Everything You Need to Do in Chicago This Weekend

Updated On 03/29/2017 at 12:00PM EST Updated On 03/29/2017 at 12:00PM EST
everything you need to do in chicago this weekend
Baconfest | Thrillist/Jim Vondruska
Monday - Sunday
Mar 27-Apr 2
Stage 773
The 20th annual fest includes all types of performances including musical, long-form, and shorts, plus workshops and the presentation of local improv awards. Most shows take place at Stage 773, with satellite performances also held at the Athenaeum Theatre, The Annoyance, and Second City.
Thursday - Sunday
Mar 30-Apr 2
The Davis Theater
In addition to screenings of acclaimed movies focusing on the likes of big-game hunting, step dancing, JonBenet Ramsey, and John Coltrane, this event also includes a discussion panel with directors and producers, plus a mimosa brunch where three aspiring documentarians will pitch their in-progress works. It's all capped by a closing-night cocktail party where you can mingle with creatives and industry types, a great networking opportunity for anyone looking to get their own movie made.
Friday - Saturday
Mar 31-Apr 1
UIC Forum
The annual extravaganza includes bacon-centric dishes from top local chefs plus bacon-infused booze and even bacon arts, poetry, video, and song. The best-of-the-best dishes and drinks will take home Golden Rasher awards over the course of several glorious tasting sessions. But really, the words "unlimited bacon" should be enough to convince you to go.
Apr 1
The Burlington
This all-day concert features female-fronted rock acts to benefit the youth charity Girls Rock! Chicago, with over a dozen sets and a free beer happy hour for just $10.
Apr 2
Grant Park
St. Patrick's Day continues into April with this Chicago tradition that has green-clad runners racing around downtown on an 8K course that begins and ends in Grant Park. There's also a Health and Fitness Expo at McCormick Place, as well as an afterparty with live music and beer.
Apr 2
Headquarters Beercade
Join diehard beer nerds at this celebration of 40 brews that have been cask-conditioned without any filtration or pasteurization. It's a chance to sample some real old-style ales that might never be available ever again.
Sunday - Monday
Apr 2-3
The Logan Theatre
Join top local mixologists for cocktail-themed discussions and seminars, as well as a guided bus tour of Chicago Prohibition bars, the Chicago premiere of the documentary Bartender at Large, live episode tapings of The Sporkful podcast, and a master class on garnishing.


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