If you’re spending the weekend in Chicago, don’t miss Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Auditorium Theatre or the inspiring Peace on Earth Film Festival. You can also make your way to Skokie for a family-friendly cooking class; Wilmette for annual One Book, Everybody Reads programming; or Bridgeview for Chicago Fire’s home opener.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

5 Things to Do: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section (Photo by Paul Kolnik.)

March 7-11

This dance company returns to Auditorium Theatre with three programs, each ending with Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations,” which The Washington Post called a “modern classic.”

Family Fun: Just Desserts

5 Things to Do: Just Desserts Class at Sur la Table
March 9

Learn how to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies, Chocolate Dump-It Cake, and Buttermilk Dutch Baby with Caramelized Pears with your kiddos (ages 7 and up) at this Sur La Table Old Orchard class.

Peace on Earth Film Festival

5 Things to Do: Peace on Earth Film Festival

Image courtesy of the festival.

March 9-11

This festival returns for its 10th year and features inspiring films from Australia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greenland, India, Israel, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and USA. Find a complete schedule here.

Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City

5 Things to Do: Chicago Fire home opener 2018

Nemanja Nikolic (Photo courtesy of Chicago Fire.)

March 10

The Chicago Fire open their season at home against Sporting Kansas City this weekend. See the full schedule here.

One Book, Everybody Reads

5 Things to Do: Wilmette Public Library's One Book, Everybody Reads 2018 ("A Gentleman in Moscow")
Through April 22

This year’s selection for Wilmette Public Library’s One Book, Everybody Reads program is “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. The author will visit to discuss the book on Apil 22, but until then, the library will host a variety of related events starting with Cookbook Club on March 10. Guests can select a recipe from “Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking” by Bonnie Frumkin Morales and bring the dish to share with other attendees. Registration is required. Learn more.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital