ACME Hotel

Kevin Bacon Movie Night ACME Hotel A part of ACME Hotel’s month-long celebration of Baconfest, Kevin Bacon Movie Night includes a screening every Tuesday this month at 7pm, including cinema gems such as Footloose and The River Wild. Also: FREE bacon-dusted popcorn.

Flickr/Chris Smith

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Apr 10 Fri

Night in the Stacks A fancy shindig that benefits the Chicago Public Library, Night in the Stacks lets guests party it up with an open bar in the Harold Washington Library’s Winter Garden. We’ve been lobbying for bars inside libraries for years, glad to see someone finally listening.

Harold Washington Library

Night in the Stacks Harold Washington Library A fancy shindig that benefits the Chicago Public Library, Night in the Stacks lets guests party it up with an open bar in the Harold Washington Library’s Winter Garden. We’ve been lobbying for bars inside libraries for years, glad to see someone finally listening.

Flickr/{Carrie Sloan}

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Apr 11 Sat

CHIRP Record Fair If you’re not into downloading a head-spinning number of MP3s onto your iThing, check out the CHIRP Record Fair, home to more records, tapes, and CDs than you’ll know what to do with. The best part? You can actually see and touch them. Whoa.

Journeymen Plumbers Hall

CHIRP Record Fair Journeymen Plumbers Hall If you’re not into downloading a head-spinning number of MP3s onto your iThing, check out the CHIRP Record Fair, home to more records, tapes, and CDs than you’ll know what to do with. The best part? You can actually see and touch them. Whoa.

Flickr/sgt fun

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Apr 16 Thu

CIMMfest An annual celebration of music and film (and music in films), the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival packs in more than 99 film screenings and concerts into four boredom-smashing days.

Various locations

CIMMfest Various locations An annual celebration of music and film (and music in films), the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival packs in more than 99 film screenings and concerts into four boredom-smashing days.

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Apr 16 Thu

Lake FX Summit + Expo Presented by Google (ever heard of it?), the Lake FX Summit + Expo is the area’s largest conference of artists, entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and pirates. Also, it’s free. ALSO, we were kidding about the pirates. Probably.

Various locations

Lake FX Summit + Expo Various locations Presented by Google (ever heard of it?), the Lake FX Summit + Expo is the area’s largest conference of artists, entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and pirates. Also, it’s free. ALSO, we were kidding about the pirates. Probably.

Flickr/Alex Berger (Edited)

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Apr 18 Sat

Life in Color Prepare to get messy at Life in Color, where you’ll rage to cranked-up electronic music sets while a YMCA pool’s worth of colorful paint will be sprayed all over you and your friends. Hey, it beats Faygo.

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Life in Color Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Prepare to get messy at Life in Color, where you’ll rage to cranked-up electronic music sets while a YMCA pool’s worth of colorful paint will be sprayed all over you and your friends. Hey, it beats Faygo.

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Apr 24 Fri

C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo If you can’t get enough of oddball personalities from the worlds of TV, movies, comics, books, and anime, then this is one event where you will definitely get enough of them.

McCormick Place

C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo McCormick Place If you can’t get enough of oddball personalities from the worlds of TV, movies, comics, books, and anime, then this is one event where you will definitely get enough of them.

Sean Cooley/Thrillist

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Apr 25 Sat

Flamenco Night Every Saturday, this secret-ish, second-story cocktail lounge hosts “muy caliente” flamenco performances that showcase the music and dance of Spain’s Andalusia region.

Bordel

Flamenco Night Bordel Every Saturday, this secret-ish, second-story cocktail lounge hosts “muy caliente” flamenco performances that showcase the music and dance of Spain’s Andalusia region.

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Apr 30 Thu

Chicago Cocktail Social Visiting all your favorite cocktail joints in one night? Awesome. Efficiency? Even awesome-er. And at the Chicago Cocktail Social, you’ll sample drinks from all your favorite cocktails joints in one place, both efficiently and awesomely.

Galleria Marchetti

Chicago Cocktail Social Galleria Marchetti Visiting all your favorite cocktail joints in one night? Awesome. Efficiency? Even awesome-er. And at the Chicago Cocktail Social, you’ll sample drinks from all your favorite cocktails joints in one place, both efficiently and awesomely.

Flickr/Mike Morbeck

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Apr 30 Thu

NFL Draft Town Planned in conjunction with the NFL Draft -- which Chicago is the host of this year for some reason -- NFL Draft Town takes over Grant Park and Congress Plaza with live music, food, player autograph stations, photo ops, Team Houses of every NFL squad, and plenty of great WTF moments.

Multiple locations

NFL Draft Town Multiple locations Planned in conjunction with the NFL Draft -- which Chicago is the host of this year for some reason -- NFL Draft Town takes over Grant Park and Congress Plaza with live music, food, player autograph stations, photo ops, Team Houses of every NFL squad, and plenty of great WTF moments.