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12 Of Our Favorite Events In Chicago This Weekend

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 25, 2016 3:35PM

Free beer? Free beer! Photo courtesy of Clark Street Dog & Bar.

The first weekend of spring is upon us. Get out there and enjoy it with these fun events we've lined up for you.


FREE BEER: Clark Street Dog & Bar has teamed up with Lagunitas to give out samples as part of a March Madness Midwest Regional viewing party. From 6 to 9 p.m. enjoy complimentary Lagunitas tastings of their IPA, Aunt Sally (dry-hopped sour ale) and DayTime.

GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL: If you ask us, all food is good, but not necessarily that kind of good. The Good Food Festival focuses on local, sustainable foods. The event includes exhibits, conferences, talks, networking and more across the three day festival at the UIC Forum. Tickets start at $10.

CONCERT: Will Oldham AKA Bonnie "Prince" Billy joins eighth blackbird for the concert evening titled Ghostlight at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The indie folk musician will join the ensemble, who is currently working in-residence at the museum, on the piece Rzewski's Coming Together, which follows a bomber’s descent into madness. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10.

BRIT POP + ROCK PARTY: Propaganda Chicago, modeled after the UK’s biggest alternative dance party, has made the new ping pong hotspot SPiN the home with DJ Dan taking up a monthly residency. Friday’s party doubles as a birthday celebration Chicago Mixologist, Benjamin Newby and rock and roll makeovers will also be available from Kelly Cardenas Salon. Entry is free.

Photo courtesy of Laugh Out Loud Theater.

LOL IMPROV COMEDY: There’s a new comedy theater in town. The suburban fixture Laugh Out Loud Theater celebrates the opening of their second location in North Center with a weekend of improv shows, prizes, surprise guests and so much more. Plus, get a chance to meet the cast that includes veterans from Second City, iO, The Annoyance, ComedySportz and more. Grand Opening Gala shows are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $30.


CHICAGO BEER FESTIVAL: Chicago Beer Festival moves festivities to the Field Museum for 2016. Sample dozens of local and domestic brews while perusing museum artifacts and experiences. They’ve got dozens of local and domestic breweries signed up including Atlas, Founders, Bell's and more. 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $45.

DAILY SHOW COMEDIAN: The new host of The Daily Show takes the stage at Chicago Theater with shows at 7 and 10 p.m. Trevor Noah, a South African native, saw comedic success with his own late night show before taking over the popular news program. Tickets start at $35.

C!RCA photo via Harris Theater.

returns to Harris Theater for Carnival of the Animals as part of the theater’s Family Series. The ensemble of circus artists puts the new in new circus with acrobatic performances that “challenge, thrill and delight.” These one-hour matinees are tailored for kids ages 4 to 12 to share with their families. 2 p.m. Tickets are $12.

WINE + VINYL: The latest edition of the Wine & Vinyl club meets up at Yachtclub at 8 p.m. The evening includes visuals from artist BonsaiMusiq and three DJs will take turns spinning. BYO records and wine. Entry is $5.

BOOK SIGNING + COLORING: Grab your Crayolas and head to 57th Street Books where author Jessie Kanelos Weiner returns home for a coloring event and signing of her new book, Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables. The Chicago native who currently lives in Paris is also a food illustrator who has worked for Nespresso, Kellogg’s and more. 2 p.m. Free.

FREE PUNK ROCK: Join Ted Leo, NE-HI and the HoZac Records DJs at the Dr. Martens store on State Street to celebrate 40 years of punk. From noon to 6 p.m. the store will host these punk all-stars for the most punk rock birthday party around. Mohawks are free. Get one and get 25% off anything you buy. There's also going to be free food and drink from the Dönermen Food Truck and Seasons Soda. Score!


Picture courtesy of Longman & Eagle.

ADULT EASTER EGG HUNT: Why should the kids have all the fun? Head to Longman & Eagle for their Adult Easter Egg Hunt at noon. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and there are adult beverage prizes, too! Don’t miss the accompanying block party with a DJ and drinks and food from the L&E crew. Entry is $5 per person with proceeds going to One Tail at a Time.