This weekend, Chicago becomes the Emerald City. Or at least, the St. Patrick's Day-green tinted city! Citywide celebrations ensue to raise a glass and honor traditions. But because we're the city that works hard and plays hard, we've got a lot more going on this weekend for you to check out than green rivers and parades (although we do love our green river). This is your Weekend Alert. 

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations! (3/15-16)

St Patricks Day Parade

Chicago's famed St. Patrick's Day Weekend is finally here! This is a citywide celebration of all things Irish: whether it means honoring your heritage, or sporting your green get-up and dubbing yourself Irish for the day, the city comes together in celebration and in beer pint-clinking. Be on the lookout for a guide to the weekend and where to find the best St. Patrick's Day parties, deals and boat rides tomorrow morning, and don't forget some of the major city highlights:

  • Dyeing of the Chicago River: 9:30AM (3/15)
  • Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade: 12PM (3/15)
  • South Side Irish Parade: 12PM (3/16)
  • North Side Irish Parade: 12PM (3/16)

Hubbard Street Dance Spring Series 2014 (3/13-16) 

Hubbard Street Dance

The Hubbard Street company kicks off its Spring Series this weekend with four moving works. Performing at the Harris Theatre, the Hubbard Street company will be showcasing their renditions of Sarabande, Falling Angels, Drumming. 27'52", and Petite Mort. Catch the Spring Series tonight, Friday and Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon!

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (3/14-16) 

Cloud gate dance taiwan

This weekend, treat your senses to the visually stunning and powerfully moving Cloud Gate Dance Theatre performance of Songs of Wanderers. Designed in reverence to Herman Hesse's account of Siddhartha's quest for enlightenment, the show promises to be unlike anything performance you've seen: and be on the look out for three and a half tons of shimmering golden rice that may be showering down on the stage throughout the piece.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show (3/15-23)

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Looking to be inspired, and reminded that gardening season is just around the corner? The Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier comes at the perfect time each year to do just that! The show is a visually shopping trip to inspire gardens, patios, and green spaces of all shapes and sizes for urban and suburban homes alike. Stroll through the gallery of professional and amateur flower photography, look on as the Garden Gourmet chefs prepare garden delights into delicious meals, or just walk amongst the flowers - this show will have you whistling a spring tune on your way out.

Good Food Festvial (3/15)

Good Food Fest

The Good Food Festival is just that: a festival celebrating good, local food. Who can't get on board with that? The Good Food Movement holds their conference this weekend, and is dedicating Saturday's festivals to enjoying the goodness of food! Think chef demonstrations, artisan and farmer exhibitors, and even a class to teach you to brew good beer: this festival really should come around more often.