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What's On Dec w/ Billy Dec, March 7-13: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests in Chicagoland!

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Arthur Murray's Dancing with Chicago Celebrities Annual Benefit to Fight Breast Cancer, March 8th at 6pm, Hyatt Regency Chicago Regency Ballroom, $175
Details: Don't miss this star-studded annual charity ball! All net proceeds from the night are donated to deserving charity organizations doing great work to fight breast cancer in the Chicagoland area.


Slightly Stoopid with Tribal Seeds, March 9th at 8pm, Congress Theater, $25-30
Details: Check out these two popular bands as they make a stop right here in our city!


Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Event, March 10th at 10am, Raddison Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, $65-110
Details: The first-ever Martha Stewart Wedding Party will showcase expert panel discussions, Q&A's, celebrity speakers, raffle giveaways, sweets, drinks, a Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Lounge and more for brides and grooms to-be! Topics will range from dresses to dream honeymoons-and all the details in between!


Chicago Fire Opener vs. New England Revolution, March 9th at 6:30pm, Toyota Park, $55-80
Details: The Chicago Fire return to the Windy City this week as they welcome the New England Revolution for Opening Night at Toyota Park!


Launch 2013: Driving Fashion Forward, March 10th at 5pm, Northbrook, IL, $75-100
Details: Autohaus on Edens is honored to host Launch 2013: Driving Fashion Forward, a spring fashion preview event featuring North Shore's finest boutiques and a student design competition from Columbia College! Held in the Mercedes-Benz showroom, guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while perusing the latest fashions, a silent auction and raffle giveaways.


30th Anniversary Sembrando el Futuro/ Planting the Seeds of the Future, March 8th at 6pm, Adler Planetarium, $100-200
Details: Come out for this anniversary celebration and benefit for HACE- Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, to honor the accomplishments of our members!


Spectacle Lunatique, March 9th at 7pm, 2120 S. Jefferson St., $75-325
Details: Join us in supporting Redmoon's powerful mission to create spectacle events and community celebration with a wild and unforgettable night of bombastic music, interactive installations, unforgettable entertainment, and culinary delights...all under one roof!


Passion for a Purpose: The 20th Anniversary Bear Tie Ball, March 9th at 6pm, UIC Forum, $325
Details: For 20 years, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation has been dedicated to eliminating pediatric cancer and to providing hope and support to those touched by it. Bear Necessities' Bear Tie Ball has always been the organization's largest, most important fundraiser.

Dose Market, March 10th at 10am, River East Arts Center, $8-10
Details: Dose is a once a month, year-round market featuring the finest selection of vendors under one roof. Come celebrate Chicago's most dynamic gathering of food, fashion and unexpected delights. There's no better way to spend a Sunday!

Southside Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 10th at 12pm, 103rd and Western Ave, FREE
Details: Get out and strut your stuff to demonstrate Irish pride at this family-friendly event!

Empower Fusion Conference w/ Jeanette Jenkins, March 7-9th, Intercontinental Hotel, $30-299
Description: A full weekend long conference mixed full of group fitness classes, conferences and learning opportunities for fitness enthusiasts! Buy tickets for the whole weekend, or individual days!

Jeff Tweedy, March 13th at 7:30pm, The Vic Theatre, $75
Details: The leader of Chicago-based rock group Wilco performs a solo show to benefit Academic Scholarship.

ComedySportz, March 7th, 8pm, ComedySportz Theatre, $22
Details: Two teams of professional comedians compete in a short improv show, appropriate for all ages! Audience participation determines the ultimate winner! Too fun to miss out on!

Finch, March 7th at 6:30pm, Metro, $26
Details: Celebrate this California rock band's reunion with the "What It Is To Burn" tour!

Wine & Beer Tasting Ft. Silent Auction, March 7th at 5pm, Belvedere Banquets, $25-30
Details: Enjoy an evening of tastings with over 400 attendees! Silent Auction items include overnight stays, restaurant certificates, sports memorabilia, and so much more!

Old vs. New World Wines, March 7th at 6:30, Evolution Wines and Spirits- Lakeview, $15
Details: This is a sit down seminar with Sommeliers to learn what the terroir of old world wines imparts vs. new world wines and the style they are made in. Taste wines made in both styles and learn how some are food friendly, and others are great on their own!

Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play, March 8th at 8pm, Fizz Bar & Grill, $20
Details: Features booze-themed sketch comedy and interactive drinking games. Drink specials include $4.50 house cocktails and $15 domestic buckets.

Vintage Trouble with Leogun, March 8th at 9pm, Beat Kitchen, $15
Details: Rock out to the soulful sounds of this 4-man rock & blues band!

Greg Fitzsimmons, March 8th at 8pm, UP Comedy Club, $25
Details: Don't miss this stand-up, Emmy Award winning writer and host, on both radio and TV, as he hits the Chicago stage for a night of laughter!

Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale, March 8th-9th at 6pm, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, $5-45
Details: Come out for a girl's night out shopping event on gowns- hundreds of new and gently used designer and couture gowns with 25-85% savings! Don't forget to wear pink and come enjoy light bites, beverages, entertainment, and exciting giveaways! Proceeds from the gown sales provide education, information, and outreach to people impacted by cancer- volunteers also needed!

PINK: The Truth About Love Tour, March 9th at 6:30pm, United Center, $30-250
Details: Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and pop culture icon, announced that she will tour North America for the first time in four years, so don't miss her stop in Chicago!

Hitchcock at the Movies: A Symphonic Celebration, March 8th at 8pm, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, $85-175
Details: Go on a haunting journey through several of Hitchcock's masterpieces, including To Catch a Thief, Strangers on a Train and Dial M for Murder, that will prove Hitchcock's theory that film music can play a role all its own.

"Everything I Need to Know I Learned From My Wife," March 8th at 8pm, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, $30-35
Details: The battle of the sexes rages on! Comedian Rex Havens takes a look at men, women, family, marriage and more in his clever, laugh-packed show. His hilarious observations will have you rolling in the aisles and begging for more!

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, March 8th at 7:30pm, Auditorium Theatre, $32-92
Details: Welcome this world-renowned dance company as they kick-start their 10 performance run right here in Chicago!

Cabrini Green Legal Aid Sixth Annual Wine Tasting Event, March 7th at 6pm, Chicago French Market, $50
Details: Experience unique wine selections from a variety of distributors, whose offerings will be available for purchase that night. Enjoy these tastings, paired with delicious bites, and network with other professionals from around the city while supporting a great cause.

Northwestern University Dance Marathon, March 8-10th, Northwestern University, Donations
Details: More than 1,500 students' yearlong fundraising efforts culminate in this 30-hour dance marathon! To date, $1 million have been raised in each of the past two years for incredible pediatric charities. This year the even will benefit two local charities: The Danny Did Foundation for epilepsy education and awareness and the Evanston Community Foundation.

Wines Around the World, March 7th at 7pm, UnCorkIt Wine, Beer, and Liquor Superstore, $15
Details: How does sampling of 80 wines from 7 countries sound with experts to answer any questions? If this sounds perfect for you, hurry up and register because this event sells out quickly!

Handmade Market Chicago, March 9th at 12pm, Empty Bottle, FREE
Details: Handmade Market is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to interested shoppers! There will be 30+ fabulous sellers at the market selling jewelry, purses, knitted items, clothing, paper crafts, and more!

Luncheon for Court Case Dogs - Safe Humane Chicago and One Tail at a Time, March 9th at 12pm, Taverna 750, $50
Details: Safe Humane Chicago and One Tail at a Time
invite you to lunch to celebrate our bond and to raise money for the court case dogs Seated lunch includes small plates, appetizer, entree, bottomless mimosas, brunch martini and first taste of new lunch items from Taverna 750!

Speed Dating @ Rebel- Ages 21-32, March 7th at 7pm, Rebel Bar & Grill, $35.00
Details: Speed Date Chicago is hosting an event for all you single professionals that live in or near Chicago! Enjoy free appetizers and half off drinks while mingling with as many singles as possible! You never know who you might meet!

Pinot in the Windy City, March 7th at 6pm, City Winery Chicago, $65
Details: Come taste some of Oregon's best Pinot Noir and appetizers as winemakers and winery owners from 64 wineries showcase their wines!

TLP Spring Gala, March 9th at 6pm, Swissotel, $300
Details: Guests can enjoy dinner, a silent and live auction, and dancing all while supporting a good cause! All proceeds from the Gala support Teen Living Programs' mission of helping youth who are homeless build self-sufficient lives.

Healthy Initiative's "Celebrate Yourself Healthy" Gala, March 9th at 6pm, Germania Place, $100-250
Details: Come out and join Healthy Initiative Foundation for an evening of scrumptiously healthy food, fancy drinks and top Chicago entertainment at their inaugural gala!

Chicago Flower and Garden Show, March 9-17 at 10am, Navy Pier, $5-19
Details: The Chicago Flower and Garden Show returns for its annual show with its theme "The Art of Gardening." Industry experts will treat visitors to presentations in the new "How To Garden" area, and guests can take home supplies from "The Marketplace" to create their own garden paradise. The "Kid's Activity Garden" offers little ones an opportunity to get their hands dirty, and foodies will flock to the "Garden Gourmet" amphitheater.

St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 9th at 10am, Downtown Forest Park, FREE
Details: This annual parade is one of the largest in the western suburbs! More than 70 entries include bagpipe bands, the award-winning Proviso Marching Band, local businesses, Medinah Shriner's Mini Choppers, Roaring 57's and Clown Unit, area police and fire vehicles, floats, Irish Dancers, Forest Park Dog Park, Toys for Tots and more.

American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb, March 10that 7:30am, Presidential Towers , $25
Details: Come out and climb for research to end lung disease, and join extraordinary people committed to a world free of lung disease! Climb 1, 2, 3, or all 4 towers!

"My Mini Me" Kids Fashion Show, March 10th at 2pm, Lacuna Fitness, $10-75
Details: Come see trendy tots walk the runway in the top spring looks from two competing stylists all for a great cause! You'll enjoy food, drinks, and activities at this family-friendly event.

Raised in Chicago Jazz Tour, March 10th at 1pm, Bar Louie, $35
Details: While jazz was born in New Orleans, it was raised in Chicago. Highlighting some famous (and infamous) homes, clubs and dance halls of the Chicago jazz scene from the early to mid-20th Century, this 21+ 2 hour tour takes a look at how the Windy City became the major center of jazz during the music's most vital period.

Fashion Wars Presents "My Mini Me" Kids Fashion Show, March 10th at 2pm, Lacuna Fitness, $10-75
Details: All fashionistas welcome big and small! Come out for this Fashion Show featuring the top spring looks for kids from two competing stylists. Watch the trendy tots walk the runway for a good cause while families cheer for their favorite frocks, enjoy food, drinks, shopping and activities. Sponsored by Oberweis and proceeds benefit the Charity RAINN.

Chowdah Fest, March 11th at 6:30pm, The Columbia Yacht Club Ship, $40
Details: Let the battle begin! Chowdah Fest 2013 is a delicious competition between Chicago's best Chefs to see who will take the award of "Best Chowder". Come and taste this epic seafood battle while enjoying select craft beers and a dessert room.

Hug City Presents: A Night of Stand Up Comedy, March 12 at 9:30pm, Lucky's Wicker Park, FREE
Details: Features sets by the funniest of local comics. Specials include $10 Miller Lite pitchers and 25-cent wings!

Retro Favorites Beer Dinner, March 12th at 6:30pm, Wildfire Chicago, $40
Details: Enjoy the beers of the good old days at our Retro Favorites Beer Dinner, featuring a five course menu of food and classic beer pairings. Featuring PBR, Schlitz, and more! Salsa Wednesdays, March 13th at 7:30pm, Cuna, FREE
Details: Free salsa dancing lessons, along with drink specials AND half price appetizers!

Charity Wine Tasting and Meet the Winemaker Benefit for abused, abandoned, and neglected animals, March 13th at 6:30pm, Vino 100 Chicago, $25-35
Details: This benefit is for the American Animal Rescue Society, an all-volunteer, foster based animal rescue organization caring for abused animals. This very special event with Vino 100 and the Mutt Lynch Winery is a great combination of philanthropy and enjoying fine California Wine.

3rd Annual Elevating Entrepreneurship Benefit, March 13th at 5pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, $500
Details: The Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship Chicago created this unique, innovative, and substantive event featuring a Q&A style discussion between two of Chicago's greatest entrepreneurs, while giving attendees the opportunity to interact with NFTE Chicago's talented young entrepreneurs and raise critical funds to support NFTE Chicago and the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

Les Hommes Libres, March 13th at 6:30pm, Columbia College, FREE
Details: A screening is followed by a discussion of this French film about a little-known chapter in the French Resistance during WWII as a part of Columbia College's French Film Festival.

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