Ongoing | Randolph Street Market, 10am-5pm, last full weekend of every month except Dec, Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington St, Chicago. 312.666.1200. chicagoantiquemarket.com.
This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”—including furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more.
Apr 5 | Red or White Ball 2013, 7pm VIP reception, 8pm main event, Venue One, 1044 W Randolph St, Chicago. 312.335.1650. steppenwolf.org.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this annual ball begins with a VIP hour and continues with tasting stations from some of Chicago’s hottest chefs, multiple open bars, a DJ and a silent auction and raffle. The ball serves as a fundraiser for the Steppenwolf Auxiliary Council, a group of young professionals who raise funds for Steppenwolf for Young Adults.
Apr 27 | WordPlay Gala 2013, The Four Seasons Grand Ballroom, 120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago. 847.242.6012. writerstheatre.org/gala.
Writers’ Theatre presents this spectacular evening supporting the company’s artistic excellence and education programs. Guests will enjoy an elegant, special performance and live auction at the Saturday Night Fever-themed event.
Apr 13 | Blue Chip Brewfest, noon-4:30pm, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, 777 Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City. bluechipcasino.com.
The third annual Blue Chip Brewfest features top microbreweries from around the nation—including Four Horseman Brewing Company, Bells, New Belgium, Greenbush, New Holland, Upland and more—showcasing the unique flavors of different brews.
Apr 15-20 | 28th Annual VU Jazz Fest, call for times, Valparaiso University Harre Union Ballroom, 1509 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5415. valpo.edu.
The Midwest's largest non-competitive jazz event spans six days and features a variety of jazz performers, including David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco, who will perform on Saturday evening.
Apr 25 | Midwest Smoke Out, 5-10pm, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. midwestsmokeout.com.
The foremost event for cigar aficionados and luxury enthusiasts features dozens of big brands of premium cigars, spirits and luxury items. This event also allows participants to mingle with cigar visionaries.
Mar 30-May 25 | Horse Drawn Trolley, Elm & State, downtown St. Joseph.
Trolley riders can enjoy the clip-clop of hooves hitting the brick road mingled with the jangling of harnesses as a large Percheron pulls the trolley along the streets. Trolley rides offered weather permitting.
Apr 27-28 | Holding a Carousel Organ Rally, 10am-6pm, Nelis Dutch Village, 12350 James St., Holland. 616.396.1475.
The Carousel Organ Association of America (COAA) is hosting this event, featuring unique portable organs from the United States, Canada, England, Germany, and Holland. Attendees will be entertained by music from small monkey organs to large traveling band organs.
Apr 28-Sept 29 | Allegan Antiques Market, 8am-4pm, last Sun of every month, Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan Co Fair Dr, Allegan. 616.735.3333. alleganantiques.com.
Antique hunters can browse the wares of nearly 400 antique dealers—including furniture, jewelry, collectibles, rugs and linens, silver and more—at this indoor-outdoor market.