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Are you looking for things to do and where to make THE scene in Chicago this month? We’ve scoured the best of things to do around the Chicagoland area, worth your time so you just worry about how amazing you will look and you got the funds to cover said experience. From shopping, fundraisers, fashion/trunk shows, art events and more, we bring you a fun list of things to do in Chicago each month. Check out SociaLifeChicago’s curated monthly social calendar for March 2020 events below, check out our picks for yourself below, then bookmark this page.
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EVENT: Blackstone Celebrates Making Herstory: Words of Wisdom with Author Renee Rosen
ABOUT: In honor of Women’s History Month, The Blackstone hotel is proud to amplify women’s voices of Chicago in an iconic location where past meets present to inspire the future. The Blackstone and Volumes Bookcafe are excited to host bestselling author Renee Rosen for a discussion and Q+A on her most recently released novels: “Windy City Blues” and “Park Avenue Summer.” Renee writes historical fiction based on strong-female characters primarily in Chicago.!
LOCATION: The Blackstone | 636 S. Michigan Avenue 60605
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3
TIME: 5:30-7 p.m.
ADMISSION/COST: Complimentary with RSVP MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Sip & Screen The Times of Bill Cunningham @ Siskel Film Center
ABOUT: The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Associate Producers host the event to celebrate the Chicago premiere of the new The Times of Bill Cunningham, a chronicle of the creative journey of New York Times “On the Street” photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham .
LOCATION: Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago |
WHEN: Wednesday March 4, 2020
ADMISSION/COST: $15 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Legendary Landmarks Celebration
ABOUT: Legendary Landmarks Celebration 15th annual anniversary event honoring civic and business leaders who have positively impacted Illinois’ cultural and physical landscape. This year’s Legendary landmark honorees are Timuel D. Black Jr and Joseph P. Gromacki; the Corporate Legendary Landmark honorees are Dan and Matt Walsh of The Walsh Group.
LOCATION: Hilton Chicago, Grand Ballroom | 720 South Michigan Avenue 60607
WHEN: Thursday, March 5, 2020
TIME: 5:30 p.m. Reception | 6:30 p.m. Award Program and Dinner | 8:30 p.m. Dessert After-party
ADMISSION/COST: $500+ MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Chicago
ABOUT: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to its Chicago home of more than 50 years as a Visiting Resident Company. .
LOCATION: Auditorium Theatre | 50 E. Ida B Wells Drive
WHEN: Wednesday March 4 – Sunday March 8, 2020
TIME: Varies by performance date.
ADMISSION/COST: Tickets start at $35 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: MARCH EVENTS & SCREENINGS AT GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER
ABOUT: The Gene Siskel Film Center selects and presents significant world cinema in a non-commercial context that sets aesthetic, critical and entertainment standards. This months events, screenings and limited run features includes: Chicago European Union Film Festival opening night on March 6. The European Union Film Fest goes through April 2. The Chicago premiere and run of The Times of Bill Cunningham, and more.
LOCATION: Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago | 164 N. State Street
WHEN: Sunday March 1 – Tuesday March 31
ADMISSION/COST: $12 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS | $6 MEMBERS MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago 2020 Youth of the Year Competition & Dinner
ABOUT: The Youth of the Year Award is Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s highest local honor, rewarding leadership, service and academic standing. Each year, Clubs recognize teen members age 14-18, nominating one exemplary member to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s Youth of the Year.
LOCATION: Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom | 840 E Grand Avenue 60611
WHEN: Thursday March 5, 2020
TIME: 5:30 PM Cocktail Reception | 6:30 PM Competition & Dinner
ADMISSION/COST: Individual Ticket $250 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: The Chicago Lights Gala of Hope
ABOUT: The Chicago Lights signature annual event benefiting the outreach programs of Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. Guests will be treated to an evening that begins with cocktail hour, three-course dinner, open bar, dancing to live music provided by the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra, a mystery wine sale, a golden ticket drawing, and spectacular silent and live auctions featuring unique experiences, getaways and entertainment as led by retired ABC7 Chicago anchor Ron Magers.
LOCATION: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel | 221 N Columbus Dr
WHEN: Friday, March 6, 2020
TIME: 5:30 – 11:30 p.m.
ADMISSION/COST: $400/per person MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: ChiArts’ Kerfuffle
ABOUT: ChiArts’ annual spring benefit and presentation, which shines the spotlight on ChiArts’ scholar-artists showcasing their talents through open studios, poetry stations, and pop-up performances welcomes over 400 supporters, arts partners, and civic leaders to join the “creative commotion” to raise funds for ChiArts’ tuition-free conservatory programs. Co-chaired by: Sondra Berman Epstein, Betsy Holden, Jim & Kay Mabie, and Sandra Guthman. Funds raised through this event will help ensure the next generation of diverse, talented artists can continue to experience ChiArts Dance, Creative Writing, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts conservatories.
LOCATION: The Geraghty | 2520 S Hoyne Avenue 60608
WHEN: Wednesday March 11, 2020
TIME: 6:00-9:30 PM
ADMISSION/COST:$500/per person MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Gilda’s Club Associate Board Presents Untapped
ABOUT: Join Martin Lawrence Galleries located at The Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg for an exhibition of artworks by critically acclaimed artist Douglas Hofmann. Meet the artist whose works have been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums across the country.
LOCATION: Goose Island Barrel House | 603 N. Sacramento Boulevard
WHEN: Thursday March 12, 2020
TIME: 6:00-9:00 p.m
ADMISSION/COST: General Admission $50 | $60 Door MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: PAWS Animal Magnetism
ABOUT: The 14th Annual PAWS Animal Magnetism event, hosted by the PAWS Chicago Professional Board, welcomes approximately 600 of Chicago’s urban professionals, animal lovers, and canine companions! Guests will enjoy a night of food, drinks, dancing, entertainment, spectacular silent auction, and much more!
LOCATION: Chicago Illinois
WHEN: Friday, March 13, 2020
ADMISSION/COST: Varies MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: DIFFArence 90’S Lip Sync Battle
ABOUT: DIFFArence 90’s Lip Sync Battle will have guests singing and dancing the night away to 90’s favorites at the new Knoll Fulton Market Showroom.
LOCATION: Knoll Fulton Market | 811 W Fulton Market 60607
WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2020
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
ADMISSION/COST: $75 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Eataly SpringFest
ABOUT: Eataly is throwing their third annual all-access Spring party. At SpringFest, you’ll gain total access to Eataly, complete with food, drink, and entertainment. When we say total access, we mean: unlimited food, unlimited drinks, and unlimited fun! Our chefs are preparing a menu of our classic Italian dishes.
LOCATION: Eataly Chicago | 43 East Ohio Street 60611
WHEN: Friday March 20
TIME: 7:30pm | 8pm
ADMISSION/COST: $84 . MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: DURO OLOWU EXHIBITION @ MCA
ABOUT: Nigerian-born British designer Duro Olowu is internationally recognized for his womenswear label launched in 2004. Olowu turns his cosmopolitan eye to Chicago. Drawing from the city’s public and private art collections including works in the MCA’s collection, Olowu curates a show that reimagines relationships between artists and objects across time, media, and geography. The exhibition is organized with MCA Manilow Senior Curator Naomi Beckwith and is presented in the Griffin Galleries of Art. There are several events planned around the exhibit including members and circle preview (Feb. 28), opening day appearance by the designer/guest curator (Feb. 29), ASL tour (Mar. 3) and so much more.
LOCATION: MCA Chicago | 220 E. Chicago Avenue
WHEN: February 29-May 10, 2020
ADMISSION/COST: Free exhibit entry with paid MCA Admission Cost MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Housewares Gala 2020
ABOUT: Housewares Charity Foundation’s annual charity gala held in conjunction with the International Home + Housewares Show, set to take place in Chicago will honor Bass Pro Shops Founder/CEO Johnny Morris with the Lifetime Achievement in Retail Innovation award. President of Select Brands William Endres will receive the 2020 Lifetime Achievement award while Bloomingdales’ EVP Daniel Leppo presented the 2020 Humanitarian of the Year award. In partnership with the James Beard Foundation, gala guests will also enjoy culinary feasts from award winning chefs like Tony Mantuano, Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Rick Bayless, Abe Conlon, Abra Berens, Fabio Viviani, and more. Following the dinner and awards presentation, join HCF’s Young Leaders Council at a lively Gala After-Party located at the Offshore Rooftop & Bar at Navy Pier! Continue networking while enjoying drinks and appetizers, and make sure to invite your friends and colleagues even if they were unable to attend the main event!
LOCATION: Navy Pier Lakeview Terrace & Son Ballroom | 600 E. Grand Avenue
WHEN: Monday March 16, 2020
ADMISSION/COST: $350 for the gala | After-party $50 – you don’t have to go to the gala to attend the after-party. MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: Chicago Botanic’s Orchid Show
ABOUT: The Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show is back! Browse the rich color of the he annual Orchid show which plays with color in artistic installations and features 10,000 brilliant blooms in unexpected ways: via a towering kaleidoscope, a floating carpet, and a dramatic chandelier, designed to be lit and transformed by the winter sun.
LOCATION: Chicago Botanic Garden | 1000 Lake Cook Road 60022
WHEN: Open through March 22
TIME: Show days 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
ADMISSION/COST: $varies for show days MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: 8th Annual American Whiskey Affair
ABOUT: The 8th Annual American Whiskey Affair, an exceptional tasting event featuring over 90 whiskeys from across the country is coming back to Chicago.
LOCATION: Untitled Supper Club | 111 W. Kinzie Avenue
WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
TIME: 6 to 9 p.m.
ADMISSION/COST: $35 MORE INFO CLICK HERE
EVENT: RAMEN FEST 2020
ABOUT: Award-winning Chef Bill Kim’s Cornerstone Restaurant Group brings back noodle showdown event Ramenfest for its sixth year—with an exciting new twist as Crate and Barrel is on board as this year’s event sponsor. Ramenfest challenges 20 Chicago chefs like Abe Conlon, Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones Enyart, Brian Fisher, Edward Kim, John Manion, Kevin Hickey, Thai Dang and many more to create their most delicious and innovative take on the traditional dish. At the event, guests and judges vote on who takes home the crown. A portion of the proceeds will help support Ramenfest’s charity partner, Inspiration Kitchens, and its programs for individuals affected by homelessness and poverty..
LOCATION: Time Out Market| 916 W. Fulton Market
WHEN: Sunday, March 29 2020
TIME: VIP starts 4pm | 5 to 8 p.m
ADMISSION/COST: GA tickets $75+/per person include unlimited ramen tastings, 2 drink tickets, access to spirit tastings and a gift card to urbanbelly. | VIP tickets $125+/per person and include all of the above, plus early entry at 4 p.m. and access to the VIP lounge with open bar for one hour, a signature ramen bowl, limited-edition Ramenfest t-shirt, access to the VIP lounge, a Time Out Market gift certificate and a signed copy of Bill Kim’s debut cookbook, Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces.MORE INFO CLICK HERE
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