After a snowy winter, Chicago is finally starting to warm up! The days are longer, the trees are budding, and Chicagoans are emerging from hibernation ready to have some fun. If you’re thinking of planning a trip to the Windy City this month, there are a ton of festivals and events for you to experience.
Read on to find which events suit your fancy, and be sure to book a Hop on Hop Off Tour with Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. for a stress-free way to get out and explore!
The Chicago Flower and Garden ShowMarch 14-18, 2018
Hop Off your trolley tour at Navy Pier for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show! An annual event welcoming gardening enthusiasts and newbies alike to explore and experience extraordinary gardens, how-to workshops, and instructional seminars that display the greener side of Chicago. This year’s theme, “FLOWERTALES,” aims to showcase that every garden has a story to tell. So don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and learn something new; this event is fun for the whole family! Visit their website for tickets and more information.
St. Patrick’s Day River Dyeing and Parade
March 17, 2018
Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.
It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago without the world-famous river dyeing and parade. Head towards the Michigan Ave. Bridge before 9 a.m. and be amazed as 45 pounds of vegetable dye color the Chicago River green between Columbus and Wacker Drive. Not to mention, you’ll be surrounded by thousands of people in festive green clothing.
Stick around for the parade kicking off at noon featuring colorful floats, booming marching bands, bagpipe brigades and more! This is a Chicago tradition you do not want to miss. The best part is: it’s FREE!
Chicago Blues & Bluegrass FestivalMarch 21-25, 2018
Lincoln Hall, Chop Shop, Martyrs, Fitzgerald’s
Celebrate Chicago’s long history of blues music at The 2018 Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, presented by Silver Wrapper, React and October. This year’s fest features some of the biggest names in blues and bluegrass today including, Curtis Harding, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band. This is a great way to experience a full weekend of world-class music all around the city. Get your tickets today!
Easter at Lincoln Park ZooMarch 31, 2018
Lincoln Park Zoo
Get into the spirit of Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Egg-Stravaganza! Start out your morning having breakfast and taking pictures with the Easter Bunny, then get out and explore the zoo with multiple egg hunts for different age groups. Enjoy free rides on the carousel and train, and hop along to holiday music. This event is a basket-full of fun for the entire family. Get your tickets before they sell out!