Wisch List: Spring events have sprung in Chicago this April
Every year in Chicago, the city shuts off the heat on the “L” train platforms on March 31, which seems to be at least a month too early — every year.
According to the calendar, April is indeed springtime. But in the Windy City, you can never quite know for sure, as warmish weather can seemingly revert to a winter chill at a whim.
But don’t let the threat of Chicago’s fickle meteorological moods stop you from embracing what the city has to offer during April. There’s plenty of fun in store, and here are a few you can consider partaking in during the coming weeks.
Macy’s Flower Show Through Sunday
There are few better ways to get in the spirit of spring than flowers. If you’re looking to put a bloom on your weekend, you’re in luck as the Macy’s Flower Show continues through Sunday.
The free exhibition held inside the iconic retail store at 111 N. State St. (which will always be Marshall Field’s to me) features 2 million flowers and exotic topiaries spread across landscapes, along with special events. Interestingly, this year’s show features an outer space theme, celebrating “the wonder and mystery of the cosmos.”
For more information, visit social.macys.com/flower-show.
Robots at the Museum April 6-7, 13-14
In honor of National Robotics Week, the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, has a wide array of robots on display this weekend and next designed by Chicago area student and amateur teams. Also at the museum will be talks by robotic professors, interactions with state-of-the-art robots and a live robotics competition.
For more information, visit msichicago.org.
WingFest April 13
Since 1999, WingFest has been celebrating Chicago’s finest in poultry, with more than 2.5 million wings consumed at the event throughout the past two decades (that’s 125,000+ per year).
This year’s 20th anniversary incarnation on April 13 features 35 wing-slingin’ restaurants gathering to help raise money for national and local charities, all while competing for the title of the Best of Fest.
For more information, visit wingfest.net.
Chicago Beer Fest April 13
If you’re more into sipping beers than tasting wings, you can sample 25 brews at the Chicago Beer Fest, located at Old Crow Smokehouse, 149 W. Kinzie St., River North.
For more information, visit eventbrike.com.
Easter events April 13-21
Easter falls late this year, but you can make your plans early for Chicago’s lineup of events celebrating the holiday.
On April 13, 14 and 20, Macy’s will host an Easter brunch (macyrestaurants.com/bunny-brunch) that includes a buffet and entertainment for kids with face painting, a balloon artist and the Easter Bunny.
On April 20, Montrose Harbor will play home to a Bunny Rock (bunnyrock5k.com), which includes a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m., as well as a petting zoo and giant egg hunt for ages 2 to 10 held at 10:15 a.m.
Unfortunately, at Lincoln Park Zoo, the Easter Egg-Stravaganza on April 20 already is sold out. But there still is availability for the Easter Sunday brunch at historic Café Brauer, located amongst the gardens on the zoo’s grounds. For more information, visit lpzoo.org.
Spring Wine Stroll April 25
At the end of the month, the weather, hopefully, will be nice when the cozy, North Side neighborhoods of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood host the Spring Wine Stroll. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., more than 45 local businesses spread across six separate routes will be pairing wines with hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants.
For more, visit lincolnsquare.org/wine-stroll.