This weekend is an exciting one for Chicago! The Bulls are in the playoffs with a home game on Saturday, C2E2 is in town, the White Sox are home, Festa Parties is hosting their baseball pub crawl, and so much more. Here's your guide to Chicago's best events this weekend, April 26-28.
Friday, April 26, 11 a.m.; Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.; Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m.
West Building at McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
$35 for Friday; $40 for Saturday; $35 for Sunday; $65 for three day pass
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is one of the biggest events for pop culture fans. It will have the latest in comics, movies, video games, and more. Fans will have the chance to interact with their favorite comic and movie creators, as well as catch some early screenings for big and small projects. This is a can't-miss!
Friday, April 26, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 6:10 p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 1:10 p.m.
U.S. Cellular Field
$5 and up
Due to weather, some of the games this week were canceled, so this weekend will be your chance to satisfy your baseball craving. The White Sox are in town for the entire weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays, and the weather looks great.
Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
This is your last chance to catch a regular season home game. See the thrilling Blackhawks play before they make a run for the Stanley Cup. Available tickets are on NHL Ticket Exchange. And if you're thinking about playoff tickets, I would get them now!
Friday, April 26, 8:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago
Whisky isn't cheap, and the prices reflect that, but if you are a huge fan, then it might be worth your buck. WhiskyFest is the longest running festival of whisky in the United States, and it only stops in three cities: Chicago, San Francisco, and New York. Tickets are officially sold out, but there still some left on StubHub.
Friday, April 26, 10 p.m.
1002 N. California Ave., Chicago
Joe Messing and the Wise Men combine rock and blues with a touch of folk music. Messing's voice is incredible, but even without the vocals, the band is a good one. If that isn't enough, then consider the 1940s decor of the California Clipper.
Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m.
Chicago French Market
131 N. Clinton, Chicago
Award-winning culinary artisans are coming from around the world to give you free samples of their amazing creations, including small-batch cheese and beer. Author and food enthusiast Ari Weinzweig will also be in attendance for book signings.
Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m.
Deuce's & Diamond Club
3505 N. Clark St., Chicago
Cover Your Bases is to baseball like TBOX is to Christmas. It's a Festa Parties pub crawl spanning 30 bars in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. You'll get a T-shirt that you will use to collect stickers from each bar. The goal is to "cover your bases." Visit the website to get your tickets.
Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m.
The Bulls will be playing Game 4 of the first round of playoffs. As of this writing, they are tied 1-1 in their series with the Nets, so they need you cheering in the stands. Add in the fact that Derrick Rose has decided to sit out the rest of the season, and they definitely need your support. Tickets are sold out on the Bulls website, but you can get fairly priced tickets at NBATickets.com Resale Marketplace.
Saturday, April 27, 3 p.m.
4840 N. Broadway
$40 advance purchase; $50 at the door
This will be Fat Cat's fourth annual Beer and Bacon Fest. There will be over 20 beers and bacon treats for you to feast on, like bacon popcorn, chicken-fried bacon, chocolate bourbon bacon cake -- the list goes on. There is a limited number of tickets, so get yours now.
Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.
333 E. Ogden, Westmont, IL
This family-friendly event will have food, food demonstrations, and Revolution Brewery samples. Bill Kim from bellyQ will be doing a demonstration, and Lillie's Q will be giving out samples, along with other vendors. Kids will have a blast, as well, with face painting and balloons. There will also be live music and a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers.
Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago
The Garfield Park Conservatory is a great place for kids to learn about plants and how they grow. The conservatory has hands-on projects that take around 15 minutes to complete. They will learn about potting, the environment, and much more. The focus this week will be cacti, and kids will even have the chance to make a bookmark using desert plant stamps. There is even a children's garden for them to play in afterwards. The conservatory is free, but the suggested donation is $1.
Janoa Taylor is a freelance writer with a background in business and finance. She offers a unique local perspective gained from years as a Chicago resident.