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15 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: Cherry Blossoms, Beach Yoga, A Dank Magic Market And More

You can also do yoga with bunnies, celebrate Earth Day with various activities and workshops and watch a film shot in Rogers Park.

Cherry blossoms begin to bloom along the Columbia Basin near the Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park on April 19, 2022.
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CHICAGO — You can watch cherry blossoms bloom, celebrate Earth Day with sunflowers and bunnies, run 4.20 miles to help destigmatize cannabis and more this weekend.

Here’s a roundup of 15 things to do around the city:

Hanami: Cherry Blossom Viewing

Noon-3 p.m. Saturday

Garden of the Phoenix, 6300 S. Cornell Ave.

Jackson Park’s Garden of the Phoenix is home to about 160 cherry blossom trees, which you can catch this weekend. You can celebrate the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms, watch traditional Japanese dance and music performances, try origami and more. Admission is free, but you can sign up online.

Hyde Park Art Center’s Spring Center Day

1-4 p.m. Saturday

Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.

Hyde Park Art Center hosts seasonal Center Days, which are family-friendly days of artmaking activities, artist workshops and talks, open studios, exhibitions and more. Admission is free, but you can RSVP online.

Studio 54 x Joy District Pop-Up

10 p.m. Friday-2 a.m. Saturday

Joy District, 112 W. Hubbard St.

You can dust off your dance shoes and transport yourself to the golden era of disco this weekend. Joy District’s second floor will transform this weekend into a 1970s New York City nightclub. There will be iconic art pieces, a red carpet runway, an LED light-up dance floor, confetti cannons, live performers and more. You can get your ticket for $25 online.

Inaugural Runners High Chi 4.20 Run

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

The 606, 1805 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Chicago’s first and only cannabis-centric run club, Runners High Chicago, is hosting its first 420 race this weekend. This 4.20-mile run in collaboration with Dispensary 33 is meant to break the stigma surrounding cannabis. You can sign up online. General admission tickets are $10.

‘Relative’ Screening At The New 400

3-6 p.m. Sunday

The New 400 Theater, 6746 N. Sheridan Rd.

The first four screening events sold out, so The New 400 Theater is bringing “Relative” back for a fifth edition. Along with a showing of acclaimed dramedy “Relative” — which was filmed almost entirely in Rogers Park — you can attend a Q&A with writer/director Michael Glover Smith and go on an optional walking tour, featuring some of the film’s most prominent locations. You can buy tickets for $8.50 online.

Credit: Sunflower Project/Facebook
Left: Kathryn Fitzgerald poses for a picture with a Sadlowski Elementary student during a Sunflower Project visit to the school last year. Right: Mammoth sunflowers grow in front of Rita Alvarez and Kathryn Fitzgerald’s East Side home.

Sunflower Project Earth Day Celebration

1-4 p.m. Saturday

Calumet Park Fieldhouse, 9801 S. Avenue G

Sunflower Project US, a Southeast Side nonprofit that spreads love of sunflowers, is hosting an afternoon of activities this Earth Day. The free event features a sunflower-inspired movement meditation, arts and crafts, workout demonstrations and more. Volunteers will give away pens, buttons, sunflower swag and — while supplies last — organic mammoth sunflower seeds with instructions on how to plant them.

Earth Day Habitat Tree Workshop

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday

4501 N. Ravenswood Ave.

The Ravenswood Community Council is hosting an interactive public art and sustainability workshop in celebration of Earth Day. You can stop by for as long as you like to build pollinator nests, which will be included in a pollinator habitat in the Ravenswood Sculpture Garden. The workshop is free and open to all ages, but you can RSVP online.

Spring Trolley Tour

9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

The Seng, 869 W. Blackhawk St.

You can take a trolley tour as you preview homes and learn about housing resources from the Chicago Housing Trust. Admission is free, but you can reserve your spot online.

Trash People’s 1st Birthday

6-9 p.m. Saturday

The Native, 2417 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Trash People is a Logan Square group focused on community connection and improving the neighborhood through cleanups, volunteering and other social events. The group is celebrating its anniversary this weekend, and old members and newbies can celebrate with drinks, dancing and cake. You can RSVP online.

Earth Day Celebration With Bunnies

7-8 p.m. Saturday

Cuddle Bunny – Club, Care & Community, 2901 N. Clark St.

There will be a plant/seed exchange, seed planting station, a DIY sustainable bird feeder creation station and, of course, bunnies at this Earth Day event. You can also take home a free bag of organic “bunny-generated” fertilizer. You can RSVP with a $10 donation online.

Dank Magic Market

1-6 p.m. Sunday

Marz Community Brewing Company, 3630 S. Iron St.

You can taste hoppy ales and hemp products, get aura photographs, enjoy cheese-crust tacos from Taco Sublime, watch live music performances and more during this “hazy dazy” celebration. Admission for this 21-and-older market is free, but you can RSVP online.

Beach Yoga + Cleanup

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

The Dock at Montrose Beach, 200 W. Montrose Harbor Drive

In honor of Earth Day, you can join Wildlight Yoga for a yoga session on the beach followed by a two-hour cleanup and closing meditation. Admission is free, but you must RSVP in advance online. Please bring a yoga mat, work gloves, a snack and water. Trash bags will be provided. The event will be canceled if there’s inclement weather.

Bunny Yoga

7:15-8:15 p.m. Sunday

Cuddle Bunny – Club, Care & Community, 2901 N. Clark St.

This yoga class focuses on gentle postures, soothing meditation, finding serenity — and bunnies. The class is open to people of all skill levels ages 8 and older. Please bring a mat if you have one as there are only a limited number available for use. General admission tickets are $22. You can buy them online.

Greater Chatham Home Expo

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Tuley Park Field House, 9000 S. King Drive

Homeowners and potential buyers can learn about services at this expo, including home repair programs, foreclosure prevention, property tax appeal and more.

Andersonville Volunteer & Kids Activities Fair

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Peirce Elementary School, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a fair where neighbors can learn about volunteering opportunities and kids activities available throughout the year. Whether you’re interested in helping out at a local nonprofit or looking for after-school programs and summer camps, you can learn more at this “one-stop shop” for community volunteering and kid’s activities. Admission is free, but you can RSVP online.

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Rainn Wilson on the Importance of Spirituality

7 p.m. Friday

Francis W. Parker School, 2233 N. Clark St.

Rainn Wilson–beloved comedic actor, producer, writer–brings his unique perspective and humor to the traumas of our modern world. The Office star and author of “SOUL BOOM: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution” sits down in Chicago for a chat about spiritual thinking and profound healing, peppered with plenty of Kung Fu and Star Trek references, as only Rainn Wilson can. Buy tickets or enter to win a pair here.

Patt McGann at the Chicago Theatre

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday

The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St.

A relative latecomer to the scene, Pat McGann began stand up at the age of 31 is quickly rising as one of the sharpest stand-ups in the comedy world. A husband and father of 3 young children, Pat’s appeal stems from his quick wit & relatable take on family life & marriage. Buy tickets or enter to win a pair here.

Bikini Kill with Ganser

8 p.m. Saturday

The Salt Shed, 1357 N. Elston Ave.

When Bikini Kill first toured in the ’90s, the ferocious punk band had a mantra: “Girls to the front!” The slogan summed up Bikini Kill’s music: politically minded, feminist songs driven by frontwoman Kathleen Hanna’s raging howl, provocative stage presence, and the lightning-quick, precise rhythms of bassist Kathi Wilcox and drummer Tobi Vail. Buy tickets or enter to win a pair here.

Night of The Superwrestlers

6 p.m. Sunday

Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The newest (and strangest) Pro Wrestling company invades the Concord Music Hall! Be prepared as the weirdest combatants plucked from space and time itself compete in a one night tournament to win a mysterious prize. Buy tickets or enter to win a pair here.

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