Top Dating Ideas in Chicago – March 15th to March 31st
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Top Dating Ideas in Chicago - March 15th to March 31st

We know, we know. This weekend is St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. But not everyone is into green beer-fueled marathon drinking (although we don’t judge). Check out our St. Patrick’s Day events guide here, but for the rest of you who just want to get through another weekend without some fool who just moved here from Ohio puking on your shoes, read the options below. Here’s everything you need to do in Chicago this weekend if you want to avoid the St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans.

Catch the closing weekend of the Chicago Jewish Film Festival
Friday, March 15 – March 17
Various locations
Now’s your last chance to catch the tail end of the Chicago Jewish Film Festival, featuring 43 films at seven venues across Chicago and the northern suburbs with talkbacks following many of the films.
Cost: Prices vary per show

Sip martinis at Sex and the City-themed pop-up Cosmo Carrie’s
Friday, March 15 – Wednesday, March 20
Ironside Bar
It’s the last weekend to hit Sex and the City-themed pop-up Cosmo Carrie’s at Ironside Bar, featuring themed drinks and martinis named after characters from the show, plus food, shot combos, and enough wine to last several seasons.
Cost: No cover

Bust your electronic music preconceptions at Smartbar’s Daphne 2019
Friday, March 15 – March 31
If you’re looking to get away from the green mob this weekend, now might be a good time to check out Smartbar’s month-long residency Daphne, highlighting electronic musicians that identify outside of traditional gender vectors.
Cost: $12-$20 per show Fri-Sun (Thursday show free)

Feast your eyes on some “black burly-q” at Jeezy’s Juke Joint
Friday, March 15 – Saturday, March 16
The Promontory
This one-of-a-kind “black burly-q” event highlights black and queer entertainers in burlesque, comedy, drag, music, pole dancing and more. So yeah, not your typical weekend at the corner bar. Opening night party “The Hot Box” takes place Thursday at VAM Studios.
Cost: $15-$40 per night Fri-Sat; $30 for Thursday opening party

Laugh inappropriately with Dave Attell at Chicago Improv Comedy Club
Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17
Chicago Improv Comedy Club
There’s nothing funny about spilling mustard and Guinness all over your “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt. There is, however, plenty funny about Dave Attell, who sets up shop in Schaumburg for five shows this weekend.
Cost: $33 per show Fri & Sun (Sat sold out)

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Take a break from the bagpipes to see Gary Clark Jr. at the Chicago Theatre
Saturday, March 16
Chicago Theatre
If you’re tired of people who really shouldn’t be singing sing-shouting “Dirty Old Town” for the 47th time, escape to Chicago Theatre to see Gary Clark Jr. light up the stage with some real music that you don’t need 47 beers to tolerate.
Cost: $198.50+

Keep your grooves spicy at Empty Bottle’s Chili Synthesizer Cookoff
Sunday, March 17
Empty Bottle
In this ninth annual event, electronic artists cook chili and then perform original “sonic interpretations” of their dishes on stage, with their chili served to attendees as they perform and a winner chosen by the audience. So pretty normal, right?
Cost: $5


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