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8 Things to Do in Chicago This April

Jennifer Geer

It's springtime again in Chicagoland. Here's your guide for what's happening this April.

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After a long winter, Chicago is an enchanting place to be in the spring. Well, at least when it's not raining, snowing, or sleeting. With Chicago in Phase 4 of its reopening plan, many events that were closed last spring are back on for 2021.

Here's a look at some of the top happenings going on in Chicago this April.

Chicago Restaurant Week

Now through April 4th

Restaurant Week is your chance to try out a new restaurant or enjoy an old favorite. This week you can find fixed-priced menus at 250+ participating restaurants throughout Chicagoland. You can dine out or get it to go. Get a multi-course meal for $25 for brunch or lunch and $39 or $55 for dinner. Prices do not include tips, taxes, beverages, or delivery fees.

Cubs Home Opening Day

April 1st

Sports are back in Chicago. Fans can once again cheer on their favorite teams in person. It may be hard to get a ticket as crowds are limited to 20% capacity in Wrigley Field. Rooftops are also open, but following Covid protocols. Check out the season schedule and buy tickets here.

White Sox Opening Day

April 8th

Cheer on the White Sox for their home opener at Guaranteed Rate Field. Again, crowds are limited to 20% capacity. Buy tickets and find their schedule here.

Lincoln Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show: Pretty in Pink

Now through May 8th

April is the season for flowers, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory has some gorgeous views of them. Its spring flower show is on now, where you can delight in various blooms of multiple pink hues.

Location: 2391 N. Stockton Dr., Chicago, IL 60614

Price: Free. But you need to reserve timed-entry passes for admittance.

Garfield Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show: Saturation

Now through May 9th

The indoor gardens have been closed until recently, but they are open again with the spring flower show through May 9th. Visitors can immerse themselves in flowers the colors of the rainbow scattered throughout the gardens.

Location: 300 N. Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624 (near the intersection of North Central Park Ave. and Lake St.)

Price: Free but make reservations online as capacity is limited.

Nom Nom: 40 Years of Pac-Man Design and History

Now through May 30th

If you love 1980's video games, you will be sure to get a kick out of this nostalgic video game exhibit. Did you know Pac-Man came to America via Chicago-based Midway Games? Learn more about the history of this popular game and play some old favorites on playable arcade cabinets.

Location: Chicago Gamespace, 2418 W. Bloomingdale Ave, Chicago, IL

Price: $5. Kids 12 and under are free.

The Friends Experience: The One in Chicago

Now through May 31st

If your idea of a good time is binge-watching Friends episodes, this exhibit is for you. At the Friends Experience, you can visit 12 rooms of recreated sets (including Central Perk), view original costumes and props, take photos, and buy merchandise.

Location: The Shops at North Bridge, 540 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL (corner of N. Michigan Ave and E. Ohio St)

Price: $35 per ticket, plus tax and fees. (A portion of the proceeds will be donated to My Block, My Hood, My City, a nonprofit that supports underprivileged youth in Chicago.)

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit

Now through September 6th

Immerse yourself entirely in Vincent Van Gogh's art including Starry Night and Sunflowers. The show features digital animation of his works set to original songs composed by Luca Longobardi. The show lasts about an hour and includes 500,000 cubic feet of projections.

Location: Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Place, 108 W. Germania Pl, Chicago IL

Price: Starting at $39.99 plus fees. Buy online in advance, tickets are selling out quickly.

Get reservations before you go

Be sure to check online for details and times before visiting any attractions. Most of these events require advanced tickets, even if they are free. Chicago is still under Covid-safeguard protocols, so capacity will be limited and masks are required.

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