Things to do in March


Lego replica of the Colosseum

Spring is just around the corner, and the city is celebrating with flowers galore! March is full of cultural events and activities: from Shakespeare to Mary Poppins, superheros to ancient warriors. With two big flower shows, a pet expo, and a food fest, there’s plenty to keep you busy through the end of the month. Special thanks to Suzanne Blaz for the great suggestions! 

Events: The Morton Arboretum Easter Brunch promises delicious food in a lovely setting. Head over to Montrose Harbor for the 6th annual Bunny Rock 5k, combining a 5k and Easter egg hunt for kids. Celebrate the arrival of spring with The Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier. Not to be outdone, Macy’s is offering their own flower show (Mar. 20-Apr. 3).

This year’s C2E2 features stars from Supergirl and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Mar. 18-20). Police K9 demonstrations, a cat show, pet themed artwork–see it all at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo (Mar. 18-20). This month, Navy Pier’s ongoing Neighborhoods of the World event celebrates the Philippines (Mar. 20) and Greece (Mar. 27).

Theater: The latest production of Othello has been hailed as “captivating” and “endlessly revelatory”; see it now at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The Last Defender is “part performance, part puzzle hunt, and part live action game”, and sounds like a totally unique theater experience. See Chicago-Kent’s own Eileen Casey in the beloved musical Mary Poppins (now through Mar. 27). Click here for information about reduced price tickets.

Museums: View some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks in Lego form at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Brick by brick exhibit. The terracotta warriors, “an army for the afterlife“, are at the Field Museum (through Jan. 8, 2017).

Art: The Cultural Center will host daily demonstrations of giant kinetic ‘beests’ during the exhibit Strandbeest: the dream machines of Theo Jansen (through May 1).

Music: Theda Mickey and the DePaul Community Chorus perform Durufle Requiem with the Oistrach Symphony (March 20, free!).

Shopping: The Randolph Street Market is back (starting Mar. 19).

Food: The Taste of Iceland Festival offers participants a sample of Icelandic culture and cuisine at a variety of venues throughout the city (Mar. 17-20). The Maple Syrup Festival sounds like a delightful (and delicious) way to spend a Saturday (Mar. 19). Finalists for the 2016 James Beard Awards have been announced; find out if any of your favorite local restaurants made the cut.


Becky Ammerman

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