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.
Art Institute of Chicago Welcomes Back "Whistler's Mother"
Through May 21
Examine the history and fame of "Whistler's Mother" with this focused installation featuring paintings, prints, drawings, posters, and other ephemera alongside the portrait itself-in Chicago for a limited time only. The presentation also explores Whistler's use of family members as subjects, his abstract treatment of conventional genres such as portraiture and landscape, and the arc of his professional ambition.
Hubbard Street's Season 39 Spring Series
March 16-19 //Start at $14
One of the first dance companies in the U.S. to perform work by global choreographer Nacho Duato, Hubbard Street Dance pays tribute to its two-decade relationship with the Spanish-born artist by reviving his plaintive, pastoral Jardí Tancat (1983), for three couples and set to Catalan music recorded by vocalist María del Mar Bonet i Verdaguer; and a duet from Multiplicity.
City Winery Chicago Introduces Domes On The Riverwalk
March 17-April 30 // $100-$150 Per Person
City Winery Chicago returns downtown on the Chicago Riverwalk and comes with a new preseason feature, three enclosed heated River Domes which offer couples and small groups private outdoor seating and shelter from winter elements while enjoying beautiful views of the river and downtown skyline. River Domes are available by reservation starting this St. Patrick's Day, March 17 through April 30, 2017 from 11:00am - 7:00pm daily. River Dome reservations last 90 minutes with prices varying from $150 per person for two to three guests, $125 per person for four to five guests and $100 per person for six guests.
Forever Green 42: Chicago's Largest St. Patrick's Day Party!
March 17 // $60
Celebrating its 42nd year, Forever Green has been a Chicago tradition for generations. Many of those who attend today still hear stories from their parents about when they attended years ago; some of whom met their loved one at Forever Green! Tickets include beer, wine, pop and entertainment throughout the night.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show Opening Weekend
March 18-26 // $5-$17
Get ready to join the 170th Chicago Flower & Garden Show that's all about inspiring, educating and motivating the next generation of gardeners. Whether in a backyard, kitchen or rooftop, this is where green lovers and families go to discover ideas while having fun. You can see new life-sized gardens and enjoy how-to workshops and instructional seminars that will give you a reason to enjoy the greener side of Chicago.
Good Food Festival & Marketplace
March 18 // FREE with online registration
Join discussions like Good Food Is Good Medicine and Sustainable Seafood, see three different farms featured on a bus tour, take the kids on the Good Food Scavenger Hunt and more during the Good Food Festival. Attendees can also shop for local foods at the Good Food Marketplace, learn from celebrity chef demonstrations with Rick Bayless, Rob Levitt and others, get lunch at the Good Food Court and much more.
Public House & Bar Siena Continues the St. Pat's Fun with Limited Green Goodies
Public House unveiled their March flavor, named the Patty Cake Shake ($14), incorporating Baileys Irish Cream, Rumple Minz, and then, of course, the Irish beer, Guinness, Public House has achieved the ultimate St. Patrick's Day flavor into one. They are also offering the Patty Cakes ($11), decorated with everyone's favorite childhood cereal, Lucky Charms topped off with marshmallows and a minty whipped cream to add to the "top of the morning" breakfast dish.
Matcha ($5), the green tea processed powder, has become a common trend among many and BomboBar has taken it upon themselves to combine the healthy ingredient with their house-made gelato. The Match Gelato is crunchie, due to the added wafer balls, and creamy confectionery can be ordered off the BomboBar menu either in-house at Bar Siena or at the BomboBar window, located on Green Street.
March Madness Roundup
Pizza Madness at Parlor Pizza Bar
Begins March 14
Parlor Pizza Bar is offering a great dining and drinking experience in an environment that is fun not too rowdy for fans to focus on the game. Parlor easily accommodates large groups with its spacious indoor and outdoor seating, large format cocktails and Parlor Pizza Packs, making group dining both easy and affordable. To make a reservation, fans can call (312) 600-6090.
WhirlyBall x Goose Island Beer Bracket
Begins March 14
WhirlyBall is partnering with Goose Island to offer a special beer promotion throughout the entire March Madness tournament. WhirlyBall will use their 60 TVs and 32 beers on tap to create a fun March Madness environment for any and all basketball fans to enjoy. After the first round of 64 teams play, WhirlyBall will assign each of their 32 draft lines to the remaining 32 colleges. WhirlyBall will offer $1 off select drafts throughout the tournament. Fans can follow their favorite beers and schools all the way to the Final Four.
AceBounce's Basket Case Promotion
AceBounce will celebrate the NCAA First & Second rounds with free ping-pong, lunch specials and all the basketball action on AceBounce's TVs (sound on). Chef Rick Gresh has created multiple lunch specials including: "The Bounce Burger" ($7), Vegetarian Taco Pizza ($7) and a Chicken Sandwich ($7) all available from 12pm-4pm. Basketball fans can enjoy The Basket Case promotion from 12pm-4pm. Games Gurus will also run mini-hoops games at the ping pong tables.
Plan ahead with our Ultimate Guide to Chicago Festivals, which breaks down the biggest events of 2017 by month.