5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America at Chicago History Museum

Upon entrance, guests are immediately introduced to 170 events, including acts of terror and America’s reactions, through an extensive floor-to-ceiling timeline mural. From the plot to kidnap George Washington in 1776 to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and beyond, guests examine how prevalent terror has been in this nation’s history. (Photo courtesy of the International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.)

A new exhibit will open at the Chicago History Museum this weekend and Historic Wagner Farm will host Baconfest. Plus, a new art show will open at Navy Pier, an improv troupe is set to perform at Gorton, and a fashion show will raise money for an Illinois Holocaust Museum committee.

Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Chicago History Museum: Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs

Guests enter the office of an FBI agent in the 1950s and explore the actions citizens and the government took to confront the communist threat. (Photo courtesy of the International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.)

Opens April 8

This new exhibit at the Chicago History Museum will look a nine events throughout American history, including the capture of the City of Washington in 1814, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and Sept. 11, 2001, in order to look at public opinion at time, how those in power reacted, and the challenge of keeping the country safe without compromising civil liberties.

Northshore Baconfest

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Northshore Baconfest

Photo courtesy of the Glenview Park District.

April 8

This annual festival is back at Historic Wagner Farm, which will host participants like Bangers and Lace, Nick’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Sweety Pies Bakery and Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. Sunnyside Up will also perform. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Wagner Farm.

Chicago Art & Design Show

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Chicago Art & Design Show

Image courtesy of Amdur Productions.

April 8-9

This brand new indoor art show will feature 100 artists in Navy Pier’s Exhibit Hall. Guests can sign up for a painting class with Bottle & Bottega, purchase food, wine, beer and other drinks, meet artists and more. Select sales will also benefit Bright Pink.

League of Improv Heroes

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: League of Improv Heroes at Gorton Community Center

Image courtesy of Gorton Community Center.

April 8
Lake Forest

The League of Improv Heroes, featuring Second City teachers and alumnae, and Jimmy Carrane, host of the “Improv Nerd” podcast, will visit Lake Forest to perform this hilarious show.

LAUNCH: Driving Fashion Forward

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: LAUNCH: Driving Fashion Forward

Image courtesy of LAUNCH.

April 9
Autohaus on Edens

End your weekend with a fashion show that gives back. Dine on bar bites from Morton’s The Steakhouse, sip wine and champagne from Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe, and see the latest fashions from Avant for Men, Belle Vie Chicago, Enaz, Juniper Boutique and Peach Carr, all to benefit the Women’s Leadership Committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.


  • The North Shore Exchange’s Furniture and Home Decor Warehouse Sale is April 8 at 600 Waukegan Road, Suites 103-104, Northbrook. Shop lamps, china, artwork, rugs and more to update your home for spring. Best of all, 100 percent of profits will be donated to charity.

Save the Date

  • The Alzheimer’s Association will host three Reason to Hope events this month. These one-hour luncheons kick off April 6 in Oak Brook and continue April 20 in Glenview and April 27 in Chicago. Learn more here. Make It Better is a proud media sponsor of these events.