5 Things to do this Weekend: March 8

We know it’s cold as ice in Chicago this weekend, but don’t let that stop you from attending some of the hottest events that the city has to offer.  From works of art to tasty treats, Chicago never stops putting on a great show, no matter the weather! 

Abracadabra! Presto Change-O! 

Part speakeasy and part magic theater, the Chicago Magic Lounge in Andersonville offers a variety of events. Their Signature Show begins with close-up magic performed at your cabaret table, followed by a stage show. Their Sunday Matinee is family-friendly with lots of audience participation that the kids will love. Food and drink available for purchase. 

Date: Ongoing 
Time: Fri & Sat 7:00PM and 10:00PM; Sun 3:00PM and 7:00PM 
Cost: From $55 
Location: Chicago Magic Lounge, 5050 N. Clark St, Chicago 
More Info: chicagomagiclounge.com

By the Romantic Glow of a Candle…

Surprise your significant other with a late-night Lovers Only Candle Making Class. Begin with a custom blending session to create your signature-scented, glow-in-the-dark candle as you enjoy light snacks with complimentary wine or an alcohol-free beverage. 

Date: Fridays & Saturdays 
Time: 9:00PM 
Cost: $150 per couple 
Location: Above Average Candle Studio North Park, 3414 W. Foster Ave, Chicago 
More Info: aboveaveragecandlestudionorthpark.com 

Celebrate Young Dancers 

Presented by the Chicago City Theater Company and Joel Hall Dancers, the “Flavors Festival of Youth Dance” showcases the passions and talents of Chicago’s emerging young dancers. Companies from across the city will come together for this one-time-only shared performance. 

Date: March 10 
Time: 3:00PM 
Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door 
Location: Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St, Chicago 
More Info: logancenter.uchicago.edu 

Native American Photo Exhibit 

Showcasing the works of nine Native artists, “North America: In Translation” probes the fraught history of photography in representing Indigenous populations. By reclaiming complex personal and collective narratives, these artists pose challenging questions about land rights, identity, and the legacy of violence toward Native people. 

Date: Through May 12 
Time: Fri & Sat 10:00AM to 5:00PM; Sun 12:00PM to 5:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago 
More Info: mocp.org

The Bard in 75 Minutes 

Short Shakespeare is back at Navy Pier! Against a backdrop of violence and vengeance, Shakespeare weaves a compelling story of young love found – and tragically lost. This 75-minute adaptation combines Shakespeare’s original verse with dynamic staging and a bold 1980’s setting that will engage younger audience members, ages 10 and up.

Date: March 9 
Time: 11:00AM 
Cost: Adults $42; Students 18 & Under $26
Location: Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave, Chicago 
More Info: chicagoshakes.com 

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