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What's On This Month In Chicago | March 2016
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What's On This Month In Chicago | March 2016

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Updated: 12 October 2016
With the spring season quickly approaching, Chicago is about to get even livelier. Coming this spring, there will be even more things to do, both indoors and outdoors. From the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown Chicago and antiquing at the Randolph Street Market Festival to catching a rare screening of an Orson Welles film from 1965, here is your guide to exploring every festival, screening, and exhibit happening this month in March.

TUESDAY MARCH 1st – SUNDAY MARCH 6th

FILM | Asian Pop-Up Cinema Screening

Wed March 2nd

This March, watch some of the best films Asian Cinema has to offer. For more information, click here.

THEATRE | If/Then at the Oriental Theatre

Thurs March 3rd

Watch a beloved musical right before it ends its production at the Oriental Theater. Click here for more information.

ART | China’s First Emperor and Terracotta Warriors at The Field Museum

Fri March 4th

Watch centuries-old statues come to life in a new exhibit at The Field Museum. Go here for more information.

ART | Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print Exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago

Sat March 5th

Check out the new exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago, featuring the works of Anthony Van Dyck and others.

MUSIC | A Night with Janis Joplin

Sun March 6th

Experience the music of Janis Joplin once again in the stage production, A Night with Janis Joplin at The Chicago Theatre. Click here for more.

MONDAY MARCH 7th – SUNDAY MARCH 13th

FOOD | Wine Riot

Fri March 11th – Sat March 12th

This March check out Wine Riot, the ultimate wine tasting experience. Go here for more details.

FESTIVAL | Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sat March 12th

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago in this event that goes all out (and all green). Find out more here.

MUSIC | Experience Hendrix

Sat March 12th

Experience the music of Jimi Hendrix at this one-night only event held at the Chicago Theatre. Click here for more information.

MUSIC | Monterey Jazz Festival at City Winery Chicago

Sun March 13th

The Monterey Jazz Festival is on tour and in Chicago for one night only. Don’t miss out! Go here for more information.

MONDAY MARCH 14th – SUNDAY MARCH 20th

ENTERTAINMENT | Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Civic Opera House

Tues March 15th

Watch a riveting show by the Shen Yun Performing Arts Company at the Civic Opera House. Find out more here.

ENTERTAINMENT | Romeo and Juliet at the Civic Opera House

Wed March 16th

Watch a performance of the classic love story, Romeo and Juliet at Chicago’s beautiful Civic Opera House. Find out more here.

ART | Third Fridays at the Zhou B Art Center

Fri March 18th

View art exhibitions while enjoying hors d’oeuvres at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. Click here for more.

EXHIBITION | Chicago Comic Con & Entertainment Expo

Fri March 18th – Sun March 20th

Venture to McCormick Place for the Chicago Comic Con & Entertainment Expo. Find out how to unleash your inner nerd here.

FESTIVAL | Randolph Street Market Festival

Sun March 19th – Sat March 20th

Find rare antique goods, enjoy food, and browse the neighborhood at the Randolph Street Market Festival. Click here for more.

ART | Macy’s Flower Show

starts Sun March 20th

This month, spring is in full bloom at the Macy’s Flower Show. Find out more about this event here.

MONDAY MARCH 21st – SUNDAY MARCH 27th

MUSIC | Patti Smith & Family Concert and Poetry at the Old Town School of Folk Music

Thurs March 24th – Fri March 25th

Patti Smith is in town for a special concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Go here for more information.

ENTERTAINMENT | The Best of Second City

Mon and Sat throughout March

Check out The Best of Second City, a must-see show devoted to the best sketches and improvisations.

FOOD | Good Food Festival

Thurs March 24th – Sat March 26th

Spend the day learning about food and enjoying it too at the Good Food Festival. Learn more here.

ART | The Street, The Store, and the Silver Screen exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art

ends Sun March 27th

View famous pop art pieces from artists like Andy Warhol at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Learn more here.

ENTERTAINMENT | Celebrate Greece at Navy Pier

Sun March 27th

This month, experience world cultures at Navy Pier as part of the Neighborhoods of the World celebration. Click here for more.

MONDAY MARCH 28th – THURSDAY MARCH 31st

ART | Contemporary Prints exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art

starts Sat March 25th

View the new exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art, showcasing some of the best artist prints from the 1960s and beyond. Find out more here.

MUSEUM | Brick by Brick exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry

opens Thurs March 10th

View the new Brick by Brick exhibit opening this month at the Museum of Science and Industry. Go here for more information.

LITERATURE | Traveling Bookstore at the Chicago Cultural Center

opens Tuesday March 1st

Stop by the Chicago Cultural Center this March and visit the Librería Donceles, a traveling bookstore with plenty of Spanish language books. Find out details here.

FILM | Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight at the Music Box Theatre

opens Fri March 18th

Catch a screening of Orson Welles’ 1965 film, Chimes at Midnight, restored for the Music Box Theatre. Click here for more information.

FILM | Down Hear: The Films of Mike Henderson

Thurs March 31st

View the films of Mike Henderson and attend a talk by the director at the Gene Siskel Film Center. See details here.