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One of the best things about living in a city like Chicago is there’s no shortage of ways to spend your evenings. From a sweets-filled charity event to a laugh-out-loud show at The Second City, here are five events we recommend putting on your social calendar stat.

Enjoy Mad Men viewing parties in Public Chicago’s Screening Room.

1. A Charitable Confection
Grandbaby Cakes blogger Jocelyn Delk Adams hosts this premiere benefit for Project Orange Tree, a Chicago nonprofit championing youth violence prevention, on April 25. Expect live entertainment, delectable bites, cocktails and, of course, a bevy of tempting desserts from the city’s top pastry masters. 6PM. Tickets from $20. Chicago Urban Arts Society, 600 W. Cermak Road

2. Baconfest
Honestly, who doesn’t love bacon? This two-day pork party returns with a dinner session April 25 and lunch and dinner sessions April 26. Enjoy bacon-centric tastings from dozens of restos (The Dawson, Big Jones and Balena to name just a few), a full range of cocktails, beers and wines, and the presentation of the Golden Rasher awards. General admission to dinner is 7PM. Tickets from $100. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road

3. The Sound of Music
One of the most beloved musicals of all time takes center stage at Lyric Opera April 25-May 25 with massive sets, a full orchestra and some familiar faces: Chicago’s own Billy Zane as Captain von Trapp and Broadway sensation Jenn Gambatese (you probably saw her last year as Glinda during Wicked’s run at the Oriental Theatre) as Maria. Tickets from $29. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive

4. Depraved New World
We can’t remember the last time we laughed as hard as when we saw The Second City’s 102nd mainstage revue, Depraved New World. And while the show spans scripted sketches, improv and song and dance numbers, what we love most of all is the comedic chemistry of six-member cast, including CS Arts & Power player Emily Walker. Tickets from $23. The Second City, 1616 N. Wells St.

5. Mad Men Viewing Party
As if we needed another reason to visit Public Chicago, the haute hotel is hosting Sunday viewing parties for the penultimate seven-episode run of Mad Men in The Library’s Screening Room. Savor $7 Old Fashioneds and Manhattans, complimentary '60s-inspired bites and a curated playlist. Stay tuned during commercial breaks: The winner of the Mad Men trivia contest will walk away with a one-night stay and dinner for two! 7PM. Email nightlife@publichotels.com for reservations. Public Chicago, 1301 N. State Parkway