March 2015 events calendar for Chicago

Plan out your March 2015 in Chicago with our calendar of the best things to do, including picks from theater, art and music

Photograph: Sara Mays
March 2014 events calendar: The South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the annual highlights of the March calendar.

Chicago has no dearth of options when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick's Day. There's the South Side Irish Parade, the Northwest Side Irish Parade, the St. Patrick's Day Fest at the Irish American Heritage Center and, of course, the St. Paddy's festivities in the Loop, with the ritual dyeing of the Chicago River. But proving there's more to March than just kelly green plastic hats and Guinness, the Chiditarod shopping cart race kicks off the month, and signs of spring pop up at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Orchid Show.

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Things to do in March

Fabitat

Critics' pick

This all-inclusive LGBTQ night at Double Door's Door No. 3 features live music, drag performances and DJ sets. It's one of the most promising new alt-queer party outposts in town.

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Wednesday January 14 2015 - Wednesday July 8 2015 Free

The Lincoln Lodge

Critics' pick

Having relocated to Subterranean after the loss of its longtime space in the now-closed Lincoln Restaurant, the country's longest continuously operating home for alt comedy continues to be a fine place to see emerging stand-ups.

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Friday December 19 2014 - Friday December 25 2015 Free

Whirled News Tonight

Critics' pick

This weekly winner deserves its prime-time slot. Scenes are based on articles that audience members clip from the dailies and post to the wall.

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Saturday December 20 2014 - Saturday May 30 2015

Off Chances

Critics' pick

If you like your gays in skinny jeans, queer heaven awaits at this offshoot of Chances Dances, with the same inclusive spirit as its sib but a more conversational vibe.

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Danny's Tavern, Bucktown Tuesday January 13 2015 - Tuesday June 9 2015 Free

1LLUM1NAUGHT¥: The Queer Dance Conspiracy

Critics' pick

Party promoters the Lesbifriends Cartel invade Boystown for this monthly queer co-ed dance-off, with beats from DJs Allthewaykay and Swaguerrilla.

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Progress Bar, Boystown Until Thursday March 5 2015 Free

Chances Dances at the Hideout

Critics' pick

It's a night of out-of-the-way gay as the influential, inclusive queer dance party branches out to the Hideout for more sweaty and ecstatic good times.

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Hideout, Noble Square Saturday January 3 2015 - Saturday June 6 2015

FKA

Critics' pick

We don't know if they're painting smiles on people's faces at the door or if they're mixing something into the booze, but everyone seems to be in a good mood at this energetic and inclusive queer party that's been going strong for several years now. Beginning in December 2014, FKA moves to the second Friday of every month. It's worth getting there early, or else risk getting stuck in a line running down the block.

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Big Chicks, Uptown Friday January 9 2015 - Friday December 11 2015 Free

The Armando Diaz Experiment

Critics' pick

For more 10 years and counting this, Chicago's longest-running comedy show, has been making bellies ache with laughter. It's a simple concept: one performer takes a suggestion from the audience and from that, delivers a monologue based on something they've experienced. Then, the rest of the improv ensemble engages in a series of scenes inspired by their story. The Armando cast features some of iO's most accomplished players and is frequent host of guest performers.

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Monday December 22 2014 - Monday June 1 2015

Chicago Underground Comedy

Critics' pick

This outstanding night of comedy takes in four to five comics each week. Keep your eye on some of these folks: they're going places.

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Beat Kitchen, Roscoe Village Tuesday December 23 2014 - Tuesday December 29 2015

Comedians You Should Know

Critics' pick

This weekly night of comedy, curated by a group of funny dudes, puts local stand-ups on your radar.

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Timothy O'Toole's, Chicago Wednesday December 24 2014 - Wednesday December 30 2015

Ice Skating at Parson's Chicken & Fish

Critics' pick

This winter, you can finally combine your love of ice skating and fried chicken at Parson's newly opened ice skating rink. The sheet of ice resides in Parson's patio, an area of the Logan Square restaurant that goes largely unused once the temperatures drop below freezing. The rink holds 30 people and admission is $5 per person—skates will also be available to rent for an additional fee. After you finish pirouetting across the ice, warm up with a beverage or some crispy poultry.

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Parson's Chicken & Fish, Logan Square Friday December 19 2014 - Sunday March 1 2015

Chicago Polar Plunge

Critics' pick

If they did it just for kicks, we'd agree these plungers were a little crazy for wearing next to nothing and jumping into icy Lake Michigan during March's freezing temps. But they're taking a dip to raise money for the Special Olympics Chicago, too. Last year, Mayor Rahm and Jimmy Fallon showed up for the chilly festivities—perhaps this year Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Mr. Freeze?

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Sunday March 1 2015 Free

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Critics' pick

Running continuously since 1988, the Neo-Futurists' signature show has become a rite of passage for adventurous theatergoers in Chicago. The writer-performers' attempt to stage 30 mini plays in 60 minutes is controlled chaos of the best kind, and with the ensemble members performing as themselves and new plays in the rotation every week, it's routinely the most topical show in town.

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Neo-Futurarium, Andersonville Friday December 19 2014 - Sunday December 27 2015

Chances Dances

Critics' pick

Accept no substitutes. This mega-inclusive party kicked off a renaissance in indie queer nightlife and is still thriving nearly a decade later. Always free, always fun.

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Monday January 19 2015 - Monday July 20 2015 Free

Handmade Market Chicago

Critics' pick

Handmade Market Chicago returns to beloved Ukie Village club The Empty Bottle for an October–April market. More than 30 sellers will ply their homemade arts and crafts for this monthly celebration of the local and artisanal.

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Saturday March 14 2015 Free

TV on the Radio

Critics' pick

Somehow TVOTR sound reenergized with every new album—and this is resoundingly evident in the band's sixth record. Seeds plays as a breakup album and folds equal parts playfulness and ah-fuckit despair into its mix. It's also the group's first outing without bassist Gerard Smith, who died in 2011, and feels like a courageous step into a future where nothing is guaranteed.

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Monday March 23 2015

Beyond the Aria

Critics' pick

The Lyric offers an intimate take on the opera with its Beyond the Aria series. At each outing, three singers will perform "cabaret style" in minimal accoutrements. Get up close and small with some of the company's biggest voices. In January, Jamie Barton (mezzo), Bryan Hymel (tenor) and Anthony Clark Evens (baritone) belt it out. In March, Amber Wagner (sopranos), Brandon Jovanovich (tenor) and Will Liverman (baritone) show off their pipes.

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Tuesday March 10 2015

Maroon 5 + Magic!

Critics' pick

Adam Levine, the blond guy from Nebraska and the rest of Maroon 5 return with what is increasingly starting to sound like Levine's solo vehicle. The Californians' fifth album, V, utilizes the entire Malibu and Stockholm phone books in its credits. Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Shellback, Stargate, Sia Fuller, Dr. Luke and at least a dozen others polish and tweak the sleek radio cuts that obscure guitar and lean disco. In fact, when they go full Bee Gees on "Feelings" the guys find the perfect vehicle for Levine's oboe-like falsetto. Canadian cruise-ship reggae act Magic! opens.

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United Center, Near West Side Thursday March 19 2015

Benjamin Booker

Critics' pick

A 22-year-old with an opening slot on Jack White's tour under his belt, Booker melds blues-rock formalism with joyous garage rock rambunctiousness, like the Mississippi Delta gone Strokes. The New Orleans–based newcomer howls and sneers while maining a smile on his eponymous debut. He is the rare act that can dazzle fans of both Clapton and Ty Segall.

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Saturday March 28 2015

Ariana Grande

Critics' pick

Ariana Grande, pop music's latest superstar diva, headlines the Allstate Arena behind her hit second album, My Everything, a show for which the former Nickelodeon TV star surely won't have a "Problem" selling tickets as she continues to "Break Free" of her child performer image. [Stop us before we kill again.] English R&B act Rixton opens.

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Allstate Arena, Rosemont Tuesday March 3 2015

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