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

Chicago Botanic Garden

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Monday (3/28) – 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 (3/29) – 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.

Clarke House

Wednesday (3/30) – Clarke House Museum Tours

Clarke House Museum
1827 S Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

The Clarke House Museum is Chicago’s oldest home. Tours of this 1836 Greek Revival-style house reveal what life was like for a middle class family in Chicago, when the city was in its formative years before the Civil War. Take advantage of free admission on Wednesdays!

Columbia College

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Thursday (3/31) – Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group

Columbia College
1306 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

The Good Dance – dakar/brooklyn iexplores the influence of Central African culture on world performance forms and the metaphoric, historic, real-world parallels of the Mississippi and Congo rivers and their cultures.


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Weekend (4/1-4/3) – Working

Broadway Playhouse
Chicago, IL

WORKING is a vital new musical based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chicago’s own Studs Terkel. Newly adapted by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, PIPPIN and GODSPELL) from the original adaptation by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, WORKING is the working man’s A CHORUS LINE. A musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life, with songs by all-star composers Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Tony Award winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and Grammy Award winning James Taylor.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago