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The Top 8 Cultural Happenings in March

The best things to get out for in March


Have you noticed it’s staying lighter longer? Yes — spring is right around the corner and you can smell it in the air. Now that it’s not as cold, you really don’t have as much of an excuse to stay inside and nest. Start stretching those legs and get back in the groove. Here, we picked eight things to do around the city in March. Are you ready to get out there and enjoy some culture?

The Backroom
What:
A pop-up bar built from scratch at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel to celebrate and promote Specimens, a new exhibit at the Field Museum, and marking the first time the Field has ever displayed their collections off-site. Created by Johalla Projects and operated by Land and Sea Dept., the weekly changing exhibits are free and will give guests an interactive sneak peek into Specimens while enjoying drinks (those you pay for) created by Paul McGee. For a full lineup of workshops, visit chicagoathleticevents.com.
When:
Every Friday and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to midnight through March 25
Where:
The Tank at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel (ground floor)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
What:
The acclaimed dance troupe returns for its 47th annual performances where the company, led by artistic director Robert Battle, will tackle ballet, modern dance, jazz and African dance techniques.
When:
March 22-26
Where:
Auditorium Theater

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival
What:
A festival showcasing 25 films that show diversity and Jewish contributions to world culture.
When:
March 9-19
Where:
Venues around Chicago and the suburbs

Tennis
What:
No, the U.S. Open qualifying matches haven’t come to Chicago. Rather, this is  husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley who record under the moniker Tennis and put out bright, sunny pop stylings that make you want to smile. And maybe dance.
When:
March 9
Where:
Thalia Hall

Naked Magicians
What:
Pretty much exactly as it sounds, although it’s more R-rated than X. But these two hilarious Aussies put on a magic show unlike you’ve ever seen and leave you wondering how they’re performing tricks when they have nothing up their sleeves — because they have no sleeves. Or pants!
When:
March 14-19
Where:
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

Chicago Polar Plunge
What:
People run into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan to raise money for the athletes of the Special Olympics. This year’s celebrity plungers include Dax Shephard.
When:
March 5
Where:
North Avenue Beach

Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey
What:
As if you need to ask?
When:
March 25
Where:
United Center

Saints & Heroes
What:
A new exhibit that showcases more than 700 pieces of art from medieval and renaissance Europe from between 1200 and 1600 A.D. Expect armor, jewelry, paintings, weaponry, altar pieces and more.
When:
Opens March 20
Where:
Art Institute of Chicago

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