Hear that? That is the lovely sound of silence. April is the perfect time to track down a sitter and grab some of that coveted quiet with your favorite date night pal. Whether you nosh on authentic Chinese from one of Chicago’s newest restaurants or throw on a ball cap and kick back with a brew or two at a Cubs game, we’ve rounded up low-key, sitter-worthy ideas for adult fun. Enjoy filling the silence!
photo: Imperial Lamian
Great eats at the NEW Imperial Lamian
Imperial Lamian’s first U.S. location is now open! Check out their authentic, yet modern, Chinese cuisine with dishes prepared by three Master Chefs expertly trained in their individual crafts: Chef Kok Lam Andy Foo helms both traditional and inventive wok dishes, Chef Lim Kee Tiong specializes in beautiful dim sum and xiao long bao (soup dumplings), and Chef Wang Hongjun focuses on fresh, hand-pulled lamian noodles.
photo: Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu via Todd Rosenberg Photography
Get Your Laughs at The Second City’s Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu
Everyone has a deja vu story or two to share. That 6th sense is a strong one and Second City is ready to take you on an uproarious exploration of intuition. Take a gleeful glance into funny mothers, millennials, christian media and contemporary nostalgia as you get fooled twice and come back for another round of fooling.
Springing up Beer, Burgers, and Bourbon at Rockit Burger Bar
Rockit Burger Bar invites foodies, hop-heads and whiskey fans to the latest edition of Beer, Burgers, and Bourbon. Enjoy a special four-course dinner featuring fish and chip sliders, black bean burgers, and other creative eats perfected by Executive Chef/Partner Amanda Downing, accompanied by sips of Brooklyn Brewery ales and Jameson whiskey.
Kick Off Baseball Season with the Cubs
Root, root, root for the home team when the Cubs play their home field opener April 11 against the Cincinnati Reds. Can’t make this Monday night game? Check the schedule for something that works because they’re just getting started and you’ll want to say you made it to a game the season they dominated the World Series. Don’t forget to grab the kiddos a souvenir on the way out!
Apr. 11, 7:05 p.m.
1060 W. Addison
photo: Bullets Over Broadway
Bond over Bullets Over Broadway
Written by Woody Allen, Bullets Over Broadway is the hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show. Follow a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl gal pal. It’s a show loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the 20s roar.
photo: Adler Planetarium
Adler After Dark: Across the Universe
Schedule a cerebral date night and take a trip across the cosmos to explore science – and sounds – of the 1960s at this far-out Adler After Dark. Go behind the headlines with a special talk on gravitational waves, create your own cosmic playlist like Voyager’s Golden Record, and discover how waves help shape our understanding of the universe. Speaking of records, don’t miss the retro musical stylings of Meet the Beetles, one of the region’s foremost Beatles tribute bands, and participate in the first inaugural “Cosmic Karaoke” with selected hits from the 60s and beyond (if you dare).
Um, Yum! Baconfest!
Top Chicago chefs. Hundreds of bacon dishes to choose from. What more could you want for a kid-free day? Chefs will be serving up their favorite bacon dishes and liquor sponsors will be pouring spirits to complement and wash down the deliciousness. A raucous good time is guaranteed. Stretchy pants optional.
Apr. 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; May 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
$100 general admission; $200 VIP
725 W. Roosevelt
Snag your tickets: baconfestchicago.com/ticket
Any fun date night plans for April? Share the fun in the Comments below!
— Maria Chambers