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Published March 1, 2024

What's Happening in Chicago This Month

Explore Chi-Town's new and noteworthy events this March. 馃寛

by Chicago Bucket List

Looking for something fun to do in Chicago? So are we鈥攊t's kind of what we do here. Lucky for you, we took the work out of planning and searching through the depths of the internet and put together a handy event calendar of all the best happenings going on in the city this month.

Whether you're looking for a dinner out, live music, a new Sunday brunch spot, or a museum to explore, we've got you covered. Check out our top picks for the best things to do in Chicago, and make sure to bookmark the page and circle back鈥攚e update the list every month!

P.S. Check out our guide to the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago for a roundup of parties, bar crawls, green river cruises, and more!

20+ Fun Things to Do in Chicago This March

Food & Drink Experiences

Now Open: La Grande Boucherie of NYC fame opened its first Chicago outpost last month. The French brasserie serves elevated French fare from Escargots to Steak au Poivre in an elegant two-tiered Art Nouveau space.

Now Open: From the chef behind El Che comes Brasero, a new Latin fine dining spot focusing on wood-fire cooking, with seafood options and creative cocktails.

Now Open: Pasta Fasta is Chicago's newest destination for fast-casual pasta. The European chain opened its first US location in Lincoln Park, where you can mix and match pasta and sauce options and take it all to go.

March 3 & 10: Sammies & Jammies is the most fun brunch you can have鈥攁nd you don't even need to change out of your PJs! Tickets include a breakfast sandwich, unlimited mimosas, and a chance to spin the 'win something free wheel.'

March 6: The Great Beer Hunt features teams of 2 racing to identify mystery brews using taste, sight, smell, and clues across multiple rounds, with prizes for winners and unlimited beer tasting for 2.5 hours

Wednesdays: Indulge in some of Chicago's best oysters at Lost Reef for a Boozy Oyster Happy Hour. Ticket includes a dozen oysters and a bottle of red/white or bubbles for you and a friend to split.

Wednesdays鈥揝undays: Make themed "potion" cocktails at The Cauldron, a wizard-themed bar and restaurant inside an old bank with an iconic vault. Tickets include a welcome shot and drink.

All Month: Experience the ultimate Pizza-Making Class at Napolita Pizzeria and Wine Bar, with complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers!

All Month: Check out a magical hot chocolate-making experience with working magic wands, cast iron cauldrons, locked wizard chests full of toppings, and more.


Activities & Events

Find this month's St. Paddy's Day Celebrations here. Find everything else happening this month below:

March 1-9: The first-ever Synth Fest is coming to Marz Community Brewing Co., showcasing Chicagoland鈥檚 amazing and diverse electronic music scene! Stop by for free live performances, brews, and a flea market.

March 3: Chicago's Annual Polar Plunge is back for its 24th year! Brave the water yourself, or be a supportive onlooker! Funds raised will help us support Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children鈥檚 Charities programs.

March 3 & 4: Kick off the spring season with Morton Arboretum's Firefly Race Series. Choose from an evening 3K on March 3 or a morning 10K on March 4!

March 6, 13 & 27: Gather the crew and play WhirlyBall and Laser Tag every Wednesday night from 7-9pm! Tickets include one drink.

March 7: Get 47% off tickets to see Juanes on his North American Tour at the Chicago Theatre! Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.

March 7 & 28: Enjoy close-up magic and illusions from some of Chicago's top magicians at Bamboozled, a magic show featuring a back-to-back duo of top talent. P.S. A full spirits menu is available for attendees!

March 10: Offshore Rooftop is hosting Wellness on the Water series! Join a group fitness class (this month's class focuses on mobility, body awareness, and strength training) and follow it up with brunch!

March 13: Get creative at Arts + Carafes, a boozy art class at Paradise Park where you can decorate a fake cake while enjoying bottomless house red, white, and ros茅 wine.

March 16: Attend an epic bingo rave show at Recess with dance-offs, rave rounds, lip sync battles, throwback anthems, confetti showers, CO2 cannons, and massive prizes like international trips and cars!

March 23 & 24: Take a Couples Spray Paint Workshop with your person, and take home a custom art piece. All supplies are provided, and there's a complimentary open bar!

Wednesdays鈥揝undays: Charm'd, Chicago鈥檚 first magical Irish pop-up, is back for the 2024 season with enchanting, over-the-top, wall-to-wall Irish d茅cor, lucky charms, social photo-ops, and a whole lot of leprechaun mischief!

Every Tuesday: Treat yourself to a live jazz happy hour inside a hidden speakeasy at Dorian's.

All Month: See live comedy from some of the best standup comedians in the biz every night at Laugh Factory. The lineup delivers something for every taste and style of comedy!


Art, Culture & Museums

March 1鈥3: Don鈥檛 miss the 25th anniversary of Chicago's Irish Film Festival with the best independent films by Irish filmmakers celebrating diversity and creativity through short, documentary and feature films.

March 18鈥22: The Chicago Botanic Garden offers free admission for Illinois residents on select days this month! Pre-registration is required.

Wednesdays: Discover the wonders of history, culture, and natural science during Free Admission Days at the Field Museum.

Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays: See world-renowned art for free during The Art Institute of Chicago's free entrance days for Illinois residents during the winter months (through March 22). Valid ID required.


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