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°
April is a great time to visit Chicago. The weather gets warmer, and flowers start to bloom. Though the winter gray skies disappear, expect some days to still be cool in the Windy City. Social distancing protocols and mandates are still heavily enforced here. Some events may change or be postponed or due to COVID-19; we do our best to update this page with any new info from organizers.

April Event Calendar

Moulin Rouge - The Musical

Moulin Rouge - The Musical

Head down to the Nederlander Theatre at Ford Center for the Performing Arts for your chance to see Moulin Rouge the Musical, live. Expect thrill, lots of vibrant color, and nostolgia at this fun-filled Broadway show. With receiving Tony awards for both best musical and best orchestrations, it's a performance that you won't want to miss. Tickets start at $91 and can be purchased here. 

Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week, a celebration of Chicago's award-winning culinary culture, is the perfect opportunity to eat your way through Chicago. Starting at the end of March, you can enjoy special prix fixe menus at restaurants throughout the city and nearby suburbs. The multi-course meals offered are $25 for brunch or lunch and $39 and/or $59 for dinner. This is the largest restaurant week in the country.

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. 

Spring Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair

Spring Festival, An Arts and Crafts Affair

If you love and appreciate hand-made crafts, then head down to the Odeum for Spring Festival. Organized by Huffman Productions, this 3-day, nationally-ranked event will have over 500 artists from over 30 states selling hand-made crafts. The festival will also feature food, drinks, an hourly gift certificate drawing, and free parking. Admission for adults is $10 and admission for children under 10 years old are free.

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 Events in April

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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.