Stuff To Do Around Chicago April 26-28, 2013

Looking for something to do? Well, unfortunately The GUI Show is out of commission for this Friday, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of other cool things to do!

Check out some of the events I think might make for a good ol’ time.

Some include nudity. Others include weird little puppets.

Read on, my friends.


Fun Stuff To Do, People!

Fun Stuff To Do, People!


C2E2 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

April 26, 2013 – April 28, 2013

The annual Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo takes over McCormick Place for a weekend filled with what’s next in popular culture. The best in the business come to our city, covering comics, movies, toys, video games and more!

2013 C2E2 will feature:

Exhibitions (including Hunger Games costumes)


Autograph sessions

Film & TV show screenings

Dedicated kids programming

Gaming (video and tabletop games)

Speed dating

For more info:


Naked Girls Reading

When: Fri., April 26, 7 p.m.

Price: $20

This edition’s theme: “Mythology.” Reservations required. BYOB.

Everleigh Social Club

939 W. Randolph St. NEAR WEST SIDE



When: Sat., April 27, 8 p.m.

Price: $40

If your high school prom was lame, it’s probably because not a single person was dressed as a storm trooper or Sailor Moon or a random anthropomorphized animal. Promic-Con promises cosplay and other nerdy stuff that’s fun now that you’re not a self-conscious teenager. The dance benefits 826CHI, a nonprofit (founded by Dave Eggers) that provides creative writing programs to kids.

School of the Art Institute, ballroom

112 S. Michigan Ave. LOOP



National Day of Puppetry

When: Sat., April 27, 11 a.m.

A not creepy whatsoever celebration of all things puppets, including various family friendly performances, puppeteer meet and greets, and demonstrative workshops that will teach aspiring ventriloquists the tools of the trade.

Irish American Heritage Center

4626 N. Knox Ave. IRVING PARK




When: Through 4/27: Sat 10 PM

Price: $15

At each show, players under the direction of Stephanie McCullough Vlcek solicit an audience suggestion for something frightening, then seldom include it in scenes done in the style of an Alfred Hitchcock film.Three bottles are onstage—one filled with rum and Coke, another with vodka and Sprite, and another with red wine—and whenever a character is offered a drink, they have to finish it before the scene is done. The actors try to leave you spellbound with the frenzy of all that boozing, but Hitch*Cocktails ends up dialing D for drunk instead of mining any humor from this “improvised thrilled/drinking game.” There isn’t a shadow of a doubt that without alcohol, this would be nothing but rope and torn curtains. —Tal Rosenberg

Annoyance Theatre

4830 N. Broadway St. UPTOWN



Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair

When: 4/26-4/29: Thu 7:30-10 PM (opening-night party), Fri-Sat 11 AM-7 PM, Sun 11 AM-6 PM, Mon 11 AM-3 PM

Sixteenth annual iteration, with exhibits from more than 100 dealers and a Friday keynote by the Wall Street Journal’s Charlotte Moss (10 AM).

Merchandise Mart

350 N. Orleans St. RIVER NORTH



Chicago Dance Month

When: Through 5/1: various times, see website

Price: prices vary

Audience Architects launches a multivenue series featuring performances from local dance companies.


Big Fish

When: Through 5/5: various times, see website

A pre-Broadway preview of this adaptation of the Tim Burton film, which tells the story of a traveling salesmen who has a flair for storytelling.

Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre

24 W. Randolph St. LOOP



Late Live Show

When: Through 5/11: Sat 11:59 PM

Price: $5

The late-night talk show format is brought to a live stage. Includes stand-up and special guests.

iO Theater

3541 N. Clark St. WRIGLEYVILLE


Chicago International Poster Biennial

When: Through 5/18:

Work by notable graphic artists from around the globe.

Mundelein Center, Loyola University




International Pop Overthrow

April 18, 2013 – April 27, 2013

This pop music festival is held annually in Los Angeles, but it makes a stop at The Red Line Tap in Chicago too! Each IPO features between 25-180 of the best pop bands from around the world.

For more info:


Thanks to Chicago Reader  & Choose Chicago for the events. These are just my personal picks!


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