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Spring Ahead Into Warmer Chicago Weather


Well…maybe. The weather might be ignoring the longer daylight hours and the onset of March, but even with ice on the ground, these Chicago events and openings make it worth celebrating springtime (wherever it may be).

Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue on March 7th to present her highly anticipated new exclusive line of shoes. Better yet, anyone who purchases an SJP item will have a chance to meeting Miss Carrie Bradshaw herself and have their purchase signed. Be sure to arrive early, as the event is only one hour long from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

The annual dyeing of the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day kicks off at 9:30 am on Saturday, March 15th. A tradition unique to Chicago, this tribute to the city’s Irish history has lasted over 40 years. The bright green color is viewable between Columbus and Wacker Drives along the river, but beware: the bright green color fades back into the typical murky green after about five hours.

Perhaps the most awaited restaurant opening on the northwest side, Grand Tour in Lincoln Square opened its doors in late February. As its name suggests, the menu consists of foods from every corner of the world, and each month highlights different local fare. Up now is Ireland, in a timely fashion, with trout and corned beef and cabbage. Regular dinner includes everything from Vietnamese Pho to a German pretzel. Open at 5 pm daily, find Grand Tour at 2434 W. Montrose.