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Chicago Weekend Guide! Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend March 8-10

Chicago Weekend Guide! Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend March 8-10

  • Best events in Chicago this weekend March 1-3
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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 8 through March 10. You can have a basic weekend in Chicago or a great one when you tap in to our Chicago Weekend Guide.

FRIDAY

WHAT:: JURRASIC QUEST
WHERE:: Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand Avenue
WHEN:: March 8-10
WHY:: Storytime, show and tell, adorable dino baby appearances and more, led by the Jurassic Quest dinosaur trainer team for the largest & most realistic traveling dinosaur experience in North America! The #1 Dino Experience in North America 
COST:: $FREE  Click here for more info

WHAT:: JOFFREY BALLET 2024 WINNING WORKS
WHERE:: Edlis Neeson Theater at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago | 220 E. Chicago Avenue
WHEN::  March 8-March 17 | 2pm; 7:30pm
WHY:: The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, presents four world premieres for the 14th annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition. Meet the 2024 Winning Works Choreographers: Manoela Gonçalves, Jainil Mehta, Martha Nichols, Xavier Núñez, Houston Thomas. Each will choreograph an original work for the Joffrey Academy Trainees and Studio Company, featuring a commissioned score by a chosen composer collaborator. With three additional performances added this year due to popular demand
COST:: $30 Click here for more info

WHAT:: FLYOVER CHICAGO
WHERE:: Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Avenue Chicago 60611 
WHEN:: March 8-10 
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:: WEEKEND AT THE SISKEL FILM CENTER
WHERE:: Gene Siskel Film Center | 164 N. State Street
WHEN:: March 8 through March 10
WHY:: The weekend’s lineup of films at the Siskel Film Center includes: Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award “Shayda,” “Drift” starring Cynthia Erivo, Chicago European Union Film Festival – Spotlight on Belgium selections and more 
COST:: Varies Click here for more info

WHAT:: HEPHZIBAH CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION HEART OF GOLD GALA
WHERE:: Rockwell on the River | 3057 N Rockwell Street, Chicago 60618
WHEN:: March 8 | 6:30pm – 11:30pm
WHY:: We are so excited to present this year’s theme, Elevate. Our hopes are always that each child and family we meet is able to rise above their challenges and elevate to a brighter future with Hephzibah’s help.
COST:: Varies Click here for more info

SATURDAY

WHAT:: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARKET 2024
WHERE:: Artifact Events | 4325 N. Ravenswood Avenue Chicago  
WHEN::  March 9 & March 10 | 10am-4pm
WHY:: International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. To honor the hardworking women-owned businesses in the Lincoln Square Ravenswood area, we’ll be hosting our 3rd Annual International Women’s Day Market! 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 2 | 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:: UNCORKED CHICAGO WINE FEST
WHERE:: MSI Chicago |  5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive Chicago 
WHEN::  March 9 | 6:30pm-11pm
WHY:: Enjoy over 150 wines & bubblies from across the globe + some “outside the bottle” beverages (like seltzers, canned cocktails and spirits), a DJ, food vendors, and exclusive after- hours access to this iconic museum.
COST:: VIP admission ($110); Early admission ($85); General admission ($65) Click here for more info

 

WHAT:: LYRIC OPERA CHICAGO: AIDA
WHERE:: Lyric Opera Chicago |  20 N. Wacker Drive
WHEN::  March 9 | 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:: AFROBEATS DAY PARTY 
WHERE:: Offshore Rooftop at Navy Pier  | 1000 E. Grand Avenue
WHEN:: March 9 | 3pm-8pm CST
WHY:: We’ll be vibing to DJ Sets by Chicago’s most sort after DJs; DJ Diesel & DJ Hypeman Playing the hottest Afrobeats, Amapiano, Dancehall and Top 40. Afrobeats Day-party experience at Offshore Rooftop. THE BEST VIEWS IN CHICAGO. Offshore Rooftop offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the city’s famed skyline not found anywhere else.
COST:: Varies Click here for more info

WHAT:: SOUTH ASIANS ON THE MIC
WHERE::  South Asia Institute| 1925 South Michigan Avenue
WHEN:: March 9 | 5pm-7pm
WHY:: The South Asian Institute is excited to announce the launch of “South Asians on the Mic,” a bi-monthly series of open mics that will provide a platform for emerging talents to showcase their craft. The South Asians On The Mic welcome singers, dancers, musicians, drag performers, stand-up comedians, and various other performers looking for a stage. Come join us as we celebrate and encourage new and emerging South Asian talent.
COST:: $10 Click here for more info

WHAT:: 2024 HAYMARKET SAUSAGEFEST  FEST
WHERE:: Haymarket Brewery | 737 W Randolph St.
WHEN:: March 9 | 12pm-4pm
WHY:: Join for a celebration of sausages and craft beer from the West Loop’s original craft brewery, Haymarket! Celebrating 13 years in the West Loop, we feature award winning craft beer and delicious food from our scratch kitchen. Come celebrate this annual event with us and enjoy the best beers and sausages in Chicago.
COST:: $65 Click here for more info

See Also

WHAT:: WISH UPON A DRESS INVENTORY SALE
WHERE:: Wish Upon A Dress | 660 W. Lake Street
WHEN:: March 9 | 10am-4pm
WHY:: Our surplus of inventory is your gain! Every Saturday in March we are opening our doors from 10am-4pm to clear out our dress inventory. All bridal gowns will be $200 and special occasion and bridesmaid dresses are $50. All accessories will be available and discounted as well. Due to the volume we are expecting each Saturday, dressing rooms will NOT be available to please plan accordingly for your shopping!
COST:: FREE To Attend  Click here for more info

 

SUNDAY

WHAT:: TAKING UP SPACE: AN IWD CELEBRATION
WHERE:: Virgin Hotel Chicago | 203 N. Wabash Avenue Chicago 60601
WHEN:: March 10 | 10am-3pm
WHY:: iHeartMedia proudly present the 2ND ANNUAL TAKING UP SPACE: An International Women’s Day Celebration. Join us for a day of highlighting women who continue to break barriers through inspirational panel discussions. Topics will include working moms, being an influencer, being your own boss, navigating male-dominated industries and MORE! There will also be time to network with fellow inspirational women. Light bites and cash bar will be available.
COST:: Free Entry Click here for more info

WHAT:: DERVISH: 30TH ANNUAL US TOUR
WHERE:: City Winery | 1200 W. Randolph Street 60607
WHEN:: March 10 | 7pm
WHY:: At the end of 2019 Dervish received a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the BBC, a fitting tribute to the band after over 30 years of recording and performing all over the world. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”, the band have played at festivals from Rio de janeiro to Glastonbury. They accompanied the Irish President on state visits to Latvia and Lithuania and Prime Minister of Ireland on a trade mission to China as Cultural Ambassadors taking time out to play an impromptu session on the Great Wall of China. Dervish have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan
COST:: $28+ Click here for more info

WHAT:: THE PENELOPIAD | THE MATCHBOX MAGIC FLUTE
WHERE:: Goodman Theatre |  
WHEN:: March 10 | 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

Featured image credit: Amy Vosters via Unsplash

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