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 to make weekend plans.
River & Architectural Boat Tours Season Kick-Off:
Cruise Season Now Open
Now in its 83rd season, Wendella is back and has filled up their weekend lineup with two offerings: the Signature Lake & River Tours and Chicago's Original Architecture Tour.
Chicago Line Cruises
Join Chicago Line Cruises for a 90-minute Architectural Tour for a "jaw-dropping excursion" through Chicago. Not only that, Chicago Line is also offering history, cocktail and fireworks cruises for an exciting way to experience Chicago.
Season Starts March 24 // $22-$43
Seadog Lake Architecture Tours
Season Starts March 25 // $21.95-36.95
Enjoy this 75-minute cruise on an exciting speedboat ride along the lakefront featuring views of Chicago including Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago Harbor, Chicago's Museum Campus and more!
"855 Peterson Drive" Presented by Alluvian Dance Chicago
March 23-24 // Adults $20 | Children $15
Alluvion Dance Chicago presents their second annual story show, 855 Peterson Drive. Following a girl and her journey for independence, the audience experiences love, loss, and the trials an individual goes through in order to have the life she's always imagined. The show can be seen at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theatre (3035 N. Hoyne Avenue) at 7:30 p.m.
Museum of Science and Industry's New Exhibit "Extreme Ice"
Opens March 23 // Museum Entry (Adult $16 | Child $9)
Extreme Ice reveals how climate change is dramatically altering the face of our planet. Featuring time-lapse footage and photography from renowned photographer James Balog, this powerful exhibit brings the story of the Earth's melting and retreating glaciers to life and gives a "visual voice" to our changing world.
+ MSI After Hours: Extreme Ice
March 24 // $30
MSI will also have an Extreme Ice after hours event for adults, ages 21 and up. Enjoy a night of cocktails, snacks, music and after-hours access to exhibits at MSI. It includes on-site parking in the Museum's convenient underground garage, light snacks, a complimentary cocktail, a special presentation from James Balog and access to many MSI exhibits.
Cooking Class at Read It & Eat: Indian Celebration
March 24 // $85
Read It & Eat wants you to add Indian cuisine to your cook book in Lincoln Park. You'll learn to build your own meals with luxurious leavened naan, cooling raita, and fabled saffron. Students will also learn recipes and techniques for classics like Shrimp Curry, Buttered Naan, Cucumber Raita, Saffron Pulao (pilaf) with Peas, Iced Chai
Lyric Unlimited Presents "Charlie Parker's Yardbird" at Harris Theater
March 24-26 // Start at $45
Jazzman Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons, and women who fueled his creative genius. This freeform expedition into the mind, heart, and personal purgatory of the bebop great stars Lawrence Brownlee as the legendary saxophonist — a role crafted around the effortless, improvisational style that makes him one of music's most sought-after tenors.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
March 22-26 //$33 and up
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's performances at the Auditorium Theatre have been an annual Chicago tradition for 47 years. Experience the magic and power of this diverse company led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, in a repertory that blends ballet, modern dance, jazz, and African dance techniques. See exquisite new works as well as Revelations, a cultural treasure beloved by generations of fans.
"Liaison" Presented by Chicago Tap Theatre
March 25 // $23-$37
Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) presents Liaison, an international exploration of tap dance featuring three of the most critically acclaimed companies from Europe and the United States for one performance only!
More weekend picks to mention... Randolph Street Market Festival, Neighborhoods of the World at Navy Pier (FREE!) and starting Monday, the Chicago Improv Festival. Plan even further ahead with our 2017 Chicago Festivals Guide.