River North: On Saturday, March 8, bring your sweet tooth to the first-ever Flour Power: A Bake Sale with Purpose from 11 am – 2 pm at the Ivy Room located at 12 E. Ohio Street. Hosted by the Rowe Club, over a dozen female chefs from the Chicago area will be on hand, each delivering one of their delicious signature pastries. In honor of International Women’s Day, all proceeds from this bake sale will go to Chicago non-profit Women Unite. Tickets start at $20 for five vouchers to taste the plethora of baked delights available and go up to $75. Find more info here.
Uptown: The Lillstreet Art Center, located at 4401 N. Ravenswood Avenue, will present the 13th Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Friday, March 13, starting at 5 pm. For $25, attendees can purchase a handcrafted ceramic bowl produced by Lillstreet artists and fill it up with a tasty soup provided by First Slice Cafe. Take your new bowl home and know that proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards First Slice, which helps fight hunger in Chicago. Find more info here.
West Loop: On March 21-22, the West Loop Spirits, Wine and Beer Festival takes place at Plumbers Hall located at 1340 N. Washington Boulevard. Artisans will be on hand providing tasting sessions alongside delicious complimentary chocolate. Learn about the process of creating amazing spirits, wines, and beers from experts as you taste your way through the fest and purchase your favorites. The event kicks off both days at 11 am, and tickets range from $35 – 65. All proceeds benefit Chicago Canine Rescue. Find more info here.
Streeterville: Need something to keep the kids (or the kid at heart) busy this weekend? Jurassic Quest takes place March 6- 8 at Navy Pier and features over 100 prehistoric dinosaurs brought to life by way of animatronics and puppetry. Sure, there will be face painting, fossil digging, and crafts, but the real reason to check this event out is the 50-foot Megalodon and to take a ride on a T-Rex. Find more info here.
Edgewater: Keeping with the spirit of the day, Edgewater will host the International Woman’s Day Crawl on March 8 from 11 am to 2 pm. The event will make its way through Edgewater, visiting various women-owned businesses. Stops along the crawl include Gallery 1070, Farm Bar, and Edge of Sweetness, where attendees can sample excellent food, drinks, and take part in crafts. Proceeds go towards helping Loom Chicago, a non-profit that helps women refugees in creating handmade products and promotes community. Find more info here.
Logan Square: It has been 250 years since Beethoven was born, and we still line up to hear his iconic music. Logan Square will celebrate the composer’s work as well as the music of Bach on Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday, March 19, with two shows taking place at 6:30 m and 9 pm at the historic Stan Mansion located at 2408 N. Kedzie Avenue. The candlelit atmosphere will indulge the senses as these composer’s classics are performed by a string quartet. Perfect for date night or if you just need to unwind with a sampling of the world’s most beloved music. Find more info here.
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