Is winter getting you down and you are looking for some warm weather fun? A spring art festival in Chicago just may be the start to your enjoyment of the nice weather and the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. Whether your interests lie in learning and connecting with the creative community, film or music, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. Plan out your spring accordingly to attend these best spring art festivals in Chicago.



Creative Chicago Expo
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-3316

Date: March 14-15, 2014

Are you or your company involved with the creative arts? If so, then you will not want to miss the 10th annual Creative Chicago Expo. It is a resource fair for Chicago’s creative community that offers workshops, resources, information and networking. The admission is free and the Creative Chicago Expo is geared toward creative individuals and organizations in design, culinary, fashion, film, music, dance, theater, literary and visual arts.

(Credit: Chicago Improv Festival's Facebook)

(Credit: Chicago Improv Festival’s Facebook)

Chicago Improv Festival
Chicago Improv Productions
2936 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 875-6616

Date: March 31-April 6, 2014

The Chicago Improv Festival is the longest running and largest improv festival in the world. If you want a good laugh, be sure to attend and see some of the best improv from Chicago, the country and the world. The festival will be held in a variety of venues across Chicago which include Second City, The Annoyance Theater, The Playground, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, pH Productions, Stage 773, ComedySportz, LOL Theatre plus more.

Chicago Underground Film Festival
2044 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Dates April 2-6, 2014

This Chicago festival showcases independent features, documentary, shorts and experimental films from around the world. This will be the 21st Chicago Underground Film Festival. Be sure to check the website frequently as more information about the 2014 Chicago Underground Film Festival will be posted.

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Chicago Latino Film Festival
Latino Cultural Center
676 N. La Salle Drive, Suite 520
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 431-1330

Date: April 3-17, 2014

Chicago movie lovers will want to attend the 30th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival. This highly attended event will present the best films that Portugal, Latin America, Spain and Latinos in the United States have to offer. During the festival, over 100 short films and features are shown and there are multiple opportunities for audience members to participate in discussions with the directors as well as special events at the festival.

Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
1658 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 270
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 234-2466

Date: May 1-4, 2014

The 6th annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival is where music and movies meet. The four-day event offers films by day and live music by night. There are films, concerts, VJ/DJ sets, question-and-answer sessions and live score performances all showcasing what movies and music mean to each other. The festival is held at theaters, galleries and concert spaces in the Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods.

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