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April 2014 Events in Chicago

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April is a busy month in Chicago with baseball, festivals and more. Temperatures average 57°(welcomed relief after this year's Polar Vortex) and average precipitation is 3.5".  Below are some noteworthy April events worth adding to your calendar, with more to come. Have an April event you would like to promote? E-mail your event's details to Chicago Guide Lisa Davis at Chicago@aboutguide.com.

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Easter Weekend - April 18 - 20, 2014: Easter Sunday is on April 20, 2014, a later date than normal. (Also read: What is Easter?)

Chicago White Sox Home Opener - April 2 - 3, 2014: Minnesota stands as the home opener and season opener for the White Sox, with the Twins visiting U.S. Cellular Field on March 31, April 2 and 3. The South Siders then embark on a road trip that includes stops in Kansas City from April 4 - 6, 2014 and their first Interleague series in Colorado from April 7 - 9, 2014.

Chicago Cubs Opener - April 4, 2014: The Cubs will open their 139th season on the road Monday, March 31, 2014, against the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 100th Anniversary season of Wrigley Field home opener taking place Friday, April 4 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. (Did you know? Wrigley Field Turns 100 on April 23, 2014. Wrigley Field will celebrate its 100th birthday with special guests, gifts, cake, entertainment and even a serenade to the tune of “Happy Birthday.” Chicago Cubs fans are invited to the “Party of the Century” throughout the 2014 season. Tickets for several of the birthday celebrations will go on sale March 7 at cubs.com/specialevents. The big party will take place on April 23, the 100-year anniversary of the day Wrigley Field, originally named Weeghman Park, hosted its first game where the Chi-Feds defeated the Kansas City Packers 9-1. In addition, the Cubs will feature an alternate road jersey for 2014 that pays homage to the road jersey worn in the 1920s. They will also have "Throwback Sunday" games that will include retro toy promotional giveaways to children 13 and under. And during each decade-themed Friday home game, the first 10,000 fans at Wrigley will receive a bobblehead honoring key individuals or events from that decade.)

Lincoln Park Zoo Animals Party for the Planet - Date TBD: The residents of the Lincoln Park Zoo will celebrate Earth Day with green-themed piñatas while zoo members receive special perks. Whether it is rhinos that recycle or goats going organic, Chicago’s favorite critters will be sharing a message of conservation while enjoying eco-friendly enrichment as part of Party for the Planet – the world’s largest collective Earth Day celebration. The fun starts at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day at various exhibits around the zoo. (Also read: Plan a Staycation at the Allegro Hotel Chicago)

Money Smart Week - Date TBD: The 13th annual Money Smart Week is back in Chicago. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial literacy across all age groups. Money Smart Week events are open to the public at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, nonprofits and government agencies throughout the Chicago area on topics including kids and money, unemployment, managing student debt and retirement. Many of the events are offered in different languages.

Race to Wrigley - April 12, 2014: The Cubs Charities' 9th Annual Race to Wrigley 5k Run presented by Athletico, which starts and finishes at Wrigley Field, helps kick off the baseball season and runners can show their support for a great cause. This year we will celebrate Wrigley Field's 100th Anniversary. Once again, this year's personal fundraising proceeds will benefit Lurie Children's. Have your chance to wear an exclusive Race to Wrigley Wrigley 100 item or have your chance to watch the Cubs take on the Arizona Diamondbacks and have your photo taken on Wrigley Field post game. Runners who fundraise $1,000 or more are Race MVP's and earn the unique opportunity to run a post-race victory lap inside historic Wrigley Field.

Earth Day - April 22, 2014: Help the environment by tuning into your planet for Earth Day. Several events will be happening throughout Chicago. Check out previous year's events. We will be updating this page soon. (Suggested reading: What Is Earth Day?)

Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMM) has moved to May 1 - 4, 2014. It is an independent film festival organized by not only filmmakers but musicians as well. According to the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival: "The mission of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest) is to highlight the crossover of film and song through the production of an annual 4-day, multi-venue festival in Chicago. We strive to shed light on the interconnectedness of all people, around the world, through the lens of music and moving image, both recorded and performed live. All of the films screened at CIMMfest have music at their center: short- and long-form documentaries and narrative fiction; concert films; animation; and music videos; along with related performances and concerts, art exhibits, and panel discussions, presented at historic and famous venues around Chicago. Operating as a nonprofit organization, we provide a platform for filmmakers and musicians to present their vision and a connection point for like-minded artists, directors, producers, fans, and aficionados to come together for a celebration of movies, music, and great times in the greatest city on earth: Chicago."
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