Can you believe we are 20 days away from spring? Well, believe it! March is here along with a plethora of events that will have you out of your winter slump and into a springier step. Think the February guide was filled with events, you won’t believe what March has in store. Check out the full guide of March events taking place this month in Chicago below!
Evening in Bloom – presented by Wintrust
Tuesday | March 19th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Ave. | $125 – $150
See fashion in a whole new way an Evening in Bloom. The Hort Couture charity event and fashion show set the tone for the Midwest’s iconic Chicago Flower & Garden Show in all its grandeur the evening before it opens to the public. The event features extraordinary culinary presentations and a high energy floral fashion show all benefitting Bernie’s Book Bank, Catholic Charities of Chicago and the Get Growing Foundation. To purchase your tickets, visit the event page.
Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry
Friday – Saturday | March 8th – 9th | Time Varies
St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church | 5649 N. Sheridan Rd. | $8
The Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show has become a staple for the vintage fashion world and will be
Issac Mizrahi & Me
Wednesday | March 6th | 7:00 p.m.
Thalia Hall | 1807 South Allport St. | $56
The award-winning and icon fashion designer makes his way to the windy city this month. Issac Mizrahi’s “I & Me” is a collage of Issac’s may creative talents — stories, songs, and even a regift segment. This is Mizrahi’s next chapter in his recent life as an entertainer for which the New York Times called him a “founding father of Alt Cabaret.” I&Me is a fun, casual look at life through his eyes, from growing up gay in a small Jewish community in Brooklyn to scaling the heights of the fashion world. I&Me also features the dazzling sounds of the Ben Waltzer Jazz Quartet. To purchase tickets to this one-man show, visit the event page.
Spring Fashion Show
Sunday | March 10th | 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Autohaus on Edens | 1600 Frontage Rd. | $80
See what the suburbs have to offer this spring. Make your way to Northbrook for the 8th annual LAUNCH Fashion Show. This spring show celebrates North Shore boutiques and Chicago Fashion Incubator designers. Enjoy a runway show as well as shopping before and after the show. For event tickets, visit the website.
Food + Drink:
Sunday | March 3rd | 4:00 p.m.
Morgan Manufacturing | 401 N Morgan St.. | $130 – $200
Cochon555 returns to Chicago on Sunday, March 3rd for an all-inclusive feast will featuring a hundred-plus prominent chef, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers, and barkeeps all working in concert to create luxurious moments that educate the palate. At the heart, Cochon555 aims to create moments of inspiration, and to engender discussion and action – to buy, to cook, shop and donate in the name of safe, honest, and delicious food. For an in-depth look at the Cochon555 movement, and to purchase tickets, visit Cochon 555.com.
5th Annual Chocolate, Wine & Spirits Expo
Saturday – Sunday | March 9th -10th | Time Varies
Plumbers Hall | 1340 West Washington Blvd. | $16 – $25
Spend a day indulging in chocolate delights at the 5th Annual Chocolate, Wine, and Spirits Expo. One-hundred percent of the wine and spirits tasting net proceeds benefit The Holiday Heroes, who bring joy to hospitalized children. Your ticket includes continuous demonstrations, pairings, and talks. Free parking is available. For discounted tickets, visit my special link here.
Yard N Chill – Chicago
Sunday | March 17th | 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Healthy Hood Chicago | 2242 South Damen Ave. | $0 – $15
Yard N Chill is a monthly outdoor gated brunch party and gathering hosted by KayaFresh, a West African Vegan Streetfood pop-up food concept. This event will feature live music, good vibes, and more. To purchase tickets, visit the event page.
2019 Chicago Beer Fest
Saturday | March 9th | 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The Field Museum | 1400 South Lake Shore Dr. | $45 – $60
The Chicago Beer Festival will take place at the Field Museum for a one of a kind experience night at museum experience. The event will feature dozens of local and domestic breweries, sampling their spring seasonal beers alongside natural and historical wonders. Admission includes 40 taster vouchers as well as access throughout the museum, including ticketed exhibits. To purchase tickets, visit the event page.
19th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge
Sunday | March 24th |8:30 a.m.
North Avenue Beach | 1600 N Lake Shore Dr. | Free
Whether you go knee high, waist high or take the full plunge, all are welcome to attend! The 19th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge is an annual tradition that supports the Special Olympics Chicago and over 7,500 athletes. There is no registration fee and all fundraisers receive a souvenir long-sleeved t-shirt, warm towel when exiting the water, free photo downloads, and post-event food. For more information and to register to visit ChicagoPolarPlunge.org.
2019 One Inspired Evening
Saturday | March 23rd | 6:00 p.m.
Venue West |221 North Paulina St. | $125
One Inspired Evening is an annual fundraising gala supporting Inspiration Corporation, an organization that helps the homeless with programs that enable them to reach their fullest potential for self-sufficiency. The event includes an art auction, silent auction, raffle, and live music. All proceeds from the event go directly to supporting Inspiration Corporation’s mission of helping people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency. To attend the gala, visit the event page.
12th Annual Empty Bowls Benefit
Friday | March 8th | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lillstreet Art Center | 4401 N Ravenswood Ave. | $125
Celebrate community, art, & giving at the 12th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. The event will take place at Lillstreet Art Center and will benefit First Slice, an initiative to fight hunger in Chicago. Tickets to the event include your choice of ceramic bowls, handmade and donated by Lillstreet artists, along with a serving of delicious soup. At the end of the event, you will leave with a unique piece of art—all while giving back to the Chicago community. Vegan & gluten-free options will be available. For more details on the event, visit the Facebook page.
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.
Not Just Another Pretty Face: A Salon with Food. Drinks. Art
Tuesday | March 26th | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hyde Park Art Center | 5020 S Cornell Ave. | Free
What is Not Just Another Pretty Face? Not Just Another Pretty Face is a collaborative commissioning project created by Hyde Park Art Center to arrange commissions between patrons and artists who create engaging and personalized art, ranging from traditional to very untraditional. The salon will feature food, drinks, mingling and a tour through a selection of talented artists and what they’re currently working on. Get a glimpse of art happening right here in Chicago in a new and exciting way. For more details, visit the event page.
Global Connections: Holi
Saturday | March 23rd | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Navy Pier | 1104 S Wabash Ave. | Free
Visit Navy Pier this March for Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love.” Participate in the colorful Holi tradition. Colored powder is available while supplies last. The event will also feature a variety of live musical and dance performances. For more details, visit the Navy Pier.org.
Arts in the Dark Lantern Procession in Millennium Park
Wednesday | March 20th | 7:00 p.m.
Cloud Gate | 201 E Randolph St.| Free
Celebrate the first day of spring in Millennium Park with the Arts in the Dark Lantern Procession, featuring floral creations by the After School Matters 3D Sculpture Program and local artists. This magical procession will start at Cloud Gate (the “Bean”) and will travel south through the Promenade, on to Michigan Avenue and back up to Cloud Gate three times. To make a lantern and participate in the processions, follow the link here.