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  • Take the family to the 16th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival at Montrose Harbor May 3.

      Take the family to the 16th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival at Montrose Harbor May 3.

  • Hotel Felix Chicago celebrates Earth Month in April by offering locals and tourists opportunities to participate in green-friendly programs, including the popular "Earth Day, Earth Stay" rate.

      Hotel Felix Chicago celebrates Earth Month in April by offering locals and tourists opportunities to participate in green-friendly programs, including the popular "Earth Day, Earth Stay" rate.

  • Visit the historic Stutz car factory on an entire city block of downtown Indianapolis, April 25-26, during the 21st annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House.

      Visit the historic Stutz car factory on an entire city block of downtown Indianapolis, April 25-26, during the 21st annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House.

  • The VIP Spa & Wine Weekend Package at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Michigan is a great spring getaway for couples and friends.

      The VIP Spa & Wine Weekend Package at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Michigan is a great spring getaway for couples and friends.

 
By Jacky Runice
Daily Herald Correspondent

Chicago

Jazz hands
It's the 10th anniversary celebration of the Contempo Double Bill, which puts the work of top inspired women in music from around the world front and center stage. The daring jazz artist Patricia Barber leads her quartet and plays with the Ari Hoenig trio in the second half of the show. Who is she? Time Magazine wrote, "Cross Diana Krall with Susan Sontag and you get Patricia Barber, whose throaty, come-hither vocals and coolly incisive piano are displayed to devastating effect."
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago. Tickets cost $25, $5 for students. (773) 702-2787 or arts. uchicago.edu.

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Go fly a kite
A harbinger of springtime in Chicago, the 16th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival returns to Cricket Hill in Montrose Harbor for free family fun. The city provides kite kits for kids to build, decorate and fly (while supplies last), and additional activities include face painting, balloon artists and a kite-shaped refrigerator magnet craft. Kites are also available for purchase, and professional kite fliers will demonstrate their skills with oversized and interestingly shaped kites.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Cricket Hill, Montrose Harbor, Lake Shore Drive and Montrose. Free. (312) 744-3316 or chicagokidsandkites.us.

Show them the green
Every April, Hotel Felix Chicago celebrates Earth Month by offering guests and Chicagoans opportunities to participate in green-friendly programs, including the popular "Earth Day, Earth Stay" rate. Located in Chicago's trendy River North neighborhood, the hotel is Chicago's first eco-friendly and Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified hotel. If you can show proof of green travel, either through public transportation with an Amtrak/Bus/CTA ticket or driving a hybrid or an electric vehicle, get a room upgrade during Earth Month. Also during April, Divvy, Chicago's bike-sharing system, will offer a special discounted rate on the price of 24-Hour Passes for Hotel Felix guests. Divvy has 300 stations located throughout the city with a station just one block from the hotel.
Available throughout April at Hotel Felix, 111 W. Huron, Chicago. For the room upgrade promotion, you must book directly through hotelfelixchicago.com or by calling (877) 848-4040. Room upgrades are based on availability at check-in.

Midwest

Spa? Wine? Where do I sign?
It's Michigan Wine Month, and you still have some time to book the VIP Spa & Wine Weekend Package at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. The package affords the opportunity for couples and friends to have a relaxing spring getaway, which includes two night's accommodations at the resort; two breakfast buffets at Sweetwater American Bistro; a VIP ticket to Bowers Harbor Vineyard for a private tasting, plus behind the scenes tour and appetizers; and a $99 or less Spa Treatment at Spa Grand Traverse. Transportation is even provided to and from Bowers Harbor Vineyard.
Friday through Sunday, May 9-11, at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, Mich. Package rates start at $276 per person in the hotel and $304 per person in the Tower. Certain other restrictions may apply; (800) 236-1577 or grandtraverseresort.com.

Art struts at Stutz
A historic former car factory that houses artists' studios will be abuzz with more than 70 artists welcoming visitors to their studios at the 21st annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House. Attracting 5,000 people every year, the open house is an opportunity to see paintings, drawings and photography, sculpture, jewelry and furniture in the settings where created. The event also offers a rare chance to see vintage cars on display in the historic Stutz car factory located on an entire city block in downtown Indianapolis. There will be live music and opportunities to try some painting of your own.
5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, and 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Stutz Business Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, Ind. Admission is $10 in advance; $14 at eventbrite.com; $15 at the gate; children 12 and younger admitted free. Free parking. stutzartists.com or (317) 503-6420.

All you need is LOVE
If you need a place to stay in Indianapolis, consider the artsy Conrad, with art in the lobby by Robert Indiana and William John Kennedy. Explore the famed "LOVE" works in the hotel's newest exhibition, "Always in an Indiana State of Mind," while checking in with one of the hotel's 20 trained Art Ambassadors. The hotel's Indy Cultural Trail Package includes overnight accommodations, complimentary bike rental, complimentary valet parking, and an optional public art scavenger hunt.
Package available through Oct. 19 at the Conrad Indianapolis, 50 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Ind. Rates start at $219. (317) 713-5000 or conradhotels3.hilton.com.

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