Celebrating the day everyone claims Irish lineage? More of a spring equinox supporter? Regardless of your connection to the annual holiday, here’s a mix of events, openings, and extracurriculars you should know about.
On Sale Now, Navy Pier
You can’t always get what you want, but if you want a stockpile of Rolling Stones memorabilia and sonic immersion, you’re in luck. Grab tickets to the next big thing NOW. Opens April 15.
Free Skate & Open Mic Nights
March 1, 15, 29, House of Vans
West Town’s new indoor skate park/music venue/bar is a conglomerate of epic proportions. Join this sanctum of Vans culture plus pizza and Goose Island beer every other Wednesday from 6-10PM. Space is limited, so RSVP to upcoming sessions before adjusting your trucks. 111 N Elizabeth St.
Juggernaut (Sci-Fi/Fantasy Shorts Festival)
March 4, Music Box Theatre
‘Tis the month for seeing green and saving some. Sneak a peek at fantastical and downright strange films both local and international (Neon, Illegal Aliens, Snowgirl, and more). Fest runs 11AM-5:30PM. Tickets range from $10–$35. 3733 N Southport Ave.
March 7, Southport
Fresh food & wine is springing up at 1349 W Cornelia Ave. The 4 Star restaurant joins The Windsor, Tuco and Blondie, Smoke Daddy, and other eateries that embody their respective neighborhoods and aim to gather. Look for this international fare and comfortable climate in Lakeview.
March 11, Chicago River
The yearly tradition of dyeing the beloved Chicago River a festive shade of green begins at 9AM. Grab your “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirt, oversized clover shades, and if you’re really feeling daring, kilt, and see the action along Wacker Dr between Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr. Parade to follow.
Find the pub nearest you for indulging in Irish revelry: green beer, face painting, traditional music & dance, hearty dishes, St. Patrick’s Day specials, and your favorite stout to wash it all down.
Lady Gregory’s, 5260 N Clark, Andersonville
Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N Elston Ave, Avondale
Mrs. Murphy’s and Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N Lincoln Ave, North Center
Emmit’s Irish Pub, 495 N Milwaukee Ave, River West
The Gage, 24 S Michigan Ave, The Loop
Galway Arms, 2442 N Clark St, Lincoln Park
The Irish Oak, 3511 N Clark, Wrigleyville
Lottie’s Pub, 1925 W Cortland St, Bucktown
March 17, Metro
Rousing Irish rockers pay their annual tribute to Chicago at 3730 N Clark St. The South Side group is ready to rage with you and “smash some windows”, all to a Celtic tune. Tickets are $16. Doors open at 8PM.
City Winery River Domes
Starting March 17, Chicago Riverwalk
For 90-minute periods, you and your lucky selectees can enjoy riverside views, fine wine & charcuterie, and weatherproof exclusivity. City Winery offers reservations until April 30, 11AM-7PM daily. Pricing ranges from $100-$150 per person.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
March 18-26, Navy Pier
This bloom convention exists for “inspiring, educating, and motivating the next generation of gardener” according to the official description. Go for the flowers, stay for the green cooking demos and cake decorating competitions. Find tickets here.
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