By Amy Cavanaugh

There aren’t enough hours in the day to check out every noteworthy event in Chicago. Check out our quick guide to five can’t-miss picks for April.

Rashid Johnson, How ya like me now, 2010 Persian rug, gold embroidery, shea butter, 7 x 102 1/2 x 143 1/2 in. (18 x 280.5 x 364.5 cm) Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin. Image courtesy of the artist(credit:

What: Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks

When: April 14-August 5

Why: The former Chicago artist explores black identity through photographs, installations, and video.


What: The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art

When: April 5

Why: Participate in a work of art by drinking free beer in the Smart’s galleries as part of Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art.


What: Being Shakespeare

When: April 18-29

Why: British actor Simon Callow performs a one-man show with excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

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What: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Wynton Marsalis at 50

When: April 27

Why: The jazz orchestra celebrates the legendary musician with a retrospective of his musical compositions for big band.

Jindřich Heisler. Untitled, 1944. Private collection. (credit:

What: Jindřich Heisler: Surrealism Under Pressure

When: Through July 2

Why: The Czech poet and artist created work while in hiding during World War II.

Amy Cavanaugh, CBS Chicago