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Explore Chicago With Debra – in April

Spring is here! What a crazy bunch of fun April brings. From bunnies to robots to love, with a bit of madness and a dash of gastronomy thrown in for good measure. Explore Chicago with my top picks for the month of April!

Fifth Annual Bunny Rock Chicago 5K and Kid’s Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9:00 A.M.
Grant Park Upper Hutchinson Field
The fastest bunny with a mullet wins the prize at this festive race​! ​ ​This ode to spring 5K features ​80’s rock music​, ​hoppin’ ​​race amenitie​s and ​​​an egg hunt with over 3000 candy filled eggs​ (​for children ​a​ges 2-8), a live Petting Zoo, and ​get your pic taken with the Easter Bunny! www.bunnyrock5k.com.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

April 2 – 19, 2015
The Side Project Theatre

And continuing a bunny theme, this one on the dark side of the rabbit hole… catch Alice in Wonderland; this adaptation by James Michael Shoberg​ and​ directed by Amber Lee Olivier​ is a dark, ​edgy comedy about a schoolgirl lost ​on​ the seedy side of town​. Showing​ at The Side Project Theatre. Recommended for age​s​ 17+.
Read more about the play here.

Artisan food festival

April 25, 2015 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Chicago French Market

Eat cheese! Drink beer! Taste wine! And more! This free tasting and meet-the-maker event ​will feature ​an array of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. ​Chees​emongers,​ and ​other ​mongers​,​ from Chicago and ​the world​ will meet here in Chicago; taste their goodies and learn about their respective crafts. More info.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

March 27 – April 19, 2015
Mayer Kaplan JCC Theatre

Midlife-crisis comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon at Mayer Kaplan JCC Theatre in Skokie. ​The​ story of a man who become​s​ afraid that the sexual revolution of the 60’s is passing him by. Determined to experience​​ for one afternoon a memorable, romantic encounter before he dies, he spends the next nine months pursuing three different women in an attempt to have an extramarital affair.​ Tickets.

Robots at the museum

April 4 – 12, 2015
Museum of Science and Industry

Celebrate ​your inner geek at ​National Robotics Week 2015 by checking out the cool ‘bots​’​ designed by Chicago-area student and amateur teams​;, hearing from top university robotics scholars​; watching a live robotics competition​;​ and interacting with some state-of-the-art robots. Tickets included with Museum Entry.​ Find out morehere.

Baconfest

April 17 – 18, 2015
UIC Forum (725 West Roosevelt)

Chicago’s best chefs concoct and serve brilliant bacon dishes to thousands of passionate bacon lovers. Liquor sponsors provide cocktails, beer and wine designed to complement a bacon meal. Bacontrepreneurs and bacon-friendly brands exhibit their wares and connect with our bacon community. Three sessions to chose from. Get tickets.
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