Dave’s Five Real Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Chicago (April 26-28, 2019)

You have to love Chicago!  So many different events all in one city.  Here is a sampling of what’s happening this weekend.  Enjoy, you deserve it!

Chicago Rum Festival

1. Chicago Rum Festival

  • When:   Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
  • Where:  Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago IL 60647.

Why this is fun:  Presented by the experts at the Rum Lab, the Chicago Rum Festival (formerly the Midwest Run Festival) brings together producers from across the world for an afternoon of tastings and mingling. Guests can choose from one of three different tickets and work their way through more than 50 different rum expressions, accompanied by complimentary snacks and live music. All attendees will receive a two-ounce souvenir snifter cup.

For more details, visit the website. 

Trevor Noah

2. Trevor Noah

  • When:  April 27, 2019, 8:00 pm.
  • Where:  United Center, 1901 W Madison St, Chicago IL 60612.

Why this is fun:  The Daily Show host and celebrated comedian is known around the world for his insightful and authentic take on politics and current events. Born in South Africa during the end of apartheid, he often shares incisive social and political commentary on his Comedy Central The Daily Show platform and through his various stand-up specials and writing.  In 2016, Trevor released his first book Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which became an instant New York Times bestseller.

For more details, visit the website.

Hamilton The Exhibition

3. “Hamilton: The Exhibition”

  • When: Opens April 27, 2019 thru September 8, 2019, shows daily.
  • Where:  Northerly Island, 1535 S Linn White Dr, Chicago IL 60605.

Why this is fun: Experience the life of Alexander Hamilton at this stand-alone exhibition, created by the team behind the hit musical Hamilton. Debuting in Chicago, “Hamilton: The Exhibition” takes visitors on a journey from a trading post in St. Croix to the New Jersey hilltop where the Founding Father was shot in duel, using imaginative environments (created by the Broadway production’s set designer David Korins) to immerse guests in the historical tale. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda serves as the exhibition’s narrator (via a high-tech headset), fleshing out details as you make your way through the display and listen to rearranged music from the Broadway show.

For more details, visit the website.

Cambodian Rock Band

4. Cambodian Rock Band

  • When:  April 25-30, 2019, daily at 7:30 pm except Sunday at 3:00 pm.
  • Where:  Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60614.

Why this is fun: Shame is a hell of a thing, as likely to be felt by victims as it is to be ignored by the guilty. This is the notion that Lauren Yee addresses head-on in the exhilarating Cambodian Rock Band. Yee’s play is a nimble, spectacle-heavy whirligig: a detective story, a historical drama, a family comedy and a rock show with songs by the L.A. outfit Dengue Fever. Director Marti Lyons mixes and matches these disparate elements with aplomb, bringing Yee’s insightful, puckishly theatrical voice to the front of the mix.

For more details, visit the website.

Chicago Bears Draft

5. 2019 Miller Lite Chicago Bears Draft Party

  • When:  April 27, 2019 at 11:30 am.
  • Where:  Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr, Chicago IL 60605.

Why this is fun:  Go behind the scenes at the Miller Lite Chicago Bears Draft Party with locker room tours, on-field activities, player autograph opportunities, live NFL Draft coverage and more!

Additional entertainment includes:  Autograph opportunities with current players and alumni, NFL Draft Day 3 Pick Selections from Soldier Field (Rounds 4 & 5), Miller Lite Bears Draft Party souvenir (must be 21 ), food and beverage available for purchase, appearances by Staley Da Bear, the Monster Squad brought to you by Planters and the Bears Drumline, music, entertainment, giveaways, sponsor displays and more!

*On-field activities are weather-permitting.

For more details, visit the website.

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