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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Keeping Busy Awaiting Spring’s Arrival!

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Usually, the month of March can be a rough patch for us to get through here in Chicago.  But not so this year.  Not only have we been enjoying spring temps already, but we’ll also be springing our clocks forward this Sunday as we await the arrival of spring!  But until then, this weekend offers a variety of events to keep both you and your little ones busy.

Stop by and experience all things Irish a week early at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day at Gallagher Way this Sunday (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) located at 3637 N. Clark Street in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  This family-friendly, free event features traditional live music from the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band and the Old Town School of Folk Music, performances by the Trinity Irish Dancers, and Irish dancing mini lessons.  Plus, plenty of activities are planned to keep the kids busy with face painting, balloon artists, a make-your-own Rainbow Stuffie, and more.  As for you older kids, your festivities include green draft beer, specialty cocktails, Irish coffee, and Guinness.  You’ll be all set to conquer next weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day events in style!

There’s no better time to create an epic summer for your kids than at the Windy City Camp Fair this Saturday (12 p.m.-3 p.m.) held at Loyola University Chicago (1032 W. Sheridan Rd.) in the Rogers Park neighborhood.  You’ll be able to explore a diverse range of summer camp options that cater to various interests and age groups with over 50 camps on display.  In addition, exclusive discounts and special offers are only available at this fair.  And to keep the fun going all day long, you and your kids can enjoy thrilling activities, games, and exciting giveaways.  Best of all, it’s free and all under one roof!

Join the Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 W. Randolph St.) in the West Loop for their Haymarket Sausagefest 2024 this Saturday (12 p.m.-4 p.m.).  As usual, not only does this event feature award winning craft beer and delicious food from the Haymarket’s own scratch kitchen, but it also features delicious sausages and beers from sausage masters and guest brewers.  It’s a sausage and beer extravaganza with over 20 encased meats and 30 craft brews!

For those who prefer wine over beer, the annual Uncorked: Chicago Wine Festival will be held this Saturday (6:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) at the Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.) in the Hyde Park neighborhood.  Guests can enjoy over 150 wines and champagnes from across the globe as well as other beverages such as seltzers, canned cocktails, and spirits.  In addition, there will be food vendors, a DJ, and exclusive after-hours access to the museum.  There are three sessions for this event: VIP admission ($110) at 6:30 p.m., Early admission ($85) at 7:00 p.m., and General admission ($65) at 8:00 p.m.  Also on hand will be a variety of exhibitions and experiences for an evening you won’t soon forget!

Discover one-of-a-kind treasures at this year’s Chicago Artisan Market this Sunday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) at Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan St.) in the West Town neighborhood.  This indoor market features over 100 artisans for their “Spring Forward” edition to celebrate small businesses who pour their passions into creating their products.  The market also offers Bistro seating to relax, have a bite to eat, a drink from the stocked bar, or an Artisan coffee, tea, pastries and desserts before heading back out there to hunt for your treasures!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago