Chicago events March 2019
March 1, 2019
1.5 miles southSee 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 locationsChicago 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 areaOne Earth Film Festival shows films about climate change, sustainability, and environmental activism.
Jewish film festival
March 1 - 17, 2019
multiple locationsWatch 43 films, often followed by talkbacks, during Chicago Jewish Film Festival in seven venues. The 2019 festival is “a tribute to strong female protagonists whose experiences made a difference for their families and the world.”
March 1 - 24, 2019
24 miles northSee 10,000 blooms at The Orchid Show, which has a photographer hours, orchid sales, and an Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting (March 13) at Chicago Botanic Garden.
Mardi Gras party
March 2, 2019 (8 p.m.)
0.5 miles southYour 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 westYour 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 eastGlobal 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.
March 2, 2019 (12:30 p.m.)
2.4 miles westShopping 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 2, 2019 (2:30 to 4 p.m.)
3.3 miles NWHear 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 northYou 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 NWDance 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 westChoose from a dozen different jazz performances in Oak Park restaurants during Jazz Thaw. Free.
Irish day in Oak Forest
March 2, 2019
25 miles SWOak 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.
March 2 - 3, 2019
30.3 miles SWBrowse exhibitors that can help improve your house and yard at Tinley Park Home and Garden Show [website may play a sound]. Free.
March 3, 2019 (5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
1.9 miles westCochon is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at Morgan Manufacturing for age 21+.
March 3, 2019
2 miles northJoin 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 eastSample 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.
St. Patrick’s Day party
March 8, 2019 (7 to 11:30 p.m.)
3.7 miles northForever Green is a big event with a DJ, Irish bands, Irish dancers, and beverages at Theater on the Lake for age 21+.
Women’s Day tasting
March 8, 2019 (5 to 8 p.m.)
8.5 miles northA ticket to International Women’s Day Edgewater Crawl gets you tastes of food and drink at a dozen mostly woman-owned businesses in Edgewater.
Custom car show
March 8 - 10, 2019
17 miles NWWorld of Wheels features hot rods, competition cars, specialty, concept vehicles, and celebrity guests at the Rosemont convention center.
March 9, 2019 (8 p.m., VIP 7 p.m.)
1.9 miles southA 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 northHear 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 (noon)
19 miles westCelebrate 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 NWYour 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 westChocolate, 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 westShop 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.
St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls
March 9 & 16, 2019
Chicago locationsThese events usually include drink specials and party souvenirs, with no cover charges at multiple bars.
March 10, 2019
1.9 miles westShop 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 southSt. 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.
March 15 - 17, 2019
27 miles NWChicagoland 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 eastWatch 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 (noon)
1.3 miles southThe St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes north on Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe, rain or shine. Free.
St. Patrick’s Day run/walk
March 16, 2019
2.8 miles northThe best costumes get prizes at St. Paddy’s Day 5K & 8K Run/Walk, which begins in Lincoln Park.
Mac & cheese tasting
March 16, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
5.7 miles northYour $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 NWAfter 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 16 - 17, 2019
29 miles NWEnjoy 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 (noon)
13 miles NWNorthwest 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 (noon)
17 miles southSouth Side Irish Parade is on Western Avenue and goes south from 103rd to 115th Street. Free.
March 17, 2019
27.4 miles NWThe Kids Expo features family-oriented vendors plus children’s activities (some ticketed) at Schaumburg Convention Center.
March 18 - 24, 2019
multiple locationsUse any of the city’s 65 fitness centers with “state-of-the-art equipment” or visit 20 locations that have lap swimming during Free Fitness Week. Free.
Flower and garden show
March 20 - 24, 2019
1 mile eastChicago Flower & Garden Show features 20 gardens, dozens of vendors, cooking demonstrations, seminars, and a kids’ activity garden at Navy Pier.
March 22 - 23, 2019
2.7 miles SWGood 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 southChicago 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.
March 22 - 24, 2019
17 miles NWChicago 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 eastGlobal 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.
March 23 - 24, 2019
27 miles westBrowse 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 SEBilled 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.
Beer + cookie appetizers
March 25, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
3.7 miles northBarley’s Angels Chicago Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing is a four-course tasting of “savory & sweet plates using everyones favorite Girl Scout cookies matched with perfectly paired brews” at Theater On The Lake for age 21+.
March 25 - 31, 2019
multiple locationsThese discount prices include all taxes and fees.
European film festival
March 25 - April 4, 2019
0.5 miles SWChicago European Union Film Festival screens 60 new feature films from the 28 nations of the European Union at Gene Siskel Film Center.
March 25 - April 7, 2019
0.5 mile southMacy’s Flower Show features flowers and exotic topiaries in landscapes, plus scheduled events at Macy’s on State Street. The 2019 outer space theme “celebrates the wonder and mystery of the cosmos.” Free.
Free children’s music
March 26, 2019 (noon)
1.3 miles eastStroller Grooves is a one-hour music series for kids at noon in the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier. Free.
March 26 - 27, 2019 (8 p.m.)
2.1 miles northA new generation of comedians puts its spin on legendary comedy created by 1990s all-star alumni like Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert in The Second City’s Greatest Hits: ‘90s Edition at Up Comedy Club.
March 26 - 31, 2019
34 miles northWatch a family-friendly one-hour version of the hit musical Seussical, featuring colorful characters like the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Whos, and Gertrude McFuzz at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Afterwards, the cast answers questions.
Latin opera singers
March 27, 2019 (8 p.m.)
16 miles NWIl Divo is three tenors and a baritone singing sultry music from Spain, Cuba, and Central and South America at Rosemont Theatre.
War games convention
March 27 - 31, 2019
26.7 miles NWAdeptiCon is a small event with tournaments, event games, pirate gaming, cosplay contests, and hobby seminars at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel.
March 27 - April 14, 2019
0.5 miles SWFactory workers gather in a local bar to share laughs, hopes, and cold beer in Sweat, but soon a recession and a lockout loom, sending shockwaves through these lifelong friends, at Goodman Theatre.
March 28 - 30, 2019
17 mile NWShop for quilts and take mini-classes at Quilt Festival Chicago in Rosemont convention center.
Comedy of errors
March 28 - April 7, 2019
7.5 miles northAn amateur theater group rehearses for a play in Noises Off, with hilarious results that include mistaken props, forgotten lines, and awful acting. The audience gets to go backstage during Act 2 “to experience the off-stage comedy up-close” at Windy City Playhouse.
Interactive drum show
March 28 - May 18, 2019
3.8 miles northEvery seat comes with a drum at Djembe! The Show, so you can play along to pop and rock songs led by Broadway & Chicago performers at the Apollo Theater.
March 28 - May 19, 2019
2.8 miles NW“Funny, imaginative, and moving,” Pinocchio is the classic fairy tale about a wooden boy who longs to become real at Chopin Theatre.
March 29, 2019
0.2 miles SETaste 350 whiskeys, and learn from master distillers and blenders at pricey WhiskyFest Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
March 29, 2019 (7:15 p.m.)
7.8 miles southThe Sweet Spot is a high-energy celebration of the sexy arts that includes spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, fashion, and DJ music at The Promontory for age 21+.
March 29 - 31, 2019
5 miles northChicago Repertory Ballet performs “a high-tech, stripped down ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s original work” Macbeth about a Scottish king who is betrayed by a friend in a chilling tale of temptation, ambition, and lust for power at Athenaeum Theatre.
Latino film festival
March 29 - April 11, 2019
Chicago locationsSee 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.
March 29 - May 5, 2019
20.1 miles northPlay On is a play-within-a-play comedy about a theater group trying desperately to stage a murder mystery as everything about the production goes wrong at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.
March 29 - May 25, 2019 (11 p.m.)
2.1 miles northThe Second City After Hours: A Late Night Improv Show delivers an hour of improvised comedy with plenty of audience interaction at Up Comedy Club.
March 30 - April 6, 2019
Chicago locationsMoney 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.