8 Things You Need to Do in Chicago This March

March 2018 culture report: Get out and have fun!

MARCH 2018 – At the end of February, we got a taste of what’s to come for spring. The temps hit 60 before plunging back down into the 40s. That didn’t stop people from continuing to hit the lakefront trail for a run or bike ride or to check out the plethora of plays, concerts, great meals and everything else this awesome city offers us every single day. So what are you doing? Read through this list and pick out some of the things you want — no, need — to do and then go out and do it!

Jose Guerrero, Presente: A Memorial Print Portfolio
What: Pilsen is the epicenter of Mexican art in Chicago and Jose Guerrero was an artist and community leader who, for decades, created murals and printmaking at his studio in the vibrant South Side community. This exhibit shows works created by 25 artists in his honor in addition to some of his own pieces.
When: Through March 25
Where: DePaul Art Museum (935 W. Fullerton)
Cost: Free

What: Touring in support of its latest release, Little Dark Age, MGMT – yeah those guys who brought us now-classic indie pop hits “Kids” and “Time to Pretend” — will rock out in Uptown.
When: March 3-4
Where: Riviera Theatre (4746 N. Racine)
Cost: $45

What: Chicago’s annual epic urban shopping car race, where teams of five come together and dress in their wackiest attire and costumes, is back to gather food for donations for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
When: March 3
Where: Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village — the kickoff at Wolcott and Hubbard at 9:45 a.m.
Cost: Free

March Sadness
What: Sports not your thing? Self-deprecating comedy more up your alley? This Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is bringing you the biggest upset there is – March Sadness – as part of the hotel’s newest series, Founder’s Comedy. Featuring Dewayne Perkins of MTV’s Wild N’ Out, Odinaka Ezeokoli of Netflix’s Easy, and more.
When: March 9
Where: Stagg Court at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Cost: $15

Peace on Earth Film Festival
What: With all the unrest currently happening globally, doesn’t the idea of spending three days watching movies that celebrate and encourage themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance sound like just what we need?
When: March 9-11
Where: Davis Theater (4614 N. Lincoln)
Cost: Full festival pass with a party costs between $90-110 while individual average $8.

Pretty Woman: The Musical
What: The iconic ’80s rom-com starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere makes its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago. If it’s half as good as the movie, this will be one of the best musicals to hit the stage this year. Do you believe in happily ever after?
When: March 13 through April 15
Where: Oriental Theatre
Cost: Varies

Adler After Dark: Game Night!
What: Every third Thursday of the month, the Adler opens its doors to people 21+ for a night of fun exhibit hopping. This month’s theme is game night so expect board games, card games, multi-player games on the big screen — even a live Cards Against Humanity tourney. Oh and of course there will be drinks.
When: March 15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Adler Planetarium
Cost: $20 ($15 for members)

St. Patrick’s Day
What: It’s often said everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s, so it’s a little extra special here when everyone gets to be Chi-rish! Whether you watch the Journeymen Plumber’s Local Union 130 dye the Chicago River Kelly green, take a spot along the parade route or just get drunk in Bridgeport (or Wrigleyville, River North or, well, everywhere), it’s time to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint.
When: March 17
Where: Around the Chicago River near Michigan Avenue for the dyeing; parade is in Grant Park along Columbus Drive.
Cost: Free (at least the parade and river dyeing; the drinks are on you).

Lorde, Run the Jewels and Mitski
What: How can you pass up a night of eclectic music — pop, energetic hip hop and indie — like this?
When: March 27
Where: Allstate Arena, Rosemont
Cost: Various starting at $39.50

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