8 Things to do in Chicago & Lake County: April 12

Enjoy the spring season with new experiences to make your days brighter! From outdoor activities like nature walks and festivals, to exploring new areas and shops, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a round-up of five activities this weekend that we think you will love to kick off the spring season!

Ya’ll Got Trouble in River City

And that’s Trouble with a capital “T!” Follow fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he tries to con the people of River City, Iowa into buying band instruments and uniforms. But his plans are foiled when he falls in love with the local librarian. It’s an outstanding production of Meredith Wilson’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man.

Date: Through June 2 
Time: Fri 8:00PM; Sat 4:00PM & 8:00PM; Sun 1:00PM & 5:00PM 
Cost: From $60 
Location: Marriott Theater, 10 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire 
More Info: marriotttheater.com

A Show & Tell… On Steroids! 

The Lake County Maker Faire is like the Greatest Show & Tell on Earth! Meet with engineers, artists, scientists and crafters who are eager to share their hobbies, experiments and projects. It’s a family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity. 

Date: April 13 
Time: 10:00AM to 2:00PM 
Cost: Free, registration is encouraged 
Location: College of Lake County, Building F, 19351 W. Washington St, Grayslake 
More Info: lakecounty.makerfaire.com 

Paul Douglas Trail Cleanup: Lend a Hand

Get a jump on Earth Day and join the Bike Palatine Club for their 4th annual trail cleanup day. It’s a chance to pitch in for the environment, meet club members, and learn about this non-profit organization dedicated to making the community more bicycle-friendly. Event kicks off at the Grassy Meadow parking lot off W. Central Rd, east of S. Freeman Rd.

Date: April 13 
Time: 8:00AM to 12:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Paul Douglas Forest Preserve, W. Central Ave east of Freeman Rd, Hoffman Estates 
More Info: bikepalatine.com 

A Global Art Exposition

This weekend, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art will host EXPO CHICAGO. Discover collections from 170 respected galleries from cities around the world including Paris, New York, Venice, Cape Town, Berlin, Tokyo and Buenos Aires. 

Date: Apr 12-14 
Time: Fri & Sat 11:00AM to 7:00PM; Sun 11:00AM to 6:00PM 
Cost: $40 
Location: Festival Hall at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago 
More Info: expochicago.com

Celebrate Earth Month 

In honor of Earth Month, the Chicago Park District is hosting an Earth Day Resource Fair. Representatives and staff from various environmental organizations will be on hand to talk about all things Earth-related, from gardening and native plants to forest conservation and recycling. 

Date: April 13 
Time: 12:00 to 3:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St, Chicago 
More Info: chicagoparkdistrict.com 

Nocturnal Scenes in Japanese Prints

By the Light of the Moon is a wondrous, carefully curated exhibit of Japanese prints from the mid-1700s to the 20th century. The theme is the evolving and myriad ways that these skilled printmakers have used and depicted moonlight and the nighttime sky in their works.

Date: Exhibit Closes April 14 
Time: 11:00AM to 5:00PM 
Cost: $20 Chicago Residents; $27 Illinois Residents; $32 General Admission 
Location: Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago 
More Info: artic.edu 

The Dark Side of the Moon 

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of one of the best-selling albums of all time, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, with an immersive and mesmerizing visual and musical experience. The 43-minute planetarium show uses the latest technology to deliver stunning visuals of the solar system and beyond, accompanied by all 10 tracks off the album.

Date: Through Dec 31 
Time: Fri, Sat & Sun at 3:15PM 
Cost: $39 (Includes Museum Entry) 
Location: Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr, Chicago 
More Info: adlerplanetarium.org

Fire, Water & The Climate Crisis 

Join Pete McBride, National Geographic photographer and author of The Colorado River: Chasing Water, and John Vaillant, author of Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World, as they present their unique, visceral perspectives on the dramatic calamities impacting our environment. 

Date: April 13 
Time: 11:00AM to 12:15PM 
Cost: $25; $20 for Chicago Humanities Members; $15 for Students & Teachers 
Location: Goodman Theater, 170 N. Dearborn St, Chicago 
More Info: chicagohumanities.org  

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