Things to Do in Chicago this Week (and Weekend): Purple Reign, Bacon, and Iris Apfel. It all just works.

iris apfel? Seems everyone’s talking lemonade these days…everyone except Kelly Rowland. Stay on topic people! (begin recording at 2:11) ? 


When: Wednesday, April 27th

Where: Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Why: In honor of the late great Purple One, Scott Lucas of Local H is hosting a special screening of Purple Rain at Acquired Taste, Virgin Hotels Chicago’s Cult Movie Night. It’s free and starts Upstairs at Virgin Hotels Chicago at 7:00pm. Join Virgin Hotels in honoring Prince and his classic film over snacks and beer provided by Half Acre.

More infoVirgin Hotels Chicago (Facebook)

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When: Thursday, April 28th – Sunday, May 1st

Where: Various locations

Why: More than 20 programs taking place in and around Chicago April 28-May 1.

Exploring how style shapes who we are as individuals and what we value across cultures, CHF is making the bold statement, “style matters.” Confirmed presenters for the 2016 Spring Festival include Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, New York Times bestseller Karl Ove Knausgaard, Golden Globe and Emmy Winner Mary-Louise Parker, f̶a̶s̶h̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶l̶e̶g̶e̶n̶d̶ ̶I̶r̶i̶s̶ ̶A̶p̶f̶e̶l̶, acclaimed photographer Sally Mann, Pulitzer-Prize winning critic Margo Jefferson, National Book Award winner and bestselling author Andrew Solomon, designer and dresser of the First Lady, Maria Pinto, and Second City legend and Cheers actor, George Wendt.

UPDATE: Iris Apfel’s appearance has been cancelled.

More infoChicago Humanities Festival

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James Beard Eats Week

When: April 22nd -May 2nd

Where: Various locations

Why: Celebrate James Beard and Chicago’s vibrant culinary scene with a week of exclusive restaurant menus and dishes inspired by James Beard’s American Classic recipes. Nearly 100 top Chicago restaurants will honor the man known as the “Dean of American cookery” through their food. Join them during the second annual James Beard Eats Week!

Browse the list of participating restaurants and special menus below and make your reservation during Eats Week to take part.

More infoChoose Chicago

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2016 NFL Draft

When: Thursday, April 28th – Saturday, April 30th

Where: Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Why: This April, the NFL welcomes the newest members to the NFL family when the NFL Draft returns to Chicago from Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30. Several components of the Draft will be housed in our historic theatre while a three-day football festival for fans of all ages, Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero, will expand outside to Grant Park and Congress Plaza for a 900,000 square foot celebration of the Draft.

No tickets are required for Draft Town; however, a limited number of tickets will be available to fans to go inside both the Auditorium Theatre and Selection Square Driven by Hyundai, within Draft Town, for each day of the Draft. More information can be found at NFL.com.

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When: Saturday, April 30th – Sunday, May 1st

Where: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60607

Why: Baconfest Chicago is a nationally renowned, locally beloved festival dedicated to America’s favorite cured meat: bacon! At Baconfest, Chicago’s best chefs concoct and serve brilliant bacon dishes to thousands of passionate bacon lovers. Liquor sponsors provide cocktails, beer and wine designed to complement a bacon meal. Bacontrepreneurs and bacon-friendly brands exhibit their wares and connect with our bacon community. A panel of judges bestows the Golden Rasher awards on chefs and guests for achievement in the bacon arts. It is a raucous, rockin’ good time for everybody involved.

More info: Baconfest Chicago

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Featured image: Gabriel de la Chapelle for WWD