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Chicago events March 2019

Female films

March 1, 2019
(begins Feb. 27)
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.

Irish film festival

March 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Feb. 28)
5 miles NW
Chicago Irish Film Festival focuses on the spirit of Irish culture at AMC River East and Society for Arts.

Ecology film festival

March 1 - 10, 2019
Greater Chicago area
One Earth Film Festival shows films about climate change, sustainability, and environmental activism.

Orchid Show

March 1 - 24, 2019
(begins Feb. 9)
24 miles north
See 10,000 blooms at the Orchid Show, which has a photographer hour, orchid sales, and an Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Free Mardi Gras show

March 2, 2019
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1.3 miles east
Global Connections: International Carnivale Celebration features six bands performing with dancers from Brazil, the Caribbean, Italy, and New Orleans, plus food and drink for sale in the Aon Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier. Free.

Shopping-cart race

March 2, 2019
3 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.

Mardi Gras pub crawl

March 2, 2019
6 miles north
You get a T-shirt to wear and collect Mardi Gras beads from bars at the annual BeadQuest in Wrigleyville.

Brazilian Mardi Gras

March 2, 2019
6.5 miles NW
Dance until 2:30 a.m. to Brazilian music and watch dancers in colorful costumes perform at Carnaval by Chicago Samba at Logan Square Auditorium.

Mardi Gras party

March 2, 2019
(8 p.m.)
7.3 miles north
Your ticket for the New Orleans style Mardi Gras Bash includes food and drinks at Preston Bradley Center Mason Hall for age 21+. The theme changes every year.


March 2, 2019
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 2, 2019
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 2 - 3, 2019
30.3 miles SW
Browse 170 exhibitors that can help improve your house and yard at Tinley Park Home and Garden Show [website may play a sound]. Free.

Polar Plunge

March 3, 2019
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.

Family magic show

March 3 - 31, 2019
(Sunday noon)
8.3 miles north
Chicago Magic Lounge features “a family-friendly magician who will fill both adults and children full of wonder” at 5050 N. Clark Street for age 5+.

Ticket deal $14 (child $9)

Italian wine tasting

March 4, 2019
(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, with DJ music at Loews Chicago Hotel. Lower price for age 21 to 28.

Ticket deal $90


March 4 & 22, 2019
(7 p.m.)
1 mile SW
Set in romantic Paris, La Traviata is a bittersweet love story by Verdi, sung in Italian with projected English translations at Lyric Opera House.

Ticket deal $70 to $124

Free children’s music

March 5 - 26, 2019
(begins Feb. 5)
1.3 miles east
Stroller Grooves is a one-hour music series for kids in the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day party

March 8, 2019
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 8 - 10, 2019
17 miles NW
World of Wheels features hot rods, competition cars, specialty, concept vehicles, and celebrity guests at the Rosemont convention center.

Beer festival

March 9, 2019
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+.

St. Patrick’s parade (west)

March 9, 2019
19 miles west
Celebrate Irish tradition with leprechauns, clowns, jugglers, dancers, bagpipes, marching bands, and floats at Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Free.

Political comedy

March 9, 2019
(4 & 8 p.m.)
27 miles west
Laugh at bipartisan political satire as Capitol Steps pokes fun at the government in song parodies and original sketches at McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

Ticket deal $21 (8 p.m.)

St. Patrick’s beer run/walk

March 9, 2019
30 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+.

Chocolate & wine

March 9 - 10, 2019
2.5 miles west
Chocolate, Wine & Spirits Expo promises 50 vendors displaying products for you to sample and purchase, wine and spirits tasting, and chef demonstrations at Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium.

Ticket deal $16

Music of Michael Jackson

March 14, 2019
(8:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles west
Billed as the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band, Who’s Bad “has assembled a world-class cast of brilliant singers, top musicians, and Broadway dancers to perform all of Jackson’s legendary hits” at House of Blues for age 17+.

Ticket deal $10

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

March 15, 2019
1.2 miles south
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.

Peaceful film festival

March 15 - 17, 2019
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.

Pet expo

March 15 - 17, 2019
27 miles NW
Chicagoland Family Pet Expo features entertainment, exhibitors, and demos at Arlington Park Racetrack. No pets.

St. Patrick’s Day - green river

March 16, 2019
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.” Free.

St. Patrick’s parade

March 16, 2019
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 16, 2019
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 16, 2019
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.

Children’s expo

March 16 - 17, 2019
27.4 miles NW
The Kids Expo features family-oriented vendors plus children’s activities (some ticketed) at Schaumburg Convention Center.

Ticket deal $8 (adult + child)

Maple sugar fair - Schaumburg

March 16 - 17, 2019
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 parade (north)

March 17, 2019
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 17, 2019
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 20 - 24, 2019
1 mile east
Chicago Flower & Garden Show features 24 gardens, 90 vendors, cooking demonstrations, seminars, and a kids’ activity garden at Navy Pier.

Food festival

March 22 - 23, 2019
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.

Shamrock 8K race

March 22 - 24, 2019
1.5 miles SE
Billed as the world’s largest timed 8K race, the Sunday 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.

Comic and Entertainment Expo

March 22 - 24, 2019
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.

Tattoo convention

March 22 - 24, 2019
17 miles NW
Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention features live tattooing, seminars, and entertainment at Rosemont convention center.

Festival of colors

March 23, 2019
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.

Craft fair

March 23 - 24, 2019
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.


March 24, 2019
(7 p.m.)
1.7 miles NW
Magician Michael Carbonaro of truTV brings his blend of bizarre antics, audience interaction, hilarious video clips, and mind-blowing magic to The Chicago Theatre in a show for all ages.

Ticket deal $35 (balcony)

Flower show

March 24 - April 7, 2019
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 27 - 31, 2019
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.

Quilt festival

March 28 - 30, 2019
17 mile NW
Shop for quilts and take mini-classes at Quilt Festival Chicago in Rosemont convention center.

Whisky festival

March 29, 2019
0.2 miles SE
Taste 350 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at WhiskyFest Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Rock classics by Queen

March 29, 2019
(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.

Ticket deal $34

Latino film festival

March 28 - April 11, 2019
Chicago locations
See 100+ films from Latin America, Brazil, South America, Spain, Portugal, and the U.S. during the Chicago Latino Film Festival at AMC River East 21 theaters and venue partners throughout Chicagoland.

Money week

March 30 - April 6, 2019
Chicago locations
Money Smart Week is a series of classes and activities designed to help you better manage your personal finances. Search for events near your zip code. Free.

European film festival

March 2019
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.

Dinner to support refugees

March 2019
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.

Freaky carnival show

March 2019
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.

International Game Night

March 2019
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.

Beer tasting

March 2019
7.5 miles SW
A ticket to Windy City Brewhaha gets you 15 samples of beer from two dozens brewers at The Geraghty.

Women’s Day tasting

March 2019
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.

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