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Weekend Plans: Cherry Blossoms blooming, Golden Girls (fans) glowing, and Rosé Running

By City Cast Chicago | @citycastchicago

We made it, as our friend and “Nerdette” host Greta Johnsen says every week. We made it through a week that was cold, rainy, even snowy (!) to get to this warmer weekend that surely will have us dreaming about summertime Chi.

Enjoy it, be safe, and send us photos! Or tell us what you did this weekend! We may just send you some cool City Cast swag in exchange for your Chicago moments.

TELL US! Email or text/call (773) 780-0246.


◼️ The LA-based firm SaveLive has purchased Jam Productions, Chicago’s second-largest concert promoter. Jam also owns and operates venues, including the Riviera Theater and Park West, and the vacant Uptown Theater. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

◼️ Whitney Young High School principal Dr. Joyce Kenner announced she’s retiring after more than 30 years at the school. Kenner led the prestigious high school through multiple CPS CEOs and scandals, such as a federal investigation into district-wide enrollment practices. [Chicago Sun-Times]

◼️ The Bulls and Bucks are tied 1-1 in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. Bulls have home court advantage tonight at 7:30. Read more about the role Nikola Vučević played in Wednesday’s game.

◼️ This week’s must-listen and must-read



April 2022_ OAF Globes-AD

Over 100 game-changing artists showcase original and limited edition artworks at Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair Chicago in partnership with Bombay Sapphire® this week, April 21–24, in Chicago’s Fulton Market.

If you’re looking for curious and creative encounters—this one’s for you, with a program bursting at the seams, including photographer Anna Marie Tendler’s pop-up portrait studio, exclusive print drops, live DJ sets, immersive installations, and free Bombay Sapphire cocktails.

Use code CITYCAST and save 30% on tickets. Book now.



+Waldos Forever Fest. Experience live music, drag performances, and cannabis-forward vendors from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. in Andersonville.

+Trickery Chicago Magic Show. Watch the magic unfold at 6 p.m. in Northalsted.


+Run for Rosé 5K. Reward your walk or run with a glass of the pink varietal, all while raising money for Alzheimer’s Association. Starts at 9 a.m. in Lakeview.

+Hanami Festival. Take in the cherry blossoms among the sounds of traditional Japanese drumming at noon in Jackson Park.

All Weekend

+Golden Con: Thank You For Being A Fan. Celebrate all things Golden Girls, including the beloved Oak Park native we lost in late 2021, Betty White. Starts today at Navy Pier.

+A Hint of Rhino: The Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2022. See sketch comedy, cabaret, and experimental theater at the long-running fest. Runs through May in Uptown and Logan Square.

+Sara Juli: Burnt-out Wife. Check out the one-woman dance comedy show that takes on marriage, relationships and general burn-out Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the South Loop.


Missed an episode? Catch up. 

TODAY: Do Cameras Make Us Safer? Plus, Masks Off (Again) and the Great Potato Salad Debate  

THU: Chicago Improv Alums Matt Walsh and Brad Morris Take on Tech Dependency in ‘Unplugging’

WED: The Illinois Lottery Comes From A Bronzeville Parlor Game

TUE: New Podcast Makes Oprah a College Level Course

MON: ‘You Want Harold, You Got Him’: How Harold Washington Beat the Machine

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