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Things to Do in Chicago - March 2018

Our Concierge team has compiled a list of their favorite things to do in Chicago this March.


Walking around Chicago in March, you’ll start to feel, see and smell inviting hints of spring. People venture outdoors for more open air activities and little blades of grass peek out here and there. But don’t pack your coats away just yet. Brisk winds, and even snow, have been known to stick around through the end of the month. Start planning your month with our March 2018 events calendar for Chicago.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

March 4


Chicago Polar Plunge is the largest, and coldest, annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Chicago. Taking place on the first Sunday in March, thousands of people take the plunge in ice cold Lake Michigan to support Special Olympics Chicago.


Whether you go knee high, waist high or take the full plunge, all are welcome to join. There is no registration fee. Each participant just needs to meet a $200 fundraising minimum. All are invited to the post event “Melt Down Party” which takes place inside the boat house. The party celebrates everyone’s fundraising efforts with music, food, cash bar and more!


The first International Special Olympics Games were held on July 20, 1968 at soldier field in Chicago. Since then, Special Olympics has grown to serve more than 7,000 athletes, offering year-round sports training and competition in 22 sports.
The plunge location is a one mile walk or short bus ride from the hotel.
View this FAQ page for more Polar Plunge details. 


St. Patrick’s Day in the City

March 17


Channel the spirit of the Irish at festive parades, events and more of the best St. Patrick’s Day events in Chicago.


From seeing bagpipers and Irish dancers, to seeing the river turn green, to throwing back a Guinness (or two) at your local Irish pub, there’s no wrong way to celebrate – just don’t forget to wear green. Two of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day events are the dyeing of the river and the official parade.


The dyeing of the river has been a tradition for many generations and attracts thousands of people dressed in green to see the action live. And by thousands, we mean around 400,000. So to say that this is a popular event, is an understatement.


The coloring only lasts for about five hours, so be sure to get there right when it happens. If you’re not sure where to watch the dying, the best viewing spots include the east side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, the west side of the Columbus Drive Bridge, and along the banks of the Chicago Riverwalk between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.


Most people attend both the river dyeing and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year is the 63rd Anniversary of the much loved parade. Sponsored by Plumbers Local 130, this festive parade is one of the larges St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the country.


This annual parade officially celebrates the patron saint of Ireland Irish heritage along with the Chicago’s large Irish population and rich culture.


Expect to see colorful floats, Irish dancers, bagpipes, drum corps and other partygoers.


The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus and proceeds north on Columbus Drive. To get to the parade from Sofitel Chicago, just walk two blocks to the Chicago red line stop, take the red line train south to the Lake, Monroe, or Jackson stop, then walk east to Columbus.


Chicago Flower & Garden Show

March 18 – 26


There’s no better place to get a jump on your spring garden than at this horticultural showcase. Stroll through more than 20 full-size garden displays and learn from the pros at workshops and seminars.


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, education 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.


Some of the show’s features include kid’s activities, garden ideas and inspiration, industry pro seminars, cooking demos, a garden goodie market and a cake decorating competition.


Tickets can be purchased HERE.


Our team of knowledgeable Concierges is ready to assist you with recommendations on how to make your visit to Chicago the most memorable. Email them at or call at 312.324.4059.


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