8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: 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!

Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto 

World-renowned pianist Marta Aznavoorian joins Camerata Chicago to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall, this stunning program also includes the chamber orchestra performing Dvorak’s New World Symphony No. 9 and the William Tell Overture by Rossini. 

Date: April 13 in Wheaton and April 14 in Hinsdale 
Time: 3:00PM 
Cost: April 13 from $35; April 14 from $50; Student & Senior Pricing Available 
Location: April 13: Armerding Concert Hall, 520 E. Kenilworth Ave, Wheaton | April 14: Hinsdale Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 201 N. Oak St, Hinsdale 
More Info:  cameratachicago.org 

Springtime on the Farm 

Experience the coming of spring at Kline Creek Farm, an 1890’s living history farm. It’s the season when lambs and calves are born, and draft horses prepare the fields for planting. Guided tours will reveal all the work that went into the kitchen garden and crop fields. 

Date: April 12 
Time: 10:00AM to 4:00PM – Tours begin on the hour 
Cost: $5 suggested donation 
Location: Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Rd, West Chicago 
More Info: dupageforest.org 

Follow the Trail to Your Favorite Characters

From Captain America and Batman to Tinkerbell and Elsa, your favorite local businesses in downtown Wheaton will be hosting superheroes and princesses. Snap a photo, collect autographs, and create fun, family memories. A map of locations and characters is available online. 

Date: April 13 
Time: 11:00AM to 1:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Participating businesses in downtown Wheaton 
More Info: downtownwheaton.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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