8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: April 19

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!

Earth Day(s) at Brookfield Zoo 

Party for the Planet and dispose of those items you’ve been storing in your basement and garage. Bring electronics, books and textiles on Saturday for an Earth-friendly disposal and recycling event. On Sunday, there’s the 2.2-mile Earth Day Run through the twists and turns of the Brookfield Zoo during pre-park hours.

Date: April 20 Party for the Planet Recycling Collection; April 21 Earth Day Run 
Time: Saturday Recycling 9:00AM to 2:00PM; Sunday Run 8:00AM 
Cost: Free for Recycling; $35 for 2.2-Mile Run 
Location: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St, Brookfield 
More Info: brookfieldzoo.org  

Dine Out in Lisle 

Friday is the last night for Lisle Restaurant Week! Experience classic and modern cuisine from American and Italian to Mexican, gastropub fare, and more. There are unique multi-course offerings and limited-time specials from participating restaurants including Brasi’s Pizzeria, Raymes Steak & Fish House, Kindred Gastropub, and Yerbabuena. 

Date: April 19 
Time: Varies by venue 
Cost: Varies by venue 
Location: Restaurants throughout the Village of Lisle 
More Info: villageoflisle.org 

Makers & Brewers 

Sip and shop away your Sunday afternoon at Alter Brewing Company’s Downers Grove taproom. Their 2024 Spring Makers Market will feature an outstanding group of vendors, including Grandma Dan’s Cookies, Second City Soapery, DK Custom Woodwork, Amber Clay Pottery, Downtime Coffee, and others

Date: April 21 
Time: 12:00 to 4:00PM 
Cost: Free to attend 
Location: Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave, Downers Grove 
More Info: alterbrewing.com 

Calling All Young Botanists 

On weekends, budding young botanists can meet with Nature Educators at the Garfield Park Conservatory for enriching activities that encourage scientific exploration and a deeper understanding of plants. Kids of all ages (and curious adults, too!)  can stop by the front desk to learn the location of the Budding Botanists Station. 

Date: April 21 
Time: 10:30AM to 2:30PM 
Cost: Free: Reservations required 
Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave, Chicago 
More Info: garfieldconservatory.org  

African American Art 

This is the last weekend for this exhibit! The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition features paintings, drawings, fine art prints, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramics and photography by African American artists from across the country, including emerging youth artists. 

Date: Exhibit Closes April 21 
Time: 9:30AM to 4:00PM 
Cost: $25.95; Children under 11 years old $14.95; Free for Members 
Location: Museum of Science + Industry, 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr, Chicago 
More Info: msichicago.org 

Yoga & Cocktails 

Join Chicago’s own KOVAL Distillery and The Collective Yoga Co-op for an accessible and energizing class! Founded in 2008, KOVAL was the first distillery to open in the city since the mid-1800’s. Believing in the intersection of yoga, social justice and diversity, The Collective Yoga Co-op centers LGBTQ+ voices and voices of color in their teachers and practice. 

Date: April 21 
Time: 12:00PM 
Cost: $25 
Location: Koval Distillery, 4241 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago 
More Info: shop.koval-distillery.com  

Charcuterie in a Wine Glass 

Hosted by A Non-Alc Wine Shop, this hands-on workshop includes premium cured meats, artisanal cheeses, nuts, fruits and more so you can create your own stemmed charcuterie in a wine glass. Event includes hors d’oeuvres, a 4-glass tasting flight of non-alcoholic wines, and an elegant wineglass to showcase your charcuterie arrangement. 

Date: April 21 
Time: 2:00 to 4:00PM 
Cost: $65 
Location: A Non-Alc Wine Shop, 2048 W. Chicago Ave, Suite A, Chicago 
More Info: nonalcwineshop.com 

Discover Chicago’s Street Art 

Join an engaging guide from Studio W.I.P. for this entertaining, enlightening tour through the West Town neighborhood, home to the B-Line: the newest iteration of the murals and street art that first emerged in Chicago in the 1970’s. Learn about the history, artists and works along this unique outdoor art gallery. 

Date: April 20 & April 21 
Time: 12:00PM and 2:30PM 
Cost: $25 
Location: Meeting Point: 506 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 
More Info: native312.events 

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