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Chicago events March 2019

Women’s film festival

March 1, 2019
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
multiple locations
Chicago Irish Film Festival screens “indie, edgy, creative, enlightening, and award-winning” films by Irish filmmakers at various theaters.

Ecology film festival

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

Jewish film festival

March 1 - 17, 2019
multiple locations
Watch 43 films, often followed by talkbacks, during Chicago Jewish Film Festival in seven venues.

Orchid show

March 1 - 24, 2019
24 miles north
See 10,000 blooms at The Orchid Show, which has a photographer hours, orchid sales, and an Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Mardi Gras party

March 2, 2019
(8 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
Your ticket for the New Orleans style Mardi Gras Bash includes food and drinks at Chicago Cultural Center for age 21+. The 2019 theme is red beans and rice.

Country music brunch

March 2, 2019
(12 to 4 p.m.)
0.7 miles west
Your ticket to Country Day Party includes a two-hour brunch buffet, plus three hours of beer, bloody marys, and mimosas, with live country music at Old Crow Smokehouse for age 21+.

Free Mardi Gras show

March 2, 2019
(1 to 3 p.m.)
1.3 miles east
Global Connections: International Carnivale Celebration features six bands and 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
(12:30 p.m.)
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.]

Pastry tasting

March 2, 2019
(2:30 to 4 p.m.)
3.3 miles NW
Hear about King Cake from a native of Louisiana, and learn about Polish Pączki (stuffed doughnuts) from a Polish culinary expert at Battle of the Mardi Gras Pastries, which includes pastries and coffee at Brü Chicago.

Mardi Gras pub crawl

March 2, 2019
(12 to 8 p.m.)
6 miles north
You get a T-shirt to wear and collect Mardi Gras beads from bars at the annual BeadQuest in Wrigleyville for age 21+.

Brazilian Mardi Gras

March 2, 2019
(10 p.m.)
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.


March 2, 2019
(3 to 10 p.m.)
11 miles west
Choose from a dozen different jazz performances in Oak Park restaurants during Jazz Thaw. 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 exhibitors that can help improve your house and yard at Tinley Park Home and Garden Show [website may play a sound]. Free.

Pig feast

March 3, 2019
(5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
1.9 miles west
Cochon is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at Morgan Manufacturing for age 21+.

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 a cash bar.

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.

Free children’s music

March 5 - 26, 2019
(Tuesdays 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.

St. Patrick’s Day party

March 8, 2019
(7 to 11:30 p.m.)
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.

European film festival

March 8 - April 4, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Chicago European Union Film Festival screens 60 new feature films from the 28 nations of the European Union at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Beer festival

March 9, 2019
(8 p.m., VIP 7 p.m.)
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+.

Stories about sailing

March 9, 2019
(3 p.m.)
7.6 miles north
Hear amazing stories by a Swede who sailed around the world and met his wife on the way, with video, music, and photographs during Magnus Sailing Stories at the Swedish American Museum.

St. Patrick’s Day parade (west)

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

St. Patrick’s Day 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.

Antique glass show

March 9 - 10, 2019
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.

Artisan market

March 10, 2019
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 in March and December.

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.

Pet expo

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

St. Patrick’s Day - green river

March 16, 2019
(9 a.m.)
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.

St. Patrick’s Day 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.

Mac & cheese tasting

March 16, 2019
(7 to 10 p.m.)
5.7 miles north
Your $60 ticket to Mac and Cheese Competition includes 15 varieties of all-you-can-eat macaroni & cheese, desserts, an open bar, dancing, and a silent auction at Second Unitarian Church to support women’s reproductive health.

St. Patrick’s Day 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.

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 Day 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 Day 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 20 gardens, dozens of 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.

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 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 in the beer garden. Free admission and colored powder while it lasts.

Craft fair

March 23 - 24, 2019
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.

Shamrock 8K race

March 24, 2019
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 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.

Latino film festival

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

Whisky festival

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

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.

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