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.
The Chicago Beer Festival
March 4 // $45-$55
The Chicago Beer Festival will take over The Field Museum on Saturday, March 4. The event will feature over 70 breweries, sampling their spring seasonal beers, plus music, food, and a select number of the museum's exhibits open to attendees. VIP admission is $55 and general admission is $45. VIP admission will include early entry at 7pm and specialty beers poured during the first hour for VIP attendees. Admission includes beer samplings with food sold separately. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
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Windy City BREWHAHA
March 4 // $52
Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur or a novice, this event can educate or expand your beer knowledge and taste palate. Come celebrate the history and future of beer with classic tastes and new brews. The event takes place at Revel Fulton Market in Chicago. Drink up!
Chicago's Best WingFest
March 5 // $50-$100
Head to the UIC Pavilion (525 S Racine Ave.) to taste some of the best Chicagoland wing-slingin' restaurants to help raise funding for local and national charities, and have a blast doing it. Each year, restaurants have the added benefit of competing for the title of "Best of Fest."
Chicago Philharmonic + Visceral Dance Chicago
March 5 // $25-$75 | Students $10
The Chicago Philharmonic joins forces with Visceral Dance Chicago and award-winning choreographer Nick Pupillo for one performance only. Music, dance, and literature converge in this dazzling, theatrical reimagining of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's story, "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man." Musical masterpieces of Dmitri Shostakovich, Osvaldo Golijov, and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood are highlights in this remarkable collaboration.
Approximate run time: 1 hour and 15 minutes. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
Chicago Polar Plunge
March 5 // FREE
Think you're fun? Take the test and jump in the lake for Special Olympics Chicago! Whether you go knee high, waist high or take the full plunge, all are welcome to join us! Free round trip bus for groups of 20 or more so recruit your friends. All are invited to to post event "Melt Down Party" which takes place inside the boat house. Music, food, cash bar and more!
The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden
Through March 26 // $8-$12
This year, at one of the biggest flower shows of the year, take a playful look at how orchids have influenced and continue to inspire popular culture at Chicago Botanic Garden. Bring your camera and come see the striking Phalaenopsis ‘V3' orchid — it's rarely on display at botanic gardens. You also won't want to miss the Garden's own creations at the Orchid Show, including a 15-foot tall Vanda "wind chime."
Final Weekend for Ice Skating
Through March 6 // FREE Admission
It's the closing weekend for both the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park (final day: March 5) and Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon (final day: March 6). Both rinks put you in the center of Chicago's downtown Loop where there's much to see. Admission is free, but skate rentals range from $12-$14.
For more to do, join the party for Chicago's 180th birthday! Take a day to explore Chicago neighborhoods , score Chicago sightseeing deals or plan ahead with our Ultimate Guide to Chicago Festivals, which breaks down the biggest events of 2017 by month.