5 Things to Do Around Chicago: April 20-22

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) all weekend long with a new science festival at Chicago Botanic Garden, a flower and garden show in Andersonville, and a Party for the Planet at Brookfield Zoo. Plus, don’t miss a festival all about chocolate and wine or a new play in Glenview.

Love, Loss and What I Wore

5 Things to Do: "Love, Loss and What I Wore" at Oil Lamp Theater

Photo courtesy of Oil Lamp Theater.

Opens April 19

Oil Lamp Theater will open this production by Delia and Nora Ephron (and based on the book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman) this week. “Love, Loss and What I Wore” is a collection of stories that “offer audiences a warm and sometimes bittersweet vision of the joys and tribulations of modern womanhood.” The production will run through June 3.

Unearth Science Festival

5 Things to Do: Unearth Science Festival at Chicago Botanic Garden

Peek into hanging terrariums for an ant’s-eye view of nature with the “Local Homes: Nature in Your Backyard installation” by artist Vaughn Bell at the Unearth Science festival. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.)

April 21-22

This brand new Chicago Botanic Garden event will feature a science poetry slam, drop-in programs, demonstrations, and more to celebrate science and nature.

Andersonville Flower & Garden Show

5 Things to Do: Andersonville Flower and Garden Show

Marguerite Gardens pops up at Foursided for the Andersonville Flower & Garden Show 2017. (Photo coutesy of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.)

April 21-22

More than 30 Andersonville businesses and organizations, including Candyality, KOVAL Distillery, Milk Handmade, and Women & Children First Bookstore, will celebrate spring (and Earth Day) during this event to showcase live plants and flowers, spring merchandise, and more.

Chocolate, Wine & Spirits Expo

5 Things to Do: Chocolate, Wine & Spirits Expo

Photo courtesy of Gourmet Expos.

April 21-22

More than 50 vendors will be on hand at this sweet expo for demos, tastings, and more. Plus, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Holiday Heroes, an organization that creates parties for hospitalized children. And don’t miss the Chicago Coffee & Tea Expo taking place at the same time.

Party for the Planet

5 Things to Do: Party for the Planet at Brookfield Zoo

Guests, BZ Bear and staff plant a during tree Brookfield Zoo’s Party for the Planet celebration. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society.)

April 22

This annual Brookfield Zoo event will return with an Eco Expo, tree planting, Zoo Chats, a recycling event, green activities, and more so families can learn what they can do to make a difference for our planet and animals. You can also visit the zoo on Saturday to celebrate World Penguin Day.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital







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