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.
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.
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.
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.
March 23, 25
Chicago Sinfonietta presents this concert “in recognition of the love, loss and unyielding hope the persecuted communities have experienced throughout history.”
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).
- The Lake Forest Literary Festival will return March 25-29 with readings, workshops, discussions, and more.
- Programming for Wilmette Public Library’s One Book, Everybody Reads program (this year’s selection is “The Lake on Fire” by Rosellen Brown) will kick off on March 27 with “Mike at the Movies: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry,” featuring filmmaker and professor Michael Glover Smith.
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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.