River View

Happy almost-weekend, Chicago - and happy first day of Spring! The city is springing into the season by welcoming back the MLS soccer season, joining in on some Lincoln Park Zoo adventures, raising a beer to toast the spring, and much more. Find out how you can get in on the official-springtime action this weekend in Chicago with your Weekend Alert.

Morning Safari & Breakfast with Apes at LPZ (3/22-23)

Lincoln Park Zoo

This weekend, the Lincoln Park Zoo is the place to be. Ever wanted to spend a morning with the LPZ apes? You got it. Are you ready for an escape to warmer tropics for a safari? It's going down. Check out both of these fun events at LPZ this weekend, and ring in spring this year with your fellow primates! 

Chicago Beer Fest (3/22)

Beer - Pour

The Chicago Beer Festival is back - and with a quite a beer (and cider!) selection. With Dozens of domestic and international breweries represented, your $40 entrance fee will quickly make up for itself. And as it is the first official day of spring today, why not sample some of the spring seasonl beers in tow? 

Aladdin Ballet (3/22-23)


Experience the story of Aladdin like you never have before!  The Houston Ballet brings their unique production of this favorite tale for their debut on the Auditorium's Landmark Stage. If you thought you loved the cartoon, wait until you see the stiking production of the ballet. 

Chicago Fire Home Opener vs. the New York Red Bulls (3/23)

Chicago Fire Soccer

The boys are back in town. Catch the Chicago Fire in their home opener for the season gainst the New York Red Bulls. We're looking at some warmer temperatures this weekend, so head down to Toyota Park, and enjoy the return of the MLS to Chicago this season. Go Fire!

Story Week at the Cultural Center (3/16-23)

Cultural Center

Kicked off last Sunday and running through tomorrow, Columbia College Chicago's 18th annual Story Week festival celebrates writers of all walks of literature: screenwriting, novel writing, urban storytelling. Celebrated a venues across Chicago (such as Martyrs'. Humboldt Park Fieldhouse, Metro and Chicago Cultural Center), this festival is a chance to get in on the conversation about writing today. Find a full calendar of events here