Dion Parson and the 21st Century Band @ Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

dion-parson-and-21st-century-bandLed by GRAMMY award-winning drummer Dion Parson, this 7-piece band features a fresh, innovative sound mixing US Virgin Islands traditions with other Caribbean infusions like reggae, calypso, soca, mento, ska, zouk, steel pan, chutney, and funk with New Orleans and African overtones. Together, these supremely talented artists deliver their special brand of Caribbean jazz with down-home sophistication and a high energy level that has audiences-young and old-soaring to their feet time and time again.

Miami City Ballet @ The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

April 29, 2016 – April 30, 2016

miami-city-balletMiami City Ballet makes their Harris Theater debut during their 30th anniversary season. Performing two distinct programs over two evening engagements, ballet’s current choreographic sensation Justin Peck is featured prominently in both programs. The company will be accompanied by the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra.

The dancers of MCB are known for their distinct musicality, interpretive artistry, great speed and attack, technical clarity, and ability to move seamlessly between diverse dance genres including classical, contemporary, and modern.

April 29 Program:

Allergro Brilliante
Chutes and Ladder
Symphonic Dance

April 30 Program:

Ballo della Regina

These performances are part of the 2015-16 Harris Theater Presents season. High wattage stars and accomplished masters comprise one of the most highly anticipated dance seasons to date.

Deathtrap @ St. Bonaventure
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

April 29, 2016 – May 22, 2016

deathtrapSidney Bruhl, a once powerful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a pattern of failures and a shortage of funds. When he receives a script from one of his students, Sidney sees a future Broadway hit. With his wife, who is skittish at first, he devises a scheme to lure the playwright to their home, kill him and publish the script as his own. But when author Clifford arrives, it is clear things are not what they seem to be. With homicide and humor, the play turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse between Clifford and Sidney.

AANS Annual Scientific Meeting @ McCormick Place West
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am – May 4 @ 4:00 pm

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting

aans-annual-scientific-meetingThis unique opportunity provides a forum for exhibitors to promote new products/services, present new research findings or conduct product demonstrations outside of their booths in an educational environment. Take advantage of this occasion to provide increased learning possibilities for attendees and gain additional face-to-face contact with potential buyers. The Lunch-and-learn Seminars will take place in a meeting room.

Baconfest Chicago @ UIC Forum
Apr 30 @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

April 30, 2016 – May 1, 2016

baconfest chicagoBaconfest is a fun-filled, walk-around tasting event featuring the most creative bacon dishes from the best chefs in Chicago.

On the festival floor, the hottest chefs from the finest local restaurants prepare and serve small plates starring bacon. The best mixologists and brewers quench thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. Luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacontrepreneurs display, sample, and sell a multitude of local craft bacons and bacon-related products. Guests grab a Baconfest: Guide to Bacon playbill and walk around in a bacon-lover’s Nirvana. To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts, they give out Golden Rasher Awards (the Oscars of the bacon world) to pro and amateur chefs as well as the winners of their Bacon arts poetry, video, song, and other contests.


Saturday Lunch – April 30
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Cooking Channel VIP hour
12 – 3 p.m.: General Admission Period
Theme: Sweet
Featured Cocktail: Tiki

Saturday Dinner – April 30
6 – 7 p.m.: Cooking Channel VIP Hour
7 – 10 p.m.: General Admission Period
Theme: Smoke
Featured Cocktail: Old Fashioned

Sunday Brunch — May 1
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Cooking Channel VIP hour
12 – 3 p.m.: General Admission Period
Theme: Heat
Featured Cocktail: Bloody Mary

Spanish Rhythm & Dance @ Symphony Center
Apr 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

CSOThe rich and varied traditions of Spanish dance are celebrated in this program featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists from the Chicago-based Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University. The ensemble celebrates its 40th anniversary during the 2015/16 season. This festive program includes excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen as well as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, led by guest conductor Scott Speck.

Spanish Rhythm and Dance is part of the Family A Series and Family B Series at the Symphony Center. Three unique programs explore how, when and why music is used as part of celebrations that bring communities, friends and families together. Each concert is designed to introduce children to great works of orchestral literature, igniting their imagination through an opportunity to hear some of the most dynamic, exciting music that they may have ever experienced.

Cinco de Mayo Parade
May 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Cinco de Mayo ParadeThe Cinco de Mayo Parade is held to remember the victory the Mexican forces had over the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Michael Carbonaro @ The Chicago Theatre
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

michael-carbonoroMichael Carbonaro is an Italian American actor, magician, and improv artist. He is known for his hidden-camera “Magic Clerk” segments on The Tonight Show, in which he tricks unsuspecting customers at a convenience store. This led to a television series with a similar premise, The Carbonaro Effect, which premiered on TruTV on May 15, 2014, following a preview episode on April 1, 2014.

Tales of Yore @ Music Institute of Chicago Nichols Concert Hall
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

tales-of-yoreFrom long traditions of storytelling, Rembrandt Chamber Players offers three tales of timeless import from across centuries and cultures to pack along on our own summer vacations: a quintessential example of Dvořák’s creative reconfiguring of Bohemian folk lore and song; the story of a merry prankster from the 19th Century reincarnated in the 20th; and a contemporary interpretation of Voltaire’s classic Candide tale complete with narrator and marionettes.


The concert will be followed by a complementary Wine & Conversation reception at Vinic Wine Company, providing an opportunity to meet the musicians, composers, and guest artists. Rembrandt patrons receive 10% off any purchases made at Vinic during the reception.

Sound of Dalmatia Tour @ House of Blues
May 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

sound-of-dalmatiaSee the Sound of Dalmatia Tour live featuring Neno Belan & Fiumens, Zorica Kondza, Maja Blagdan, Ivo Amulic, and Meri Cationic & Tedi Spalato May 1 at the House of Blues!


Ages: 17+