THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – April Showers Won’t Dampen Our Spirits!


It looks like we’re going to have a chilly, wet weekend as we close out another April here in Chicago.  But those April Showers won’t dampen our spirits!

As you may or may not know, the Race to Wrigley takes place this Saturday; however, it’s sold out already!  I guess that’s what happens when you win the World Series!!  Anyway, we’ve got another great cause for you runners out there.  The PurpleStride 5K Run will kick-off at 9:00 a.m. from its new location at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.) in the South Loop with its 5K run and a 1.5-mile family-friendly walk.  Corey McPherrin, co-anchor of Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago, will also be joining in the fight against pancreatic cancer as event emcee!  So, come on out and enjoy a day filled with music, refreshments, children’s activities, the ShopPurple store and more as you help make strides against pancreatic cancer!!

Returning for its second year, after a very successful first year, the One Of a Kind Spring Show and Sale sets up at the Merchandise Mart (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza) in the River North neighborhood this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).  This show offers you the opportunity to shop directly from 300 talented makers offering a wide range of price points and categories; including accessories, bath & body, ceramics, home goods, paintings, pet products and much more. With great food, entertainment and Spring-themed programming too, this will be a one-of-a-kind experience!

Watson Adventures returns to Chicago this Saturday (12:00 p.m.) with its The Loop Movie Locations Scavenger Hunt at the Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.) in The Loop.  As one of Hollywood’s favorite back lots, this tour takes you to numerous locations where movie or TV scenes have been filmed; some of which include Daley Plaza (the Fugitive), Union Station (The Untouchables), Chicago City Hall-Cook County Building (Blues Brothers) and many, many others!  No knowledge of the movies or The Loop is necessary – just a sharp mind and comfy shoes to get in the game!!

I know it’s not Halloween, but those of you up in the Andersonville neighborhood this Saturday will think it is as the 10th Annual Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl takes place from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Zombies will meet up at the pH Comedy Theater (1515 W. Berwyn Ave.) where all routes begin with zombie hordes leaving every 20 minutes, with two zombie leaders taking you on an assigned route.  This year’s bars include The Sofo Tap, Simon’s Tavern, Farragut’s on Clark, Atmosphere, Andersonville Brewing Company and The Call.  Also, your registration of $20 (in advance) or $30 (at the door) gets you a complimentary commemorative Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl 10 t-shirt, a souvenir cup, access to drink specials and costume contest prizes!

King’s Bowl (1500 N. Clybourn Ave., #102) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood will be hosting Chef Bowl 2017 this Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for all you Chicago foodies and sports fans.  Former Chicago Bear Rashied Davis will be your host for the day as Chicago’s hottest chefs come together for a day of bowling, delicious food and festivities. The fundraiser supports Saturday Place, an academic enrichment program for CPS third and fourth graders who are behind in school and living in under-resourced communities.  Participating chefs include Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno), Kevin Hickey (Duck Inn) and Tom Valente (Lucille).  Why not spend a fun Sunday hanging out with some of Chicago’s favorite top chefs to see who wins the Turkey Bowl Trophy, and who strikes out!

Will You Let Your Spirits Be Dampened?