Everyone is a little Irish this month, and there is no shortage of festive events to celebrate. From the dyeing of the Chicago River to events that make you think spring, enjoy all that March has to offer (sunshine and snow included!).
Feeling lucky? Stop by the festive Wrigleyville pop-up for a pint of Guinness, St. Patrick’s Day themed food and green everything.
3505 N Clark St., Chicago
Freeze for a reason and take a dip in icy Lake Michigan, with proceeds benefiting the
Special Olympics. North Avenue Beach, Chicago Participating restaurants include Bub City , Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse , Hofbräuhaus Chicago , and Park Tavern . Rosemont Chicago Botanic Garden
Visit Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show after hours to enjoy tropical drinks and peruse the Garden Shop.
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe Jurassic Quest
Dinosaurs #IRL? Count us in. Featuring a 50 foot long Megalondon, this event is sure to be fun for everyone in the family.
Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago
Celebrate International Women’s Day by exploring women-owned businesses, enjoying food and drink tastings, and more.
Check-In Location: The Edge Off Broadway Theater, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave., Chicago
Sip on seasonal beers from more than 70 breweries, sample food, listen to music, and explore the Field Museum during this festival.
Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago Special Events Management
The lakefront race benefits
The Greater Chicago Food Depository. One Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway, Chicago
This Chicago St. Patrick’s Day tradition continues along with the St. Patrick’s Day parade the same day.
Chicago River, Chicago On March 11, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the river dyeing and parade is postponed, due to COVID-19 concerns.
The free event celebrates the colorful Holi tradition, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, with dancing, music and food.
Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago
Officially the more family-friendly Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade, the South Side tradition is celebrating 41 years. Kicks off at noon.
103rd & Western, Chicago On March 11, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the South Side Irish parade is postponed, due to COVID-19 concerns. Chicago Flower and Garden Show
Escape the cold and find gardening inspiration during this popular event that includes hands-on demonstrations, shopping, and more.
Navy Pier, 600 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
Sample artisan chocolate and gourmet wines from West Loop and Historic Randolph Street Market District businesses, with all proceeds from sales benefiting
Chicago Canine Rescue. Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W Washington Blvd., Chicago Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle
Ready for the perfect kick-off to Chicago’s running season? Grab your green and join the 8K run or 2-mile walk.
Grant Park, Chicago
There is no better place for a whisky fan: enjoy grand tastings from around the world, meet the makers and learn from the experts.
Hyatt Regency, 151 E Wacker Dr., Chicago Art & Museums
The Art Institute debuts a new exhibit this month, showcasing more than 57 works by the artist simply known as El Greco.
11 South Michigan Ave., Chicago
Poet Tara Betts will read her poetry, and host a Q&A session as part of the Poets in the Field series, co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership opens a exhibition featuring Andy Warhol’s 1980 series of portraits memorializing ten luminaries of modern Jewish culture.
610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Music
Electronic and dance fans will flock to the Aragon Ballroom to see the legendary DJ perform.
1106 W Lawrence Ave., Chicago
Before these Chicago-based bands take off for
Austin’s SXSW, they have a live rehearsal send-off. This year’s event includes V.V. Lightbody, Fran, Waco Brothers, Roy Kinsey, Wyatt Waddell, James Swanberg and Faux Furs.V.V. Lightbody, Fran and the Waco Brothers. Embed from Getty Images
After winning five Grammy awards, Eilish is returning to the United Center for her victory tour.
1901 W. Madison St., Chicago
Spend an evening inspired by the music of Queen, featuring Gary Mullen & The Works.
Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont Film
The 6th Annual 70mm Festival features cult hits such as
2001: A Space Odyssey, Hello Dolly! and Tron. 3733 N Southport Ave., Chicago VIDEO
The film festival features thought-provoking environmental films various locations around the city.
AS a nonprofit, the Chicago Comedy Film Festival’s mission is to champion strong voices in comedic storytelling.
Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S Wabash Ave. Chicago Theatre & Film
The beloved production, sung in Italian, shines on Lyric Opera’s stage.
20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago Goodman Theatre
A woman relocates to give love a chance, while a police officer wrestles with the harsh realities of change. Their worlds collide and both are forced to confront the consequences of an imbalance of power.
170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
Will you accept this rose? Fans of “The Bachelor” will delight to experience their guilty pleasure on stage.
151 W. Randolph, Chicago Until March 14: Emma
This musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel is charming, romantic and entertaining.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago Until March 28: Plano Steppenwolf Theatre
Praised by TimeOut NY as “experimental theater perfection,” this funny and powerful production revolves around three sisters stricken with a series of strange plagues.
Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago Media Sponsorships Better is a proud media sponsor of this event:
Shop trunk shows, sample appetizers and cocktails, see the season’s hottest designs on the runway during this fashion show and so much more in support of the
Josselyn Center of Mental Health and Hope in Northfield. Autohaus on Edens, 1600 Frontage Road, Northbrook Want More?
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Arts & Events section with ways to celebrate International Women’s Day, ideas for going green and more. Macaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons, and covers the Weekend 101 and monthly Recommended Events features. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation , a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.