You have the luck of the Irish on your side this weekend with all the fun around town! Bundle up your little leprechauns and get a jumpstart on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, take in a show or spend a day playing with chickens. Keep your eyes moving down the screen and read all about it!

green-riverphoto: kosheahan via flickr



That’s Weird Grandma: Rise of the Rock Spectacular
Imagine an incredible rock concert, completely penned by young authors and composed by Chicago actors and musicians! This music-infused revue will feature rocking guitar solos, plenty of jokes and a new opening band each week! Sun. Event details.


Last Chance to See Little Red Riding Hood
Chicago Kids Company – Theater for Children presents Little Red Riding Hood, an original musical adaptation of the classic tale. Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma’s house. Fri. Event details.


Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
After you watch the Chicago River turn green, watch Chicago’s homage to the Irish make its way through Grant park with bagpipes, drum corps and Irish dancers taking the lead. This year’s theme is Irish Immigration: A New World of Opportunity. Sat. Event details.

Irving Park

Go Green at the Irish American Heritage Center’s Family Festival
Whoop it up for St. Patrick’s day at a North Side institution. Dress up in green and head over for an arts and crafts fair, a mini Irish market, dancing, food, music, performances by Irish groups and other kinds of family fun. Sat. Event details.

Near North Side

The Year I Didn’t Go To School: A Homemade Circus
Let your imaginations soar as 7-year-old Giselle and her sister Chloe travel through Italy by truck performing in their parent’s puppet theater company. The Year I Didn’t Go To School: A Homemade Circus is sure to be a thrilling theatrical experience, combining circus elements and a unique story. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

River North

Get ShamROCKED this St. Patrick’s Day
Hard Rock Cafe Chicago invites revelers to ring in the luck of the Irish for the ninth annual Get ShamROCKED bash. The free St. Patrick’s Day celebration features live music, bagpipe performances, activities for the whole family, Irish fare, green beer and more. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Wicker Park

Kids Nite Out: Dinner & a Show
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and a movie at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own dinner and watch a movie while you . . . well, do whatever you want! Sat. Event details.



Tremendous Chickens
Head on over to Angelic Organics Learning Center for their farming series especially for preschoolers. Meet their brand-new baby chicks, collect eggs from their flock of laying hens, and make your own egg-cellent snack. Fri. Event details.


The Actors Gymnasium Presents Quest
Quest is an original circus-theater production loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s short story The Three Questions. The protagonist asks three simple (but huge) questions, setting in motion a whirlwind journey to find the answers. Fri-Sun. Event details.

Lake in the Hills

4-Leaf Clover Hunt
Silly little Leprechauns left behind hundreds of clovers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and each clover will have a treat attached. The one who finds the lucky four leaf clover will receive an extra special prize. Sat. Event details.


Be Enchanted by Trains that Glide Through Every Season
The kiddos can watch trains travel through all four seasons with the Enchanted Railroad. They’ll see bright orange pumpkins in the fall display, and they’ll even spy fluffy little daffodils as the trains sweep through spring. Fri.-Sun. Event details

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

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— Maria Chambers