Check out what’s happening this week in Chicagoland. From symphony to theater and expos — these are the events you don’t want to miss!

Chicago Botanic Garden

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Monday (3/21) – What’s in Bloom

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022

With melting snow and warmer temperatures, snowdrops make their spring appearance at the Garden! Evergreens, berries and colorful twigs on red-twig dogwood, the green-stemmed Japanese kerria and golden weeping willows provide interest even on dull, cloudy days. Take a walk along the east road to view the Japanese Gardens or around the Great Basin for serene views of the ice-covered lakes. When you need to warm up, take a quick trip to the tropics in the Greenhouses. Enjoy the fragrance of sweet almond verbena, Japanese pittosporum and fragrant olive. Children and adults alike will be delighted by finding the cocoa tree, bananas, animal topiaries, succulents both beautiful and bizarre, prickly cactus and beautiful orchids.

Lunch Break Tuesday

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Tuesday (3/22) – LunchBreak: Tuesday Concerts

Chicago Cultural Center

77 E. Randolph

Chicago, IL 60602

Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday concerts feature jazz, blues, and gospel music in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Café. Check the website for upcoming Tuesday concert schedule.

Hyde Park Art Center

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Wednesday (3/23) – Talk with Curators Mark Ybarra

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S Cornell Ave
Chicago, IL 60615

Join Mario Ybarra, Jr. and Karla Diaz on Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 pm as they discuss the inherent tension between rules and rule breakers, as evidenced in their newest exhibition Police and Thieves. Artists and co-founders of Los Angeles’s alternative art space Slanguage Studio, Ybarra and Diaz’s work focuses on issues of power, freedom, community, and cultural. For more information, visit, or call 773-324-5520.

St. Baldrick's

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Thursday (3/24) – St. Baldrick’s Day

Loyola University Chicago
1052 W Loyola Ave
Chicago, IL 60626

Over 100 Loyolans are expected to shave their heads bald to show solidarity to children with cancer and to raise money for childhood cancer research on March 24th, 2010 starting at 5:00PM at Loyola University Chicago’s Centennial Forum Student Union, located at 1125 W. Loyola Avenue on the corner of North Sheridan Road in Chicago. Those shaving their heads will be enthusiastically cheered on by crowds of friends, family, teachers, and others who have been touched by cancer to further.

Home Improvement Expo

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Friday (3/25) – DuPage County Home Improvement Expo

DuPage County Fairgrounds
2015 Manchester Rd.
Wheaton , IL 60187

This show is destined to break new records for attendance. This key market has success written all over it. We’ve streamlined everything from top to bottom, and planned the heaviest marketing blitz ever.

Charlotte's Web

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Weekend (3/26) – Charlotte’s Web

Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120

Wilber is some pig. When this runt of the litter fears he may be turned into pork chops, his good friend, a little gray spider named Charlotte, has a plan. By spinning the words ‘Some Pig’ in her web, Charlotte begins the ‘miracle’ that ensures Wilbur’s safety on the farm. Wilber returns the favor by doing something that is most important to Charlotte. This beautiful tale about the true meaning of friendship will be at The Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, IL on Saturday, March 26 for two shows.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago