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5 Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

With the sun out, take a walk through the Randolph Street Market Festival where hundreds of vendors have everything from your favorite vintage jean jacket to your next couch. The C2E2 Comics and Entertainment Expo will have you stepping on capes as fans dressed as their favorite comic book heroes wait in line to meet legends like Stan Lee. If you’d rather be the star of the show, take part in Headquarter Beercade’s video game tournament. Show your respect to the power of bacon and the skilled chefs who create magic with it at this year’s Baconfest. For less calories, visit the Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show where you can browse impressive collections from all over the world.

Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewlery ShowChicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
Over 100 exhibitors will showcase their most eye-catching pieces from collections of art, antiques and jewelry spanning the globe. Taking over Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, the show is a must see for art collectors, interior designers, and those who love to decorate.
When: Thursday, April 24–Sunday, April 28
Where: 600 E. Grand Avenue
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Admission: $20
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Video Game TournamentVideo Game Tournament
Drink up and compete to be the ultimate old school arcade champion at Headquarters Beercade. Join humanitarians and beer lovers as they battle for the title while raising funds for Reading with Pictures, a nonprofit that promotes literacy.
When: Friday, April 25
Where: 2833 N. Sheffield Avenue
Hours: 8-11pm
Admission: $40
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C2E2C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo
Comics, their creators and a plethora of fans dressed as their favorite characters will fill McCormick Place. Meet a who’s who of writers and artists. Don’t be shocked to see that guy in the next cubicle dressed as Thor.
When: Friday, April 25-Sunday, April 27
Where: 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
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Admission: $25-70
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Pig out at this year’s Baconfest! Everything from the food to the drinks is bacon-based and you can get a taste of it all. With proceeds going to local food charities like the Greater Chicago Food depository, it’s totally worth the calories.
When: Friday, April 25–Saturday, April 26
Where: 725 W. Roosevelt Road
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Admission: $100-200
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Randolph Street MarketRandolph Street Market
Touted as the SoHo of the Midwest, the Randolph Street Market has something for everybody with vendors showcasing vintage clothes, jewelry, furniture and a wide array of designer goods and food at this indoor-outdoor festival.
When: Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, April 27
Where: 1340 W. Washington Boulevard
Hours: 10am-5pm
Admission: $8-10
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