Chicago Events: Your Guide to the Windy City
Chicago Events: Your Guide to the Windy City
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There’s more to Chicago than the well-trodden museums and skyscrapers in the Loop, from stand-up comedy shows in Logan Square to tasty food tours of Chinatown. Get acquainted with the Windy City via this calendar of concerts, festivals, pop-up markets, and more incredible events throughout the city, selected by Eventbrite’s expert curators.
Chicago Events: Your Guide to the Windy City

Get in the Kitchen! / Chicago, IL

Chicago Events: Your Guide to the Windy City

Get in the Kitchen! / Chicago, IL

Chicago Events: Your Guide to the Windy City
Chicago Events: Your Guide to the Windy City
Collection by Eventbrite
There’s more to Chicago than the well-trodden museums and skyscrapers in the Loop, from stand-up comedy shows in Logan Square to tasty food tours of Chinatown. Get acquainted with the Windy City via this calendar of concerts, festivals, pop-up markets, and more incredible events throughout the city, selected by Eventbrite’s expert curators.
There’s more to Chicago than the well-trodden museums and skyscrapers in the Loop, from stand-up comedy shows in Logan Square to tasty food tours of Chinatown. Get acquainted with the Windy City via this calendar of concerts, festivals, pop-up markets, and more incredible events throughout the city, selected by Eventbrite’s expert curators.

Learn how to wield a tufting gun and turn your custom drawing or design into a bespoke rug, using colored yarn to to create a fluffy (and functional) work of art.

Settle in for dinner and show at a speakeasy below Porkchop, where you'll enjoy live jazz and magic accompanied by tasty barbecue dishes.

The Newport Theater hosts this weekly show, made up sketches set in the fictional "Frank's Bar" where performers come up with unique drinking games that require audience participation. Make sure you grab a pint before you sit down!

Pair a morning on the mat with some epic views of Chicago during this weekly yoga class that takes place 94 floors above the city. After you stretch your body, you'll enjoy a complimentary beverage and some time to explore the observation deck.

Step inside the Charnley-Persky House during this weekly tour of the Gold Coast property, designed by Louis Sullivan (with the help of a young Frank Lloyd Wright) and constructed in 1982. Each 45-minute tour takes you to all three levels, so you can admire the vintage details.

More than 40 years ago, the Disney film "Tron" presented a vision of the virtual world — and video game designers tried to translate that vision into the real world. Check out a collection of arcade, console, and computer games inspired by "Tron" in this special exhibition.

Uptown bar My Buddy's hosts this weekly drag show led by Rita Tarot, where performers will strut the stuff before the audience decides the evening's winner.

Head to the Museum of Science and Industry for an evening of wine tasting amid the interactive exhibitions, with more than a hundred bottles to explore. When you're not swirling your glass, you can check out the Apollo 8 spacecraft or a German submarine.

French robot duo Daft Punk won't be reuniting anytime soon, but you can lose yourself to dance during this tribute show featuring a pair of DJs sporting shiny helmets. Expect to hear anthems like "Get Lucky" and "Around the World" alongside some original remixes.

PorkChop's West Loop location hosts this Sunday afternoon drag brunch, where you can order fried chicken, eggs, grits, and bacon while watching host Rita Tarot and a lineup of local drag performers. Did we mention the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar?

This afternoon dance party welcomes cis and trans women as well as non-binary individuals to spend an hour grooving to a playlist of irresistible jams — all in a freeing environment devoid of boys, booze, or judgement of any kind.

Best known as a host of NPR news show "All Things Considered," Ari Shapiro comes to the Music Box Theatre to discuss his new memoir, collecting stories from his time covering the Obama administration, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, and wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel.

Timothy O'Toole's Pub hosts this long-running comedy showcase, which stages two shows every Wednesday night, packed with local stand-ups and the occasional touring act.

Burke's Public House in Edgewater hosts this weekly stand-up show, where you can sip a pint during sets from local comics.

Pack up your needles and join a close-knit community of yarn enthusiasts at a symposium that runs in tandem with the independent fiber fair. You'll have access to two days of in-person workshops, plus a talk from keynote speaker Safiyyah Talley (the Drunk Knitter).

Head to the Laugh Factory for a Thursday night pick-me-up from the folks at B Posi+ive, who put together an evening of comedy, music, and audience participation.

The last Tuesday of the month is reserved for the Lincoln Lodge's spiciest show, where comedians are given six minutes onstage and the opportunity to consume a sweat-inducing hot sauce to gain more stage time.

Printer's Row restaurant Half Sour hosts this weekly comedy showcase where you can enjoy a pickle and beer while watching talented locals as well as the occasional touring stand-up.

Didn't get tickets to Taylor's Eras Tour? Commiserate on the dance floor with fellow Swifties at this themed party, overseen by a DJ playing tunes from every phase of Taylor's career.

Stand-up and improv collide on the stage at the Lincoln Lodge, where a team of improvisers perform scenes inspired by each comedian's routine on the last Friday of every month.

Buzz over to Garfield Park Conservatory to discover the art of beekeeping and become a steward of the environment! Led by an expert beekeeper, this class is the perfect opportunity for those who want to learn how to care for bees, harvest honey, and protect bees’ vital habitats.

Shop for goods provided by local (and national) Black-owned businesses, sample Caribbean and African cuisine, and dance to tracks being spun by DJs during this afternoon gathering at The Promontory.

This annual market dedicated to curiosities and offbeat items returns to Chicago with plenty of taxidermies, vintage medical ephemera, and otherworldly art in tow. Browse rows of vendors, take a heavy metal yoga class, and stick around for tasty treats and live music.

Adam Burke and Victoria Vincent host a monthly showcase of Chicago's freshest comedic talent, performing extended sets on the Lincoln Lodge stage.

Burn bright with the interplanetary melodies of Isiah Collier and The Chosen Few. Armed with the otherworldly sax skills of Collier and his soulful, dynamic band, this concert offers a chance to witness one of Chicago’s most exciting jazz musicians.

Discover how to better tend to houseplants and plot your own indoor oasis during this enlightening workshop. Curious caretakers yearning for better techniques can come equipped with questions for the post-instruction Q&A. This is your brain on plants.

Combining comedy and cooking, four stand-ups take turns performing while preparing meals onstage. At the end of the show, a trio of professional chefs judge their culinary skills, letting each participant know if their dishes are a joke.

Twitch streamer and podcaster Lyle Forever puts on a gecko suit, paints his face green, and offers serious (unlicensed) advice to his fans during this surreal live show that's both therapeutic and hilarious.

Combining elements of folk, country, and smoothed-out indie rock, Sun June’s music is magnetic and uplifting. You can take in the band's captivating live show as you sip on the finest whiskey that local distiller Judson & Moore has to offer at this intimate gig.

A stunning flower show awaits as we celebrate the stunning arrival of spring! With a colorful array of seasonal bulbs and blooms, nature lovers will delight in brightening up their day and learning green factoids on this leisurely late-morning stroll with GPCA staff.

Hungry for hands-on woodwork? This two-day event provides expert guidance and all the materials you need to craft a beautiful mixed hardwood cutting board. Perfect for beginners or seasoned pros, your end product will be the perfect gift for you or someone you love.

Mark the 90th anniversary of Prohibition's end at this boozy party, where more than 30 Chicago breweries and distilleries will be pouring samples. You can even bring along your dog if you feel like it.

Comedians Mo Abbed and Avery Brooks host this Friday-night show, bringing together local stand-ups around a (fake) fire for an evening of weird and slightly exaggerated tales.

Bay Area comedian Jordan Thewlis is best known as a contributor to "The Onion," so expect plenty of biting, satirical observations as he headlines an evening of stand-up at Color Club.

Families can bring kids between the ages of 1 and 12 to this series of giant Easter egg hunts at Lincoln Park Zoo, where you can also hop on the carousel, snap a photo with the Easter bunny, or watch a special holiday parade.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who made the fairest mirror of all? Attend this hands-on crafting event and let the answer to that question be you! You’ll work with experts to utilize salvaged mirrors and reclaimed wood as you build a beautiful new piece to admire in your home.

Head over to Chicago’s newest music venue for a morning of mindful movement that features a focused three-mile run with views of the city's skyline. Lululemon-heads will love working with coach Marina as they set reflective goals and generate a deeper mind-body connection.

The final Handmade Market of the season brings together dozens of craft makers and vendors for an afternoon of shopping and indulgence. Grab a bloody (or two) and fill your satchel with a varied assortment of wares, from jewelry to pastries to skincare products.

Help select the quest and make decisions that determine the outcome of this improv comedy role playing game. The audience is joined in their quest by a talented cast of improvisers, who help bring the characters to life and become part of the action-packed narrative.

Unwind and find your inner peace at this tranquil Monday night gathering. Ease into gentle yoga poses that promote deep relaxation and flexibility, followed by a guided meditation that will quiet your mind and soothe your spirit — all in a calming and reflective environment.

Look back on the history of Chicago bars and the role they play in neighborhoods during this informative program. You'll hear about how Uptown's entertainment venues confronted Prohibition and learn why so many local watering holes have Old Style signs hanging above their doors.

Don't miss this spring gathering of amazing female entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and influencers showcasing their unique products and services. Discover innovative new brands while you network with like-minded women during a night of empowerment, inspiration, and fun.

Hop to this beer-centric fundraising bash and learn woodworking skills as you enjoy delicious Goose Island brews — all while supporting a great cause. Proceeds benefit Rebuilding Exchange’s mission to reduce landfill waste through repurposing building materials.

Get cookin’ with Hot Potato Hearts during this low-pressure speed dating event in a relaxed, friendly setting. The inclusive, non-conforming approach eliminates the pressure of traditional speed dating, allowing you to be your best self and make great connections.

Avoid basic questions like “What do you do?” at your next date or networking event. You’ll be the talk of the town after joining this growing community and learning better conversational skills that can move you onto the next date or up the company’s chain of command.

This monthly show asks comedians to take their best shot at explaining a set of scientific data, before turning the stage over to the scientist who conducted the research (and knows what all those numbers and graphs actually represent).

Get the training you need to create amazing designs with milk (and dairy alternatives) during this Counter Culture class, which covers the intricacies of steaming milk and pouring it in creative ways. Expect to drink plenty of lattes and cappuccinos along the way!

Ever wanted to act but fear you lack the chops or years of experience to make it on the big stage? Fear not! Let’s Read a Play invites thespians and citizens alike to participate in a casual-but-fun reading of new and classic plays. To be or not to be? Just be here already!

Join Crossing Borders for a night of music and solidarity with the country of Haiti in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Soak up the vibrant sounds of Haitian music while celebrating the incredible talent that has been rising since this program began 10 years ago.

Daft Punk may not be playing at your house, but this indie rock-inspired dance party is all for you. Dust off your skinniest jeans and that obscure, undersized band tee — tonight is all about celebrating the golden age of blog-fueled music and culture through the power of dance.

Previously a backyard comedy show, this showcase hosted by former "Conan" writer Skyler Higley finds an indoor home at the Lincoln Lodge, presenting musical comedy and sets from local stand-ups.

Players of all experience levels are welcome to drop in for a one-shot Dungeons & Dragons adventure or an ongoing campaign, all overseen by seasoned Dungeon Masters. Guests can bring their own characters, grab a beer, and play for up to four hours.

Ready to turn your dreams into reality? This method can help you achieve your goals and unlock your full potential. Whatever the positive change you’re trying to make, this dream management program can help guide you as you attempt to start living out your life dreams.

Meet new people (and see if any sparks fly) during this creative event for singles, where you'll repurpose an old cabinet door, turning it into stylish, sustainable home decor.

Readers who know Emily St. John Mandel as the author that inspired HBO’s "Station Eleven" (yes, it was a book first!) will be thrilled to see her in-person during this reading of her new book, plus a conversation with Greta Johnson, host of WBEZ’s Nerdette podcast.

Laugh yourself dead at Chicago’s best Thursday night comedy show, which features comics that have appeared on HBO, Netflix, and Hulu. Assemble your squad, stretch those belly muscles, and witness some of the city’s finest comics doing what they do best.

Get the talk show experience without heading to New York or Los Angeles by attending the Newport Theater's monthly variety show, featuring interviews with notable Chicagoans, comedy, and live music.

See this Boston supergroup’s raucous live show as they crash land for a gig in Chicago's intimate Judson & Moore Distillery. Blending rootsy originals and traditional covers, Session American’s members have performed with the likes of Patti Griffin, Josh Ritter, and Bonnie Raitt.

Dust off your hiking boots and celebrate Earth Day with this guided hike on a scenic 3.2-mile loop trail near Spring Grove, Illinois. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner, this is a great way to connect with nature and show support for our wonderful planet.

Salute the sun and then salute yourself after attending this gathering at Montrose Harbor. You’ll sweat out your Friday fun before making new friends and doing the important work of keeping Chicago's lakeside clean — a fitting way to kick-off this year’s Earth Day.

Experience the ultimate horror show at this film extravaganza that features the US theatrical premiere of 1973 film "The Mummy’s Revenge." This immersive cinematic experience will transport you to the dark, twisted world of European horror and leave you begging for more.

Break the cycle of oppression with inspiring poetry that showcases the power of words to energize and heal. Featuring a diverse lineup of talented poets, this spoken word event celebrates freedom, justice, and hope. Don't be surprised if you leave feeling inspired.

This unique cultural event honors the rich and storied heritage of Mexican spirits with tastings, seminars, and music. Attendees will discover the flavors and traditions of our southern neighbor’s most beloved beverages, including agave spirits, whiskey, gin, and rum.

Breathe life into blank garments with this unique, naturalistic staining approach that employs avocado pits as your dye. You'll learn how to prepare, create, and care for naturally dyed materials, plus you get to show off a new custom bandana that you've designed yourself.

Learn how to make homemade pesto, garlic shrimp, and baked goat cheese during this Spanish tapas cooking class, hosted at Chef Yanni's Place. Don't forget to BYOB!

Poets, singers, musicians, comedians, storytellers, and anyone else with a talent can show it off at the Silverroom's monthly open mic, hosted by local singer-songwriter Indenaial. Don't want to take the stage? You can still show up to watch!

Bounce around 30,000 square feet of indoor trampolines, foam pits and rock walls at this adults-only event at Altitude Chicago, where you're free to feel like a kid again (if only for an evening).

Write the next chapter of your life at this empowering yoga and writing workshop that helps individuals create a more fulfilling and authentic life through exercise and journaling. Participants will gain the tools and confidence to own their narrative and transform their future.

Pickle lovers unite and allow the power of the brine overwhelm you at this hybrid pickle-themed food and drink festival. Whether you’re a longtime briner or new to the pickle party, there’s something for everyone at this Wrigleyville bonanza. Yeah, it’s kind of a big dill.

Experience some secondhand embarrassment at this storytelling series, where normal folks share tales of humiliation — the kind that are only funny in retrospect — in front of a crowd of strangers. This month's edition is "Star Wars"-themed.