Hints of spring are in the air in Chicago—endless days and nights of hibernation are quickly coming to a close. There are plenty of things to do in March to help you shake off the winter blues and welcome in the spring season. Check out this month’s guide to unique events happening in Chicago.
Evening in Bloom
Tuesday | March 13th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Ave. | $175 – $1,500
Nothing says spring like flowers! Shake off the cold season with the Evening in Bloom preview party, a kick off to the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The evening will feature a “Hort Couture” fashion show, as well as a sneak, peek of the elaborate grand gardens. The events’ proceeds will benefit Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization with a mission to increase book ownership among at-risk children. Tickets for the extraordinary experience are available here. Can’t make Evening in Bloom? Be sure to check out the rest of the “FLOWERTALES: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell” themed flower & garden show March 14th – 18th. Grab your tickets for an incredible price here.
Chick Magic Spring Pop Up Shop
Saturday | March 24th | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gallery 35 | 1752 W 35th St. | Free
SoundChick Accessories presents “Chick Magic” Spring Pop Up Shop. The local accessories brand along with fellow artisans partnered with the Bridgeport event space Gallery Thirty5 for a holiday market in 2017. The collective is back by popular demand to once again gather artists and creatives for a unique pop-up shop featuring minority-owned businesses. For a full list of vendors, be sure to visit Sound Chick Accessories.
Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry
Friday – Saturday | March 2nd – 3rd | Time Varies
St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church | 5649 N. Sheridan Rd. | $8
If you are a fan of vintage goods like myself than you know that the springtime is the perfect time to find collectible items, especially, when you can see them all in one place. Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry (CVCJ) is the only one of its kinds that features all vintage jewelry and clothing fashion event in Chicago. CVCJ encompasses all things vintage by gathering a selected group of exhibitors from Chicago, the Midwest and beyond. Vintage apparel, estate jewelry, vintage designer clothes, 1950’s dresses, vintage costume jewelry, vintage fashion, handbags, designer vintage, etc. For more details, including ticket purchasing and vendor information, follow the link to the event page.
STYLE.RIVALS Fashion Show Extravaganza(Part II)
Thursday | March 29th | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Low Res Studio |1921 W Hubbard St. | $29 – $40
Sip on cocktails as you watch some of the Midwest’s best fashion stylist battle it out for a fashion war of sorts. The show will feature local stylists who will use their creativity and eye for fashion, as they send models down a runway in their most looks. They will be judged by a panel of industry professionals who will determine the ultimate Style.Rivals Fashion Champion. For more details and ticket information, head over to the Style.Rivals event page here.
Good Food Expo
Friday – Saturday | March 23rd -24th | Time Varies
UIC Forum | 725 West Roosevelt Rd. | Free
Join the conversation on traceable food, sustainability, and other good food practices at the 14th Annual Good Food EXPO in Chicago. The two-day event highlights a healthier— more environmentally sustainable and more economically dynamic food system. The Good Food Festival & Marketplace is a family-friendly day of inspiring speakers, tastings from food artisans, DIY workshops, chef demos, an interactive kids’ corner. The Good Food Marketplace will showcase over 150 farmers, artisanal food producers, retailers, other vendors, and nonprofit organizations — all designed to grow the Good Food movement. Eat, learn, and connect by registering to attend the FREE event here.
Winter Pop-Up Dinner at Firehouse Chicago
Thursday | March 22nd | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Firehouse Chicago |1545 W Rosemont Ave. | $95
Make yourself cozy in one of the city’s most iconic buildings during the Big Delicious Planet’s Farm Dinner Series at Firehouse Chicago. Firehouse Chicago was home to Engine Company 70 in the city’s North Side, for more than 100 years. The pop-up invites guests to mix and mingle during a family-style dinner featuring a four-course meal and beverages, all included in the ticket price. For more details on Big Delicious Plant’s March event, as well as their complete dinner series, visit their website by following the link here.
Easter Egg-stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo
Sunday | March 31st | 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo | 2234 North Cannon | $0 – $55
Spend the Easter holiday at Lincoln Park Zoo for their annual Easter Egg-stravaganza. The event will include a breakfast buffet followed by an egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, music, crafts, and animal viewing. Guests can also enjoy complimentary rides on the carousel, and the Lionel Train Adventure are available all day for our egg-cellent guests (weather permitting). This Easter celebration is the perfect holiday event for the whole family to enjoy. Get more event details and ticket information here.
Chicago Wine Fest
Saturday | March 10th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Moe’s Cantina River North |155 West Kinzie St. | $60 – $99
With spring right around the corner, the only whining you should be doing is over cheese. Make your way to the River North neighborhood for Chicago Wine Fest. A wine tasting featuring over 35+ wines from around the world, plus passed cheese plates, free prizes, and more. Sip, savor and be merry this spring. Get your tickets to one or more sessions taking place by heading over to the event page here.
Sunday| March 25th |8:30 a.m.
Grant Park | 337 E Randolph St. | $35
Gather your green for the 39th annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k. The marathon, kicks off the outdoor running season in the city, with an early morning race that takes runners through a scenic tour of downtown Chicago. For more information about the event and how to get involved visit Shamrock Shuffle.
HIDE N SEEK: Throwback – Chicago Children’s Museum
Saturday – Sunday | March 3rd – 4th | 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Children’s Museum | 700 E Grand Ave | $125
Party with the Chicago Children’s Museum Metropolitan Board young professionals organization during their Hide N Seek: Throwback event series. The evening will include drinks, food from award-winning restaurants, live music, a silent auction, and most importantly, interactive play and fun of Chicago Children’s Museum’s unique exhibits. Proceeds from Hide N Seek raise vital funds for the museum’s innovative exhibits, educationally-charged programming, mission-driven free field trips, and community inclusion initiatives – which welcome over 140,000 people from underserved neighborhoods every year. For more information and to attend this year’s event, visit their event page.
Muslims in Tech
Wednesday | March 28th | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Merchandise Mart| 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza | $5 – $15
Join MALA( The Muslim American Leadership Alliance) and tech innovation space 1871, for a high-level discussion on Social Impact Entrepreneurship. The panel discussion will “merge the best of capitalism and community to take on unmet societal, economic, and environmental challenges– and in the process improve life, spread livery, and help everyone pursue more happiness,” according to the event description. Speakers include entrepreneurs, founders, and activists. Visit the event page, to learn more about the speakers and to register for this event.
Arts + Culture:
Wednesday – Sunday | March 7th – 11th | Time Varies
Auditorium Theater | 50 E Congress Pkwy. | $41 – $134
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Auditorium Theatre, at Roosevelt University this month for their annual spring performance series. The company, known for changing the perception of American dance, will feature six different performance this year, including several inspiring new works, as well as Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations. Grab specially priced tickets for a weekday show by making your way over to the event page. For even more details, be sure to visit Auditorium Theatre.org.
Macy’s Flower Show
Sunday – Saturday | March 25th – April 8th |Time Varies
Macy’s |111 N State St. | Free
Celebrate spring at Macy’s on State Street this March. Watch as breathtaking floral scenes and lush plants from around the world, take over marquee store locations( New York, Chicago, San Franciso), to create a two-week exhibition that will bring to life classic fairy-tales. During Macy’s Flower Show® millions of guests will enjoy exhibits as the stores blossoms with themed events, specialty gardens and more. Details for Chicago’s take on this springtime event are available here.
Chicago Feminist Film Festival
Wednesday – Friday | March 7th – 9th | Time Varies
Film Row Cinema | 1104 S Wabash Ave. | Free
The Chicago Feminist Film Festival showcases independent, international film, predominantly shorts, spanning documentary, fiction, and experimental genres, and aims to address issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality often missing from mainstream media. The film festival creatives inclusive public spaces for under-represented artists to share their work, cutting across all genres that represent the gender-identifying women we all know and love. Check out the full schedule of films here.
Sunday – Saturday | March 1st – 31st | Time Varies
Smartbar | 3730 N Clark St. | $10 – $20
Smartbar has a reputation for showcasing the newest and most exciting dance music and cutting edge DJ’s from around the globe. This March, its no different, as the historic nightclub launches a series of workshops and parties focusing on artists “who operate outside the dominant vector of gender,” according to the website. For more details on Daphne and the series of events taking place all month long, make your way to their website by following the link here.