Weekend 101: March 22-24

Two annual spring shows return to Chicago this weekend as a new tasting event makes its debut in the suburbs. Plus, The Second City celebrates its past.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Chicago Flower and Garden Show
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

March 20-24

Start thinking about spring with a trip to this annual show at Navy Pier. Enjoy kids activities, seminars, cooking demos, shopping, and more, all to help you with your own garden. Plus, the show has partnered with Philanthropy Award winner Bernie’s Book Bank this year.

15th Annual Good Food EXPO

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Good Food EXPO
Image courtesy of the Good Food EXPO.

March 22-23

At this expo all about local and sustainable food, guests have an opportunity to sample products and hear from a variety of speakers, chefs, farmers, and more. The expo also features a Kids’ Corner presented by Purple Asparagus, Test Your Soil by the University of Illinois and Advocates for Urban Agriculture, and Good Food is Good Medicine panels.

Wine Whiskey Bravo

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Wine Whiskey Bravo
Photo by Matthieu Joannon on Unsplash.

March 23

This brand new “sipping experience” features wine and whiskey tastings, hors d’oeuvres, and music to enjoy while surrounded by private jets at Chicago Executive Airport.

In Darkness We Rise

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Chicago Sinfonietta, "In Darkness We Rise"
Image courtesy of Chicago Sinfonietta.

March 23, 25
Naperville, Chicago

Chicago Sinfonietta presents this concert “in recognition of the love, loss and unyielding hope the persecuted communities have experienced throughout history.”

The Second City’s “Greatest Hits”

Weekend 101 (Chicago): "The Second City's Greatest Hits: 80s Edition"
“The Second City’s Greatest Hits: 80s Edition” (Photo by Timothy M. Schmidt.)


The Second City will celebrate its greatest sketches throughout the year. Taking place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the 90s Edition is scheduled for March, July, and October while the 80s Edition is set for April, August, and November and the 70s Edition for May and September.

Start the Weekend Early:

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago hosts a Winemaker Dinner on March 21 with chef Jason Hammel of Marisol and winemaker Martha Stoumen. Menu highlights include Spring Radishes with king crab butter, fried nettles, and carta de musica (paired with Out to the Meadow 2018) and Hamachi Crudo with country ham, kumquat, and lime (paired with Teal Drops Rosé 2017).

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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