The Chicago Blackhawks

The Spring Equinox is quickly approaching, so use your last weekends of winter wisely. Just around the corner with have an orchestral ode to Alfred Hitchcock, a South Side Irish spectacle and, apparently, some hockey team called the Blackhawks are pretty good. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, kick it with us.

Hitchcock at the Movies: A Symphonic Celebration (3/8)

As part of the CGI generation, I probably don't appreciate the film noir style and gallows humour of legendary filmmakers the way I should. But cool soundtracks are timeless and nobody dropped a suspense-laden beat like Alfred Hitchcock. Nobody. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is performing some of the masterpieces from North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train and Dial M for Murder.

P!nk at the United Center (3/9)

The bob-headed hybrid of Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson has dominated the pop charts for more than a decade and she's bring her knack for driving hooks and unapologetic defiance to the United Center. Even if your pop princess allegiance goes to Rihanna or Taylor Swift, you'll appreciate the live performance hijinks of P!nk, who, for whatever reason, has gotten really into acrobatics. Basically, if you want to watch the world's prettiest troublemaker do aerial flips from the stadium rafters (and let's face it, who doesn't?), this is the show for you.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers (3/10)

24 games in and the Hawks still haven't lost a regulation game, the most dominating start to a season in NHL history. In fact, it's been 321 days since Patrick Kane and the boys have caught an ‘L' after three periods of play. From fringe sport novelty to Chicago's team in less than three years, the Hawks' streak has become national news and we're going to root it on while it lasts.

South Side Irish Parade (3/10)

With the exception of Dublin, maybe, no city celebrates St. Patrick's Day with the unadulterated fervor of Chicago. In March, this city becomes a Gumby colored ode to the Irish patron saint and the festivities begin this weekend with the South Side Irish Parade. After a short hiatus, the procession was reimagined last year and, in 2013, is now a much more family-friendly event. The Beverley neighborhood loves the kids.

Chicago Flower and Garden Show (3/9-3/17)

The city's annual sonnet to digging in the dirt is back with a week-long show at Navy Pier devoted to bulb basics and flower fundamentals. While my roommate would probably take exception to my turning our dining room into an organic vegetable garden, I think it's worth the conversation. So, I'm walking into the Chicago Flower and Garden Show with an inquisitive mind and walking out with a truck bed full of soil, a case of seeds and a persuasive case for home-grown turnips.

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