This weekend, the door is closing on another March here in Chicago. However we haven’t seen, or really felt, much of spring since its arrival on the 20th. So until then, perhaps some of these events will get you into a spring frame of mind!
Explore Chicago’s musical legacy at Blues Family Jam this Saturday (9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.) at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St.) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Enjoy a morning of creative activities and experiences designed for families with children ages 12 and younger. This program features make-and-take crafts and art activities for the kids, a free blues photo booth with props included, blues bingo where you make your own blues bingo card for a chance to win blues-themed prizes, and live blues music with two 45-minute interactive performances! Ticket includes hot cocoa for kids and coffee for the adults!!
Buddy Guy’s Legends (700 S. Wabash Ave.) in the South Loop brings Vintage Bluesman Sugaray Rayford to Chicago this Saturday (9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.). With a powerful, sexy, and soulful voice, Sugaray is truly the real deal. His gospel influence can be heard and felt in his music. He also draws his inspiration from the likes of Otis Redding, Teddy Pendergrass, and Muddy Waters! Sugaray Rayford is developing a reputation as a force to be reckoned with!!
Murder in a Nutshell – A Frances Glessner Lee Whodunit may be just what you need – become a detective! Venture deep inside Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death using her written crime scene descriptions and detailed photographs. Members of the audience work together to unravel the clues and determine if it was a suicide, an accidental death, or murder!! This takes place on Saturday (7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) at the Glessner House Museum (1800 S. Prairie Ave.) in the South Loop.
Chicago’s favorite drag seniors have started 2019 with “love” in Hell in a Handbag Productions’ beloved parody The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes – Valentine Edition. The ladies Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia, and Rose return to Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave.) in the Lakeview neighborhood this Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. The Lost Episodes series began in 2017 and has been going strong ever since! Chicagoans love Handbag’s long-running parody of this classic TV sitcom and I hope you will too!
If you happen to find yourself on State Street near Macy’s in the Loop this Saturday or Sunday, look to the stars as Macy’s Flower Show: Journey to Paradisios launches. Embark on a space odyssey as the show takes you to an otherworldly realm of glorious blossoms, lush plant life, and amazing flora with seven gardens (Starflower 1, Carnivorous Wilds, Teleporter Photo Op, Orchid Forest, Caverns, Monolith, & Floating City). Special events include a Baby Rave And After Party! on Saturday. From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Rave, which is a dance party for ages 0-8 is complete with a DJ, a light show, glow sticks, and visuals that will not disappoint. After the Rave, head to the Kids’ Department (5th floor) for the after party from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for some metallic balloon twisting, space tattoos, galaxy slime making, and much more. You can also visit Supernova Sunday (2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.). This event features cosmic nail design, glitter freckles, galaxy lips, and much more. A world of endless possibilities awaits you at Paradisios!!
Happy “Spring” Hunting!