The arrival of March means that drug stores are filled with green junk and St. Patrick's Day celebrations are imminent. 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. Start planning your month with our March 2016 events calendar for Chicago.
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Featured events in March 2016
More than 200 vendors hawk their antique housewares, furniture, ephemera, clothing and more at this indoor-outdoor festival. Stop in for vintage clothes and jewelry, a vinyl swap meet, a fancy food market and global goods bazaar or bring your own items for appraisal. This event typically occurs on the last weekend of each month. During the warm-weather months of May–September, the market adds an outdoor area, offering even more vintage shopping and a beer garden.Read more
Art in March 2016
During the last decade of his career, 17th century painter Anthony van Dyck began working on a printmaking project that encompassed more than 100 portraits of famous figures of the era. The Art Institute bought a complete collection of the prints in 1927, but this show marks its first public exhibition, displayed alongside prints by other notable portrait artists, including Rembrandt and Chuck Close.Read more
Theater in March 2016
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.Read more