With the call of “Play ball!” spring rushes into Chicago. Not a baseball fan? Don’t worry, we’ve got more than 20 ways to get busy this month, from chowing down on National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day to digging for new vinyl records, hanging out with actress Lizzy Caplan and more.
3: 30th Anniversary specials
Pops for Champagne, 601 N. State St.
Stop by this River North bubbly bar throughout the month for a $9 glass of Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV. It’s not on the menu, so be sure to ask! Limit one per guest.
5 and 6: Baseball is back!
Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field
The Cubs and White Sox are back at it, with both teams in town for their home openers the first weekend of the month. The Cubs will play the Washington Nationals on Thursday, with the White Sox taking on the Detroit Tigers on Friday.
8: Adult Easter Egg Hunt
Longman & Eagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Grab a partner and head to this Logan Square restaurant for a hunt to find eggs at 10 sites around the ‘hood. Return with all your eggs first and win a gift basket. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 1 p.m.; $3 per team.
12: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
The Counter, 666 W. Diversey Pkwy.
This Lincoln Park burger joint celebrates the faux holiday with grilled cheese specials all month long. Try the sandwich stuffed with jalapeno jack, Tillamook cheddar, jalapenos, tomatoes and chipotle aioli ($7).
12-15: Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
Plan to hit up an event at this fourth annual fest, which features film screenings (including the Chicago premiere of “Queens of Country” starring Lizzy Caplan), concerts and more at venues including The Hideout, Rodan, Debonair and more. Head to CIMMfest.org for details. $7-$15 per event.
14: Passover takeout
Feast, 25 E. Delaware Place
Celebrating Passover, but don’t have time to cook? Place an order with this Gold Coast spot, or stop in for a prix-fixe menu of gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, red wine brisket and more, served family style from April 6-14. $45 per person. Reservations recommended.
19: Whiskey Dinner
Big Jones, 5347 N. Clark St.
Head to Andersonville for a dinner featuring whiskey pairings from High West Distillery. On the menu: pan-fried morel mushrooms and grits, lard biscuits with clabbered cream, spoonbread, suckling pig ham, rhubarb pie and more. $50 per person including gratuity. Reservations required.
20: Opening night
Southport & Irving, 4002 N. Southport Ave.
Be among the first to stop by this wine-centric bistro, set to open April 20. Look for a menu of dishes such as honey-brined pork chops, meatloaf, PEI mussels, burgers and more.
25: Diggin’ Dusties
Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St.
Long live vinyl. Dusty Groove America brings its newest stock of records to Maria’s in Bridgeport so you can listen to them spin the latest 8 p.m.-2 p.m.
More ways to survive:
5: “The March” opens at Steppenwolf
5: Rockit Burger Bar opens in Wrigleyville
11: Bargain Wave: $1 Beers at Beauty Bar
13-15: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place
14: fun. at The Vic
14: Windy City Social Club at Empty Bottle
14: Baconfest at UIC Forum
16: Death Cab for Cutie at Chicago Theatre
19: Daniel Tosh at Chicago Theatre
19: Tanlines at Empty Bottle
20: Cults at Metro
26: The Knux at Mayne Stage
27: JD McPhearson at Lincoln Hall
27: Electric Guest at Schubas