March in Chicago means that the winds start to calm, making venturing out a little more tolerable. Usually, this month holds a huge and globally recognized St. Patty's Day celebration, but this year has been cancelled due to COVID. There are still other options for a great trip, though.Consider eating and drinking your way through the city or checking out an extraordinary cultural performance from Shen Yun. Some events may change or be postponed or due to COVID-19; we will update this page with any new info from organizers in the coming weeks.
Head down to the Nederlander Theatre at Ford Center for the Performing Arts for your chance to see Moulin Rouge the Musical, live. Expect thrill, lots of vibrant color, and nostolgia at this fun-filled Broadway show. With receiving Tony awards for both best musical and best orchestrations, it's a performance that you won't want to miss. Tickets start at $91 and can be purchased here.
Grab your cowboy boots or daisy dukes, bring an appetite, and be ready to party! Hosted by Chicago Twenty Something, this is a day of fun that you won't want to miss! Admission to the Country Day Party includes beer, Bloody Marys, a brunch buffet, mimosas, live music performances, giveaways, and more. Ticket prices range from $20-$30.
Brewsology Beer Fest
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Museum of Science and Industry
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Brewsology Beer Fest mixes delicious craft beers from local vendors with an after-hour museum experience at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Admission to the event includes full access to the museum and samples from dozens of breweries and cideries. Consider an early admission ticket, which grants an extra hour of access to specialty beer samples. Ticket prices range from $50-$90 and can be purchased online.
Put on your favorite green and celebrate Chicago's rich Irish heritage as it hosts one go the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country! The parade will begin at Balbo Drive, travel north on Columbus Drive, and end at Monroe Drive. If you want an entire St. Patty's Day celebration, start early and watch the Chicago River being dyed green that morning!
The 12th annual Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention is a must-attend event for ink lovers. This 3-day convention will feature live tattooing by some of the most popular and talented artists in the country, seminars, and unique entertainment by burlesque performers. Tickets range from $25-$50; kids under 12 get in free.
Restaurant Week, a celebration of Chicago's award-winning culinary culture, is the perfect opportunity to eat your way through Chicago. Starting at the end of March, you can enjoy special prix fixe menus at restaurants throughout the city and nearby suburbs. The multi-course meals offered are $25 for brunch or lunch and $39 and/or $59 for dinner. This is the largest restaurant week in the country.
Festival of Spirits & Wine
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Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium
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Head down to the Festival of Spirits & Wine, and enjoy unlimited tastings from about 50 vendors. In addition to wine and spirit tastings, this event will also feature continuous bites to complement the drinks, talks, and chef demonstrations. Proceeds from tickets will benefit the Holiday Heroes, a group of volunteers that spread joy to hospitalized children in Chicago.
Chicago has quite the popular craft beer scene, and what better way to experience it than with a brewery tour? No matter what part of the city you're in, whether it be downtown or in a tucked-away neighborhood, unique breweries and tap rooms are waiting to be explored.
See a Hockey Game
Founded in 1926, the Blackhawks are one of the first 6 original National Hockey League teams, so hockey games are a big deal in Chicago and are filled with traditions and fun. Head down to the United Center, the largest arena in the United States, for an unforgettable experience.