CHICAGO — Easter festivities, a free filmmaking workshop and a handmade market are just a few things to do around the city this weekend.
Here’s a roundup of 10 things to do in Chicago this weekend:
Easter Jazz Brunch
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Time Out Market Chicago, 916 W. Fulton Market
There will be face painters, balloon twisters, specialty cocktails and mimosa pitches, performances by the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective and more at this Easter brunch celebration. No reservations are required.
One Day To Make A Movie Workshop
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St.
This is a free two-part workshop and double screening led by filmmakers Miguel Silveira and Missy Hernandez, where they teach participants about “classic” Hollywood storytelling structure, how to craft a film with what you have and more.
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday
The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.
You can shop funky jewelry, knitted items, baked goods, paper crafts, skincare and more at this market with more than 30 artists and vendors. These markets are held on the second Saturday of every month between October and April. Admission for this 21+ market is free and open to the public. Kids are also welcome with their parents.
National Empanada Day
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
Oz Park, 2021 N. Burling St.
Vida Mia Beverages is launching a mobile cafe in honor of National Empanada Day. In a pink tent by the Oz Park tennis courts, you can enjoy chicken and beef empanadas and beverages like Cold Cinnamon Chocolate, inspired by Mexican hot chocolate. You can RSVP for free here.
Bunny Rock 10K, 5K And Kids Egg Dash
10K starts at 9 a.m., 5K starts at 9:15 a.m. and the Kids Egg Dash starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday
Grant Park, 1501 S. Lake Shore Dr.
The Bunny Rock is an annual pre-Easter celebration with races, goodies and more. All 10K and 5K participants will receive a bunny ear headband, a dri-fit unisex long sleeve quarter zip or a t-shirt, a race bib and a finisher medal. Kids dash participants will receive a bunny ear headband, neon sunglasses, a basket, a race bib and plastic, colorful eggs. 10K registration is $60-70, 5K registration is $50-60 and Kids Egg Dash registration is $20-30. You can register here.
South Loop Easter Egg Hunt
Noon-2 p.m. Saturday
Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave.
There will be more than 15,000 eggs to hunt for, an animal petting zoo, prizes, piñatas, treats and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Tickets for $10-15 are available here. Infants younger than 12 months get in free but still must have a ticket.
10 a.m.-2p.m. Saturday
Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St.
The American India Foundation’s Chicago Young Professionals chapter is hosting its first ever Holi celebration. There will be plenty of music, dance, food and colors. Student tickets for $12 include colors, a plain white t-shirt and packaged water. Regular tickets for $15 include color and packaged water. You can also purchase plain white t-shirts, additional color packets, snacks and drinks (including chai) at the venue. You can buy your tickets here.
8 a.m.-noon Saturday
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2234 N. Cannon St.
You can go on egg hunts, take photos with the Easter Bunny, go on train and carousel rides, play outdoor games and more. Tickets for $35 are available online. Infants younger than 12 months get in free with the purchase of an adult’s ticket.
Wildlight Yoga Grand Reopening
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
Wildlight Yoga, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Tour the new space or sign up for a yoga class at this grand reopening event. There will also be a tarot table, photo opportunities, gift bags, food and refreshments and more. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Register online.
Easter Pop-Up Shop And Brunch
Noon-6 p.m. Saturday
150 E. 124th Pl.
There will be music, vendors, an Easter egg hunt for kids, crafts and games, photos with the Easter Bunny, a brunch buffet and more. General admission is free, but you can buy $25-35 tickets for brunch and drinks online.
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Adés Conducts Adés with Gerstein
1:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave.
Come along for an engrossing program of musical storytelling as Thomas Adès conducts Liszt’s swirling treatment of the Faust legend, Janáček’s depiction of a 17th-century Cossack warrior and Sibelius’ incidental music to Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Buy tickets or enter to win a pair here.
FACS / Cabeza De Chivo / Trouble In Mind DJS
10 p.m. Friday, 10 p.m. Saturday
Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.
Playing dark, propulsive music that stands at the intersection of post-punk and post-rock, Facs formed from the ashes of the like-minded Chicago outfit Disappears. They stripped their music down to its starkest rhythmic foundations on their 2018 debut Negative Houses, then added more experimentation and melody on 2020’s Void Moments and the following year’s Present Tense. Buy tickets or enter to win a pair here.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
7 p.m. Saturday
Radius, 640 W. Cermak Rd.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a New Zealand psychedelic rock band formed in Auckland, primarily composed of singer, guitarist, and songwriter Ruban Nielson, and bassist Jacob Portrait. The band is currently based in Portland, Oregon, United States. Nielson started the band in 2010. Buy tickets or enter to win a pair here.
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