15 Don’t Miss Events for March 2015

15 Don’t Miss Events for March 2015
The month that begins with the polar plunge ends with the Shamrock Shuffle

March is here and spring is in the air.

You can feel it, you can see it, you can even smell it.  St. Patrick's celebrations in Chicago are like nowhere else--but that's not all--March is busting out all over with fun events, places to go and things to do.

Here are 15 happenings to add to your spring calendar before the Summer Festival Season begins in May. And don't forget to check out our annual calendar of summer festivals and events, next week on Show Me Chicago.

Friday, March 6

Discover "The People's Palace,” at the Chicago Cultural Center Spring Open House. The mostly free day of events features art, music, films, tours and more plus a preview of the Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist exhibition and a bonus Chicago WinterDance section from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 7

Get your shopping carts ready for Chicago’s 10th annual CHIditarod…or just join the fun on the sidelines as you watch outrageously costumed teams race their shopping carts in a fun/fund-raising food drive through Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park and Bucktown. Participating venues include:  Five Star: 1424 W Chicago Ave.; Phyllis’s Musical Inn*: 1800 W Division St;  Roots Pizza: 1924 W Chicago Ave. and others.

March 12 – Wednesday, March 18

The Shammock Shake returns for a short time to Foodlife.  The green mint chocolate chip shake--a Chicago favorite for St. Patrick’s Day--is $4.39.

Saturday, March 14

Once again, Chicago will dye the Chicago River green, a tradition that dates back to 1962.  The greening is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. but it pays to get there early to secure a good spot for viewing.  Prime viewing areas include: the east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the west side of the Columbus Drive bridge, or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan and Columbus.

Saturday, March 14

The downtown, Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off at noon from Balbo and Columbus then continues north on Columbus Drive to Buckingham Fountain.

Sunday, March 15

The South Side Irish Parade steps off at noon on Sunday from 103rd and proceeds down Western Avenue to 115th Street.

Sunday, March 15

March Madness kicks off with selection Sunday and continues into April with happenings all around town.

Saturday, March 21

The 8th annual Pinot Days offers a broad selection of wines along with information, appetizers and fun at Navy Pier's Grand Festival Hall from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Tickets: $75

March 28 and 29

Randolph Street Market Festival moves back outside for their March “Spring Fling” fest.  The always fun market offers a lot more than just great shopping.  There's food, music and drink plus an Easter Egg hunt all weekend. Wear your Easter bonnet for free admission to the market.

Sunday, March 29

The 36th annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K is a great way to start getting in shape, not to mention, a whole lot of fun. Registration is now open.

Sunday, March 29

If you need to ask "What's a firkin?--you'll get your answer 50 times over at Firkin Fest at Beercade River North.  Click here for tickets and information.

April 3 and 4

The B-Rooted Festival by Columbia Dance Center takes to the streets of Chicago with their hip hop dance festival exploring the widening and intermingling landscapes of gender expression, underground street dance, pop culture, concert dance and more. Click here for details.

Sunday, April 5

It's party time. Originally scheduled for Monday, April 6, the Chicago Cubs 2015 home opener at Wrigley Field has been moved to Sunday, April 5 to accommodate Major League Baseball’s Opening Night and an exclusive national television broadcast!!!   The game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals will start at 7:05 p.m. and if you can’t get tickets, you can watch it on ESPN2.

Friday, April 10

Sneak out of work a little early for a fun start to the weekend at the White Sox home opener against the Minnesota Twins at 3:10 p.m.

April 16-19

The 7th Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest), is a four-day showcase celebrating the connection between music and movies.

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