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Image: I digital illustration of a purple night sky. Stars form a constellation of a person. Image by Teshika Silver.

Featured image: A digital illustration of a purple night sky. Stars form a constellation of a person. Image by Teshika Silver.

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April 1-May 7, 2022
The Rhinoceros Theater Festival
Broadway Theater at Pride Arts Center: 4139 N Broadway Ave., Chicago, IL
Jimmy Beans Coffee: 2553 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL
Suggested donation of $20

April 1-24, 2022
Mayasa Design House: In Color
Listen Hear: 2620 Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN
Free

April 1-May 1, 2022
unSEEN: 2022 Critical Mass Creative Stimulus Award Exhibition
Center of Creative Arts: 6880 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO
Free

April 1-June 10, 2022
We Want Everything
Cleveland Institute of Art: 11610 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH
Free

April 1-October 23, 2022
Yinka Shonibare CBE: Planets in My Head
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: 1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Free

April 1-April 30, 2022
Mapping
Flint Institute of Art: 1120 East Kearsley St., Flint, MI
$8-$10

Fri, April 1, 10am-5pm
Film: “Nobody’s Watching” by Klassik
Milwaukee Art Museum: 700 N Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee, WI
$0-22

Fri, April 1, 6:30 – 9:15
Residue Film Screening and Discussion
Arts + Public Life: Green Line Performing Arts Center: 329 East Garfield Boulevard, Chicago, IL 
Free

Fri, April 1, 5-8pm
HELMUT HAMMEN: GRAIL
Hans Gallery: 2000 W Carroll Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 1, 5-8pm
Lia Kohl and Nick Meryhew: A small train going a long way
Experimental Sound Studio: 5925 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 1, 5-8:30pm
First Friday: Reading Party
Pulitzer Arts Foundation: 3716 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO
Free

Fri, April 1, 5:30-8pm
Jon Veal: MayDay
Compound Yellow: 244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
Free

Fri, April 1, 6-8pm
Frida Kahlo: Her Photos
National Museum of Mexican Art: 1852 W 19th St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 1, 6-8pm
Rubén Aguirre: Tectonic Reflections
National Museum of Mexican Art: 1852 W 19th St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 1, 6-8pm
I think we’re getting somewhere
Logan Center Exhibitions: 915 E 60th St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 1, 6-8pm
RELAY FREEDOM
Co-Prosperity: 3219 S Morgan St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 1, 6-11pm
15th Anniversary Spring Gala: Spring Formal
Roots & Culture: 339 N Bell Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 1, 6-9:30pm
Johanna Winters: BAYTHUR
ACRE Projects at Drama Club Gallery: 2439 S Oakley Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 1, 7-10pm
Travis Egedy: Ultraviolet Mythology
Public Works: 2141 W North Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 1, 7:30pm
Chicago Legends for Ukraine: A Benefit Concert for Humanitarian Aid
Chopin Theater: 1543 W Division St., Chicago, IL
$50

Fri, April 1, 8-11pm
Christina Ballantyne + Ish Lipman: Seasons Creep
SULK CHICAGO: 525 S Dearborn St., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 2, 10am
First Saturdays: Queer Self Care Day
Chicago Public Library: 733 N Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 2, 11am
Holiday Craft Program: Autism Acceptance Month
Chicago Public Library: Online
Free

Sat, April 2, 12-4pm
Juan Molina Hernández: regresa, regresa, regresa (return, return, return)
Tiger Strikes Asteroid: 2233 S Throop St, Unit 419, Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 2, 1pm
Film Screening: Poetic Justice (1993)
Chicago Public Library: 4856 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 2 nd 16, 4-7pm
Making Art for the People with Monica Trinidad
DePaul Art Museum: online
Free

Sat, April 2, 5-8pm
Melissa Oresky: Of Leaves as Tongues
Boundary: 2334 W 111th Pl., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 2, 6pm
A. P. Vague: Patterns for Diaspora
Roman Susan: 1224 W Loyola Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

April 2 – May 15, 2022
HUMAN WRONGS, HUMAN RIGHTS
Jackson Junge Gallery: 1389 North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

April 2 – May 1, 2022
Monochrome Tone
Evanston Art Center: 1717 Central St., Evanston, IL
Free

Sat, April 2, 6-9pm (EST)
Community Gala
Flint Institute of Arts: 1120 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI
$60-75

Sat, April 2, 6-9pm
Tatiana Sky: The Earth is Moving but I Can’t Feel the Ground
Trapdoor: 1303 Chicago Ave (Alley Entrance), Evanston, IL
Free

Sat, April 2, 6-9pm
Natalia Villanueva Linares: Mina
Comfort Station: 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 2, 6-10pm
Flatland Final Release: An Atlas
Co-Prosperity: 3219 S Morgan St., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 2, 8pm
Freedom From and Freedom To #7
Elastic Arts: 3429 W Diversey Ave, #208, Chicago, IL
$15

Sun, April 3, 7-9pm
Prefiguring Immediacy: Video Art by Mako Idemitsu
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts: 915 E 60th St., Chicago, IL
Free

April 3-30, 2022
Paul Gerard Somers
Ignition Project Space: 3839 W. Grand Ave. #1, Chicago, IL
Free

Mon, April 4, 9:30-11am
Voices: Hiwa K.
Gallery 400: Online
Free

Mon, April 4, 7pm
Virtual Event: THE TRAYVON GENERATION by Elizabeth Alexander
Women & Children First Bookstore: Online
Free

Mon, April 4, 7-9pm
Art After Dark: Art and Protest
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago: 5550 S Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Mon, April 4, 7-8pm
First Monday Jazz with Shanta Nurullah
Arts + Public Life: Green Line Performing Arts Center, 329 East Garfield Boulevard, Chicago, IL
Free

Tues, April 5, 6-7pm
Annabel Daou
Ulrich Museum of Art: 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS
Free

Tues, April 5, 6-8pm
Kamrooz Aram: Privacy
The Arts Club of Chicago: 201 E Ohio St., Chicago, IL
Free

Tues, April 5, 7:30-8:45pm
Ikko Yokoyama
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Online
Free

April 5, 2022 – March 26, 2023
In the Adjacent Possible
John Michael Kohler Arts Center: 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan, WI
Free

April 6-10, 2022
This Time Tomorrow
Contemporary Arts Center Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art: 44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH
Free

Wed, April 6, 12-1pm
Virtual Book Talk: One Hand To Hold, One Hand To Carve
International Museum of Surgical Science: Online
Free

Wed, April 6, 6pm(EST)
Kimberly Dowdell
Mershon Auditorium: 1871 N High St, Columbus, OH
Free

Wed, April 6, 6:30-8:30pm
Tanda: Disruptive Pleasure: Love as an Artistic Practice, Anna Cai
Chuquimarca: Online
Free

Wed, April 6, 1pm
Video Lunchbox
Media Burn Archive: Online
Free

Wed, April 6, 7pm
Public conversation: “Art Matters Now: Three Artists Reflect.” Terence Blanchard,  Andrew F. Scott and Kevin  Willmott
Beach Museum of Art: 1501 Goldstein Circle, Manhattan, KS
Free

April 6 – May 21, 2022
Arghavan Khosravi: The Witness
Kavi Gupta: 835 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, April 7, 2022
EXPO CHICAGO: /Dialogues
Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
$30-45

Thurs, April 7, 2022
Artists Run Chicago: In Focus at EXPO Chicago
Hyde Park Art Center at Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
$30-45

Thurs, April 7, 5-6pm
Postcards: The Rise and Fall of the World’s First Social Network
Newberry Library: Online
Free

Thurs, April 7, 6-8pm
Spring 2022 Speak Café
Krannert Art Museum: 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL
Free

Thurs, April 7, 6-9pm
EXPO CHICAGO: The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art
Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
$30-45

Thurs, April 7, 7pm
Writing with Fire (2021)
Block Museum of Art: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
Free

Thurs, April 7, 9pm
Lost in Translation: 70s & 80s Japanese Jazz, Disco, & Funk
The Whistler: 2421 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, April 7, 6:30-8:30pm
Rear View Mirror Sessions: 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival – Nina Simone
Arts + Public Life: Green Line Performing Arts Center, 329 East Garfield Boulevard, Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, April 7, 7-9pm
Respect the Mic (In-Person)
Poetry Foundation: 61 West Superior St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 2022
EXPO CHICAGO: /Dialogues
Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
$30-45

April 8-May 27, 2022
Relic
Arts Incubator: 301 E Garfield Blvd., Chicago, IL
Free

April 8 – 30, 2022
Proxy Bodies 2.0
Chicago Art Department
Free

Fri, April 8, 5-9pm
Juan Arango Palacios and Kevin Sabo: Bimbofication Sensation
Povos Chicago: 2000 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 11am-6pm
Amin Gulgee: The Spider Speaketh In Tongues
South Asia Institute: 1925 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-8pm(CST)
Where do we go From Here
MOCAD: 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
$5

Fri, April 8, 6-8pm(CST)
Ground Up: Reflections on Black Abstraction
MOCAD: 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
$5

Fri, April 8, 6-8pm
Open Labs #1: Meredith Haines + Shalaka Kulkarni
High Concept Labs: 2233 S Throop St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-8pm
Chris Larson: The Residue of Labor
ENGAGE Projects: 401 N Paulina St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-9pm
Cat Bowyer, Artist in Residence
Baby Blue Gallery: 2233 S Throop St, Suite 518, Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-9pm
The Deeply Rooted
Woman Made Gallery: 2150 S Canalport Ave, 4A-3, Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-9pm
Context 2022
Filter Space: 1821 W Hubbard St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-9pm
2022 MFA Thesis Show: Fade into Me: Identity and Abstraction
Gallery 400: 400 South Peoria St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-9pm
Dear Mama
Elephant Room Gallery: 704 S Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-10pm
BARELY FAIR
Color Club: 4146 N Elston Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-10pm
Jeffrey Michael Austin: Everything Must Go
Chicago Art Department: 1926 S Halsted St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-11pm
Eat Up
Mu Gallery: 1541 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6-11pm
Mediating Between the Senses
Mu Gallery: 1541 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 6:30pm
Sugar Coating
Co-Prosperity: 3219 S Morgan St., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 9-11am
Annual Breakfast
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W Fulton St., Unit B, Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 7pm
Artist Statement Performance
Belong Gallery: 2712 W North Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 8, 8pm
AfriClassical Futures Series: Renee Baker
Elastic Arts: 3429 W Diversey Ave, #208, Chicago, IL
$15

Fri, April 8, 8-11pm
I Wanna Be You Anywhere
Co-Prosperity: 3219 S Morgan St., Chicago, IL
Free

April 8 – July 9, 2022
Amin Gulgee: The Spider Speaketh in Tongues
South Asia Institute: 1925 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
$5-$10

Fri, April 9, 10am-1pm
An Instrument in the Shape of a Woman: Special Reception
Chicago Cultural Center: 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 9, 1-3:30pm
We Take Care of Us. Part 2
Honeypot Performance: Woodson Regional Library, Chicago Public Library, 9525 South Halsted St., Chicago, IL
Free

April 9-June 12, 2022
Elena Ailes and Antonio López
Apparatus Projects: 1500 S Western Ave, #407, Chicago, IL
Free

April 9, 200 – January 16, 2023
Treasured Ten: Selections from the Costume Collection
Chicago History Museum: 1601 N Clark St., Chicago, IL
$17 – $19

Sat, April 9, 2022
EXPO CHICAGO: /Dialogues
Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
$30-45

Sat, April 9, 11am
Gallery Talk with Ben Bradshaw
The Sheldon: 3648 Washington Blvd, Saint Louis, MO
Free

Sat, April 9, 11am-12pm
First Peoples Poetry Reading: A Tribute to the Living Nations, Living Words Project
Newberry Library: 60 W Walton St., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 9, 2-3pm
Cultures of Belonging Book Launch
Poetry Foundation: 61 W Superior St., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 9, 3pm
Women Must Write Herself: sonja thomsen and Jen Delos Reyes in Dialogue
062: 1029 W 35th St., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 9, 4pm
Richard Green: Music and Storytelling with the Magician to Benefit Ukraine
Hideout: 1354 W Wabansia Ave., Chicago, IL
$7

Sat, April 9, 6-9pm
split my sides
The Luminary: 2701 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO
Free

Sat, April 9, 6-9pm
Artist Statement Performance
Blanc Gallery: 4445 S Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 9, 6-9pm
Katie Vota and Paul Gerard Somers
Ignition Project Space: 3839 W Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 9, 9pm – 1am
NADA & Schlep Party
Midlands Warehouses: 2401 W. 15th St., Chicago, IL
Free

April 9 – August 7, 2022
Jin Lee: Views and Scenes
Chicago Cultural Center: 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL
Free


April 10-13, 2022
Social Alchemy Symposium
New Harmony: 506 Main St, New Harmony, IN
Free

Sun, April 10, 2022
EXPO CHICAGO: /Dialogues
Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
$30-45

April 10 – May 22, 2022
Melanie Flood – Notions
Ruschwoman: 2100 S Marshall Blvd., Unit 105, Chicago, IL
Free

April 10-September 3, 2022
Miller & Shellabarger: Loving Repeating
Hyde Park Art Center; 5020 S Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sun, April 10, 1-4pm
Olivier Bodart: Risk Areas
Evanston Art Center: 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL
Free

Sun, April 10, 2-5pm
The Portal Reframed
Leslie Wolfe Gallery, Old Town Art Center: 1763 N North Park Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sun, April 10, 4pm
Virtual Event: ALL OUR FAMILIES: Disability Lineage and the Future of Kinship by Jennifer Natalya Fink
Women & Children First Bookstore: Online
Free

Sun, April 10, 4pm
loose hang
SLEEPING VILLAGE: 3734 W Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sun, April 10, 7-9pm
Arooj Aftab
The Parkway: 4814 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
$20-50

Mon, April 11, 6pm
Ocean Vuong: Time is a Mother
The Seminary Co-op Bookstores: 1201 E 60th St
Free

Mon, April 11, 6:30-8pm
Town halls: RADICAL IMAGINATION: PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN ON PAY TRANSPARENCY
2nd Story: Online
Free

Mon, April 11, 7pm
Twice as Nice
Doc Films: 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL
$7

April 12-July 9, 2022
Latina Community Voices
Krannert Art Museum: 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL
Free

Tues, April 12, 6:30-7:45pm
Fred Moten
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Online
Free

April 13-22, 2022
2022 MFA Thesis Show: Ouroboros
Gallery 400: 400 South Peoria St., Chicago, IL
Free

Wed, April 13, 6:30-8:30pm
Tanda: Creating Care-filled Igbo Architecture(s)
Chuquimarca: Online
Free

Wed, April 13, 4-5:30pm
Ray Yoshida’s Home for his Muses
John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Art Preserve: Online
Free

Wed, April 13, 6pm
A Conversation Series on Museum Practice: On Collaboration
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University: 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL
Free

Wed, April 13, 6-7pm
Botanical Black History: An Ongoing Celebration! With Colah B. Tawkin
Garfield Park Conservatory: 300 N. Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 
Free (donations appreciated)

Wed, April 13, 6pm
Remaking the Exceptional Curators in Conversation with Prof. Christina Rivers
DePaul Art Museum: online
Free

April 14 -16, 8pm(CST)
Radouan Mriziga: Akal
Wexner Center for the Arts: 1871 N High St, Columbus, OH
$13-21

Thurs, April 14, 6-7:30pm
Douglas Ewart in Dialogue with Archives Alive / Collective Impact
Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago: Online
Free, Zoom Registration Link

Thurs, April 14, 2-4pm
The Obama Portraits: Portraits of Black Presidents
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum: 800 S Halsted St., Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, April 14, 6-8pm
An Evening with Nick Briz
Gene Siskel Film Center: 164 N State St., Chicago, IL
$12

Thurs, April 14, 7-8pm
Open Door Reading: Madeleine LeCesne, Michell Nicole Miller, Nat Pyper & Ang Zheng
Poetry Foundation: 61 W Superior St., Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, April 14, 8pm
Autumn Knight: M___ER
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
$10-30

April 14 & 15, 8-9:30pm
Autumn Knight, M _ _ _ E R
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago IL
$10-$30

April 15 – May 22, 2022
Esther Ruiz: Hall of Exits
Monaco: 2701 Cherokee St., Saint Louis, MO
Free

April 15-August 14, 2022
Dream Hampton: Freshwater
MOCAD: 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
$5

April 15-May 26, 2022
Crossings
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL
Free

April 15-May 26, 2022
Segundo Piso
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL
Free

April 15 – May 15, 2022
A Moment, A Memory
The Silver Room: 1506 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 15, 12pm
Photos at Zoom Discussion Session: Tom Jones
Museum of Contemporary Photography: Online
Free

Fri, April 15, 7-9:30pm
More Than Diversity Film + Conversation Series: Rethinking Public Safety
Arts + Public Life: Green Line Performing Arts Center: 329 East Garfield Boulevard, Chicago, IL 
Free

Fri, April 15, 7-8pm
Makeba Kedem-DuBose: Monochrome Tone
Evanston Art Center: 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL
Free

Fri, April 15, 6-9pm
Faysal Altunbozar & E. Saffronia Downing: Flattened Flora; A Compass Sampler
Roots & Culture: 1034 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

April 15-16, 2022
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Design Museum of Chicago: 72 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL
Free

April 15 – July 2, 2022
EMERGENCE: Intersections at The Center
South Side Community Art Center: 3831 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

April 15 – June 14, 2022
Scott Mossman: Oils and Watercolors
Glow Exhibitions: 4045 N. Lawler Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

April 16-July 3, 2022
Eli Kahn: How Are You? No, Really…How Are You?
South Bend Museum of Art: 120 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, South Bend, IN
Free

Sat, April 16, 2-3:30pm
Autumn Knight, M _ _ _ E R
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: 220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago IL
$10-$30

Sat, April 16, 1:30-2:30pm
Artist Talk: Pao Houa Her
Milwaukee Art Museum: 700 N Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee, WI
$0-22

Sat, April 16, 7pm
Author Reading: America, Goddam: Violence, Black Women, and the Struggle for Justice by Treva B. Lindsey
Women & Children First Bookstore: 5233 N Clark St., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 16, 7-9pm
Side Yard Sounds presents: Honestly Same + The Luc Mosley Ensemble
Compound Yellow: 244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
$15

Sat, April 16, 9pm
Wild & Sublime
Hungry Brain: 2319 W Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL
$25


Sun, April 17, 11am-6pm
Print Pop Up
Pilsen Arts & Community House: 1637 W. 8th St., Chicago, IL
Free

Sun, April 17, 3-4pm
Mandala Choreographer Showcase
Chicago History Museum: North Clark Street, Chicago, IL
$25

Mon, April 18, 1:30-3pm
Voices: Raven Chacon
Gallery 400: online
Free

Mon, April 18, 6pm
Shake / Shook / Shaken
Elastic Arts: 3429 W Diversey Ave, #208, Chicago, IL
$10

Mon, April 18, 7pm
On the Other Island & Eyes of the Rainbow
Doc Films: 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL
$7

Mon, April 18, 6-8pm
Not Quite: Asian Americans and the “Other” in the Era of the pandemic and the uprising
Indian Trails Public Library District: 355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL
Free

Tues, April 19, 4 and 6pm
Jerri Allyn and Kayla Tange: Shades of Shame and Grace
Wexner Center for the Arts: 1871 N High St, Columbus, OH
Free

Wed, April 20, 1pm
Global Art Dialogues: Intimacy and Empire in Contemporary Practices
Asian Art Museum: Online
Free

Wed, April 20, 6pm
A Conversation Series on Museum Practice: On Context
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
Free

Wed, April 20, 6:15pm
Poetry Salon
City Lit Books: 2523 N Kedzie Blvd., Chicago, IL
Free

Wed, April 20, 6:30-8:30pm
Tanda: Radicalizing Human Resource: Shifting white-supremacy based practices, systems, expectations and culture to a care-based model
Chuquimarca: Online
Free

Wed, April 20, 8-10pm
Deep Listening Night
Life on Marz Community Club: 1950 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, April 21, 6pm
Artist Talk: Martine Gutierrez
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis: 3750 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO
Free

Thurs, April 21, 6pm
TOWARD THE CENTER: A conversation with Patric McCoy, Juarez Hawkins, and Jonathan Green
South Side Community Art Center: Online
Free

April 21 – 24, 2022
The Other Art Fair
Fulton Market: 1215 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL
$18

April 21 – 24, 2022
Kaleidoscope: JC Rivera, Blake Jones, Elloo
All Star Press x The Other Art Fair: 1215 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL
$18

April 21, 22, & 23, 7:30pm
Not Dead Yet
Zephyr Dance @ SITE/less: 1250W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago, IL
$22

April 21 – 25, 2022
The Chicago Circus & Performing Arts Festival
Yes Ma’am Circus: The Den Theater – 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
Prices Vary Per Performance

April 21 – May 1, 2022
What to Send Up When it Goes Down
Stony Island Arts Bank: 6760 S Stony Island Ave., Chicago, IL
$35

April 22 – May 21, 2022
Going-To-The-Sun Road by Megan Finch
Belong Gallery: 2712 W. North Avenue Chicago, IL
Free

April 22 – September 11, 2022
Nep Sidhu: Paradox of Harmonics
MOCAD: 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
$5

April 22 – May 12, 2022
I Build How I Remember
062 Gallery: 1029 W 35st St, Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 22, 6-8pm
Black Plant-It at the beelove Cafe
Art West: 1111 S. Homan Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Fri, April 22, 12pm
Behind the Lens: Sunil Gupta
Museum of Contemporary Photography: Online
Free

Fri, April 22, 8-9pm
Live @ LOW END | Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Honer
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: 724 S 12th St, Omaha, NE
Free

Fri, April 22, 8-10pm
Bidi Bidi Boom Boom: The Selena Tribute Dance Party
National Museum of Mexican Art: 1852 W 19th St., Chicago, IL
$30

April 22/23, 12-2pm
Meet the Artist: Damon Lamar Reed
Chicago Cultural Center: 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL
Free

April 23-July 24, 2022
Sequences, Iterations, and Permutations (SIP)
Hyde Park Art Center: 5020 S Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 23, 10am-9pm
Waldos Forever Fest w/ Junglepussy
Dispensary 33: 5001 N Clark St., Chicago, IL
$0-5

Sat, April 23, 11am
New Perspectives Talk: Leopoldo Méndez
Kemper Art Museum: One Brookings Dr, St. Louis, MO
Free

Sat, April 23, 12:30-1:30pm
Exhibition Gallery Talk: A Site of Struggle with YWCA Evanston/Northshore’s Equity Institute
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
Free

Sat, April 23, 1:30-2:30pm
DANCE PAMOJA CHALLENGE
Red Clay Dance Company: Online
Free

Sat, April 23, 5-9pm
ALCHEMY
HOWLING PAGES: 4354 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 23, 7pm
Side Yard Sounds presents: Mai Sugimoto +
Compound Yellow: 244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
$15

Sat, April 23, 8pm
16th Annual Evening of Hope
The Sheldon: 3648 Washington Blvd, Saint Louis, MO
$30-500

Sat, April 23, 9pm
Soul Summit
The Empty Bottle: 1035 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL
$0-5

Sat, April 23, 9pm
The Bridge #2.4
Hideout: 1354 West Wabansia Ave., Chicago, IL
$10

Sat, April 23, 8pm
Intermissions: Joe Namy
The Renaissance Society: 5811 South Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

April 23 – June 4, 2022
Nate Young (Un)Time
moniquemeloche: 451 N Paulina Str., Chicago, IL
Free


Sun, April 24, 4pm
Intermissions: Joe Namy
The Renaissance Society: 5811 South Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

April 26, 2022
Olmsted in Chicago: South Park Then and Now
Hyde Park Historical Society: Online
Free

Tues, April 26, 5pm
Dread Scott & Maria Gaspar: Art, Ethics, and Progress
Lunder Institute of American Art + Colby Museum of Art: Online
Free

Wed, April 27, 6:30-7:30pm
A Conversation Series on Museum Practice: On Counterpoints
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
Free

Wed, April 27, 7-8pm
Spinning Home Movies: “Collective Gratitude” with the Teen Arts Council
Arts + Public Life: Online
Free

Wed, April 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Tanda: Southeast Asian Disco: The Aesthetics of Optimism Under Oppression
Chuquimarca: Online
Free

Wed, April 27, 6-8pm
Public Newsroom 145: Unpacking Care Through Development and Community Health
City Bureau: 2225 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, April 28, 6pm
THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE (2013)
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
Free

Thurs, April 28, 6-7pm
Making Mexican Chicago: Meet the Author Mike Amezcua
Newberry Library: 60 W Walton St., Chicago, IL
Free

Thurs, April 28, 6-7pm
Celebrating the Poets of Forms & Features
Poetry Foundation Online
Free

Thurs, April 28, 7-8:30pm
WBEZ Presents: Legally Stolen Live
WBEZ Chicago: Kennedy-King College, 740 West 63rd St., Chicago, IL
$20

Fri, April 29, 7-8pm
Performance: Artwork and Arias with Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis: 3750 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO
Free

Fri, April 29, 8-9pm
Live @ LOW END | jaimie branch: FLY OR DIE
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: 724 S 12th St, Omaha, NE
Free

Fri, April 29, 3pm
Hispanohablante Chicago Dancemakers
Chicago Dancemakers: Online
Free

Sat, April 30, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Milwaukee Zine Fest
The Bindery + Milwaukee Public Library: 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 
Free

Sat, April 30, 10am-12:30pm
Natural Dyeing with Food Waste Workshop
Garfield Park Conservatory: 300 N. Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 
$65

April 30-June 2, 2022
Earthbound: Work by Pi Benio
Crooked Tree Arts Center: 322 Sixth St, Traverse City, MI
Free

April 30-June 30, 2022
Kiah Celeste
DOCUMENT: 1709 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

April 30-September 4, 2022
Liz Larner: Don’t put it back like it was
Walker Art Center: 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN
$2-7.50

April 30-June 11, 2022
When or if I was there
Tiger Strikes Asteroid: 2233 S Throop St, #419, Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 30, 10:30am-4:30pm
Side Yard Sounds presents: Akjai
Central Branch of the Public Library: 814 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI
Free

Sat, April 30, 11am-12pm
The Art of Race in Revolutions / La raza en el arte de las revoluciones
National Museum of Mexican Art: 60 W Walton St., Chicago, IL
Free

Sat, April 30, 4:30pm
Opening-Day Program: In-Gallery Reading with Poets Ariana Reines & Carmen Giménez Smith
Walker Art Center: 725 Vineland Pla, Minneapolis, MN
$2-7.50

Sat, April 30, 7pm
Side Yard Sounds presents: Akjai
Compound Yellow: 244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
$15

Sat, April 30, 7:30pm
Third Coast Percussion with Movement Art Is: Metamorphosis
Northrop Auditorium: 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN
$20-51

Sat, April 30, 8:30pm
Elastro Series: Mike Weis, P.M. Tummala, Rocio Zavala, Allen Moore
Elastic Arts: 3429 W Diversey Ave, #208, Chicago, IL
$15


Through April 2, 2022
Andrew Bearnot: CALIBRATION MATRIX
ENGAGE Projects: 864 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 2, 2022
Reckless Law, Shameless Order: An Intimate Experience of Incarceration
Krannert Art Museum: 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL
Free

Through April 3, 2022
In Concert: Photography and the Violin
Transformer Station: 1460 West 29th St., Cleveland, OH
Free

Through April 3, 2022
Judith Roston Freilich and Lilach Schrag: Naturally
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art: 2320 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 
$5

Through April 4, 2022
Hyper Contemporary
Real Tinsel: 1013 West Historic Mitchell St., Milwaukee, WI
Free

Through April 4, 2022
Homecoming Queen
Rochester Art Center: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, STE 120
Rochester, MN
$0-$5

Through April 7, 2022
Selva Aparicio: Ode to the Unclaimed Dead
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 7, 2022
Jade Williams and Gabriel Chalfin-Piney: Timely Sanctification
Chicago Artists Coalition: 2130 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 8, 2022
2022 MFA Thesis Show: Fade into Me: Identity and Abstraction
Gallery 400: 400 South Peoria St., Chicago IL
Free

Through April 9, 2022
UNSEEN THINGS ARE STILL THERE: ALEXANDRA ANTOINE, JB DANIEL, KATE INGOLD, ESAU MCGHEE, AND ELSA MUÑOZ
Riverside Arts Center: 32 E. Quincy St., Riverside, IL
Free

Through April 9, 2022
Jake Troyli: Slow Clap
moniquemeloche: 451 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 9, 2022
Allen Moore: A Vibe Called Death
Cleaner Gallery + Projects: 1856 N Richmond St, Chicago, IL 
Free

Through April 9, 2022
Melissa Leandro: Paradiso
Andrew Rafacz: 1749 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 9, 2022
deborah handler: Larger work, (“tea for two” Monk’s version)
Produce Model Gallery: 1918 S Canalport Ave, Chicago IL
Free

Through April 9, 2022
Azadeh Gholizadeh & Elnaz Javani: Phonetic Fragments
Roots & Culture: 1034 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 9, 2022
SAM JAFFE: Muscle Memory
65GRAND: 3252 W North Ave, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 9, 2022
On Longing
Monaco: 2701 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO
Free

Through April 10, 2022
Ayanah Moor: I Wish I Could Be You More Often
Cleve Carney Museum of Art: 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL
Free

Through April 10, 2022
i said what i said: Jewel Ham
Anthony Gallery + Stony Island Arts Bank: 6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 10, 202
Arnold J. Kemp: Less Like an Object and More Like the Weather
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society: 5701 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 10, 2022
Landscape with a Man Killed by a Snake
MICKEY: 1635 West Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 16, 2022
Steve Premo: Avenues of Creation
All My Relations Arts Gallery: 1414 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 
Free

Through April 17, 2022
Nick Perr: Floor Paintings, Chair Paintings
Jargon Projects: 3310 N Milwaukee Ave, Suite 202, Chicago, IL 
Free

Through April 17, 2022
Honey Pierre: Bloodline
MoCA Cleveland: 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH
Free

Through April 21, 2022
DAP Collective: YOU ARE A(NTI)RACIST
Glass Curtain Gallery: 1104 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 
Free

Through April 19, 2022
Colin Fleck: Directions to Another Day
Fracas: 2233 S. Throop St., Suite 601, Chicago, IL 
Free

Through April 22, 2022
Stan VanDerBeek
DOCUMENT: 1709 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 23, 2022
Sean Sullivan: In the shade of the tree
Devening Projects: 3039 West Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 23, 2022
Lilli Carré
Western Exhibitions: 1709 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 23, 2022
Figures, Grounds
Western Exhibitions: 1709 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 24, 2022
Linen, Silk, and Pearls
LVL3: 1542 N Milwaukee Ave, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 24, 2022
Woodlands: Native American Art from St. Louis Collections
Saint Louis Art Museum: One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, Saint Louis, MO
Free

Through April 30, 2022
Under Glass
ADDS DONNA: 3252 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL
Free

Through April 30, 2022
Shane Rossi: A Romance
Parapet Real Humans: 2901 Sidney Street, Saint Louis MO
Free

Through April 30, 2022
Dana Lynn Harper: Field Guides
The Sculpture Center: 1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland, OH
Free


About the illustrator: Teshika Silver is a freelance illustrator, designer, teaching artist and spiritual cultural worker spending time and living freely in Washington Park, Chicago. Follow her work on Instagram @astratesh.