What to Do in Chicago Each Day of March 2019

This is where we'll be all month.

March 1: Fleetwood Mac—Last year was a dramatic time for the legendary rockers. They parted ways with their longtime guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham, and went on a massive worldwide tour. Due to overwhelming demand, they’ve extended that tour with additional dates including the United Center tonight. Tom Petty’s former guitarist is filling in for Buckingham, so the band will be in capable hands when they play iconic songs like “Landslide.”

March 2: Fred Armisen—Although he’s probably best known for performances on TV shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and “Portlandia,” Fred Armisen spent a lot of time here in Chicago as a musician. Before making it big on SNL, Armisen played drums for an assortment of bands and was pretty active in Chicago’s punk scene in the ‘90s. His unapologetic love of music became a hallmark of his comedy and has now become the focal point of his newest stand-up tour. Tonight’s performance at the Metro finds the comedian waxing poetic about the quirky idiosyncratics of being a working musician in the modern age in a way that non-musicians can enjoy.

March 3: “Game of Thrones” Pop-Up Bar—Winter has come for Lincoln Park! In anticipation of the TV show’s upcoming final season, Replay! transformed itself into the fantasy wonderland of Westeros. Today is your last chance to explore places like Winterfell, take photos with White Walkers, have a “Red Wedding” feast with majestic wizards and joust with mighty warriors. Admission is free, but a VIP ticket will cost you $20.

March 4: Russian Tea Time—A hidden treasure in the heart of the city, Russian Tea Time has delighted fans of old-world Eastern European cuisine for 25 years. To celebrate, they’ve launched a $25 three-course prix fixe dinner menu throughout the month of March. Start your meal off with a soothing cup of Russian vodka paired with some authentic Ukrainian borscht. Top it all off with a thrilling main course such as the grilled chicken breast florentine or Moldavian meatballs. Runs through March 31.

March 5: Mardi Gras Cajun Food Party—Get your krewe together and head on over to Lowcountry, in either Lakeview or the South Loop, for an evening of good food and good people. Get the party started with classic New Orleans cocktails such as hurricanes and sazeracs. Take a seat and let the good times roll with a hearty feast of gumbo, fried shrimp, soft-shell crab po’boys, and beignets covered in green, gold, and purple powdered sugar. Lively brass bands keep the festivities going late into the night.

March 6: Isaac Mizrahi—An award winning fashion designer and as a passionate champion of LGBTQ+ rights, Isaac Mizrahi has never been one to hold back what he’s thinking. He comes to Thalia Hall tonight for his new one-man show, “I&ME,” an autobiographical collage of his life told in story and song.

March 7: Aziz Ansari—Best known for his roles on TV shows such as “Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None,” Ansari returns to the Chicago Theatre for a set of comedy that aims to start a conversation that wonders if redemption is even possible in a post-#MeToo era and if so, what does it look like? Also March 5-6.

March 8: William Shatner—You don’t have to go to the final frontier of space where no man has gone to meet William Shatner. You just need to go to the Rosemont Theatre for a screening of his classic film, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” After the movie, Shatner will go on stage for an intriguing Q&A about all things Star Trek as well as his filmmaking career as a whole.

March 9: SXSW Send Off Party—Taking place in Austin during a perfect storm of Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day, South by Southwest has arguably become the nation’s largest cultural festival. Each year, thousands of people flock to the capital of Texas to discover what's new and exciting in the worlds of film, technology and music. Local bands make the trip annually too, but before they do they’ll be providing a preview at The Hideout. RSVP through Do312 and you’ll get a free vodka drink, while supplies last, courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka.

March 10: Ice Skating in Millennium Park—A cherished winter tradition comes to a close. Throughout the winter, part of Millennium Park has been transformed into a massive ice skating rink. Today is your last chance to explore the Loop in a whole new way as you skate along with more than 100,000 fellow Chicagoans among the majestic downtown city lights. Admission to the rink is free, but it will cost you just a few dollars if you need to rent skates. Also March 1-9.

March 11: Mariah Carey—Fueled by her latest chart-topping album, Mariah Carey is bringing her fabulous Cauton World Tour to the Chicago Theatre for a breathtaking performance. Expect ‘90s pop essentials like “Always Be My Baby” and thrilling new material.

March 12: “A Bronx Tale”—Based on the real-life story of actor Chazz Palminteri, “A Bronx Tale” transports viewers to a turbulent time in New York during the ‘60s where a young man finds himself at the crossroads of choosing between childish dreams and adulthood ambition. After winning over audiences at Broadway with immersive dance numbers and a lively doo-wop soundtrack, “A Bronx Tale” debuts at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. Also March 13-24.

March 13: Second City’s Greatest Hits: ‘90s Edition—Before they were world famous, comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert got their big breaks here in Chicago at Second City. Come through and watch the next generation of comedy stars put their unique spin on classic sketches from the ‘90s written by the likes of Steve Carell, Amy Poehler and more.

March 14: Pi Day—Based in the River North district, Cantina Laredo is a restaurant that specializes in modernist Mexican cuisine. Today on Pi Day, they’re selling slices of Mexican apple pie at a clever discount of $3.14. The handmade apple pie is covered in Mexican brandy butter and topped with a hearty amount of cinnamon ice cream. Afterwards, quench your thirst with a classic margarita. Maybe math isn’t so bad afterall.

March 15: Gary Clark, Jr.—The acclaimed modern bluesman has travelled the world, sharing the stage with seemingly everyone from Alicia Keys to Paul McCartney. In support of his new album, “This Land,” he returns to a pillar of the blues for a series of shows at the Chicago Theatre backed by a massive wall of sound and a ton of soul. Prepare yourself, it might get loud. Also March 16.

March 16: Dyeing the Chicago River Green—St. Patrick’s Day is here! To celebrate, get up early and go downtown to watch the city dye the Chicago River green. Thousands of Chicagoans make the journey to see the river change color, so beat the crowds by taking a St. Paddys booze cruise. Listen to festive Irish music and drink ice cold green beer while having a front row seat of this Chicago tradition that's been been going on for over 50 years. For kids, there’s a family-friendly St. Patrick's cruise also available.

March 17: Southside Irish Parade—Head down to the Beverly neighborhood and show off your #CHIrish pride at the Southside Irish Parade. An Chicago institution, the trek includes marching bands full of vibrant drums and bagpipes that play traditional Irish music in celebration of Chicago’s thriving southside Irish community.

March 18: Not All Markets Are Created Alike: A Workshop for New Market Vendors—Spring is almost here. This morning, the Chicago Cultural Center, located right across the street from Millenium Park, hosts an informative workshop led by the managerial staff of Logan Square Farmers Market and the Bronzeville Boxville Market to give you all the information needed to get started on your garden.

March 19: James Bay—Finding inspiration from acts such as The Beatles, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen, James Bay is an award-winning British singer who has taken America by storm with this chart topping single “Let It Go” that has over 500 million streams on Spotify. Tonight, his Electric Light tour comes to the Riviera.

March 20: Chicago Flower and Garden Show—Today is the official first day of Spring. That means that you probably need ideas for your garden or outdoor space. Head to Navy Pier and explore gardens and marketplaces full of exotic plants that will make you the envy of your neighborhood. Also, March 21-24.

March 21: Winemaker Dinner at the MCA—Marisol is a new restaurant housed inside of the Museum of Contemporary Art with a goal of showcasing the artistry of high-end cuisine. To accomplish this, guests dine on adventurous dishes while surrounded by what they call an “immersive art environment.” Martha Stoumen, an award-winning winemaker from northern California, collaborates with executive chef Jason Hemmel for tonight’s dinner menu where organic grapes sourced from northern California are paired with Mediterranean flavors.

March 22: Badass Women of Chicago History—Celebrate Women’s History Month by having a drink at The Hideout and saluting the unsung heroines of Chicago history. A portion of ticket sales go to support the Chicago Women’s Health Center.

March 23: Holi—Affectionately known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love,” Holi is a Hindu spring festival that is celebrated throughout India and Nepal. Spend the afternoon at Navy Pier eating fine Indian cuisine and watching authentic Hindi dances. Afterwards, head over to the beer garden to participate in the throwing of ceremonial colored powders at each other.

March 24: C2E2—Over the last ten years, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo has become one of the premiere comic book and pop culture conventions in the country. Head to McCormick Place and spend the afternoon taking selfies with some of Chicago’s best cosplayers, marvel at what's next for Marvel Comics and meet Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, and many more of your favorite celebrities. Also March 22-23.

March 25: Kacey Musgraves—Expect a lot of heart and a little heartbreak from the Grammy winning country crooner when she takes over the Chicago Theatre tonight for her Oh, What A World Tour. The “High Horse” singer was originally supposed to perform back in January, but the polar vortex forced her to reschedule. Tickets for the original show will be honored.

March 26:  Anastasia—Masterminded by the team behind “Ragtime,” this new production of the classic Russian folk tale has become a bona fide hit on Broadway. Anchored with impressive choreography and a soaring musical score, this tale of a brave young woman trying to define her own destiny makes his highly anticipated  it makes its Chicago debut tonight at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. Through April 7.

March 27: Meet the Women of Chicago Beer—Clybourn Goose Island brewery hosts an event to celebrate Women’s History Month by inviting you to enjoy a pint (or two) with some of the women that have transformed Chicago into a world leader in beer.

March 28: Robert Glasper Trio—A musical bridge between the works of John Coltrane and J Dilla, Glasper is a modern jazzman thriving in a hip-hop world. Throughout his career, the classically trained pianist has done it all from working with Kendrick Lamar to Norah Jones. Tonight, he performs two sets with his band at the posh City Winery.

March 29: Walking and Falling—A few years ago, Smartbar launched their Daphne series to showcase women and nonbinary electronic musicians in a scene that often overlooks them. Tonight, they’re hosting a free workshop that aims to inspire the next generation of women and nonbinary DJs by pairing them with mentors and teaching them the skills needed to fearlessly rise to the next level.

March 30: Boyz II Men—Artists like Justin Timberlake and Usher cite them as major influences and they’re the best selling R&B group of all time with over 60 million albums sold. Join Boyz II Men tonight at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora and rediscover why classic songs such as “End of the Road” and “Motownphilly” are unforgettable pop gems.

March 31: Saturday Night Live: The Experience—Located in the middle of downtown Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications explores the rich history of television and radio in America. Today is your last chance to visit their acclaimed exhibit, “Saturday Night Live: The Experience” which immersively archives the story of SNL with props, costumes, and sets that you can interact with. Also March 1-30.

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