While you wait to bid a sweet goodbye to winter, fill your weekend with the luck of the Irish. Pregame St. Patrick’s Day with parades or hold the celebrating for next weekend and choose an exhibit, album release party or a walk to find gnomes instead. Read on to be in the know about these fab events and so much more!

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Sing and Dance with Cinderella
See your favorite characters come alive and sing, dance and clap along with them as Cinderella’s dreams come true! Fri. Event details.

Lincoln Square

Laura Doherty’s Album Release Party
A Chicago favorite in the family music scene, Laura Doherty releases High Five, which celebrates the themes of friendship, family and childhood. She’ll perform the full album, along with a few gems from her other award-winning albums. Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Heart & Seoul: Growing Up in Korea
Designed with input from real-life South Korean kids, visitors explore Korean food, music, martial arts and kids can compare their home and school lives with their Korean peers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Brave the chill to experience a new immersive art installation comprised of 25 pivoting prisms more than 6-feet tall that reflect every color in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Norwood Park

Northwest Side Irish Parade
You can thank your lucky clovers for this super-fun procession, which has floats, live music, performers, appearances by tons of neighborhood organizations and a family-friendly after-party. Sun. Event details.


Free Family Day at Museum of Contemporary Art
Free Family Days offer your family a chance to take part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours and performances conducted by Chicago artists. This month’s focus is X-Ray Vision, where you’ll look at the world from the inside out. Sat. Event details.

South Side

South Side Irish Parade
Enjoy a sea of green on the South Side when this procession marches through. The two-hour shindig is filled with floats and flags, bagpipe players, Irish dancers and more. Sun. Event details.



St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Ranked as the second largest St. Patricks’ day parade in the Chicago area, this year’s bash will include 80 floats, Irish Dancers, the Shannon Rovers, and local team mascots including Benny the Bull, Southpaw and Tommy Hawk. Sat. Event details.


Go Gnome Hunting
Gnomes are invading Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? You have all winter to give it a go! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Oak Forest

South Side Irish Sunday
Chicago Gaelic Park celebrates the Irish culture all year round, but things really ramp up in March! From a theatrically staged show that journeys through the songs, speeches and images that honor the Irish road to freedom to a family fun lunch, you’ll find something that’ll excite the Irish lover in you. Sun. Event details.

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— Maria Chambers

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