Chicago events March 2020. Things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago events March 2020

Iranian films

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 8)
0.5 miles SW
Festival of Films from Iran showcases new films by Iranians at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Polar Plunge

March 1, 2020
2 miles north
Join 5,000 fundraisers wading into the cold waters of Lake Michigan to support charity at Chicago Polar Plunge at North Avenue Beach, or watch from shore and join the after party with music, food, and a cash bar.

Comic and Entertainment Expo

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 28)
3 miles south
Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is a convention for fans of comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and pop culture at McCormick Place.

Irish film festival

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 27)
multiple locations
Chicago Irish Film Festival screens “indie, edgy, creative, enlightening, and award-winning” films by Irish filmmakers at various theaters.

Irish party

March 1, 2020
(5 to 10 p.m.)
9.2 miles NW
Kick-off the St. Patrick’s Day season at Wearing of the Green Dance, which includes a catered dinner, dancing, live music, and a cash bar at Irish American Heritage Center. This event usually sells out.

Golf show

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 28)
17 mile NW
Hit balls with this year’s new clubs, take one-on-one full swing and putting lessons from pros, hear presentations, and shop for gear at the Chicago Golf Show at the Rosemont convention center.

Jewish film festival

March 1 - 15, 2020
(begins Feb. 28)
multiple locations
Watch 52 films, often followed by discussions, during JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival in seven venues.

Orchid show

March 1 - 22, 2020
(begins Feb. 8)
24 miles north
See 10,000 blooms at The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden. Enjoy live music on Tuesdays & Thursdays (10 a.m.), photographer hours on Tuesdays (8:15 a.m.), and a plant sale on March 26.

Dinner cirque show

March 1 - 29, 2020
(also Feb.)
0.5 miles SW
Love, Chaos, and Dinner is an aerial and acrobatic show performed around you by Teatro ZinZanni as you eat dinner in a giant tent on the 14th floor of Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop. Recommended for age 13+.

Discount tickets $89+

Italian wine tasting

March 2, 2020
(5 to 8 p.m.)
0.4 miles east
Sample wine from 90 top Italian vintners at the walk-around event Great Wines of Italy at Loews Chicago Hotel. Lower price for age 21 to 28.

Free children’s music

March 3 - 31, 2020
(Tuesday noon)
1.3 miles east
Stroller Grooves is a one-hour music series for kids at noon in the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier. Free.

Flamenco festival

March 4 - 21, 2020
(begins Feb. 27)
Chicago locations
See 10 performances of colorful traditional and modern Spanish dancing at Chicago Flamenco Festival, with Spanish wine tasting on March 4.

Orchid evenings

March 5, 12, 19, 2020
(also Feb.)
24 miles north
See 10,000 blooming orchids, and buy cocktails and light bites during Orchids After Hours at Chicago Botanic Garden on Feb. 13, 14, 20, 27; March 5, 12, 19. Evening with Orchids is a special cocktail tasting on March 11.

St. Patrick’s Day party

March 6, 2020
3.7 miles north
Forever Green is a big event with a DJ, Irish bands, Irish dancers, and beverages at Theater on the Lake for age 21+.

Custom car show

March 6 - 8, 2020
17 miles NW
World of Wheels features hot rods, competition cars, specialty, concept vehicles, and celebrity guests at the Rosemont convention center.

Ecology film festival

March 6 - 15, 2020
Greater Chicago area
One Earth Film Festival shows films about climate change, sustainability, and environmental activism.

European film festival

March 6 - April 2, 2020
0.5 miles SW
Chicago European Union Film Festival screens 40 new feature films from the 28 nations of the European Union at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Smart talks

March 7, 2020
(9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.)
0.9 miles NE
A $159 ticket to One Day University includes three classes taught by expert professors from different schools in Thorne Auditorium at Northwestern University School of Law.
  • The Presidency
  • The Human Brain
  • Memorable Musicals That Changed Broadway

Shopping-cart race

March 7, 2020
2.4 miles west
Shopping cart riders race through Wicker Park pushed by humans in the Chiditarod, on the same day the Alaska Iditarod dog-sled race begins. Donate food. [Line up begins at noon in front of Cobra Lounge.]


March 7, 2020
(3 to 10 p.m.)
11 miles west
Choose from a dozen different jazz performances in Oak Park restaurants during Jazz Thaw. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day parade (west)

March 7, 2020
19 miles west
Celebrate Irish tradition with leprechauns, clowns, jugglers, dancers, bagpipers, marching bands, and floats at Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Free.

Irish day in Oak Forest

March 7, 2020
25 miles SW
Oak Forest Fleadh includes a 5K race at 8:30 a.m., bikers and walkers on car-free Cicero Avenue at 10 a.m., a family parade at 11 a.m., and Irish pub specials.

Home show

March 7 - 8, 2020
30.3 miles SW
Browse exhibitors that can help improve your house and yard at Tinley Park Home and Garden Show [website may play a sound]. Free.

Artisan market

March 8, 2020
1.9 miles west
Shop from 100 independent vendors of food, fashion, art, and home goods at the Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan Manufacturing, including a kids’ zone. Children age 11 and younger are free. Held four times a year.

Discount tickets $3.50

St. Patrick’s Day cruise

March 13, 2020
(7 & 10:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles east
Take a St. Patrick’s Day Booze Cruise on the Chicago River with city views, DJ dance music, and a cash bar, aboard the Anita Dee I departing from DuSable Harbor for age 21+.

Discount tickets $10

St. Patrick’s Day - green river

March 14, 2020
0.4 miles east
Watch the Chicago River flow green at Dyeing of the Chicago River, which is best viewed “from the east side of Michigan Avenue, the west side of Columbus Drive, or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.” They say the time and location are subject to change. Free.

Festival of colors

March 14, 2020
1.3 miles east
Global Connections: Holi features Indian music and performances in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Wear a white shirt to be permanently stained if you want to join the traditional throwing of color outdoors in the beer garden. Free admission and colored powder while it lasts.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 14, 2020
1.3 miles south
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes north on Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe, rain or shine. Free.

Beer festival

March 14, 2020
1.9 miles south
A ticket to Chicago Beer Festival includes 40 tasting tickets, with live music and food for sale at The Field Museum for age 21+.

St. Patrick’s Day festival

March 14, 2020
9 miles NW
After the big parade, enjoy Irish music, dance, food, activities, and Irish gifts for sale at St. Patrick’s Festival throughout the Irish American Heritage Center. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Beer run/walk in Rockford

March 14, 2020
88 miles NW
Your reward for participating in the Shamrock Chicago 5K Beer Run is a three-ounce beer each kilometer and a pint at the finish at Rockford Speedway for age 21+.

Antique glass show

March 14 - 15, 2020
19.3 miles west
Shop from 25 dealers selling early American pattern glass, elegant or handmade glassware, depression glassware, kitchen glassware, Pyrex, Fire King, and Fenton at Glass Show & Sale at Midwest Conference Center in Northlake. Identification and repair available.

Maple sugar fair - Schaumburg

March 14 - 15, 2020
29 miles NW
Enjoy an outdoor pancake breakfast with real maple syrup and see how it’s made in a pioneer sugar camp at Sugar Bush Fair, which includes a puppet show and a hayride in Schaumburg.

St. Patrick’s Day parade (north)

March 15, 2020
13 miles NW
Northwest Side Irish Parade begins at Onahan School and is free. Buy a ticket for the optional after-party for dinner and family fun.

Family convention

March 15, 2020
16.1 miles NW
Shop from vendors, make slime, follow an obstacle course, and build crafts during KidCon at the convention center in Rosemont.

Discount tickets $5+

St. Patrick’s Day parade (south)

March 15, 2020
17 miles south
South Side Irish Parade is on Western Avenue and goes south from 103rd to 115th Street. Free.

Japanese drumming

March 15, 2020
27 miles west
Drum Tao features “explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography” at McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

Discount tickets $19.50

Comedy film festival

March 19 - 22, 2020
1.5 miles south
See funny feature films, short films, and student films at Chicago Comedy Film Festival at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue.

Tattoo convention

March 20 - 22, 2020
17 miles NW
Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention features live tattooing, seminars, and entertainment at Rosemont convention center.

Pet expo

March 20 - 22, 2020
27 miles NW
Chicagoland Family Pet Expo features entertainment, exhibitors, and demonstrations at Arlington Park Racetrack. Bring no pets.

Shamrock 8K race

March 22, 2020
1.5 miles SE
Billed as the world’s largest timed 8K race, the Shamrock Shuffle begins and ends in Grant Park and includes a post-race party. It also has a 2-mile walk.

Flower show

March 22 - April 5, 2020
0.5 mile south
Macy’s Flower Show features flowers and exotic topiaries in landscapes, plus scheduled events at Macy’s on State Street. Free.

War games convention

March 25 - 29, 2020
26.7 miles NW
AdeptiCon is a small event with tournaments, event games, pirate gaming, cosplay contests, and hobby seminars at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel.


March 26 - 29, 2020
27.8 miles NW
Former football player and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Finesse Mitchell performs standup comedy at Improv Comedy Club in Schaumburg (Chicago Improv of Schaumburg), which requires purchasing two food or beverage items. Bring two IDs, age 18+.

Discount tickets $11

Whisky festival

March 27, 2020
0.2 miles SE
Taste 350 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at pricey WhiskyFest Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Silent films + live music

March 28, 2020
(7 & 9:30 p.m.)
8 miles north
Watch modern silent films as a new score is played live at Sound of Silent Film Festival at Davis Theater. The 9:30 p.m. show is “a more experimental format.”

Rock classics by Queen

March 28, 2020
(8 p.m.)
16 miles NW
Hear classic rock songs by Queen (We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, and more) performed with uncanny realism by One Night of Queen at Rosemont Theatre.

Discount tickets $35

Craft fair

March 28 - 29, 2020
27 miles west
Browse handcrafted goods from 190 juried exhibitors at Shower of Crafts Craft & Art Fair at College of Du Page in Glen Ellyn. Free for age 16 and younger.

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