We have a bit of a lull in Chicago this weekend as we await the arrival of Easter and all its fun activities.  No worries though, as the following events will help us bide our time until then!

TBOX Bar Crawls is presenting a new, 100% benefit event at Murphy’s Bleachers (3655 N. Sheffield Ave.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood this Saturday (1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.) with the First Responders Benefit Bar Crawl.  All participants will support a great cause and will receive a souvenir t-shirt, a Chicago Flag gym bag, and drink specials throughout the day.  Plus original members of the Plain White T’s will be performing exclusively for attendees of the event, along with special guest appearances by Ryan Dempster of the Chicago Cubs and Horatio Sanz from SNL!  Not only will you have plenty of fun, but you’ll support the First-In Foundation, the Ignite The Spirit, and the Brotherhood for the Fallen charities!!

Brookfield Zoo is collaborating once again with Autism Speaks to take part in the annual Zoos Go Blue campaign.  This year’s Brookfield Zoo Goes Blue for Autism takes place on Saturday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) at Brookfield Zoo (8400 31st St.) in Brookfield.  To commemorate the day, the zoo’s iconic lion statues near its south gate will be clothed in blue scarves and blue flags will decorate the park’s grounds.  Throughout the day, there will be special activities for families with children on the autism spectrum, including a quiet hour on the Carousel, a sensory-friendly Dolphins in Action presentation, and special Zoo Chats to learn about some of the animal ambassadors!  There’s also a quiet break area in the Discovery Center’s Founders Room for those who need some downtime during the day.  Help support Autism Speaks by wearing something blue as you enjoy a day with the animals!!

It’s Battle of the Badges this Saturday (11:30 a.m.) at the United Center (1901 W. Madison St.) on the Near West Side.  In honor of fallen Chicago Police officers, the Chicago Police Officers will face off against the Cook County Officers in a basketball charity event!  Funds will be raised for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County.  After the charity game, run your Saturday errands then come back for fun-filled excitement and non-stop entertainment as the Chicago Bulls take on the Philadelphia 76ers!!

Kick-start your Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the Chicago Donut Fest at Old Crow Smokehouse (149 W. Kinzie St.) in the River North neighborhood.  Tickets include donut tastings from Chicago’s most famous donut shops and bakeries, as well as hidden gems you may not have heard of!  Your ticket also includes 3 drink tickets valid for beer or mimosas.  Come celebrate Chicago’s love for these delicious, sugary treats!!

The 11th annual Baconfest 2019 returns this Saturday to the UIC Dorin Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Rd.) in the University Village neighborhood.  This sizzling event features unlimited creative bacon dishes from 50 of the best chefs in the city with two general sessions on Saturday (12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.). You can also purchase a VIP Hour ticket for each session.  In addition to main courses, the menu includes innovative creations from bacon gelato to bacon-inspired cocktails!  Also included is a Baconfest tote bag and souvenir program.  It’s a rockin’ good time for all!!

Peek-a-Boo!  It’s Not Easter Yet!!