March is here! We’ve curated 11 outlets for getting your green on.
Go nuts over pistachio marshmallows
XO Marshmallow debuted its monthly flavor a little early, and we’re not mad. The featured ‘mallows are made with real pistachios and rumored to boost the eater’s luck. We may have started that rumor. Visit 6977 N Sheridan Rd all month for a taste, and get schooled in the art of marshmallow decorating on March 24.
Shed some green for a furry cause
90 plus dogs and cats encourage you to drink green beer while vibing with live music and an assortment of vendors. Party on, and help house some pets. Famous Fido’s Luck of the Furry runs from noon till 4PM on Sunday, March 4 at 3124 W Irving Park Rd. All proceeds benefit the rescues. Get tickets now, or buy at the door.
Embrace St. Patrick’s Day with limited edition Hawks gear
Chicago’s hockey team is favoring green this month. Bid on “sham-rocked”, warm-up jerseys, and shop greener fan wear at the Blackhawks Stores (United Center’s Section 117, Michigan Avenue, and Oakbrook) from March 12 through March 24. Not only are players skating in March’s color, they’re participating in the NHL’s Green Week. Read more about their equipment donation here.
Wander through over 20 life-sized gardens
“Every garden has a story to tell.” Secure a spot to hear 20+ “Flowertales” at this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Plant whisperers can refine their gift at gardening seminars and DIY workshops, and kids can explore with tailored activities and a floral marketplace. Spend March 14-18 at Navy Pier among the magic of nature.
Get swept up in sage
Move over, grey. 2018 is determined to make sage the star of neutrals. According to the pinning empire, this subtle green is blowing up. Ready to engage in the trend? Introduce sage to your living room walls, kitchen cabinets, and basically any space you’re looking to refresh without exhibiting 80s pop inspiration.
Spectate the Chicago River dyeing
You knew this was coming. The city’s quintessential St. Patrick’s Day tradition falls on March 17 this year, so don’t miss it! Spy the dye at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive for free. Thinking about splurging for a more luxury experience? Brunch at LondonHouse Chicago for appropriately colored provisions and epic views. Reservations recommended. 312-357-1200.
Run like a leprechaun
You don’t need to be a little, bearded sprite to join this event. Gear up for a festive jaunt at the Leprechaun Leap 5K and 8K Run on March 17. Adrenaline kicks in at 9:30AM at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park.
Venture to Middle Earth for hearty eats
Talk about going green. Skip the utensils, and feast Hobbit-style. Thalia Hall presents a Peter Jackson-approved meal and movie combo. Dusek’s serves up “Lembas Bread” Baguettes, Potato Soup, and Smoked Turkey Legs while Hopewell Brewing supplies the “Prancing Pony” Ale. Nerd out with a Lord of The Rings marathon from March 20-22.
Exercise more eco-friendly habits
Curbed shares simple tips to improve your home’s relationship with the environment and save you money. Switching to warm, LED bulbs, unplugging chargers when not in use, and air sealing attics and basements will lead you in the right direction. More help here.
Treat yourself to an “adult” Shamrock Shake
We’re not dissuading you from enjoying McDonald’s annual minty wonder. If you’d like to indulge in a graduated version, though, meet The Violet Hour’s “Chapuline” (Quebranta Pisco, White Cacao, Creme De Menthe, Heavy Whipping Cream, Mint). While you’re there, witness some of this year’s Pitchfork lineup in paint.
Dance with the “Green Light” singer
Lorde redoes Chicago on March 27. After her Lollapalooza rainout, the Kiwi is back with Run the Jewels and Mitski for an indoor performance. Other acts that are a go this month? MGMT, the Eagles, Yo La Tengo, Boyz II Men, and Super Bowl vet Justin Timberlake. Enter music madness.