Monthly To Do List: March in Chicago

Now that the bitter cold is finally starting to wind down and the anticipation of Spring is building, it's time to come out of hibernation and begin to take the city by storm. Here's our list of things to do in Chicago in March, from new events happening to just-opened places to check out. (Photo: Art Institute of Chicago)

Updated: March 10, 2011

Things to Do in Chicago in March

900 Shops

900 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

MARCH 15: Beginning Tuesday, March 15, the newest crop of local fashion designers chosen to be part of Macy's Fashion Incubator will showcase their must-have merchandise in a pop-up shop inside the mall.

Crimson Lounge

333 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

MARCH 8, 15, 22, 28: Sax Chicago nightspot Crimson Lounge offers "Class Tuesdays," in which local party hosts Stormy, OH MY!, and members of Front312 bring back the days where a plethora of musical genres can be heard any given night. Expect a weeknight jolt of eclectic House, Electro, Disco, New Wave and Synth-Pop classics to go along with $4 draft beers and $6 Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea vodka drinks.

Mrs. Murphy and Son's Irish Bistro

3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

MARCH 1-17: Can't wait until March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? You don't have to, thanks to Mrs. Murphy's 17-day festival with different Irish-themed events every evening in March leading up to March 17.

Museum of Contemporary Art

220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

MARCH 30: Head to the Museum of Contemporary Art at the end of the month; the MCA Women's Board is hosting ArtSmart, an evening event geared toward young professionals interested in learning more about contemporary art. The evening includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a tour of "Without You I'm Nothing: Art and Its Audience." Tickets, $40.

Festival Hall At Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

MARCH 5-13: The Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier makes us have hope that Spring is near. The show features more than 100 exhibitors showing off the latest and greatest in gardening products and services, just in time for the flowers to bloom. Green thumbs will also love the schedule of gardening seminars available throughout the show.

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

MARCH 3, 10, 17, 24: Score free (yes, free!) admission to the Art Institute from 5pm to 8pm on these select days in March. If you do during the day and have got time for a leisurely lunch, try Italian restaurant Terzo Piano, inside the museum's chic modern wing--chef Tony Mantuano whips up house-made pastas and desserts you won't want to miss.

Chicago Arts District

1945 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

MARCH 11: Head to Pilsen for Artwalk, a free gallery event showcasing works from Chicago artists, set for 6-10pm. Wine and cheese will be offered.

Chicago Park District Jackson

6401 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

MARCH 26-27: The Illinois Orchid Society presents its Spring show and orchid sale. The show will take place both days from 10am-5pm, with a free, covered trolley available to transport you and your plants between the exhibit hall and the parking lot.