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Chicago Weekend Guide! Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend March 22-24

Chicago Weekend Guide! Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend March 22-24

  • Best events in Chicago this weekend March 22-24
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The weekend is upon us and many of you are looking for a good time or at the least somewhere to go and have fun, maybe meet new people or cultivate a new hobby? Keep scrolling as we’ve curated a nice varied selection of events taking place in and around Chicago this weekend from March 22 through March 24. You can have a basic weekend in Chicago or a great one when you tap in to our Chicago Weekend Guide.

FRIDAY

WHAT:: TOURNAMENT WATCH PARTY WITH AYO DOSUNMU
WHERE:: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Game Room |12 S. Michigan Avenue
WHEN:: March 22 | 6-9pm
WHY:: Tip-off the tournament with Ayo Dosunmu and Uber Eats at Game Room. Join us for an action-packed night of basketball alongside Chicago’s very own Ayo Dosunmu of the Chicago Bulls and Illinois Fighting Illini. Game Room will be showing the men’s basketball tournament throughout the evening, and Ayo will be onsite to kick off the first hour of the party! Plus we’ll have basketball trivia and prizes, Game Room’s full selection of complimentary games like billiards, pop-a-shot, and shuffleboard, along with plenty of food and drink specials. You can even meet Ayo himself and take a photo with the Bulls shooting guard! Meet & greet tickets are available for $25 and guarantee you the chance to meet Ayo from 6-7pm.
COST:: $FREE with RSVP to attend; Meet & Greet $25  Click here for more info

WHAT:: KOUNTRY WAYNE: THE KING OF HEARTS TOUR
WHERE:: The Chicago Theatre | 175 N State Street, Chicago
WHEN::  March 22 | 7:30pm 
WHY:: Kountry Wayne will bring The King of Hearts Tour to Chicago. Kountry Wayne (a.k.a. Wayne Colley) has been generating an extraordinary amount of buzz among his peers within the entertainment industry as one of comedy’s most notable rising stars. Since his first viral Facebook post in 2014, Wayne’s career continues to soar, while garnering a loyal fan base. His widely popular digital sketches draw millions of viewers daily across Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and his YouTube channel.
COST:: $Varies Click here for more info

WHAT:: FLYOVER CHICAGO
WHERE:: Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Avenue Chicago 60611 
WHEN:: March 22-24 
WHY:: Experience Chicago from a whole new perspective at Flyover. Follow your sense of adventure to Navy Pier and rediscover the feeling of absolute awe. Our exhilarating immersive journey connects you with Chicago like never before. Soar over iconic locations, dive into authentic stories and lose yourself to an adventure unlike any other.
COST:: $24.95 (Adult); $14.95(13 and under); $19.95 (military) Click here for more info

WHAT:: CECE WINANS THE GOODNESS TOUR
WHERE:: House of Hope Chicago | 752 E 114th Street
WHEN:: March 22 | 6pm
WHY:: CeCe Winans’ The Goodness Tour is an all new worship experience that will feature the biggest songs from CeCe’s album Believe For It and debut brand new songs that will release in April including Holy Forever and many other new surprises.
COST:: $25.95 – $79.95 | VIP $115 Click here for more info

WHAT:: WEEKEND AT THE SISKEL FILM CENTER
WHERE:: Gene Siskel Film Center | 164 N. State Street
WHEN:: March 22 through March 24
WHY:: The weekend’s lineup of films at the Siskel Film Center includes: “The Breaking Ice,” “High and Low-John Galliano,” “Pandora’s Box,”  “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and more 
COST:: Varies Click here for more info

WHAT:: DAN + SHAY
WHERE:: United Center | 1901 W. Madison Street 60612
WHEN:: March 22 
WHY:: 3x GRAMMY Award-winning duo Dan + Shay plan their trek across the map with the announcement of their 2024 The Heartbreak On The Map Tour, with a stop in Chicago. Supporting Dan + Shay on this tour will be acclaimed singer-songwriters Ben Rector and Hailey Whitters.
COST:: Varies Click here for more info

WHAT:: THE PENELOPIAD | THE MATCHBOX MAGIC FLUTE
WHERE:: Goodman Theatre |  
WHEN:: March 22-24 | 2pm
WHY:: The Penelopiad is an unexpected remix of Homer’s The Odyssey, told by the celebrated and subversive author Margaret Atwood.
In her acclaimed signature style, Mary Zimmerman conceives a brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera. Playful and imaginative, it’s big music in a small space. This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and orchestra of five—following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

COST:: Varies Click here for more info

SATURDAY

WHAT:: HOLI 2024: CELEBRATE COLORS
WHERE:: Navy Pier (Aon Grand Ballroom) | 600 E Grand Avenue, 60611 
WHEN:: March 23
WHY:: This FREE event will feature live music, dance and interactive programming in the Aon Grand Ballroom, along with the iconic powder throwing and DJs outdoors at Navy Pier’s Beer Garden. Powder will be available for purchase on-site while supplies last! Food and beverages will be available for purchase in multiple locations throughout the event.
COST:: $FREE Click here for more info

WHAT:: OMEGA MARDI GRAS 2024
WHERE:: Guaranteed Rate Field Huntington Bank Stadium Club | 333 W. 35th Street 60616  
WHEN::  March 23 | 6pm-10pm
ATTIRE:: Semi-formal with mask or Mardi Gras themed costume
WHY:: Join us for an unforgettable night of celebration and community spirit at the Mardi Gras 2024, hosted by the SOC Alliance in partnership with the Sigma Omega Chapter, an unincorporated chapter, of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Get your tickets and be part of the magic while raising scholarship money for Chicago area youth. Click here for more info

WHAT:: SOUTH LOOP SATURDAY INDOOR FARMER’S MARKET
WHERE::Roosevelt Collection Shops |  150 W. Roosevelt Road (next to Ulta)
WHEN::  March 23 | 9am-1pm
WHY:: South Loop Farmers Market has officially opened at Roosevelt Collection Shops for the Winter season! Enjoy your favorite Indoor Farmers Market with over 30 local vendors ranging from fresh produce, pasta, tasty treats, and more. Shoppers will receive FREE 2-Hour Parking with a purchase.
COST:: $FREE; Food and beverages will be available for purchase in multiple locations throughout the event. Click here for more info

 

WHAT:: VINO CAMP: CHIANTI
WHERE:: Eataly Chicago | 43 East Ohio Street 60611
WHEN::  March 23 | 2 – 3:30pm
WHY:: This year, dive deep into our featured wines with a series of curated events that will have you feeling like a wine connoisseur in no time.  Vino Camp: Chianti – A Wine Seminar in La Scuola is an educational seminar about this famed red wonder! Enjoy a sit-down intensive course hosted by Teresa Spada to learn about the history, production, and flavors of Chianti! Taste it all while enjoying traditional regional food pairings, crafted by our La Scuola Chef.
COST:: $99 +fees Click here for more info

 

WHAT:: LYRIC OPERA CHICAGO: AIDA
WHERE:: Lyric Opera Chicago |  20 N. Wacker Drive
WHEN::  March 23 | 7:30pm
WHY:: Opera at its grandest! While Aida delights audiences with its visual splendor, it also captivates them with a score ranging from exquisitely intimate arias to deeply dramatic duets and trios, and the most thrilling choruses Verdi ever composed. At Lyric Opera of Chicago, each of the five principal artists boasts not only a sumptuously beautiful voice, but also the charismatic presence to bring these characters and the opera’s story of a riveting love triangle vividly to life. Conducting Francesca Zambello’s striking production will be Music Director Enrique Mazzola, acknowledged internationally as an exceptionally authoritative Verdian. Sung in Italian with projected English titles.
COST:: Varies. Click here for more info

WHAT:: LETRAS LATINAS 20TH ANNIVERSARY 
WHERE:: Poetry Foundation   | 61 West Superior Street  60654
WHEN:: March 23 | 2pm-3:30pm 
WHY:: Join us for the third installment of Letras Latinas’s year-long 20th Anniversary celebration, featuring Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta, Diannely Antigua, Jasminne Mendez, and Yesenia Montilla. The multi-day festivities will include a poetry reading the evening of Thursday, March 21 and a panel on Afro-Latinx Poetry Now the afternoon of Saturday, March 23. Both are hybrid events, which will be offered in-person and via livestream.
COST:: $Free Click here for more info

WHAT:: ALI WONG LIVE
WHERE::  The Chicago Theatre| 1925 South Michigan Avenue
WHEN:: March 23-25 | Time varies by date 
WHY:: Ali Wong is an Emmy award-winning actress, comedian, writer, and producer known for her breakout Netflix stand-up specials “Baby Cobra”, “Hard Knock Wife”, and the Emmy-nominated “Don Wong.” Ali Wong Live will perform four shows over three days in Chicago.
COST:: $Varies Click here for more info

WHAT:: THE VOLUNTEER FAIR: SPRING EDITION
WHERE:: Guild Row | 3130 N. Rockwell Street
WHEN:: March 23-March 25 | 11am-3pm
WHY:: The Volunteer Fair is back to showcase more amazing local community organizations and non-profits doing incredible work here in Chicago. Join us to discover a wide range of opportunities to get involved in your community! At The Volunteer Fair, sponsored by Pie and WasteNot Compost, you’ll be able to meet many of the incredible local non-profits and community organizations that are looking for additional support and volunteers around Chicago. Hear about their amazing work and learn about opportunities to contribute to your community – and meet new, likeminded people in the process!
COST:: $Free Click here for more info

WHAT:: HBCU SPEED DATING 
WHERE:: Windy City Ribs | 600 W. Grand Avenue
WHEN:: March 23 | 6pm-9pm
WHY:: Calling all HBCU alumni! Are you ready to shoot your shot at love while enjoying the excitement of March Madness? Join us for an unforgettable evening of connection and camaraderie at our Love & Basketball: HBCU Speed Dating & March Madness Mixer. Come in your favorite HBCU or basketball gear! This is your chance to meet other Black professionals who share your passion for HBCUs and basketball. Whether you’re looking for love, friendship, or just a fun night out, don’t miss this slam dunk event.
COST:: $20  Click here for more info

See Also

WHAT:: 15TH HOUNDSTOOTH BALL 2024 
WHERE:: Wish Upon A Dress | 660 W. Lake Street
WHEN:: March 23 | 6pm-11pm
WHY:: Shake out those sequins and bust out the (dog) bow ties. We’re back for our premier dog-friendly gala. Houndstooth Ball, One Tail at a Time’s premier dog-friendly gala will treat guests to a night replete with silent and live auctions, open bars and delicious vegan food, raffles, and more, all while you mix and mingle with other rescue supporters.
COST:: $100  Click here for more info

WHAT:: AFROFUSION 
WHERE:: The Promontory | 5311 South Lake Park Avenue West 60615
WHEN:: March 23 | 10pm
WHY:: Afro Fusion is the most diverse partying experience hosted by the award-winning Entertainment Company, D.I.S Entertainment. At Afro-Fusion, our DJs fuse different genres of music (Hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, Afrobeats, and many more) to deliver an amazing experience. Afro Fusion features some of the most talented international DJs in the world.
COST:: $20  Click here for more info

 

WHAT:: PURPOSE
WHERE:: Steppenwolf Theatre  | 1660 N. Hasted Street
WHEN:: March 22 & 23 
WHY:: Rowdy, hilarious and filled with intrigue, Purpose is an epic family drama – a long-awaited world premiere from one of the country’s most celebrated voices. For decades, the influential Jasper family has been a pillar of Black American Politics: civil rights leaders, pastors and congressmen. But like all families, there are cracks and secrets just under the surface. When the youngest son Nazareth returns home to Illinois with an uninvited friend in tow, the family is forced into a reckoning with itself, its faith and the legacies of Black radicalism.
COST:: $Varies  Click here for more info

SUNDAY

WHAT:: BANK OF AMERICA SHAMROCK SHUFFLE 2024
WHERE:: Grant Park
WHEN:: March 24 | 7am-
WHY:: Long recognized as an annual rite of spring, a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the kickoff to the outdoor running season in Chicago, Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle treats participants to a scenic 8K Run through downtown Chicago and a 2-Mile walk along Chicago’s lakefront.
COST:: Free Entry Click here for more info

WHAT:: QUEEN OF THE NIGHT: A TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON
WHERE:: House of Blues Chicago | 329 N Dearborn Street, 60654
WHEN:: March 24 | 6:30pm
WHY:: Led by South African star Belinda Davids, The Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston Tribute honors the late and great singer with mesmerizing performances of all her biggest hits. This incredible tour will showcase just how unforgettable Houston’s music is and how it will live on forever. With a 6 piece live band and flawless dancers, this Whitney Houston tribute creates a powerful presentation of the highs of her life and the amazing musical legacy that she has left behind.
COST:: $35.25+ Click here for more info

 

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