1. Geek out
Dress up as your favorite character this weekend at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, better known as C2E2. The largest pop culture convention in the Midwest features exhibits, vendors, panel discussions and autograph sessions.
Details: 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. $52.75-$277.75 for adults; $14.75-$30.75 for kids; $22.75 for a digital ticket / MAP
The Chicago Park District is hosting Easter egg hunts and bunny-themed events at parks across the city for kids up to 12 years old, depending on the park. Not in Chicago? The western suburbs have you covered with a number of egg hunts and crawls.
Details: Places and times vary through Sunday. Free-$8, registration often required.
Enjoy strong lagers, grilled brats and music at Half Acre’s Strong Beer Time Party. Teams of four can compete for prizes during a Hammerschlagen competition in which participants drive nails into a wooden beam.
Details: 1-7 p.m. Saturday at Half Acre, 2050 W. Balmoral Ave. Free admission / MAP
The Golden-Con: Thank You for Being a Fan convention returns to celebrate all things “Golden Girls.” Expect live performances, dance parties, a vendor market and trivia.
Details: Friday to Sunday at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk, 301 E. Water St. $35-450 / MAP
The Chicago Architecture Center’s river cruises are back this weekend for a 30th season. Climb aboard Chicago’s First Lady for a 90-minute cruise featuring stories about more than 50 buildings and 13 bridges. Guests can listen to a pre-recorded session in Spanish, French, Japanese or Korean.
Details: Times vary Friday through autumn, leaving from 112 E. Wacker Drive. Tickets start at $53.85 / MAP
Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Send us an email.