5 Things to Do: April 13-15

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: I Heart Halal Fashion Show

Don’t miss two musical performances, a brand new festival, a fashion show that makes a difference, and a fun weekend at Brookfield Zoo.

Poetry & Music: Kay Ryan & The Apollo Chorus Choral Performance

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Kay Ryan Poetry Foundation event
Kay Ryan, composer Jeff Beal, and Apollo Chorus of Chicago (Image courtesy of the Poetry Foundation.)

April 13

The Poetry Foundation will host former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Kay Ryan and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago at Nichols Concert Hall for an evening of choral versions of Ryan’s poetry.

I Heart Halal

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: I Heart Halal (Alaa Elharezi)
Alaa Elharezi is a Libyan-American designer and the founder of Haus of Blush, a sustainable clothing brand that provides quality, locally made designs for the conscientious consumer. Elharezi will participate in the panel discussion Is Modesty Just Another Fashion Trend? during I Heart Halal. (Photo courtesy of The Silverman Group, Inc.)

April 13-15

The first-ever Halal lifestyle festival in the U.S. is coming to Navy Pier this weekend with beauty masterclasses led by CoverGirl Ambassador Nura Afia, modest fashion shows, the “America’s Least Wanted” comedy showcase, panel discussions, and more. “Our goal for this new festival is to create a space for individuals and families to connect and have fun and experience all the brands creating products and services that meet the needs of anyone looking to live a life that is good and in line with their values, a life that is Halal,” says festival Co-Managing Director Asma Ahad.

Music Under Glass: Thomas Nickell with Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Garfield Park Conservatory's Music Under Glass: Thomas Nickell with Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago
Thomas Nickell (Photo courtesy of The Silverman Group, Inc.)

April 14

Garfield Park Conservatory will welcome pianist and composer Thomas Nickell for his Chicago debut during their Music Under Glass series held in their plant conservatory. Tickets include a light pre-concert reception.

Gordon Salon’s Catwalk for Water & Trashion Show 2018

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Gordon Salon’s Catwalk for Water & Trashion Show 2018
Photography by Doozy.

April 14

Join Gordon Salon for an evening of fashion (er, “trashion” — outfits will be created with recycled and up-cycled materials), hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, a raffle and silent auction, and live music to benefit the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Ape Awareness Weekend

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Brookfield Zoo's Ape Awareness Weekend
During Brookfield Zoo’s Ape Awareness Weekend — April 14 and 15 — animal care staff will present Zoo Chats about western lowland gorillas. (Photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo.)

April 14-15

This weekend at Brookfield Zoo, visitors will learn about apes and take part in ape-related activities. Before you go, download these activity sheets to learn even more. You can also bring your old phones and other electronics for recycling.


  • Join former Chicago Bear Rashied Davis and Chef Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno, Nonnina, Maillard Tavern) for an afternoon of bowling, food, and fun during Chef Bowl 2018 on April 15. The event will benefit Saturday Place, “a premiere academic enrichment program for 3rd and 4th grade Chicago Public School students proven to increase student performance.”
  • Victory Gardens Theater will host Town Hall: #NeverAgainChicago on April 15. This discussion with local students and teachers about ending gun violence is free and open to the public. The evening will also feature an excerpt from “Natural Shocks,” the new play by Lauren Gunderson.


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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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