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Winter is raging on in the Midwest, but there’s still plenty to do in the Windy City. This March, take a break from monitoring your March Madness bracket and grab a group of friends to take part in one of these popular events:

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Chicago’s Irish history goes back to the 1800s when Chi-Town emerged as one of the most Irish cities in America. You can pay homage to the luck of the Irish with the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 12. The parade begins at noon at Balbo and Columbus with a viewing stand conveniently located in front of Buckingham Fountain. Don’t miss the ceremonial dyeing of the Chicago River at 9 a.m.

Flower and Garden ShowChicago Flower and Garden Show
If you have a green thumb, head to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Festival Hall at Navy Pier. Running from March 12 to March 20, the show will get you ready for spring with seminars and examples of dream gardens you can aspire for. Bring the kids along and let them enjoy hands-on projects in the activity garden.

WhiskyFest Chicago
Chicago is home to the longest-running and best-attended whisky festivals in the U.S. – WhiskyFest. Planned for Friday, March 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in the Loop, WhiskyFest gives you the opportunity to sample more than 350 whiskies from around the world and to meet many distillers and master blenders. With samples of bourbon, rye, Scotch, Irish and other whisky varieties ready for you to enjoy, you might as well book your hotel room now.

Neighborhoods of the worldNeighborhoods of the World
You can travel around the globe without leaving Chicago through the Neighborhoods of the World celebration at Navy Pier. For nine Sundays, Navy Pier will host this celebration in honor of Chicago’s diverse communities. In March, attendees can enjoy folk music, dance, food and more from Italy, Lithuania, the Philippines and Greece at this free event.

C2E2 Comic conC2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo
Celebrate your inner nerd with a trip to the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place in the South Loop. Running from March 18 to March 20, the expo will feature panels hosted by comic book publishers, a costume contest and the chance to add new comic-themed items to your collection. Dozens of celebrities including John Cusack, comic book artist Jae Lee and Batman writer Scott Snyder will even be on site.