APRIL 2018 – The weekend before writing this, thousands of Chicagoans donned Kelly green once again. No, it wasn’t for St. Paddy’s Day, rather the annual Shamrock Shuffle, the event that officially kicks off the city’s competitive running season. It reminded us that no matter what, we have to get out and enjoy the city. Why? Because even though temps were in the 30s and the wind blowing off Lake Michigan was strong enough to blow your house down, people still remembered why we live in this amazing city. There’s just way too many reasons to get out of the house. And here, your April 2018 culture report to help you do just that. As always, check out our events calendar to stay up to date on all happenings at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel!
C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo
What: The annual gathering of writers, authors and stars from comics, movies, SciFi and more. Expect to see people from the likes of Smallville, The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Daredevil and likely plenty of surprises.
When: April 6-8
Where: McCormick Place
Cost: $30.75 to $40.75 per day. Three-day passes also available.
Taste of Iceland in Chicago
What: The annual four-day event returns to the Windy City to highlight culture, architecture, design, food, drink, music and more from the tiny Nordic island country. A preview kickoff party happens at The Dawson April 3.
When: April 5-8
Where: Various locations including Music Box Theater, Marshall’s Landing, Baptiste & Bottle and Martyrs’
Cost: Varies depending on event.
Experimental Sound Studio presents: Jennifer Walshe & MOCREP
What: Experimental Sound Studio will present a performance of works by Jennifer Walshe in collaboration with MOCREP. This exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between Walshe and MOCREP will include moments of karaoke, sounds of the outdoors and sometimes no sound at all. This performance has been facilitated by the Aisteach Institute, the Avant Garde Archive of Ireland, and will feature the Chicago premier of the film, AN GLÉACHT.
When: April 10, 2018 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Madison Ballroom at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Poor People’s TV Room
What: New York–based Bessie Award-winning writer, performer, and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili brings this 90-minute live performance to the MCA to examine gender, culture and identity through choreography, spoken word, song and film. It was inspired by two distinct incidents in Nigerian history: the 1929 Women’s War and the 2014 kidnapping of more than 300 girls by the Boko Haram.
When: April 12-15
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
Cost: $30 ($10 for students)
Chef Bill Kim’s Korean Cookbook Release Party
What: Chef Bill Kim, he of bellyQ and Urbanbelly fame, wrote a book, Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces, and he’s gathering a bunch of his kitchen alumni to celebrate during a book release party. Enjoy food stations highlighting recipes from the book he and food writer, Chandra Ram, created. You’ll be able to create your own highball cocktails and get signed copies of the book while Closed Sessions DJs and Won Kim of Kimski Live Mural Installations creates some cool live art.
When: April 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: bellyQ (1400 W. Randolph)
Cost: $50 (includes food, one Suntory Toki cocktail and a signed copy of the book)
Amplified: Chicago Blues
What: Chicago is so closely tied to the rise of blues music and photographer Raeburn Flerlage captured the sights and sounds of the 1960s scene in clubs, neighborhoods, studios, homes and the streets with artists like Otis Rush, Bobby Bland and even Bob Dylan.
When: Opens April 7 and runs through August
Where: Chicago History Museum
Cost: $19 (adults), $17 (students)
Chicago Humanities Springfest/18
What: With a spotlight shining on graphics this year, CHF brings the weeklong Springfest, which will see events with the likes of The Roots’ Questlove, author Gillian Flynn, former FBI director James Comey, Bachelor Nation author Amy Kaufman and many more.
When: April 24-29
Where: Various locations including the Harris Theater and the Fine Arts Building.
Cost: Ranges by event
What: Imagine the X Games, but with booze, food and tunes. That’s WhiskyX and it’s coming to Soldier Field’s United Club. Expect samplings of around 60 premium brown spirits (think Basil Hayden, Aberlour, WhistlePig, High West), tastes from some of Chicago’s top chefs from River Roast, Slurping Turtle and Heaven on Seven, various food trucks and live music from Mowgli’s.
When: April 27 at 6 p.m.
Where: Soldier Field’s United Club
Cost: GA tickets cost $75; VIP cost $125