5 Things to Do Around Chicago: St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a sustainable food festival, comedy show, new art exhibit or annual flower and garden show. Or, spend the weekend in Lake Geneva.

Good Food Festival & Conference

5 Things to Do Around Chicago, St. Patrick's Day Weekend: Good Food Festival & Conference

Photo by Barry Brecheisen.

March 16-18

This annual festival, now in its 13th year, will feature speakers, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, workshops and more about local and sustainable food. Plus, the family-friendly Good Food Festival on Saturday will feature the Good Food Marketplace with more than 150 farmers, artisanal food producers, retailers, nonprofits and more.

The All Irish, All the Time Comedy Show

5 Things to Do Around Chicago, St. Patrick's Day Weekend: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's The All Irish, All the Time Comedy Show

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March 17
Arlington Heights

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre will host this St. Patrick’s Day comedy show with local comedians Jeannie Doogan, Jim McHugh and Bill Brady.

AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series

5 Things to Do Around Chicago, St. Patrick's Day Weekend: AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series

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March 17-19
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Get away for the weekend and explore Lake Geneva, the site of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series grand finale. The best professional snocross racers from around the world will participate in this event at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.

Nature vs. Nurture

5 Things to Do Around Chicago, St. Patrick's Day Weekend: Nature vs. Nurture at Evanston Art Center

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Opens March 17

Evanston Art Center’s latest exhibition opens this weekend and looks at “the complex relationship between natural and urban landscapes.” Younsoo Kim Flynn curated this exhibit, which will feature works by Nathan Braunfeld, Jack Flynn, Sae Jun Kim and Everything is Collective (Jason Lukas, Zachary Norma and Aaron Hegert).

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

5 Things to Do Around Chicago, St. Patrick's Day Weekend: Chicago Flower & Garden Show

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March 18-26

There may be snow on the ground outside, but it will feel like spring at Navy Pier during this annual flower and garden show. With cooking demonstrations, kids activities, a discussion with HGTV’s and DIY Network’s Ahmed Hassan, a cake decorating competition, market and more, this is a can’t-miss event. Plus, Philanthropy Awards winner Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance will present Fleurotica, a fashion show featuring designs made with natural products, during the Evening in Bloom gala on March 17.


  • On Thursday, March 16, New Trier will honor Ann Compton, Chris CoxLiz Phair and eight other alumni at the 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards. Learn more about the event (and how you can buy tickets) hereMake It Better is a proud media sponsor of this event.
  • FreshSkin Medical Spa & Wellness Center will celebrate International Day of Happiness on March 20 at Market Square in Lake Forest (weather permitting). FreshSkin will donate $1 to Feed My Starving Children (up to $3,000) for every person who posts a happy thought or act on their Happiness Wall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.