Chicago April 2023

Chicago April 2023 Events

Chicago April 2023 Events

Chicago Offers Bluer Skies and More Pleasant Weather in April

Average temperature low and high: 43°-56°
Chicago in April is a truly magical time as the city blossoms into a kaleidoscope of color, activity, and energy. The chilly winter air gives way to warmer temperatures, and the city's famous parks and lakefront come to life with plenty of outdoor activities. Visitors can explore world-renowned architecture, indulge in delicious dining experiences, and enjoy shopping in the bustling streets, especially on Michigan Avenue. And be sure to check out the Chicago Rum Festival, a Shen Yun performance, or Expo Chicago.

April Event Calendar

Electronic Music Midwest Festival

Electronic Music Midwest Festival

The annual Electronic Music Midwest Festival is back and continues to celebrate electroacoustic music with high-quality performances. This year's guest performer is clarinetist Andrea Cheeseman. Addition information including this year's full lineup and schedule is available online. 

Spring Awakening Festival

Spring Awakening Festival

Attend one of the hottest electronica music festivals in the country.  The Spring Awakening Festival features musicians, deejays, and music producers from around the world to celebrate one of the most varied musical genres.  Enjoy food from local vendors and icy cocktails to beat the heat in-between stage shows.  

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Chicago Symphony Center: Muti Conducts Montgomery & Beethoven Pastoral

Chicago Symphony Center: Muti Conducts Montgomery & Beethoven Pastoral

Enjoy a beautiful and explosive performance from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will be led by Riccardo Muti, with pieces composed by Jessie Montgomery, the orchestra's new Mead Composer-in-Residence, as well as classics from Beethoven. Tickets prices range from $38-$254, and they can be purchased online. 

Art in Wilder Park

Art in Wilder Park

If you're an art lover, make sure you take a visit to Wilder Park as it's transformed into an art show and filled with crafts. This 2-day event attracts over 10,000 attendees and over 100 artists selling their pieces. Rain or shine, the massive art show will also feature live music entertainment, admission is free for all ages.

Chicago Rum Festival

Chicago Rum Festival

Become a rum connoisseur at the Chicago Rum Festival, where you can learn about, taste, and pair over 50 different varieties of rum.  From spiced to coconut, everyone can find a version they will like, and as you try, you'll discover the rich history of the liquor and its deep connection to America.  Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased here.

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

C2E2 is the ultimate geeky weekend for Chicagoans and beyond. There's something for everyone, from comics and cosplay to gaming and anime. Celebrities, exhibitors, comic artists, and literary authors all come together to celebrate fandom. Inclusivity is prioritized, focusing on creating a safe and fun atmosphere for everyone. There's something for everyone- even those who join virtually- and friendships and memories are sure to be made. If you want to geek out, this is the place to be.

Shen Yun Performance

Referred to as "5,000 Years of Civilization Reborn", this is a performance that you won't want to miss. Shen Yun Performing Arts are the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company that performs classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance, and story-based dance. Immerse yourself in this beautiful culture!

Expo Chicago

Expo Chicago

Attention artists and lovers of the arts: carve out time to experience this popular and respected art exhibition! The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art (Expo Chicago) will feature beautifully curated, aesthetically pleasing, museum-quality art and designs by multiple exhibitors! This year will be a mix of both online and in-person programming. 

Festival of Spirits & Wine

Festival of Spirits & Wine

Head down to the Festival of Spirits & Wine, and enjoy unlimited tastings from about 50 vendors. In addition to wine and spirit tastings, this event will also feature continuous bites to complement the drinks, talks, and chef demonstrations. Proceeds from tickets will benefit the Holiday Heroes, a group of volunteers that spread joy to hospitalized children in Chicago.

Chicago Events in April

Concerts

Theater & Headliners

Sports

Nightclubs

Upcoming Events

Sat, Apr 08 at PRYSM Biscits & Goodboys
Fri, Apr 14 at Sound Bar WAKAAN PRESENTS - LUZCID Illusions Tour at Sound-Bar
Sat, Apr 22 at PRYSM Giolì & Assia (Hybrid DJ Set)
Fri, Apr 28 at Marquee Benny Benassi
Things to do in Chicago

Things to Do in Chicago in April

Grab a Drink at a Speakeasy

Grab a Drink at a Speakeasy
Chicago has some rich history when it comes to speakeasies. During the Prohibition Era, they popped up all over the city to serve locals and mobsters. Many can still be found and visited under restaurants and hidden in hotels. At speakeasies, you can order uniquely crafted cocktails in an intimate setting; they may be hard to find, but that's part of the fun and enjoyment.

Explore Navy Pier

Explore Navy Pier
Don't leave Chicago without a visit to Navy Pier. Built in 1916, this 3,300-foot-long pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan is a huge attraction in the city that's drawn crowds for over 100 years. Year around, you can visit  for fireworks displays, live music, theatre, art exhibitions, mueseums, restaurants, games, rides, and more.