Chicago events March 2018. Things to do in Chicago.

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Chicago events March 2018

Dinner supports refugees

March 1, 2018
(5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles SW
Your $75 ticket supports Chicago4Refugees and includes a reception, dinner, dessert baked by Syrian refugee bakers, and a fashion show of clothes made by refugee tailors at Pazzo’s at Three-Eleven

Irish film festival

March 1 - 4, 2018
5 miles NW
Chicago Irish Film Festival focuses on films that exemplify the spirit of Irish culture at Logan Theatre and the Society for Arts.

Orchid Show

March 1 - 25, 2018
24 miles north
See 10,000 blooms at the Orchid Show, which has a photographer hour (Thursdays 8:15 a.m.), orchid sales (March 10, 11, 29), and an Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting (March 7) at Chicago Botanic Garden.
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Monster trucks

March 2 - 5, 2018
18 mile NW
Big trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement at Monster Jam in Rosemont’s Allstate Arena.

Ecology film festival

March 2 - 11, 2018
Greater Chicago area
One Earth Film Festival shows films about climate change, sustainability, and environmental activism.

Country music brunch

March 3, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
0.7 miles west
Your ticket to Country Day Party includes a brunch buffet with beer, Bloody Marys, and mimosas plus live country music at Old Crow Smokehouse for age 21+.

Chinese New Year

March 3, 2018
(1 to 7:30 p.m.)
1 mile south
Celebrate the end of Chinese Lunar New Year with Chinese storytelling and lantern making workshops, plus a visit of the new Chinese bronze exhibition. At sundown, lion dancers lead a procession of lanterns from the Art Institute of Chicago to Maggie Daley Park.

Beer festival

March 3, 2018
1.9 miles south
A ticket to The Chicago Beer Festival includes 40 tasting tickets, with live music and food for sale at The Field Museum for age 21+.

Shopping-cart race

March 3, 2018
(12:30 p.m.)
3 miles west
Shopping cart riders race through Wicker Park pulled by humans in the Chiditarod, on the same day the Alaska Iditarod dog-sled race begins. Donate food.


March 3, 2018
(3 to 10 p.m.)
11 miles west
Choose from a dozen different jazz performances in Oak Park restaurants during Jazz Thaw, with the option of ordering food. Free.

Irish day in Oak Forest

March 3, 2018
25 miles SW
Oak Forest Fleadh includes a 5K race at 8:30, bikers and walkers on car-free Cicero Avenue at 10 a.m., a family parade at 11 a.m., and Irish pub specials.

Children’s expo

March 3 - 4, 2018
27.4 miles NW
The Kids Expo features family-oriented vendors plus children’s activities (some ticketed) at Schaumburg Convention Center.

Festival of colors

March 4, 2018
(1 to 5 p.m.)
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. Free admission and colored powder while it lasts.

Polar Plunge

March 4, 2018
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 cash bar.

Free children’s music

March 6 - 27, 2018
(noon Tuesdays)
1.3 miles east
Stroller Grooves is a one-hour music series for kids in the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier. Free.

Female films

March 7 - 9, 2018
1.5 miles south
See films addressing issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality at Chicago Feminist Film Festival at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue. Free.

Women’s Day tasting

March 8, 2018
(5 p.m.)
8.5 miles north
A ticket to International Women’s Day Dinner Crawl gets you tastes of food and drink at a dozen mostly woman-owned businesses in Edgewater.

St. Patrick’s Day party

March 9, 2018
(6:30 to 11 p.m.)
0.4 miles south
Forever Green is a big event with a DJ, Irish bands, Irish dancers, and beverages at the Chicago Cultural Center for age 21+.

Irish dance extravaganza

March 9, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
46 miles west
Rhythm of the Dance tells the history of Irish Celts using traditional dance and music, with fine costumes, a live band, three tenors, and 22 dancers at Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

Film festival

March 9 - 10, 2018
42 miles west
The Geneva Film Festival screens a variety of independent short and feature-length films from around the world in downtown Geneva.

Knitting show

March 9 - 11, 2018
1.2 miles south
Vogue Knitting Live features knitting classes, fashion shows, and vendors at the Hilton Chicago.

Peaceful film festival

March 9 - 11, 2018
7.8 miles north
Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) features works that raise awareness of peace, non-violence, social justice, and an eco-balanced world, at Davis Theater in Lincoln Square.

Custom car show

March 9 - 11, 2018
17 miles NW
World of Wheels features hot rods, competition cars, specialty, concept vehicles, and celebrity guests at the Rosemont convention center.

European film festival

March 9 - April 5, 2018
0.5 miles SW
Chicago European Union Film Festival screens 62 new feature films from the 28 nations of the European Union at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Beer tasting

March 10, 2018
(1 and 6 p.m.)
7.5 miles SW
A ticket to Windy City Brewhaha gets you 15 samples of beer from two dozens brewers at The Geraghty.

St. Patrick’s parade (west)

March 10, 2018
19 miles west
Celebrate Irish tradition with leprechauns, clowns, jugglers, dancers, bagpipes, marching bands, and floats at Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Free.

St. Patrick’s beer run/walk

March 10, 2018
23.8 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 in Arlington Heights for age 21+.

St. Patrick’s parade (north)

March 11, 2018
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.

St. Patrick’s parade (south)

March 11, 2018
17 miles south
South Side Irish Parade is on Western Avenue and goes south from 103rd to 115th Street. Free.

Flower and garden show

March 14 - 18, 2018
(party March 13)
1 mile east
Chicago Flower & Garden Show features 24 gardens, 90 vendors, cooking demonstrations, seminars, and a kids’ activity garden at Navy Pier.

Museum party

March 16, 2018
(9 p.m.)
1 mile south
Mix and mingle, visit the bar, eat snacks, see exhibits, and dance to bands at After Dark in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago for age 21+.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

March 16, 2018
1.2 miles south
The $175 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner honors the grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with cocktails (6 p.m.), dinner (7:30 p.m.), and Irish music at Hilton Chicago.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

March 16 - 17, 2018
(7 to 10 p.m.)
27 miles west
Bring a flashlight to find thousands of eggs with hidden prizes during the Adult Easter Egg Hunt, which begins with a shotgun blast at 8 p.m. at Cantigny Park in Wheaton for age 18+.

Pet expo

March 16 - 18, 2018
27 miles NW
Chicagoland Family Pet Expo features entertainment, exhibitors, and demos at Arlington Park Racetrack. No pets.

St. Patrick’s parade

March 17, 2018
1.3 miles south
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes north on Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe, rain or shine. Free.

St. Patrick’s run

March 17, 2018
2.7 miles south
Wear green to the Get Lucky half marathon, 14K, and 7K, which go along the scenic lakeshore.

St. Patrick’s Festival

March 17, 2018
(1 p.m. to midnight)
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.

Maple sugar fair - Schaumburg

March 17 - 18, 2018
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. [Sunday has its own page.]

War games convention

March 22 - 25, 2018
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.

Sportsman’s show

March 22 - 25, 2018
29.4 miles NW
Chicago Sports Show offers fishing and hunting seminars, kids’ activities, and hundreds of vendors at Arlington Park Race Track.

Whisky festival

March 23, 2018
(6:30 p.m., VIP 5:30 p.m.)
0.2 miles SE
Taste 350 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at WhiskyFest Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Food festival

March 23 - 24, 2018
2.7 miles SW
Good Food Expo is all about locally produced food, with speakers, micro workshops, chef demonstrations, vendors, and a kids’ corner at UIC Forum.

Tattoo convention

March 23 - 25, 2018
17 miles NW
Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention features live tattooing, seminars, and entertainment at Rosemont convention center.

Fashion show for charity

March 24, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
0.4 miles NE
Rock the Red Fashion Show begins with “complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks before enjoying a (7 p.m.) runway show with some of the fiercest designers and boutiques in Chicago” at Chez.

Freaky carnival show

March 24, 2018
(9 p.m.)
7 miles north
The Midnight Cabaret by Carnivale Delirium is a “neo-vintage circus sideshow extravaganza” with live music, DJs, and performers at Uptown Underground for age 21+. Optional open bar at 8 p.m.

Easter for kids in Schaumburg

March 24, 2018
(10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
32 miles NW
Celebrate spring with egg hunts, games, crafts, moon bounce, concessions, and pony rides at Bunny Bash at the Community Recreation Center.

Craft fair

March 24 - 25, 2018
27 miles west
Browse handcrafted goods from 175 juried exhibitors at Shower of Crafts Craft & Art Fair at College of Du Page in Glen Ellyn.

Easter brunch - Macy’s

March 24 - 31, 2018
Chicago and Oak Brook
Bunny Brunch buffet at Macy’s includes entertainment for kids (face painter, balloon artist, and Easter Bunny) on March 24 & 31 at 9 a.m. or March 25 at 10 a.m. (To buy tickets, touch a black rectangle.)
  • March 24, 25, 31 - State Street, Chicago
  • March 31 - Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

Shamrock 8K race

March 25, 2018
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. The free health and fitness expo is Friday and Saturday at McCormick Place.

Flower show

March 25 - April 8, 2018
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.

Easter brunch on the farm

March 30 - 31, 2018
37.6 miles north
Bunny Brunch offers a buffet, spring crafts, and barnyard animals but no egg hunts at Lambs Farm in Libertyville.

Easter at the arboretum

March 30 - April 1, 2018
27 miles west
Enjoy a breakfast buffet or a fine brunch, plus a visit with the Easter Bunny at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Easter brunch - Hard Rock Cafe

March 31, 2018
(10 a.m. to noon)
0.6 miles NW
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny includes a large brunch buffet and beverages (cocktails extra), plus an Easter egg hunt for kids at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago.

Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo

March 31, 2018
2.5 miles north
Eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs, visit animals, and ride the train & carousel (if it’s dry) at the Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Rockin’ race & egg hunt

March 31, 2018
6.8 miles north
Bunny Rock at Montrose Harbor features 1980s rock music, a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m., a petting zoo, and a giant egg hunt for ages 2 to 10 at 10:15 a.m.

International Game Night

March 31, 2018
(1 to 9 p.m.)
7 miles north
Play traditional games and buy ice cream sundaes, German beer, and international food (German, Haitian, Chinese) at International Game Night on the fifth floor of Dank Haus German American Cultural Center.

Easter at Cantigny

March 31 - April 1, 2018
27 miles west
Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday includes a breakfast buffet, the Easter Bunny, face painting, and a balloon artist. The elegant Easter Brunch is Sunday. Both events are at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.