The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and the temperature is (starting to) warm up. And after a long winter at home, we’re all looking for a reason to get out of the house for a little while. Luckily, we’ve got more than 50 reasons — cool museum exhibits, It’s time to shake off that cabin fever, mask up, and check out there top things to do in Chicago this month.

Chicago Restaurant Week (March 19 – April 4)

Free Chicago Greeter tours (starts March 1)

Free admission at Chicago History Museum (March 4)

Shoreline Sightseeing cruises (various dates)

Lincoln Park Zoo reopening celebration (March 6)

Chicago Theatre Week (through March 7)

Virtual Polar Plunge (March 1 – 7)

Badass Women of History Virtual Tour (various dates)

Mandela: Struggle for Freedom virtual tour (March 3, 14, 17, 22)

Photo by Neil Burger

A Night in Spain at the Chopping Block (March 6)

Music Box at Home (various dates)

Café y Compras: Women’s History Month Edition from the National Museum of Mexican Art (March 6)

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at the Museum of Science and Industry (opens March 7)

Center Sunday at Hyde Park Art Center (March 7)

Bicycle Film Festival Chicago (through March 7)

Group bike tour
Biking in Lincoln Park

Free Illinois resident day at Field Museum (March 8, 11, and 15)

CAC Live: Health Buildings and the Workplace (March 16)

Yotam Ottolenghi and Claire Saffitz at Chicago Humanities Festival (March 17)

Nom Nom: 40 Years of Pac-Man Design and History (various dates)

International Women’s Day Celebration with KOVAL & Vosges (March 8)

Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago and the Civil War (March 10)

Reckless world premiere by Ballet 5:8 (March 13)

A couple cooks a meal at The Chopping Block
The Chopping Block

Bikes, Bites & Brews tours (various dates)

An Evening in New Orleans at the Chopping Block (March 13)

Mandala Makers Festival (March 5 – 26)

Ice skating at Maggie Daley Park (through March 7)

Historic tours of the Auditorium Theatre (March 11 and 22)

Andersonville Restaurant Week (all month long)

Monica and Rachel's Kitchen 2. Photo credit Justin Barbin.
The FRIENDS Experience, photo by Justin Barbin

Spring Flower Show: Saturation at Garfield Park Conservatory (select dates)

Little Theatre in the Second City by Newberry Library (March 16)

Virtual pizza workshop from Eataly Chicago (March 17)

The FRIENDS Experience (opens March 17)

Intelligentsia Home Brew Class (March 18)

Virtual Urban History Seminar with Chicago History Museum (March 18)

Jarred pickles for sale at a local Chicago farmers market
Green City Farmers Market

Bank of America Virtual Shamrock Shuffle (March 19 – 21)

Dog admission day at Morton Arboretum (March 21)

Magical Music Around the World from Lyric Opera (March 21)

Nocturnal Night at North Park Village Nature Center (March 26)

The Long Dream at the Museum of Contemporary Art (select dates)

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago (select dates)

Monet and Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago (select dates)

Steppenwolf NOW (various dates)

Comedy Sportz

The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral by the Neo-Futurists (various dates)

Hideout Online (various dates)

Live comedy shows at Zanies Chicago (various dates)

RPM Wine School (various dates)

Virtual Filmmaker Sessions from Gene Siskel Film Center (various dates)

Virtual Green City Farmers Market (various dates)

Bechdel Fest 8: Realign from Broken Nose Theatre (all month long)

Virtual Chicago Cultural Center Tours (various dates)

The Magic Parlour at Home (various dates)

ComedySportz Chicago: Virtually Live! (various dates)

Virtual Shark Feeding from Shedd Aquarium (various dates)

Joffrey Ballet studio series (various dates)

Virtual Author Talks at the American Writers Museum (various dates)