31 of the Best Things to Do in Chicago This March

31 Chicago Events You Can't Miss This March: Chicago Flower and Garden Show

It’s that time of year when we Chicagoans are officially done. with. winter. Unfortunately, it’s still too cold to spend much time outside. But take heart, there’s so much on going on this month that spring will be here before you know it! Here are our 31 top picks to keep you busy around Chicago this March.

Events

March 1: Vibrato’s 25th Anniversary Party

Celebrate 25 years of Vibrato Boutique with music, refreshments, and raffle prizes. Twenty percent of proceeds will benefit The Josselyn Center, a local mental health services organization. Plaza del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette

March 2: 26th Annual Bear Tie Ball

Support Bear Necessities and pediatric cancer research during this year’s Candy Land-themed ball. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago

Through March 2: Pro Squash World Championships

Learn more about squash as some of the world’s best players make their way to Chicago. Union Station, 225 S. Canal St., Chicago

March 5: 5th Annual Party with Purpose

This Albany Park Community Center Associate Board event, featuring unlimited brews and bites, raises funds for the center’s work supporting Chicago’s immigrant families. Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

March 7, 14, 24: Orchids After Hours

Chicago Events: The Orchid Show and Orchids After Hours at Chicago Botanic Garden
Photo courtesy of 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

March 8: International Women’s Day Edgewater Crawl

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

March 9: Chicago Beer Festival

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

March 10-16: Rosemont Restaurant Week 2019

Chicago Events: Rosemont Restaurant Week 2019 (Hofbrauhaus Chicago)
Dessert of the Day available on Hofbrauhaus Chicago’s Restaurant Week menu. (Photo courtesy of Village of Rosemont.)

Participating restaurants include Bub City, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Hofbräuhaus Chicago, and Park Tavern. Rosemont

March 11: Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose

Hear from Jean Case, CEO of Case Foundation and chair of National Geographic Society, during this Family Action Network event. New Trier High School, 7 Happ Road, Northfield

March 12: “An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

Evanston’s Bookends & Beginnings and Northwestern’s Medill School present this conversation with Alex Kotlowitz, author of “An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago,” “a spellbinding collection of deeply intimate profiles that upend what we think we know about gun violence in America.” Northwestern University — Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston

March 16: Chicago River Dyeing

This Chicago St. Patrick’s Day tradition continues along with the St. Patrick’s Day parade the same day. Chicago River, Chicago

March 20-24: Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Chicago Events: Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

Find gardening inspiration, watch cooking demonstrations, shop the market, and more. The show has also partnered with Philanthropy Award-winner Bernie’s Book Bank. Navy Pier, 600 W. Grand Ave., Chicago

Galleries

Ongoing: “Three Views

Anne Loucks Gallery’s current exhibit features paintings from California artists Grace Munakata, Sandy Ostrau, and James Shay. Anne Loucks Gallery, 309 Park Ave., Glencoe

Ongoing: Paula Froehle, Deborah Hirshfield & Laurie LeBreton

This exhibit takes a look at “gender roles, healing and identity” with works by three artists. The opening reception is scheduled for March 1. Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St., Evanston

Museums

Opens March 9: “Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross

Chicago Events: "Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross"
Spider-Man is one of the superheroes Alex Ross has revitalized. (Image by Alex Ross and courtesy of Lake County Forest Preserves.)

Alex Ross has illustrated iconic Marvel characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Black Panther. View his original artwork during this exhibit. Dunn Museum, 1899 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville

Opens March 21: “Wired to Wear

Discover how our clothes are getting smarter, from jackets that help you see in the dark to clothes that vibrate to help you “hear” music. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Opens March 22: “Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Chicago Events: "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" at Field Museum
© Isak Pretorius — Wildlife Photographer of the Year

See 100 of the best nature photos from around the world. Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Music

March 1: Fleetwood Mac

Kick off the month with this beloved band. United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago

March 3: DCappella

A cappella-loving Disney fans, meet your dream mash-up. Created by Disney and contemporary a cappella legend Deke Sharon (“Pitch Perfect,” “The Sing Off”), DCappella is a powerhouse group of seven incredible vocalists, assembled through a nationwide search. You won’t believe your ears when you hear their show-stopping a cappella renditions of classic Disney hits. Special offer: Use code SINGERS for nearly 40 percent off the 5 p.m. show. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago

March 30: Maggie Rose

This singer-songwriter is a little bit country and rock, plus soul, rhythm and blues, and gospel. SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

March 30: Reentko Dirks

Guitarist Reentko Dirks will perform everything from flamenco to rock. Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park

March 30: A Whole New World of Alan Menken

Chicago Events: A Whole New World of Alan Menken at Auditorium Theatre
Photo courtesy of Columbia Artists.

Alan Menken, winner of eight Oscars, is set to share stories from his illustrious career and perform some of his most beloved songs from “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and more. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago

Theater

Opens March 1: “Corduroy

Emerald City Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of this adventure with Corduroy. Suitable for children ages 3 and older. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago

Opens March 9: “Sweat

Friends become enemies as a factory begins to lay off workers in this 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. During the show’s run, Goodman will host a Union Night on March 14 with a pre-show reception. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago

Opens March 14: “Landladies

Northlight presents the world premiere of this play about a landlady and tenant and their precarious friendship. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Opens March 20: “A Number

Writers presents this “powerful, unpredictable and devastating” play written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Robin Witt. Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe

Opens March 26: “Anastasia

“Journey to the Past” during this musical based on the 1997 film of the same name. James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Opens March 30: “The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963

Chicago Children’s Theatre presents the world premiere of this play inspired by Christopher Paul Curtis‘ novel. The play is suitable for children ages 9 and older. Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine Ave., Chicago

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March 10: LAUNCH Spring Fashion Show

Shop trunk shows, sample appetizers and cocktails, see the season’s hottest designs during a fashion show, and more in support of Humble Design‘s work furnishing homes for the recently homeless. Autohaus on Edens, 1600 Frontage Road, Northbrook

March 13: Illinois Holocaust Museum’s 2019 Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Former President Bill Clinton serves as this year’s keynote speaker, and the event will honor William Blair President & CEO John Ettelson and Holocaust survivors. Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago

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Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital