The anticipation has been building for Duck Duck Goat, Chicago’s newest “it” restaurant. If you can’t get a table (try early and often), not to worry: The city’s got plenty of great backup plans this week. For one thing, there’s a very trendy record fair that’s in town, as well as a global playwright festival and a European quartet that will delight with all of Brahms's piano quartets.
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April 9 | Record fair
Chirp Record Fair & Other Delights
Join other vinyl lovers and hipsters at the Chirp Record Fair, where you’ll be able to browse through thousands of crates of records (as well as DVDs, CDs, and posters). As if this couldn’t get any trendier, Dark Matter Coffee will be on-site, and the food will be from Moxee American Kitchen. You know what’s missing? Local craft beer. Check! They’ll have that, too, along with zine-making by Chicago Zine Fest.
8 a.m.–6 p.m. | Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago | $25 | website
April 9–10 | Escape the city
Head just 15 miles outside of Chicago to Rosemont in time to catch the last day of the International Quilt Festival. Stick around for iFLY Indoor Skydiving and for shopping at the fashion outlets. Wolff’s Flea Market re-opened for the season on April 3 and is a great place to wander on Saturday mornings. It’s easy to spend an entire day there pretending to be on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip. Cap off the weekend at Gibson’s Wine Bar before heading back to the city.
April 9–25 | Theater
International Voices Project
The largest event of its kind in the country, the International Voices Project presents readings from eight international plays over two weeks. The free (donation encouraged) readings are part of a huge effort to create opportunities for audiences and artists to experience plays from all over the world—right here in Chicago. This season will include playwrights from Britain, Italy, Poland, Austria, Norway, Germany, Pakistan, and Lebanon.
Times vary | Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago | Free | website
April 10 | Concert
Complete Brahms Piano Quartets
Grab good seats; you’re in for a long, sweet journey on this Sunday afternoon. It’s rare that all three of Brahms’s piano quartets are performed in one sitting, but this quartet plans to tackle the challenge. The four European musicians planned this back in 2010 after performing one of the pieces together and realizing that they had instant chemistry. Two intermissions will give you a chance to stretch your legs, but the rest of the show is made for sitting in awe.
3 p.m. | Chicago Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | From $37 | website
Now open | Restaurant
Duck Duck Goat
It’s Stephanie Izard’s third restaurant, so you’d think that Chicagoans would be getting tired of her antics. Nope. We’ve been waiting for her to open this up since we first heard the rumors. The space seats 100 (yes, it’s even harder to get a seat here than at her other two restaurants), and you must try it. Izard was inspired to open this West Loop spot after visiting the back alleys and markets in Beijing and Shanghai. The menu includes dim sum, Peking duck, and goat of the day! Fortune cookies are made in-house, of course.
857 W. Fulton Market, Chicago | (312) 902-3825 | website
Danielle Braff lives in Chicago with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and her dog. When she’s not writing, she’s out photographing her city and running around frantically trying to fit as many events as she can into her day. You can check out her other articles at Daniellebraff.com.