8 Things to do in the City & North Shore: March 15

Enjoy the spring season with new experiences to make your days brighter! From outdoor activities like nature walks and festivals, to exploring new areas and shops, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a round-up of five activities this weekend that we think you will love to kick off the spring season!

The Sap is Running! 

Celebrate the coming of spring at the Maple Syrup Festival in Northbrook! There will be a variety of fun, family-friendly activities, including crafts, games, tree tapping and a chance to learn about the history of maple syrup. Oh, and of course, syrup samples to taste!

Date: March 17 
Time: 11:00AM to 3:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook 
More Info: fpdcc.com 

Irish Folk Music: Chicago Style 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Chicago-based acoustic band One of the Girls. Their high-energy sets feature 3-part harmonies, excellent musicianship, and a variety of tunes from rousing drinking songs to cry-in-your-Guinness ballads. 

Date: March 17 
Time: 1:00PM (Doors open at 12:30PM) 
Cost: $12 to $22 
Location: Space, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston 
More Info: evanstonspace.com 

Great Green Egg Hunt  

What happens when a mischievous leprechaun decides to infiltrate the annual springtime egg hunt? Well, it’s up to kids 8-years-and-under to solve the mystery, searching for both the leprechaun and the eggs! 

Date: March 15 
Time: 5:00PM 
Cost: $10; $5 for Glencoe residents 
Location: Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd, Glencoe 
More Info: glencoeparkdistrict.com 

Latin Flavors. Latin Rhythms.

Enjoy dinner and dancing at this fun culinary event. Make some Tapas-inspired dishes while you hang out, mix & mingle, and learn to Salsa with an engaging dance instructor. Admission includes cooking, dance lesson, and dinner. 

Date: March 15 
Time: 7:00PM 
Cost: $89 
Location: Get in the Kitchen!, 3617 N. Broadway, Chicago 
More Info: getmeinthekitchen.com 

Remember the Opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Thrill to a night of inspiring music as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, with its unforgettable opening strains popularized in Stanley Kubrick’s epic 1968 film. This concert of otherworldly pieces also includes Bartók’s pantomime ballet, The Miraculous Mandarin.

Date: March 14-16 
Time: Thu 7:30PM; Fri 1:30; Sat 7:30 
Cost: $49-$250 
Location: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago 
More Info: cso.org 

A Greek Tragedy: Updated 

Orpheus is no longer content just venturing to the Underworld to bring back Eurydice after her untimely death. Now he’s in search of a party with food, drink, music… and a disco ball! A modern update on the ancient classics, “Party at the Pantheon: A Modern Greek Stoner Comedy” is still a universal story about love, loss, and friends.

Date: Through March 23 
Time: Thu, Fri, Sat 8:00PM; Sun 3:00PM 
Cost: $25 General Admission 
Location: The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St, Chicago 
More Info: thefactorytheater.com 

Celebrate Women in Dance 

Red Clay Dance Company, Chicago’s premier Afro-Contemporary dance company, is hosting its biennial celebration of women in dance. Presenting works created by women of the Black/African Diaspora, La Femme Dance Festival concludes with a full evening of performances, including the Chicago premiere of “Portraits in Red” by Paris-based choreographer Wanjiru Kamuyu. 

Date: March 16 
Time: 7:30PM 
Cost: $25 to $85 
Location: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St, Chicago 
More Info: harristheaterchicago.org 

The One-and-Only Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

Yes, it’s time once again for one of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades, with a history dating back to 1843. This year’s festivities begin with the dyeing of the Chicago River, a spectacle that was first done in 1962. The parade kicks off just after noon along Columbus Drive between Balbo and Monroe. 

Date: March 16 
Time: River Dyeing at 10:00 AM; Parade Starts at 12:15PM 
Cost: Free; VIP Grandstand Seating available for $65 
Location: From Balbo & Columbus Dr, heading north to Monroe St, Chicago 
More Info: chicagostpatricksdayparade.org 

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