Freebies and Things to Do This Easter Weekend in Chicago + Where to Eat

Easter in Chicago means different things to different people, which produces a breadth of events, no matter how you choose to celebrate. For most, the holiday symbolizes the incredible resurrection of Jesus Christ from a tomb and a chance for the devout Jesus followers to celebrate at churches across the city. Others associate the holiday with Chicago’s infamous selection of Easter brunch options. Celebrate with Easter egg hunts, Easter bunny visits but you should be aware that some of the city’s best spring events are also the most family-friendly, as the kids run like mad through the grass, searching for candy-filled eggs, or the whole family gets dressed up for a meal at one of the Chicago’s best restaurants. Whether you’re looking to meet the Easter bunny or just want to let the kids go nuts, these are the best options for Easter for kids in Chicago.


Amazon: Amazon is having a series of amazing deals, from an extra 25% off men’s suits to up to 70% off jewelry, you’ll be able to take advantage of some great savings from the drop ship website.



Chicago Eater:  25 Great Spots for Easter Sunday Brunch in Chicago, 2017

Chicago Tribune:  50 Easter brunches and bakery specials in Chicago and the suburbs



Old Town School of Music — Sing, dance or clap along at the Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-728-6000) this Friday, April 14 in celebration of its 60th anniversary. Share in music, song, and dance at their Spring Open House! They’re celebrating their 60th anniversary this year, and want you to join in! This evening of free workshops and jams is a great introduction to the OTSoM community–the nation’s largest community school of arts– for newcomers and an opportunity for longtime friends to try something new. Highlights include a collective songwriting workshop, a guitar lesson demonstration and the “Voice of the People” jam session.

2017 Adult Easter Egg Hunt —   It’s time for Longman & Eagle’s annual Adult Easter Easter Egg Hunt in Logan Square! Join us this Easter – Sunday, April 16 – for another year of eggs, whiskey, and all around charitable good times. to register in advance – and don’t wait, last year’s hunt sold out well in advance.  The fee per two person team is $10 ($5 per person) – all proceeds will be donated to One Tail at a Time, our charity partner.    On Sunday, April 16 , registration will begin at 11am, followed by the hunt around Logan Square from noon – 2pm, followed by a block party back at Longman & Eagle from 2-4pm where we’ll count the eggs and declare a winner.

Sunday, April 16
11am – Team Registration
Noon – Hunt begins
2pm – Block Party & Counting of the Eggs

We’ll have plenty of fun, food, and games at Longman & Eagle during and after the hunt. See you there!   Prizes & support from our friends at: Lost Lake, Fleur, Parson’s, Thalia Hall, The Empty Bottle, The Whistler, Brown Brothers, The Owl, Logan Theater, Hopewell, Darkmatter, Letherbee, Gordon Food Service, Reno Chicago, Wolfbait, Katherine Anne Confections, The Walk In, Busy Beaver Buttons, Bang Bang Pie, Black Dog Gelato, The Bus Shop & More


CCPA Wind Ensemble: Mark Ridenour, assistant trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will perform the world premiere of Victoria Bond’s “The Crowded Hour” for solo trumpet, brass ensemble and narrator, a portrait of Theodore Roosevelt in words and music. The program, conducted by Stephen Squires and narrated by actor Ray Ferwen, also holds works by Adolphus Hailstork and James Stephenson. 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave.; free; 


Innovative printmakers from around the world are gathering in Chicago for three days in April to sell their artwork at Defibrillator Gallery at theANARCHIST Print Fair, Join local and international artists working in a variety of printmaking styles as they share their work with the general public in an effort to make a living. These artists have in common a certain irreverence and courage that sets their work apart from other printmakers. An international perspective lends eccentricity and imagination to this breathtaking collection of artists assembled by well known Estonian printmaker, performance artist, and organizer, Anonymous Boh of the anarchist performance collective, INFO: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Defibrillator Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Ave. $5 suggested donation. | MAP


WGFM Radio produces a live broadcast at the Spring 2017 Soul Reunion, bringing Gary T.’s “45, Albums and CDs” show to the public. Bring your dance shoes, people. Details: 1-8 p.m. Saturday at Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd St. Free. | MAP


Party with your Peeps the day before Easter. The family friendly event includes face painting, balloon twisting, live music and a visit with the Easter bunny.  Details: 1-6 p.m. Saturday at MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Free. | MAP


Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series: The 23-year-old German-born cellist Christoph Croise performs a free recital with pianist Noreen Polera. 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.;


Easter Deals and Freebies:

These discounts will have you hopping for joy:


Chill with BOGO Slurpees at 7-Eleven through April 16. Buy one Slurpee, get one free at 7-Eleven. Participating stores only. Offer ends April 16.
Use the the free 7-Eleven app to get a free any size Slurpees when you buy one at participating stores during Slurpee Week on April 10-16. There’s a new flavor to try: Trolli Pineapple Lime Slurpee. Other deals: A free Big Gulp with sub purchase and a free any size coffee with breakfast sandwich.


  • Nordstrom Rack: Nordstrom is hosting a “Clear the Rack” sale until Sunday. Enjoy an extra 25% off their clearance items along with more than half-off their spring shoe selection.
  • Forever 21: The Spring Sale occurring at Forever 21 includes a savings of up to 70% off select styles both online and offline at participating stores. Items included in the sale includes shoes, tops, dresses, bikinis and more.
  • H&M: If you need some new clothes for the kiddos, you can find tops and bottoms at $9.99 in varying sizes for children 1 1/2 to 10 years old. There are other great deals also available throughout the store for kids clothes, so it’s a great time to update their spring wardrobe.
  • Target: Save $5 when you spend $25 on “Easter must-haves.” Holiday merchandise includes Easter egg baskets and more. Additionally, you will save $10 when you spend $50 on clothes and accessories using the code STYLE10 as well as on toys with the code TOYS. You’ll also find sales on home decor and outdoor living.


  • Dominos Pizza: For $5.99, pick any two or more on select items. You also still have a chance to take advantage of their Member Appreciation Week by earning double rewards through Sunday.
  • Applebee’s: Applebee’s is hosting a variety of specials this week. For one, you can enjoy two full-size entrees plus an appetizer all for just $20. You’ll also receive $5 off your first online order or app order as long as it is over $25 with the code 50OFF25.
  • Cracker Barrel: If you don’t have time (or don’t feel like) cooking this Easter, you can order an Easter meal to-go from Cracker Barrel. For just $109.99, you’ll get enough food to feed up to 10 people. You need to provide a 24-hour notice, and the offer ends Sunday. Learn more here.
  • Mimi’s Cafe: Mimi’s Cafe, which has multiple locations throughout the U.S., primarily in the southern regions, is also offering a take-home Easter dinner. Their offer feeds six to eight people for $89.99. If you would prefer to dine-in, their Easter special includes a three-course brunch on Sunday.

Last-Minute Travel Deals

  • You’ll find a variety of deals on for up to 70% off hotels across the world. Check them out here.
  • Marriott: Take advantage of 20% off for last-minute traveling this weekend across the United States plus Canada and the Caribbean.
  • Travelocity: You’ll also find some weekend deals on under their “Travel Deals” tab. From 40% off with a 24-hour sale to last-minute flight deals starting at $274, you shouldn’t have a problem finding discounts for your Easter trip.


Office Depot is offering a coupon to shred up to 5 pounds of documents for free. Tax time is a great opportunity to get rid of old papers that contain sensitive information. A pound of paper is roughly a 1/2-inch stack.

Of course, you should also check out your local stores and shops for Easter deals and freebies. Even if it is just candy for the kids’ Easter baskets, now is a good time to get some Easter gear for cheap. Many restaurants often offer kids to eat free when you dine-in this weekend, so be sure to call and see what you can find.

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