Neighborhood News – In Lakeview, Uptown, River North, Lincoln Park, North Center/Roscoe Village, Grant Park


Indoors, outdoors, and all-around town, it’s Easter/Passover Weekend, and throughout Chicago’s diverse communities, the Easter Bunny will be making many appearances! Or, come view a piece of history at the Music Box Theatre.

In Lakeview, it’s the ‘Sounds of Silent(s)’ at the Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Avenue, on Saturday April 16. Presented by the Chicago Film Society, the 1926 classic ‘The Fire Brigade,‘ will be shown at 11:30am. The film is “M-G-M’s extra-patriotic ode to civilian firefighters.” Live musical accompaniment on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist. General Admission Tickets are $12. Music Box Members are in for just $9. For tickets, click here

At Montrose Harbor, 601 W. Montrose Drive, in Uptown, “C’mon get HOPPY!” On Saturday, April 16, Bunny Rock Chicago’s 5K and Kids Egg Dash leaps to the forefront at 9am, followed by the Egg Dash at 10:15am. Event planners promise “Great swag, Easter festivities, and 80’s vibes that will have you rockin’ out for the rest of the day!” For registration and more information, click here.

In River North, Art on theMART, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, features a lively program of dance with a message, is on view nightly at 8:30pm and 9 pm. Presented in partnership with Shedd Aquarium, this new program features the premiere of two climate change-themed projections:  ‘Floe’ by Carrie Hanson, featuring contemporary dance company The Seldoms, marks the first of Art on theMART’s Year of Chicago Dance projections and will run alongside ‘Choral,’ a piece spotlighting marine life, by Marlena Novak and Jay Alan Yim. Free. The show runs through June 29.

At Lincoln Park Zoo, 2234 N. Cannon Street, you can still sign up for the waitlist for children at their annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza at 9:30am. All other times are sold out! Tickets for the Egg Hunt are $35.00 per child, with a $2.05 service fee. A basket full of fun family activities await the lucky recipients, including photos with the Easter bunny and other spring characters, free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure, and outdoor activities and games. Each ticket includes one $5 Bunny Bucks voucher. These Bunny Bucks vouchers will be accepted at Park Place Café during the Easter Egg-Stravaganza event. For more information, click here.

In North Center/Roscoe Village, take your kids to a special celebration surrounding Easter Bunny Photo Sessions at the Belmont Bunny Hop at Wintrust Bank 3234 N. Damen Ave from 10am-2pm. Belmont Bunny Hop Easter Bunny Photo Sessions include a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, a 5-minute photo session with Mark Brown Photography and one complimentary digital download from the session. Participating businesses are hosting special crafts and activities. Photos are $30 per session, and tickets can be booked here

You can do something good for the environment at Grant Park. On Saturday, April 16, the Rotary Club of Chicago’s Rotary Earth Day Cleanup at Grant Park needs volunteers to spend the morning cleaning up the front yard for the City of Chicago,…Grant Park! Trash bags and gloves will be provided. If signing up a group of more than 10, please email Jim Wales at, or to sign up, click here.

Here’s to a happy, safe, and healthy weekend!

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago