Happy cute pet dog puppy running in the grass in flowering garden

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Springing Forward!

Happy cute pet dog puppy running in the grass in flowering garden

It’s time to “Spring” forward as we wrap-up nearly a month’s worth of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and more this last weekend in March! Don’t get left behind!!

Thousands of runners are gearing up to hit the city streets for the annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle as they kick off the spring running season here in Chicago. The Mile portion will take place on Saturday (8:00 a.m.) at Grant Park in The Loop welcoming participants of all abilities, from walkers to families to competitive athletes. Runners will receive a 2023 race T-shirt and a bib with an awards ceremony at the end of The Mile. The 8K Run and 2-Mile Walk will take place on Sunday (7:00 a.m.) at Grant Park as well. Runners for this event will receive a festive shirt and knit hat, a bib, and a drink ticket to use at the post-race party which will be held at Buckingham Fountain featuring live music! It’s your last chance to be Irish until next year!!

The 3rd annual Uncorked: Chicago Wine Festival will be held on Saturday (7 p.m.-11 p.m.) at the Museum of Science & Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.) in the Hyde Park neighborhood. As a guest you will be able to enjoy over 100 wines and champagnes from across the globe. Full after-hours access to the museum, a DJ, interactive exhibits, and more are all included in either your VIP ticket ($100) or General Admission ticket ($70). Plus, the VIP ticket includes access to a private lounge with higher end wineries as well as an extra hour of tastings!

It’s the last weekend for Karen’s Diner at Rizzo’s Bar & Inn (3658 N. Clark St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. This touring pop-up diner offers great food but horrible service! Your $45 ticket gets you a burger, fries, soft drink, and being roasted by your servers with over-the-top banter!! Vegetarian options are also available.

Get the kids out of the house to release some of their pent-up winter energy at this Sunday’s (2 p.m.-4 p.m.) Family Fun Fair at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness (1320 W. Fullerton Ave.) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  This indoor event offers a range of fun attractions and activities which include bounce houses, relay races, Lego contest and prizes, carnival games, craft and coloring stations, airbrush tattoos, and more!  Some attractions/activities as well as all food and drinks will require tickets that can be purchased on the day of the event.

In preparation for our next upcoming holiday, join the Kambs Jennings Group at Guaranteed Rate for complimentary Photos With the Easter Bunny this Saturday (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) at Park & Field (3509 W. Fullerton Ave.) in the Logan Square neighborhood.  Even your four-legged family members are welcomed to get their photo taken with the bunny as this is a dog-friendly event as well. Plus, be sure to stick around for the awesome brunch!

As far as tribute shows go, there can be none better than One Night of Queen this Saturday (8 p.m.-11 p.m.) at the Rosemont Theatre (5400 N. River Rd.) in Rosemont. This spectacular live concert recreates the look, sound, and pomp showmanship of one of the greatest rock bands of all time as performed by Gary Mullen (Freddie Mercury) and The Works. They have played to sellout crowds in the USA, United Kingdom, Europe, and New Zealand!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago