Spring is finally here!  How are you going to spend the final days in March?  Here are some great ideas for this weekend. Enjoy, you deserve it!

1. Macy’s Flower Show

  • When:  March 24 – April 7, 2019 at 9:00 am. Daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Where:  Macy’s 111 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602.

Why this is fun:  What say’s Spring more than flowers? For more than 70 years, Macy’s Flower Show has delighted generations of floral aficionados with over-the-top presentations of lavish gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants, and trees from around the globe. Native to many different landscapes, Macy’s Flower Show offers visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy these florals blooming in unison, despite their distinct climatic DNA.

Taking root in unexpected settings, such as store countertops, windows and specially designed architecture, including grand bridges, columns, and topiaries, Macy’s Flower Show is staged in distinct fashion at each of the three locations. The show is free to the public and open during regular show hours.

The 2019 Flower Show, Journey to Paradisios, is a space-inspired floral fantasy featuring marvelous celestial blooms. Transporting fans into a multi-dimensional world of space, adventure and discovery through flowers and eccentrically landscaped gardens, Journey to Paradisios celebrates the wonder and mystery of the cosmos.

For more details, visit the website. 

2. Chicago’s 10th Annual Bee Forum

  • When:  March 31, 2019 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Where:  Gafield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Ave, Chicago IL 60624.

Why this is fun:  What’s Spring without the birds and the bees? Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance hosts an annual Bee Forum to join local beekeepers and beekeeping experts to discuss relevant topics in the world of beekeeping, in addition to building community with Chicagoland beekeepers. GPCA is excited to have Randy Oliver present on the topic of hive inspections. Randy’s presentation “Reading the combs–experiencing the world through the perspective of the bees” will focus on interpreting what bees are telling us as we inspect the hives and help us determine how to transition from having bees to keeping bees to managing bees.

Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley in Northern California. He and his two sons manage about 1500 colonies for migratory pollination and produce queens, nucs, and honey. He has over 50 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences. Randy researches, analyzes, and digests beekeeping information from all over the world in order to not only broaden his own depth of understanding and knowledge, but to develop practical solutions to many of today’s beekeeping problems, which he then shares with other beekeepers through his various articles in bee magazines, his speaking engagements worldwide.

For more details, visit the website.

3. Chicago Mac and Cheez Takedown

  • When: March 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
  • Where:  Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 1750 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60647.

Why this is fun: The Mac and Cheez Takedown features samples of the classic dish prepared by Chicago’s best home cooks, all of whom are competing for prizes from Cuisinart and Anolon. Attendees will have two hours to eat all the mac that their stomachs can handle—at the end of the afternoon, one local cook will walk away with some amazing prizes (and some epic bragging rights).

Modeled after classic shuffleboard clubs in Florida, Royal Palms brings the century-old pastime to a gigantic warehouse in Wicker Park. With 10 courts to choose from, guests can reserve an hour of game time and then learn how to play via a quick and fun tutorial. Even if you’re not using your tang to send a biscuit gliding across the floor, there’s still fun to be had at the Royal Palms.

For more details, visit the website.

4. Local Locos with Comedian Joey Villagomez

  • When:  March 31, 2019 at 7:30 pm.
  • Where:  Joe’s Bar on Weed St, 940 W Weed St, Chicago IL 60642.

Why this is fun: Mike Oquendo is a producer, actor and the host of The Mikey O Comedy Show which puts on over 80 shows a year, including this one.  Mikes show have been featured on Telemundo, WGN-TV, Univision, The TBS “Just for Laughs Festival”, People en Español, Broadway World and the Chicago Tribune.  Mike is especially proud of 3 notable milestones in his career: serving on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences which created the very first Latin Grammy Awards; being a concept contributor on 3 HBO Latino specials; and, lastly, creating his Community Partner Nights which raises over $80,000 annually for Local Non-Profits.

His theater production credits include the off-Broadway play ‘I Like It Like That” and Urban Theaters “La Gringa”. Mike won the Performer’s Choice Award for “Made in Puerto Rico” with Elizardi Castro awarded by the (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) and recently performed in the sold out hit “La Havana Madrid” at the Steppenwolf and Goodman Theaters a well as the radionovela “Tumbao” with Dominizuelan also at the Steppenwolf’s Theater.

For more details, visit the website.

5. Art on theMART

  • When:  Starts March 29 thru December 29, 2019. Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Where:  Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago IL 60654.

Why this is fun:  Starting this weekend and for six nights a week, a 25-story-tall video installation takes over the side of the Merchandise Mart, filling the building’s historic facade with vibrant colors and moving images. Harnessing 34 digital projectors, the show features work by a rotating lineup of artists and is best viewed from Wacker Drive or the Riverwalk, between Wells and Orleans Streets. Art on theMART lights up the night Monday through Saturday, with projections beginning approximately 15 minutes after sunset.

The Riverwalk is accessible via any of the stairways along Wacker Dr. There are ADA compliant ramps providing Riverwalk access located at the east side of State St., the west side of Clark St., and the west side of Franklin St.This is a FREE event.

For more details, visit the website.

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