Take a second spring break with April festivals in Chicago

By Courtney Clark
rutorchnews@gmail.com

Ink Fest Poster - courtesy worldtattooevents.com
Take a break from end-of-semester papers and studying for finals to attend one of many festivals being held in Chicago this spring. From improv to tattoos to bacon, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

30th Chicago Latino Film Festival
April 3-17
At this festival, films from Latin America, Spain and Portugal come to AMC River East 21 and other participating venues. It is produced by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, which strives to keep Latino culture alive and thriving. It presents more than 100 films for around $12 each.

National Robotics Week
April 5-13
The Museum of Science and Industry is holding lectures, workshops and hands-on activities demonstrating several different kinds of robots from the United States and around the world. All activities are included in general museum admission, which is $18.

International Pop Overthrow Fest 2014
April 10-19
A Los Angeles based pop-and-rock music festival is bringing 70 bands to the Red Line Tap. Each night showcases six bands for $10 with food and drinks available for purchase. It is a 21-and-over venue.

Antiques and Garden Fair
April 11-13
The Chicago Botanic Garden will display gardens and showcase vintage and garden-related items for sale. Tented gardens make sure it will take place rain or shine. Lectures will be given, and more than 120 vendors will be present. A one-day ticket for nonmembers is $12 in advance and $18 the day of the fair. A three-day pass for nonmembers is $20.

Immersed in Ink Tattoo and Arts Festival
April 18-20
Held at the Tinley Park Convention Center, this festival features live tattooing, sideshows, costume contests, a Ms. Tattoo pageant, human suspension, body modification, tattoo contests and guest appearances by horror celebrities. It is $20 per day or $35 for a weekend pass.

Baconfest
April 25-26
Baconfest is a walk-around tasting event featuring creative bacon dishes from chefs around the country. There are also mixologists and brewers serving bacon-based cocktails and brews. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales and raffles is donated to local food charities. It is held in the UIC Forum, and general admission tickets are $100 each but include tasting tables, drink tickets, take-home samples and more. Tickets are selling quickly.

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo
April 25-27
McCormick Place will hold this convention full of events for fans of comic books, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and pop culture. There will be panels, screening, costume contests and many guest appearances by artists, comics and authors. One-day advance tickets range from $25-35, and a three-day pass is $60.

41st Bach Week Festival
April 25-May 4
This festival is a series of four classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston. The Bach Week Festival Chamber Orchestra features musicians from the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera Orchestra and other professional musicians. One of the events features a Champagne and chocolate reception. Single-performance tickets are $10 for students and $30 for adults.

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