Check out what’s happening this week in Chicagoland. From The Flower & Garden Show to St. Patrick’s Day parades and Dancing With Chicago Celebrities — these are the events you don’t want to miss!

Flower & Garden


Monday (3/7): Flower & Garden Show

Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave # 113

Chicago, IL 60611
Time: 10:00AM-8:00PM

Head to Navy Pier and enjoy the 2011 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, the Midwest’s iconic annual horticulture and landscape extravaganza, with an exciting theme this year, “The Sport of Gardening”. Taking place Saturday, March 5th through Sunday, March 13th, the 2011 Chicago Flower & Garden Show offers visitors unique, non-stop learning opportunities at more than 100 workshops and free educational seminars. This year a major attraction will be the 30-plus gardens spotlighting top Midwest landscapers, growers and garden designers.

Also, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show will feature the return of the popular Horticulture Competition. Individuals, garden clubs and businesses passionate about houseplants, window boxes, photography, miniature landscapes, container gardens and all things green are encouraged to enter the Horticulture Competition.

Tickets: Adult tickets are $15 on weekdays and $17 on weekends. Tickets for children ages 4-12 are $5 every day. Monday- Thursday from 4-8pm there is the “After Work Special”, with tickets available for $13.



Tuesday (3/8): Celebrate Fat Tuesday At Schubas

3159 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Time: 6:00PM

Ring in Fat Tuesday with Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound! Tickets are $10 and include a crawfish boil while supplies last. Drink specials include; $3 Bud Light drafts and $5 hurricanes. Must be 21 or over to attend.

Tickets: $10

Wednesday (3/9): Chicago Irish Film Festival’s Closing Night Gala

The Beverly Arts Center of Chicago

2407 West 111th Street

Chicago, IL
Time: 7:30PM

Head to the Beverly Arts Center’s for it’s closing of the 12th Annual Irish Film Festival. Eleven shorts will be screened on closing night: Joe Drummer; Noreen; Cold Turkey; Guns, Bees and Tadpoles; Separation Agency; Ticket To Ride; Bleeding Love; Getting Air; Blue Rinse; Mister Heaney: A Wee Portrait; and Shoe. Tickets to the closing reception include a post film reception with complimentary appetizers and beverage.

Tickets: $20, $15 for BAC Members.

Thursday (3/10): Hair

Oriental Theatre
24 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
Time: 7:30PM

Kick start your Thursday with Broadway In Chicago. The Public Theater’s new Tony-winning production of HAIR is an electric celebration on stage! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old.

Tickets: $27 to $90, groups of 15 or more contact the box office.

Friday (3/11): Dancing With Chicago Celebrities Fundraising Gala

Hyatt Regency Chicago Crystal Ballroom
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Time: 6:00PM

Chicago’s hottest celebrities dance to benefit The Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Presented by Arthur Murray Dance Studios. This dazzling event boasts six of Chicago’s hottest celebrities who show off their newly-learned talent of ballroom dancing in a celebrity dance-off by performing a choreographed routine with an Arthur Murray professional.

Tickets: $175 per person.

Weekend (3/12-3/13): St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Parade Route
Columbus Dr. & Balbo Dr.
Chicago, IL
Time: Noon

One of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the country, the annual downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates the patron saint of Ireland and Irish heritage.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade River Dyeing Ceremony
Chicago River
Wacker Dr & Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
Time: 10:00AM

See the annual dyeing of the Chicago River before the parade at 10AM.

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Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago