Chicago Events in March typically revolve around one thing: Irish!  The city's St. Patrick's Day events are the most popular things to do even if you're not Irish.

The fun this year starts on Saturday, March 15th when the festivities kick off at 10a when the Chicago River is dyed green.  The St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at noon starting at Balbo and Columbus.  The parade proceeds north on Columbus and the viewing stand is located in front of the Buckingham Fountain.  Organizers urge you to take public transit to see this year's parade.

The South Side Irish Parade will be held on Sunday, March 16th at noon starting at 103rd proceeding down Western Avenue to 115th Street.  Unlike the old wild days of the parade, this year's event is a family-friendly event with a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol use along the parade route.  The event's website reminds you that “you can enjoy yourself responsibly at any of the bars along Western Avenue but there will be no open containers of alcohol allowed in the public way”.

But not all events in Chicago in March revolve around St. Patrick's Day.  In fact one celebrates the birth of the City of Chicago.  Come celebrate Chicago's 177th Birthday on Tuesday, March 4th at the Daley Plaze Rally which also will celebrate Mardi Gras.  Food truck vendors will be out in force including...

  • Bridgeport Pasty Food Truck Rally on Daley Plaza
  • Flirty Cupcakes
  • Gino's Steaks Truck
  • Haute and Ready Chicago
  • Husky Hog BBQ
  • Jerk
  • Ms. Tittle's Cupcakes
  • Porkchop
  • The Cheesies Truck
  • Windy City Patty Wagon

March 2nd is the date for the 12th annual Chicago Polar Plunge and Melt Down Party.  This event is the largest fundraiser benefitting the Special Olympics Chicago programs and other Special Children's Charities.  Head to North Avenue Beach from 9a-2p and be among thousands of plungers into Lake Michigan for this great cause.

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