March Happenings in Chicago
March is one of the most exciting months for events in Chicago. In homage to its deep Irish roots, Chicago hosts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations starting Mar 16. In addition to the ShamROCK Chicago celebration, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo invites all fans of comic, entertainment and gaming industries to the Windy City Mar 22 – 24. And despite the recent cold weather, the annual Flower and Garden Show will be on Mar 20 (hopefully bringing nice spring weather with it)! Let’s dive into the details.
Chicago is home to one of the greatest St. Paddy’s Day celebrations in the United States – ShamROCK Chicago. With three Irish parades, the dyeing of the Chicago River and a couple of St. Patrick’s Day races, Chicago has earned its title as the “GREENest City in the World”. This weekend celebration will kick off on Saturday, Mar 16 at 9a.m. with the dyeing of the Chicago River. The best view of the river GREENing is at the intersection of Michigan Ave, Wacker Drive and the river. After checking out the lucky river, watch Chicago’s classic Downtown parade as it marches north on Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe. If you’re feeling the luck of the Irish, then sign up for one of the many marathons and half marathon races also happening this March. The Get Lucky Half Marathon, St. Paddy’s Day 5K & 8K and the Shamrock Shuffle will all take place in March. Experience an authentic St. Patrick’s Day this year at ShamROCK Chicago.
Hotel Near Shamrock Chicago
Make sure to stay the night during ShamROCK Chicago to see the city turn green with their St. Paddy’s Day lights. The Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay with its comfortable charm and delightful atmosphere. You’ll feel right at home.
Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo C2E2
Pop culture fans, Otaku (anime fans) and comic book lovers won’t want to miss Chicago’s Comic & Entertainment Expo from Mar 22 – 24. Fans can enter the C2E2 event starting at 10a.m. at the South Building at McCormick Place. Fans will be able to meet their superheroes from the comic, entertainment and gaming industries. Comic guests include Chris Claremont (X-Men), Afua Richardson (Black Panther) and Andrea Broccardo (Star Wars). Some A-list entertainment guests include David Tennant & Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf). These are just a few of the stars that will be at C2E2. In honor of their 10-year anniversary the C2E2 has put together an online time capsule of their past expos. Check it out here. You can purchase your passes here starting at $40.
Hotel Near Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
Make sure to grab a three-day pass for the C2E2 and stay the weekend. After seeing your favorite comics and celebrity guests, rest at the nearby City Suites Hotel. This sleek boutique property is a great place to relax after spending a weekend at the home of pop culture.
Chicago Flower and Garden Show
Bring out your green thumb at the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show. From Mar 20 – 24, Navy Pier will be transformed into an indoor garden exhibit for this year’s theme “Flowertales: The Story Grows On”. This event is perfect for families, especially with the JULIE Kids Activity Garden. Here young ones can cultivate a love for gardening and the outdoors. There will be a total of 19 different gardens set up around the show that will display a variety of greenery and flowers. Be sure to listen in on one of the insightful seminars they have scheduled to learn more about gardening. Tickets for this event are $20 for adults and $5 for kids (4-12) and can be purchased online here.
Hotel Near Chicago Flower and Garden Show
Let you love for floriculture bloom as you spend a night or two in Chicago. Consider staying at the breathtaking Willows Hotel. With a beautiful Lakeview neighborhood location, this boutique hotel is conveniently located by Navy Pier. Its amenities and great accommodations offer the perfect place to relax after the Chicago Flower and Garden Show.
With so much to do in Chicago this March, make sure to plan your visit to the Windy City!
WHERE TO STAY
The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.
City Suites Hotel
A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.
This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499