5 Things to Do in Chicago: March 10-12

Give back this weekend by packing meals for hungry children, taking part in a St. Patrick’s Day-themed Polar Plunge, or watching a staged reading featuring cast members of Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD.

Kids Against Hunger

5 Things to Do in Chicago: The Volunteer Center's Kids Against Hunger

Photo courtesy of The Volunteer Center.

March 11

Help The Volunteer Center and the Winnetka Rotary pack 100,000 meals for children in Nicaragua.

Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and River Dyeing

5 Things to Do in Chicago: St. Patrick's Day
March 11

The Chicago River will once again be dyed green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Afterward, don’t miss the parade, which will start at Balbo and Columbus and continue north on Columbus.


5 Things to Do in Chicago: Piven Theatre's "Waiting," a staged reading with members of the casts from Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD

Image courtesy of Piven Theatre Workshop.

March 12

Piven Theatre Workshop will present a staged reading of “Waiting” with cast members from Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD, including Sophia Bush, Monica Raymund and Marina Squerciati. The event will benefit Piven Arts Programming at YWCA Evanston/North Shore and Cook County Jail Women’s Division.

Shamrock Shivers Polar Plunge

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Shamrock Shivers Polar Plunge in Lake Forest

Image courtesy of Ripple Public Relations.

March 12
Lake Forest

Dress up in your best green outfit before jumping into Lake Michigan at Forest Park Beach. Proceeds from this event will benefit Lake County Cares, which is celebrating 50 years of connecting residents with more than 200 nonprofits.

Pilgrim Chamber Players

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Pilgrim Chamber Players
March 12
Highland Park

The Pilgrim Chamber Players, celebrating 20 years, will welcome Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist John Sharp as a guest performer this weekend. The concert will include music by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos and Tchaikovsky.