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March 2016 events calendar for Chicago

Plan out your March 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.

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

Randolph Street Market Festival


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.

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Beaux Arts Plumbers Union Hall Building , West Loop Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday December 11 2016

Theater in March 2016

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind


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 , Uptown Friday October 28 2016 - Sunday January 1 2017