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Weekend Alert March 24-26: Boat Tours Have Begun! + New Exhibit At MSI, an Indian Cooking Class, Dance, Tap and a Chamber Opera

Wendella Sightseeing Boats

Are you ready to take advantage of your weekend in Chicago? Here's our list of weekend events and shows to top your itinerary. Check out the new exhibit Extreme Ice at the Museum of Science and Industry (there's many more blockbuster exhibits here now and coming soon to Chicago). The Chicago Flower and Garden Show finishes out its second weekend (and is one of four flower shows kicking off spring). Another sure sign of the season? River boat tours are back for sightseeing cruises! It's time


Weekend Alert March 17-19: March Madness Deals, a Food Fest, a Flower Show + Heated Domes On The Riverwalk

City Winery

The weekend is here and it's nothing short of a great time. Have you created your NCAA March Madness bracket?? We're sure you have. Now get ready to watch all the action at one of the many Chicago restaurants and bars offering promotions for the tournament. Not only that, we've got heated outdoor (!) domes at City Winery Riverwalk, more St. Patrick's Day events, art and dance showcases and much more. It's time to make weekend plans with our Chicago guide.


Weekend Alert March 10-12: St. Patrick's Day Fun + Musical Seesaws at Navy Pier + Where to Find the Cubs World Series Trophy

Impulse at Navy Pier

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, we're kicking things off this weekend with some amazing events to celebrate! Not only are there must-see Chicago St. Patrick's Day events with Chicago Riverwalk festivities like the parade & river dye, but Navy Pier opens a new public activated light and sound experience that will have you pulling your cameras out. Don't forget to tag #mychicagopix. Create your Chicago weekend itinerary with our guide!


St. Patrick's Day 2017 in Chicago: 8 Weekend Picks

St. Patrick's Day Chicago River Dyeing

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, and that means there are lots of fun (and mostly FREE) events in the city. Bookmark this list to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of these St. Patrick's Day holiday happenings starting tomorrow March 11 and throughout the weekend!


Weekend Alert March 3-5: Last Chance to Ice Skate, Craft Beer + Wing Fests, Rare Orchids and a Literature/Dance/Music Mashup Masterpiece

Millennium Park Ice Skating

Is it March already?? They say time flies when you're having fun and that's definitely the case in Chicago. This weekend continues to bring some great events that you can't miss. Check out a spectacular show of orchids, pig out on some of Chicago's best wings or taste classic and new brews at one of two booze festivals. Oh, and don't miss the final weekend of downtown ice skating. Make your weekend plans for Chicago here with these seven top picks.


3 One-of-a-Kind Magic Shows You Won't Want to Miss: Brett Schneider's Communion, The Naked Magicians & The Magic Parlour

The Magic Parlour

Chicago has always been a magical city: During the Golden Age of Magic—from 1890 to 1930—the city brimmed with magicians. They performed their acts in vaudeville theaters, shops and taverns and even on street corners. In 1893, magicians from near and far, including Harry Houdini, traveled to Chicago to make their mark at the World's Columbian Exposition. If you're looking to add a little magic to your life these days, check out three one-of-a-kind magic shows in Chicago.


Weekend Alert February 24-26: New Pop-Up Bar, Vintage Fashion Show + Antique Market, Mardi Gras Party and a Beer Fest

Emporium Arcade Bar

Looking for the top events in Chicago this weekend? Well you're in the right place. Whether you're looking for booze fests, a place to shop, arcade bar or all of the above, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. Be one of the first to check out the opening of The Backroom pop-up bar at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel this Saturday. Or explore Northerly Island Park during Polar Adventure Days. It's time to make weekend plans. 

Feel the Rhythm at the 15th Annual Chicago Flamenco Festival: February 24–March 25

Chicago Flamenco Festival

Forget about the winter chill and warm up with the fiery passion of flamenco music and dance during the 15th annual Chicago Flamenco Festival at Instituto Cervantes. The five-week-long event kicks off February 24 and showcases the intricacies of this vibrant Spanish art form with an array of international flamenco artists rarely witnessed in the United States. Don't miss these highlights:


Weekend Alert February 17-19: Get Outside! 3 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors + 2 Operas + 1 Tasty Taco Showdown

Chicago Architecture Tour Shoreline Sightseeing

Are you ready to take advantage of the warmth in Chicago this weekend? We've got a great roundup of events and outdoor activities (how about a cruise... in Chicago... in February?!). Score a deal and see highly-anticipated plays to round out Chicago Theatre Week, watch a new-to-Chicago production of Carmen, or chow down on tacos from some of the best chefs. Not only that, see how you can celebrate National Engineers Week at a free annual festival. It's time to make weekend plans —


Celebrate Black History Month in Chicago with Free Art & Music

South Side Community Art Center Chicago

February in Chicago always brings a host of cultural selections, and the choices are even richer to honor Black History Month. Most of the city's museums, libraries and theaters showcase aspects of black culture for the month with engaging events. From galleries to orchestras, enjoy the legacy of black creativity with these upcoming highlights.


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