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Friday 2018.03.16
Chicago Flower and Garden Show (since 1995). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5-15+.
Dozens of themed gardens magically transform the space into a lush botanical wonderland of color. Also lectures, demos and hundreds of products and info booths.
chicagoflower.comNavy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

National Women's History Month (since 1987). THANXX! -2018.03.31 Yearly.
2018 Theme: Nevertheless She Persisted - Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. INFO SHARE

"Journey for the Sun" -2018.03.25 All ages. $25+ Fr 7:30, Sa 4:30+7:30p, Su 3p.
"A Sci-Fi Cartoon Circus - Cosmic adventure featuring astonishing aerialists and acrobats, unearthly retro-futuristic sounds and songs and a enormous intergalactic robot."
The Actors Gymnasium, 847/328-2795, 927 Noyes St, Evanston. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Gaelic Storm. -Saturday 17+ $36-50+ Two nights 7:30p.
gaelicstorm.comHouse of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. 18+ Sold out? 7:30p.
W/ GGOOLLDD. Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. 3rd Fridays 21+ $25-40 8p.
Combining circus, cosplay, and genre fiction. Great performers, breathtaking acts. Showcasing new works and fan favorites from silly to sensual: fire eating, trapeze, straps, juggling, hooping, aerial ring, comedy, acrobatics and more!
aicircus.comUptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway. MAP SHARE

Blacklight Blackout (since 2011). 3rd Fridays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
Big freakfest in a tiny space. Lots of DJs, cheap beer, UV paints, radiation., 312/395-2700, 1315 W North. 2nd Fl.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins.
03.16: "Madame Marvel's Harem of Oddities" performances at 11p.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Saturday 2018.03.17
Saint Patrick's Day. Patron saint of Ireland, 389-461 AD, born in Britain. Yearly.
Observed by wearing green, beer, highlights Irish culture, songs, etc. PARTIES AT EVERY BAR.' PHOTOS INFO SHARE

* Saint Patrick's Day parade (since 1955). Carried on ABC and WGN. Yearly. 2hrs 12p.
Around 100 bands/floats/balloons, thousands of marchers. Preceded by Mass at Old St. Pats at 9:30 with Irish music and dancing, river dyed green 10:30a, Trinity Dancers and Irish Pipe Band at Buckingham Fountain (11a).
Downtown, 312/942-9188, Columbus, from Balbo to Monroe. Take any train. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

St. Patrick's Day Festival (since 1987). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-15 1-?p.
Irish music, step dancers, ceili instruction, bagpipes, kids activities, corned beef and cabbage, and maybe Guinness.
Irish American Heritage Center, 773/282-7035, 4626 N Knox. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured Weekly Free Speech Forum With Quality Lecturers and Good American Food And Bar.
03.17: The Zeitgeist Movement - The World's Largest Movement for Social Change.
312/326-2120 collegeofcomplexes.orgDappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Celebration of the 70s. Ages? $63+ 8p.
W/ The Dramatics, Del Fonics, Chi-Lites, Sytlistics, Carl Carlton.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

They Might Be Giants. 14+ Sold out? 8p.
theymightbegiants.comVic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

The Tossers. -Thursday 18+ $20 9p.
St. Patrick's party w/ Joseph Huber The Avondale Ramblers.
thetossers.comMetro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Saturdays 18+ $27-47 10p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties. Catch the up-close magic show at 7:30p.
kisskisscabaret.comUptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway. MAP SHARE

Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p.
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists.
Vaudezilla.comStage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine. MAP INFO SHARE

Sunday 2018.03.18
Vintage Garage. 3rd Sundays $? 11a-6p.
100 vintage and antique dealers.
847/579-9079 vintagegaragechicago.com5051 N Broadway Uptown between Foster and Argyle.

New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Last Man on Earth, more.

"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
adultswim.comTOON. On cable. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

Monday 2018.03.19
Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
03.19: Tomb Raider Banger! Mid, 312/265-3990, 306 North Halsted. MAP SHARE

Tuesday 2018.03.20
Great American Meatout (since 1985). Yearly.
Eat nothing with eyes today. PHOTOS INFO SHARE

* International Day of Happiness. Yearly.
Declared by the UN in 2012, recognizing happiness as a fundamental human goal. SHARE

* Vernal Equinox. Yearly.
Night and day are equal length (sun 06:02-18:11), official start of spring. Sun rises due east and sets due west. INFO SHARE

Chi Hack Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-10p.
"Volunteers create web apps with open data to improve transparency, efficiency, and decision-making for governments and our democracy."
chihacknight.org1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor. MAP SHARE

Proper Drum&Bass. Tuesdays 21+ $0-15 9p-2a.
03.20: DJ Riverman w/ Alcove and Skrimshaw. Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen. MAP PHOTOS SHARE

Wednesday 2018.03.21
Start of Aries. Astrological sign, the ram. Yearly. INFO SHARE

Stanley Clarke Band. 21+ $35-65+ 2 shows 5+9p.
City Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph. MAP SHARE

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!" Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop. MAP INFO SHARE

Thursday 2018.03.22
* Triton Troupers Circus (since 1972). Yearly. All ages. 2hr $6 Sa 1p* and 7p, Th+Fr 7p.
Annual local circus with true spirit and extraordinarily skilled performers in all classic specialties; acrobats, trapeze, juggling, wire, clowns, feats of strength, much more. No animal acts. Come early (doors open 1hr before show) for tickets and pre-show. Popcorn, drinks, candy available. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday matinee interpreted for hearing impaired, and pancake breakfast with the cast 8a-noon.
Triton College, 2001 5th Ave, River Grove. Robert M. Collins Center Gymnasium, 708/456-0300 x3383, 800-526-0844 TTY. East side of street, just North of North Avenue (64), just West of 1st Avenue (171). Near Maywood Park. From 294 take Irving Park (19) exit East to Des Plaines River Rd South (right) 2.3 miles to 5th. From 290 take exit 20 to 1st Ave North. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

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"Maineland" now playing.
Documentary about Chinese students in US private schools.
mainelandfilm.comTheaters Everywhere. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

"Ramen Heads" now playing.
Serious documentary about the obsessive world of Japanese noodles.
ramenheads.comTheaters Everywhere. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

"Tomb Raider" now playing.
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, ...
tombraidermovie.comTheaters Everywhere. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

Now playing.
The Leisure Seeker, Leaning Into the Wind, Red Sparrow, Annihilation, Survivors Guide to Prison, Young Karl Marx, Black Panther, Padman, Peter Rabbit, Winchester, Lady Bird, Three Billboards, Call Me by Your Name, Downsizing, Father Figures, Jumanji, Pitch Perfect 3, The Greatest Showman, The Post, Last Jedi, Permanent, The Disaster Artist, The Shape of Water, ...
Theaters Everywhere. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.