Hey, Chicago! Hey Chicago, hey, we're over here. There you go. We know Friday is a big day, but once you're done celebrating, you may want to get up off the couch. And if you're leaving your house this weekend, we've got some pretty good ideas of where you should go. Some will save you money (since you may be low on extra funds soon), and a few are wallet-stretchers (which you can afford if you were waiting to get those Lolla passes).
One of the best things about spring cleaning is that it makes room for new stuff--in this case, old, new stuff from Chicago's weekend-long Antique Jewelry and Watch show. Pick up a new season's worth of baubles and enter a raffle to win a Rolex Submariner.
Where: 301 E. North Water St.
When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday, Apr. 20 and Saturday, Apr. 21; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 22
Price: $15 for all three days
Prints and Pints
Having trouble finding the perfect artwork for your pad? Get it right--make your own at the Hyde Park Art Center's "Prints and Pints." Bring any materials or use what they have on hand as the backdrop for beautiful, multi-layered screen printing, with artists on hand to help you get it right. A cash bar and DJ set afterward guarantees your work will look great by the end of the night.
Where: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.
When: 7:15 p.m. Friday, Apr. 20
The Second City 100th Revue: Who Do We Think We Are?
For 100 revues, The Second City has catapulted Chicago to a number one comedy destination city. Celebrate the landmark at "Who Do We Think We Are?" an exploration of what it means to be American--and human--and skewers politics with their usual flair.
Where: Second City Mainstage Theatre, 1616 N. Wells St.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Apr. 20
Chicago Red Dress Party
Spend a red carpet-quality night on the town at the Red Dress Party, a benefit for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Equality Project hosted by Ginger Zee and Christian Carabias. Musical guest Beverly McClellan will perform while guests peruse sweet and savory foods and an open bar. Remember to take their dress code seriously: red dress required--attitude optional.
Where: Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 21
The Late Live Show
After a brief hiatus, the Late Live Show returns to the stage Saturday; a local, primo alternative to tuning into Jimmy Fallon or Jay Leno. Previous guests of the quirky late-night live talk show include Danny Pudi from Community, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason, and Hoop Dreams director Steve James. This show kicks off their six-week run.
Where: Stage 773
When: 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 21
Girl Food Dinner
Chicago's all-stars have made it pretty clear that our girls know how to cook. Savor their talents while benefitting the hungry at the 16th annual Girl Food Dinner, where diners can sample dishes from chefs including Nicole Pederson from C-House, Jesse Oloroso from Black Dog Gelato, Susan Goss from West Town and more. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository's hunger-relief efforts.
Where: West Town Tavern 1329 W. Chicago Ave.
When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 22
Shedd's Picnic for a Planet
Celebrate Earth Day with a Chicago organization that works tirelessly to improve conditions on our planet. Join the Shedd Aquarium and the Nature Conservancy in their efforts to host a Guinness World Record-breaking picnic with their 24-hour outdoor feast. Visit staffers between bites for chats for hourly information sessions about life at the Shedd and samples of foods humans and sea creatures alike enjoy.
Where: Shedd Aquarium South Terrace, 1200 S. Lakeshore Dr.
When: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 22