Chicago Events: St. Patrick's Day and other March events

Chicago Events: St. Patrick's Day and other March events
President Obama in Dublin doing what many Chicagoans will be doing this month to celebrate St. Patrick's Day--raising a glass of Guinness. Photo credit: Chicago Tribune.

This time of the year Chicago natives are restless and ready for fun.  March never disappoints with its huge roster of events. This March offers even more than usual with St. Pat's Day, March Madness and Easter all occurring in the same month.  Here are some dates to get you started.

All month. "Tailgate on State".  In recognition of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament coming to the United Center this month the CLA’s Lightscape: a Multisensory Experience is catching the spirit. They will  broadcast each rival university’s fight song along State Street from Wacker Drive to Congress Parkway. In addition there will be the familiar courtside sounds of basketballs dribbling and swishing, referees whistling, sneakers squeaking and crowds cheering along with Big Ten-themed banners, planter signs and CTA subway entrances.

March 1 and 2. The Creative Chicago Expo. The expo offers 30 free workshops on topics ranging from funding to placemaking to contracts and copyright. Plus an opportunity to meet with 100+ local and national service providers and hear keynotes by Pitchfork's Chris Kaskie, award-winning designer Rick Valicenti and the founders of the Sunday Dinner Club. The expo takes place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

March 1- March 28. The European Union Film Festival. This 16th Annual Festival is the largest showcase in North America for cinema from the European Union. This year's fest features an amazing assortment of 61 premiere films.  The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State.

March 2. Texas Independence Day.  Celebrate Texas Independence Day at Bub City, the new River North country spot, with the debut of Shiner Premium Beer in honor of this raucous holiday.  Bub City (435 N. Clark St.).

March 3 and 4. Single Game Cubs Tickets.  Wristbands will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis Sunday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday, March 4, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Captain Morgan Club on the corner of Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue.

March 4-29. Marché du Printemps. The Chicago French Market's Marché du Printemps will feature local artisans throughout most of the month of March. Rotating visiting artisans will sell their unique jewelry, accessories and more; daily from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Chicago French Market, 164 N. Canal St.

March 4...Happy Birthday Chicago. Chicago's looking good on her 176th b-day. Celebrate with cake, musical performances, programming and more at the city-wide celebration taking place at The Chicago History Museum. 10a.m. to 1p.m. 1601 N. Clark. Free admission, all day, to residents of Illinois.

March 4. Pulaski Day.  Chicago Public Libraries are closed but the Chicago Public Schools are open. The Polish Museum of America will hold its Pulaski Day celebration 10a.m. at the museum at 984 N Milwaukee Ave.

March 6- 10. The Chicago Underground Film Festival. Screenings, after parties and more are all part of this eclectic fest. The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Through March 10.

March 8. Single game tickets for Cubs 2013. Cubs single game tickets go on sale for those with winning number wristbands at the Wrigley Field box office at 8a.m. At 10a.m. tickets sales are open to all via the Cubs Website, by phone or the Wrigley Field Box office. Note: Chicago White Sox single game tickets are on sale on their website and box office, no wristbands needed.

March 8-17. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will present 10-full performances at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.  50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets 312 341 2357.

March 8- International Woman's Day.

March 9 - 16. The Chicago Flower and Garden Show. The Chicago Flower and Garden Show Brings an early spring to the Windy City.  It may be gray and snowy outside of Navy Pier, but step inside the exhibits and you'll feel like you've flown many miles away.

March 10...The South Side Irish Parade.  The parade steps off at noon in the Beverly neighborhood on Western Avenue and runs from 103rd to 115th Street.

March 10, Daylight Saving Time. Spring ahead at 2 a.m.

March 11. Free Mauritson Wine Tasting at Paris Club. Experts will be on hand to answer questions while guests sip and savor a variety of wines from the Mauritson Estate. To complement the tastings, light signatures hors d’oeuvres by Paris Club’s executive chef Alex Ageneau will be offered. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Paris Club (59 W. Hubbard St.) 5 to 8p.m.

March 14, 15, 16, 17. Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. The 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will once again take place in Chicago at the United Center.

March 14. Mixology Class.  Cityscape Bar, located on the 15th floor of the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, will host the next class in their Mixology 101 demonstration series.  6 to 7 free but reservations required.  Reservations: cityscape@martplaza.com.

March 16, Dyeing the Chicago River Green.  The dyeing begins at 10 a.m. The best locations to view the dyeing of the river are: the east side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge; the west side of the Columbus Drive Bridge, and upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. Arrive early to get a good spot or check out the viewing party/skyboxes at Trump Tower Chicago. For more information visit Chicago River Turns Green.

March 16, The Official St. Patrick's Day Parade. The downtown Chicago St. Patrick's Day parade steps off at noon down Columbus Drive from Balbo Drive to Monroe.

March 16.  Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair Opening Day. The Chicago History Museum new exhibition, Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, opens March 16 and will continue through January 5, 2014. 1601 N. Clark.

March 17- 22, Chicago Chef Week 2013. Celebrate Chicago chefs and enjoy bargain priced meals during Chicago Chef Week 2013. Lunch: 3 courses for $22.  Dinner: 3 courses for $44.   Among the nearly 75 participating restaurants/chefs are the "big three" winners at the 2012 Jean Banchet Awards: Yusho (Matthias Merges for Chef of the Year), Sepia (Andrew Zimmnerman for Best Restaurant) and Acadia (Ryan McCaskey for Best New Restaurant and Jason Prah for Sommelier of the Year).

March 18. Hofbräuhaus Chicago Opens. Hofbräuhaus Chicago, the first and only German micro-brewery, beer hall and restaurant in the Chicagoland area, will celebrate its grand opening Monday, March 18 in MB Financial Park at Rosemont.  Located at 5500 Park Place, the custom-built 20,000-square-foot restaurant and brewery will be one of only four official Hofbräuhaus locations in the United States.

March 19, St. Joseph Day. This Italian holiday is often celebrated with Zeppole--an "Italian doughnut" dusted with sugar, cinnamon and honey or filled with yellow cream and covered with whipped cream. Zeppole can be found at most Italian bakeries around the city as well as the St. Joseph Tables that will take place at many city and suburban churches.

March 19 - May 13, "Eggs to Chicks."  Just in time for Easter, Kohl Children's Museum will be showcasing their popular "Eggs to Chicks" exhibit.  The exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to experience the animals’ life cycle.  Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview.

March 20. First Day of Spring.

March 21-23, The Rite of Spring. The Montreal-based choreographer Marie Chouinard returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Stage with her company to perform a new work and a radical, landmark interpretation of The Rite of Spring.

March 19 (through April 8)...March Madness...Get Those Brackets Ready.

March 23-24. Randolph Street Market. The last winter market of the season will feature an Easter theme along with all the usual antiques, art, jewelry and other finds plus food and drink. Shoppers who don their finest Easter bonnets will gain free entry and there will be hidden Easter Eggs containing Market Bucks, Season Passes, sweet treats and more. 10a.m. -5p.m. 1340 W. Washington.

March 25-26. Passover Dinners. Joe’s Stone Crab (60 East Grand Ave.) is once again inviting guests to enjoy their classic Passover Dinner. Or if cozy bistro dining is more your style, Mon Ami Gabi (2300 N. Lincoln Park West) is also serving up dishes for Passover on Monday, March 25 and 26 (5:30 to 9 p.m).

March 30, Sing-a-long Sound of Music. The Sing-a-long Sound of Music at the Music Box Theatre may be just the ticket for friends and family this Easter weekend. The spirited audience-participation event includes a presentation of the 1962 Rogers & Hammerstein movie musical The Sound of Music in glorious Technicolor and full-screen Cinemascope. Lyrics are projected on the screen during the movie so that the audience can easily sing along to “Do-Re-Me,” “Edelweiss” and, of course, “My Favorite Things.” The film is preceded by a hosted warm-up and a “fancy-dress” costume contest. Shows Saturday, March 20, 2pm. $12.50 ($8 for kids 12 and under).

WillywonkaMarch 31...Easter.

  • Take an Easter Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Chicago.
  • Celebrate all-day celebrations at Pinstripes in Northbrook, South Barrington and Oak Brook. The fun begins at 9:30 a.m., with an egg hunt for colorful eggs and special prizes. The Easter bunny will also be on-hand for photo opportunities plus Pinstripes will be offering their gourmet brunch buffet of Easter favorites from carved prime rib, fresh seafood, waffles, made-to-order omelets, salad bar, delectable desserts and more.
  • Costume Contest and Willy Wonka. After hunting Easter eggs or brunch, friends and family are invited to the Music Box to see the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, complete with costume contest and awesome goodie bags. Music Box invites guests to pig out on candy, wear their best Veruca (or Augustus) costume. Plus pre-show singing. $12 general admission.
  • Easter Brunches.

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