Show Me Chicago's 10 things to do this weekend & beyond

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, but that’s old news. The city has been celebrating St. Patrick since the beginning of March with green rivers, green beers, the wearing of the green, parades and crawls.

Sunday is St. Joseph’s Day. Not a lot of fanfare–a smattering of red–yet the day has some wonderful traditions including the “la tavola di San Giuse” or “St. Joseph’s Table–overflowing with sweet treats.

March Madness is back, brackets are in, and local bars and restaurants are offering a myriad of specials.

And there’s more…

1. St. Patrick’s Day

If you still haven’t had your fill of corned beef, cabbage and beer. Here are some of Chicago’s favorite Irish Pubs with Guinness on tap and Irish decor that may have you thinking you’ve arrived on the Emerald Isle:

  • Mrs. Murphy’s and Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Avenue, 773-248-3095
  • Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant – 100 W. Grand Avenue – 312-836-0066
  • Johnny O’Hagans – 3374 N. Clark Street – 773-248-3600
  • Lady Gregory’s Irish Bar and Restaurant – 5260 N. Clark Street – 773-271-5050
  • Irish Oak – 3511 N. Clark Street – 773-935-6669
  • The Kerryman – 661 N. Clark Street – 312-335-8121
  • Kitty O’Shea’s – Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue – 312-922-4400

2. Annual Fifth Province Pub St. Pat’s Celebrationmarch15fifthprovince

One of the biggest and most authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Chicago is the annual St. Patrick’s Celebration at Fifth Province Pub at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 North Knox Avenue) 773-282-7035. The big event takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Click here for more.

3. Argo Tea’s St. Patrick’s Day special

Argo Tea is bringing back its Irish Cream Teappuccino for St. Patrick’s Day. The seasonal drink, served hot or cold, is a combination of Nilgiri black tea, steamed milk with all natural Irish cream. Get yours from March 17 to March 19 at participating cafes. BONUS: Argo Tea is giving away a FREE Green Tea Muffin with the purchase of an Irish Cream Teappuccino.

4. St. Joseph Daymarch14saintjosephtable1

St. Joseph’s Day is celebrated at many Chicago area churches with St. Joseph Day Tables. Traditionally, the table is a large buffet of fish, pasta, fruits, vegetables, and sweets. One popular annual celebration is the St. Joseph’s Day Table at St. Celestine Church in Elmwood Park. The celebration starts at 11 am. on Sunday, March 19, following mass.

If you can’t find a St. Joseph’s Day celebration, stop by your favorite Italian bakery and pick some of the traditional treats including:

  • Zeppole, which are “Italian doughnuts” dusted with sugar, cinnamon and honey or filled with yellow cream and covered with whipped cream.
  • Pignolatta or Struffoli which are a pyramid of little fried pastry balls covered in honey, nuts and chocolate bits symbolic of a pine cone.
  • Cannoli, a Sicilian pastry shaped like a “little tube” and filled with a sweet, creamy mixture often containing ricotta cheese.

And have your own celebration!

4. Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Photo: Matt-Mansueto

Photo: Matt-Mansueto

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is an annual nine-day event featuring 20+ life-sized gardens that you can walk through, along with daily seminars, DIY workshops and a marketplace. Click here to see a photo gallery of pre-opening day. This years show opens this Saturday through March 26 at Navy Pier. Tickets, $5-$17. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

5. Macy’s Flower Show

More flowers.

Macy’s FREE flower show sprouts later this month at Macy’s on State Street. This year’s theme Carnival, features the brilliantly-hued colors of Carnival with landscaped gardens that bring an early touch of spring to downtown Chicago. 9th floor of Macy’s on State. From Sunday, March 26 through Sunday, April 9, 2017, store hours.

6. March Madnessmarch16things

Hopsmith Tavern (15 W Division St.) is one of many Chicago bars offering extended hours and drink specials during March Madness, along with a nod to St. Patrick’s Day this Friday. Check out their $4 Beer of the Month Pints, $6 Bud Light 22 oz Stadium Cups or go for $7 Beer of the Month 22oz Fatpour.

7. Rainbow Cone Opens for the seasonrainbowcone

The Original Rainbow Cone a sure sign of spring is open for the season. The cone is a Chicago original that has been a favorite for nearly 100 years. The cone features layers of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (Venetian vanilla with cherries and walnuts, pistachio and topped with orange sherbet or select other flavors from the menu. 9233 S. Western, 773 238 7075, noon to 7 pm.

8. Circus 1903

CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus has been recreated and is coming to Chicago, next Tuesday, for one week only.  Enjoy the thrill and daredevil entertainment with what’s being hailed as “an exciting new twist.” Check it out at the Broadway In Chicago production coming to the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) from March 21st through the 26th.

9.  Good Food Festival

The FREE Good Food Festival offers samples from more than 150 artisanal producers as well as demos by celebrity chefs including: Rick Bayless (Frontera & others), Rob Levitt (Butcher & Larder), Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp (Honey Butter Fried Chicken) and Paula Haney (Hoosier Mama Pie Company). March 18. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
March 18. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

10. The Shamrock Shake is back at McDonalds

shamrockshakeThe Shamrock Shake is back at McDonalds. This year, you can even get a chocolate version.

The shakes come in small, medium and large. But be forewarned, the large, 22-oz. sizes packs 820 calories. You can get a less-caloric taste with the 12-ounce–you do the math. The McDonald’s limited-edition green is seasonal so hurry before it goes away.

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