8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: March 29

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!

Cucina Italiana!

Get ready for the holidays with this hands-on cooking class. You’ll learn how to make a beautiful loaf of Italian Easter bread, a fluffy bread that’s slightly sweet and often braided around dyed eggs. Also on the menu is Ricotta pie, a favorite Italian Easter dessert. 

Date: March 30 
Time: 10:30AM to 1:00PM 
Cost: $85 
Location: North American Pizza & Culinary Academy, 1970 University Ln, Lisle 
More Info: pizzaculinaryacademy.com 

Easter Brunch Buffet: Harry Caray Style!

The Lombard location of this legendary Chicagoland eatery will be featuring a special Easter Brunch Buffet, featuring starters like shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, breakfast muffins, and a decadent Dessert Station. In between, enjoy lunchtime favorites including Chicken Vesuvio and visit the Carving and Omelet Stations.

Date: March 31 
Time: 10:30AM to 2:30PM 
Cost: Adults $54.95; Children $29.95 
Location: Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard 
More Info: harrycarays.com 

It’s an Egg Hunt – Underwater! 

Kids 12-and-under will love this special Underwater Egg Hunt! It’s a 90-minute experience that begins with the egg hunt and ends with an open swim for the entire family. Some of the submerged eggs even have prize slips that can be redeemed for larger prizes! Participants will be divided into age groups upon arrival at the pool. 

Date: March 28 & 29 
Time: Thu 4:00 PM or 6:00PM; Fri 10:00AM, 12:00PM or 2:00PM,  
Cost: $14 ($10 for Oak Brook residents) 
Location: Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Rd, Oak Brook 
More Info: obparks.org 

Unleash Your Inner Potter

Perfect for beginners, this BYOB wheel-throwing pottery event takes you step-by-step from the nitty-gritty of clay preparation and centering it on the wheel to turning and trimming your piece – be it bowl, cup or vase. No experience needed for this fun pottery party! 

Date: March 29-31 
Time: Fri & Sat 2:30PM & 7:30PM; Sun 7:30PM 
Cost: $70 
Location: Color Cocktail Factory, 917 W. 18th St, Chicago 
More Info: colorcocktailfactory.com 

Night at the Museum

Venture into the Field Museum after hours for this family-friendly who-done-it mystery event. Come in your favorite sleuthing outfit and explore the exhibits for clues to solve the mystery. Museum staff will be on-hand to teach the curious about how specimens from the museum’s collections provide clues about the past. 

Date: March 29 
Time: 5:30 to 9:30PM 
Cost: From $30 ($27 for Members) 
Location: Field Museum, 1400 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr, Chicago 
More Info: fieldmuseum.org 

Pick Your Poison

Produced by the National Library of Medicine, Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions is a traveling exhibit in Chicago for a limited time. Fascinating, educational and enlightening, the exhibit explores the myriad factors that have shaped the shifting definitions of our most potent drugs, from medical miracles to social menace.

Date: Through April 6 
Time: Fri 9:30AM to 5:00PM; Sat & Sun 10:00AM to 5:00PM 
Cost: $18 to $25 
Location: International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago 
More Info: imss.org

A Duo of Duets 

Elastic Arts Foundation and Asian Improv aRts Midwest have joined together for a special concert featuring two duo sets. First up will be an acoustic duet from longtime collaborators Tatsu Aoki and Jim Baker. Headlining the evening will be Nireus, an electronic music duo featuring violinist Clara Takarabe and composer & synthesist H. Anton Riehl. 

Date: March 30 
Time: 8:30PM 
Cost: $15 – Tickets Available at the Door 
Location: Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave, #208, Chicago 
More Info: airmw.org

Folk Dance of Gujarat 

Founded in 2009 to celebrate Raas-Garba, a folk dance tradition from Gujarat, India, while also supporting philanthropic causes important to the South Asian community, Raas All-Stars has grown into one of the largest multicultural intercollegiate dance communities in the country. This weekend, their nine top collegiate teams will compete on-stage for the coveted title of Raas All-Stars XVI National Champions.

Date: March 30 
Time: 6:00PM; Doors open at 5:30PM 
Cost: From $47.50 General Admission 
Location: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St, Chicago 
More Info: harristheaterchicago.org 

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