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Smelling Flowers to Grabbing a Brew: April Chicago Events

As the weather continues to warm up, many of us are looking to get out and safely attend events. There are many things popping up during this time of year. From flower shows to pop-ups, the city is starting to host more things around town. From smelling flowers to grabbing a brew, we have a list of great ideas to get out and enjoy these April events.

Visit a Spring Flower Show

Spring brings us blooming flowers, meaning that there are multiple spring flower shows to visit around the city. The Garfield Park Conservatory has the show “Saturation,” which focuses on giving attendees a look at flowers with a focus on color. The color-grouped flowers showcase an amazing range of hues and provide a dazzling visual. Lincoln Conservatory also has decided to choose a color-based show, the “Pretty in Pink” flower show has a wide range of flowers showing off rosy tints. Whichever flower show you attend, the pops of color are a much-needed welcome back into nature for many of us.

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Grab Some Beers and Art at a Pop-up

Looking to support local? Chicago Craft: A Collective Grip is the perfect weekly event for you. Presented by Jeppson’s at the Cobra Lounge, you can get your alcoholic fix here while perusing merch and art. You can either build your own six-pack from local breweries, or instead grab some craft cocktails to-go by local bartenders. Of course, as a Jeppson’s event, it wouldn’t be complete without the offering of Malört shots. Beyond all of this alcohol, however, is the opportunity to look at vintage riot fest merch and local band merch. Local artists are featured every week, allowing you to peruse their works and potentially bring one home. If you are feeling lucky, you can enter for one of the raffles and giveaways as well! Masks are required and a limited number of people are allowed in the lounge at a time to ensure safety.

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Get Nerdy

If smelling flowers or grabbing a brew don’t seem your catch, consider going to the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit! This MSI exhibit shows off over 300 items that take you into Marvel’s long history. You can see everything here from costumes and props from the movies to very first published Marvel comic from 1939. More of a gamer? Check out Nom Nom: 40 Years of Pac-Man Design and History at the Chicago Gamespace! This exhibit celebrates the yellow hungry character’s 40th anniversary, exploring the evolution and history behind this iconic game. 

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Springing into Art

Springing into Art: April 2021 Art Events

April truly marks that Spring has arrived! With many becoming vaccinated, people are itching to get out and go to a safe event. Luckily, April marks a huge array of art events in the Chicago area. You can attend these safely planned events with dates or friends! Read on to see some events that have caught our eyes!

Art Institute of Chicago – Monet and Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago always has exciting exhibits! For instance, current exhibits include the vivid Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibition and the gorgeous Cosmoscapes: Ink Paintings by Tai Xiangzhou. Most recently, they have opened the exhibition Monet and Chicago, running through June 14th. Chicago has a long-running history with the artist Monet, and this beautiful collection explores that relationship. This is a must-see event if you are interested in this unique history and/or Impressionist art! 

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Art on the MART

This beautiful outdoor event is continuing this year, and ties into our last submission! While they have a few projects they are implementing this year, they are collaborating with the Art Institute of Chicago to project iconic pieces by Monet. For example, Water Lilies and Stacks of Wheat on theMART will be paired with “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy. In addition, they are doing a collaboration with the institute on their exhibition with Bisa Butler as well! Find out more here!

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The Womanish Experience

Womanish is a unique installation within a 40,000 square foot space that celebrates and examines the feminine perspective. Moreover, it is an interactive space that lets you explore beautifully designed spaces that also make you think. This is a culturally-inclusive and gender non-conforming experience, challenging you to think about the intersections of gender and race. Look here for more details!

The Womanish Experience

WNDR Museum

The WNDR Museum is reopening with new safety measures. As a result, you can once again experience their interactive exhibitions safely! These installations are thought-provoking and inspiring, allowing you to physically experience the space in a unique way. Their new opening will include 20+ totally new touchless installations to allow for safe art experiences. The installations will include pieces from artists like Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger, and Alex Israel. To buy tickets and learn more, check out the WNDR Museum website!

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Steppenwolf NOW

Looking to stay home, or looking for a performance? The Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage has six stories of different length and style. They were thoughtfully crafted for a virtual experience. The stage includes pieces such as Wally World (a two-act radio play); Duchess, Duchess, Duchess! (a filmed play); and I am Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter (an audio adaptation). Through their virtual membership, you can watch all Steppenwolf NOW productions anytime from any device through August 31! Look here for more information.

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Spring Date Ideas

It’s Almost March: Spring Date Ideas in Chicago

March arriving also signals the beginning of a season change! As we start feeling temperatures warming up along with vaccines rolling out in larger numbers, many of us are restless to get outside. Luckily, there are a handful of things starting up that will help you hold out until those summer temperatures in the area! Read on for some Spring date ideas!

Farmers’ Markets

Spring means the beginning of amazing farmers markets throughout the city. While the traditional Maxwell Street Market will remain closed for now, there are other options for still enjoying fresh, local greens. Green City Market has online delivery or curbside pickup so that you can order the delicious produce right to your home. Plant Chicago is also offering delivery, CSA, and pickup options so that you can enjoy your favorite local vendors safely. Plan pickups or deliveries with your friends and share the great recipes you come up with from your local ingredients!

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Plant Nursery Visit/Workshops

The wave of home DIY interest has led many of us to get our hands back into the soil too. While online plant ordering has boomed over the pandemic, there are many local options where you don’t have to worry about your plant getting too shocked through shipping. Garden centers like Gethsemane are still open for browsing and finding your next houseplant. Get a (small) group together to go grab some new green friends to start off the new season! If you aren’t comfortable with going out, many centers like City Grange are allowing for curbside pickup or delivery. They also are offering Zoom “Ask the Expert” consultations, allowing you to plan landscape design, get help with houseplants, or even plot out some edible gardens!

Looking for greenery-based events? The Great Grow Along is a three-day virtual garden festival that will bring you together with speakers, workshops, Q&A sessions, and more on topics like edible gardening, urban gardening, houseplants, and composting! Chicago Botanic Garden also is hosting online horticultural classes during March on fun topics like beekeeping and indoor farming for health and wellness.

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Chicago Theater Week

This awesome week of local theater has already kicked off, but there is still plenty to catch! Going through March 7th, you can experience virtual shows right from home from many local theatres! Try a new company with friends virtually, and hold a discussion afterward on your experiences. There are over 100 company options that you can see on the event’s website. Browse and find something that would make a great date night!

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