We’re halfway through the month and the April showers keep on coming. Thankfully, the great weekend events have also been plentiful. Some are sold out like the Chance the Birthday party and the Cool Kids show for the Empty Bottle’s 25th anniversary series (which they may have a handful of tickets at the door), but there’s still so much to do! In fact, ther are so many interesting events going on that they can’t all it in this list, so don’t forget to check out the rest of the calendar for more events going on this weekend and beyond!
Now let’s get on with your curated weekend!
THURSDAY and FRIDAY, APRIL 13th and 14th
The Zombies @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., 7:00PM
WHAT: It’s that time of the season!
SO WHAT: How can you even question going to this show? The Zombies are an amazing band and it is the 50th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle, one of the greatest albums of all time. They’ll be playing the entirety of the album during this show at one of the coolest venues in Chicago. They’re also calling it a final tour, so go and see this legendary band perform while tickets are still available!
THURSDAY, APRIL 13th
Chicago Reader’s Book Swap @ Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave., 6:00PM – 9:00PM
SO WHAT:Books are the greats thing ever, so why not leave a few for some one to find and take a few to discover for yourself at The Reader’s Book Swap! Brought to you by Open Books, this event lets you bring and take as many as 15 books, but nothing musty, dirty, torn, or in poor condition, and no encyclopedias, periodicals, or technical, legal or medical information books. While you look through all the amazing books you can enjoy live music from Old Town School of Folk Music performers!
NOW WHAT: Give some books, take some books, and have a great time!
All-In: Halsted’s Music Mile @ Halsted St. from Armitage to Diversey, 8:00PM
WHAT: A festival all about local music and bars
SO WHAT: The All-In: Halsted’s Music Mile is a one day festival celebrating Halsted Street’s favorite bars from Armitage to Diversey in Lincoln Park. You’ll be able to enjoy great drink specials and live music sets for no or discounted covers!
NOW WHAT: Check out their event page on Facebook for the full lineup of participating bars and start planning your Thursday night!
The Company You Keep Podcast: Live! @ uncommon ground Lakeview, 3800 N Clark St., 8:00PM
WHAT: A live recording of a fantastic podcast
SO WHAT: Singer-Songwriter Phillip-Michael Scales makes music that fits somewhere between folk and soul, displaying his great ability at making catchy and thoughtful songs. Scales transitions that talent over to his podcast The Company You Keep where he discusses music, life, and beyond with his favorite musicians. This episode’s guest will be Tom Schraeder. Schrader has released 22 albums of original music under his own name and various other projects. He has toured all over playing CMJ, Lollapalooza and SXSW and founded/curated Chicago, I Love You the Second City’s only free multimedia art festival, featuring over 500 musicians, filmmakers, painters, sculptors, dancers, cinematographers and writers.
NOW WHAT: Order dinner, ask questions, and enjoy intimate performances in the best listening room in Chicago! Tickets are $10 for this great event.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, APRIL 14th and 15th
Dan Savage’s Hump! Film Festival @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., 7:00PM & 9:30PM
WHAT: This 12th annual collection of homemade dirty movies
SO WHAT: Curated by Dan Savage of Savage Love, the Hump! Film Festival is a traveling event that will be screening 22 porn shorts each less than five minutes, all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. The fest is aiming to unite all genders, sexualities, and kinks in a celebration of sex-positivity.
FRIDAY, APRIL 14th
Joined//fading @ Galerie F, 2415 N Milwaukee Ave., 6:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: A unique exhibition at Galerie F Underground
SO WHAT: Danny Sobor is a Chicago/Detroit based visual artist and muralist. His work melds public and studio art techniques to blur the lines between of “street” and “fine” art. His recent body of work focuses on contemporary figuration and mixed media collage, finding a balance between nostalgic and fresh. Using family photos, portraits of friends, images of strangers, old feelings, and folk patterns, joined//fading focuses on the way memories blend an fuse. This gallery is a tribute to his grandmother Helena.
NOW WHAT: This gallery opening is free!
Spring Open House @ Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave., 7:00PM
WHAT: A celebration of Old Town School of Folk Music’s 60th Anniversary
SO WHAT: This festive and free Spring Open House is a perfect chance to sing, dance or merely clap along to the joyous occasion. There will be a series of jam sessions, workshops and student performances showcasing the wide variety of Old Town School offerings year-round Taking place continuously throughout the building.
NOW WHAT: Check out the full schedule of events taking place during this event!Make your way to Old Town School of Folk and have a great time!
the kates @ The Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave., 7:00PM
WHAT: Comedy to help you get through the week
SO WHAT: the kates, an all female comedy showcase, features a semi-monthly line-up of the city’s funniest, most talented comedians as well as emerging female comic performers. The show, produced by Kelsie Huff, encourages it’s comedians to express their hilarious viewpoints unapologetically and have done so with great results! This edition of the kates will feature Chicago comedian Laura Hugg hosting the showcase at The Book Cellar. You can see the full lineup over at the kates website
NOW WHAT: There is a $10 suggested donation for this PG-13 show, so stop by for some laughs!
Chairlift @ Park West, 322 W Armitage Ave., 8:00PM
WHAT: The final Chicago show for this great band
SO WHAT: Chairlift parted way late last year, ending a ten year collaboration between Patrick Wimberly and Caroline Polachek. The air will go off in their separate ways with new musical ventures, but not without a final tour. Originally scheduled for the Double Door, Chairlift will now be playing Park West for their final Chicago performance. Check out Elif Geris’ bittersweet memorial of this great band.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are still available and only $22. Go and see them for the last time.
Pre C2E2 Cosplay Contest Night @ The Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, 8:00PM
WHAT: A pre-party for C2E2
SO WHAT: This is your chance to come out and dry-run your cosplay a week before the C2E2 Expo and get an extra chance to show off your creative work. Prizes will be handed out!
1st Prize – Two 3-Day C2E2 Passes + $50 Logan Theatre giftcard
2nd Prize – $50 Logan Theatre giftcard + RevBrew & C2E2 swag
3rd Prize – $25 Logan Theatre giftcard + RevBrew & C2E2 swag
NOW WHAT: This event is FREE and open to all ages. Stick around afterward for a screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II at 11 PM for $8.50!
Mutts / Brother O’ Brother / Post Child @ Burlington Bar, 3425 W Fullerton Ave. 9:00PM
WHAT: Mutts will be celebrating the release of their latest single, “Tinfoil Hat”
SO WHAT: Mutts are Chicago’s purveyors of bluesy rock that never fails to impress. With a new single on the way, there is no better time to see this great band live! Joining them will be Indianapolis’ Brother O’ Brother and local indie rockers POST CHILD.
NOW WHAT: Go to this show and experience some great music!
SATURDAY, APRIL 15th
Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Opening Day @ Navy Pier, Festival Hall B, 600 E Grand Ave., 11:00AM – 8:00PM
WHAT: A Rolling Stones experience
SO WHAT: Exhibitionism tells the story of The Rolling Stones, allowing visitors to experience their incredible journey through an immersive exhibition. Featuring over 500 Stones items including instruments, lyric books, and personal diaries, the show also includes fashion by Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, and Gucci, as well as 190 original artworks by Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey and more. Interactive elements include sound mixing desks and recording studio. The exhibition concludes with an immersive backstage recreation, leading into a 3D concert finale.
NOW WHAT: Timed tickets for adults are $35 for this opening day of the exhibition
The House Cup: A Harry Potter Drinking Competition @ Under The Gun Theater, 956 W Newport Ave, 7:30PM
WHAT: A live display of Harry Potter knowledge (also drinking)
SO WHAT: Do you know enough Potter to have studied at Hogwarts? See how your knowledge of the Harry Potter universe stacks up against the experts at The House Cup, a live drinking show at Under the Gun Theater dedicated to all things magic. Four Harry Potter experts and each audience member will be sorted by house, then asked to test his/her Harry Potter knowledge through trivia, debates, and physical challenges. Did we mention this is a drinking competition? The winner of each round will earn points for his/her house and the losers, they drink. Play along from the audience, put your knowledge of the books to the test and have fun with other Potter aficionados.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 and include one drink ticket. Wizard attire is encouraged and for all you muggles, you are more than welcome to join in!
SUNDAY, APRIL 16th
2017 Adult Easter Egg Hunt @ Longman & Eagle, 2657 N Kedzie Ave., 11:00AM – 4:00PM
WHAT: An Easter Easter Egg Hunt, but for adults!
SO WHAT: It’s another year of eggs, whiskey, and charitable good times. Team registration starts at 11:00am and then the hunt around Logan Square goes from noon – 2:00pm to find as many eggs as you can and afterwards there will be a block party full of food and music back at Longman & Eagle from 2:00pm-4:00pm where the eggs will be counted and winners will be declared! Prizes will include some great Easter egg baskets with tons of local establishments donating swag!
NOW WHAT: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register in advance – and don’t wait, last year’s hunt sold out well in advance. The fee per two person team is $10 ($5 per person) – all proceeds will be donated to One Tail at a Time.