Who doesn’t love lobster and maple syrup?  Personally, I’ve never tried them together, but that may all change this weekend!  Here are some great shows and food events happening in Chicago.  Enjoy, you deserve it!

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1. Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

  • When:  March 22-24, 2019. Friday & Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Where:  South Building at McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago IL 60616.

Why this is fun: Come one, come all to the only comic, cosplay and pop culture convention in the heart of downtown Chicago! Incredible celebrities, unique exhibitors, amazing comic artists and epic literary authors, along with you of course, at one place to celebrate the fandoms you love most! Featuring a Show Floor packed with top exhibitors, autograph sessions, panels, screening rooms, exclusives and a massive Artist Alley C2E2 truly has something for everyone. C2E2 is also home to the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay – the most prestigious cosplay award show in the world and the final stop in a global competition series that asks one question – Who will become the Global Champion of Cosplay? If you’ve always dreamed of attending the biggest geek party in the Midwest, this is your weekend to get wild and cut loose with fellow Chicago nerds.

For more details, visit the website. 

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2. Jeff Tweedy

  • When:  March 22 – 23, 2019 – Doors open at 7:00 pm nightly.
  • Where:  The Vic Theater, 3145 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago IL 60657.

Why this is fun:  Every year, Wilco front man, Jeff Tweedy, returns to the Vic Theatre for a pair of special benefit performances that allow him to dig into his extensive catalog of songs. With Wilco on a temporary hiatus from touring, the past year has been a particularly fruitful one for Tweedy, who published his debut memoir (Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.) and released his first proper solo album, WARM. You can expect an evening packed with some of Tweedy’s most memorable tunes, including tracks he wrote with Wilco, Uncle Tupelo and Loose Fur. Plus, all proceeds from the shows benefit a slew of local charities, including Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, Be Alright, Direct Effect Charities, One Tail at a Time and Alive Rescue Chicago.

For more details, visit the website.

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3. Chicago Flower & Garden Show

  • When: March 20 – 24, 2019.  Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 am -8:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Where: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60611.

Why this is fun: Boasting more than 700 types of plants, this Navy Pier staple isn’t your everyday flower festival. This year’s show, titled Flowertales, will feature more than 20 enchanting gardens inspired by fairy tales and works of literature, such as Gulliver’s Travels, Wuthering Heights, and Snow White. The tradition of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced back to 1847 when it was created as an exhibition of prized fruits and flowers. Today the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is all about inspiring, educating and motivating the next generation of gardener. Whether in a backyard, kitchen or rooftop, this is where green lovers and families go to discover ideas while having fun. The show will wow you with new life-sized gardens, how-to workshops and instructional seminars that will give you a reason to enjoy the greener side of Chicago.

For more details, visit the website.

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4. Lobster Chicago

  • When:  March 23 – 24, 2019 – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.
  • Where:  Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago IL 60601.

Why this is fun: March is bringing a fantastic food festival, LOBSTER CHICAGO. Chefs and Restaurants are joining together for an entertainment event for all ages. Lobster Chicago arrives this Spring serving Chicago’s favorite seafood, LOBSTER. Fill up on all flavors of Chicago — from classic lobster dishes to specialty seafood items from neighborhood restaurants. Be inspired by chef creations and incredible cocktails.

For more details, visit the website.

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5. Maple Syrup Festival

  • When:  Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Where:  North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago IL 60646.

Why this is fun:  March is Maple Syrup tapping time! Come and see the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting the sap, to boiling it down into syrup. Take a walk through the sugar bush, enjoy storytelling, make a maple craft, warm yourself by the fire and taste real maple syrup fresh off the fire.  Event Cost: Free

For more details, visit the website.

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