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From St. Paddy’s Day festivities to theater and music, Chicago has a little bit of everything to offer this weekend.

Here’s a look at some cool and fun events happening in the coming days. If you’re more of the artsy type, this first half of this list is for you. If you’re looking to let your hair down and embrace your inner ratchetness, the second half of the list is all you.

Art & Theater

  1. King James

King James is a comedy based on hometown heroes and life-long freedom. But don’t be confused, the play is not ALL about Lebron James. It’s really about two unlikely friends, bonded by fandom. A production of the highly acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, located at 1650 N. Halsted St, King James will run until April 10. Tickets start at $52.

  1. Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine

The Smart Museum of Art brings to Chicago the first exhibition dedicated to visionary painter Bob Thompson in more than twenty years. The work of Bob Thompson will be on display with over 85 paintings and works on paper. Showing until May 15 at The Smart Museum, located at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Tickets are FREE, but reservations are encouraged.

  1. Pimprov!

OK, so apparently this is exactly what the title suggests. It’s pimps that improvise! This show has proven to be one of Chicago’s most original and hilarious unscripted shows out right now with positive reviews from fans and critics. Interested? Shows are every Friday, 10:00 p.m. at the CIC Theater, located at 1422 W. Irving Park (North Side). TIckets are still available for March 18 for $15.

  1. Studio Saturdays: Pet Portraits

This event is for children ages 7 through 12. The children are invited to paint portraits inspired by their pets. This event was inspired by Frida Kahlo’s portraits of her pet companions. Hosted by the National Museum of Mexican Art, this workshop will teach kids painting tips and tricks such as basic color mixing, brush techniques and visual resources to reference. This event is for Saturday, March 19. The $20 registration fee includes all materials needed. Spaces are still available, but limited.

  1. To Washington Park, With Love Exhibition, Artist Talk + Closing Reception

This is a special artist talk and closing reception with an exhibit featuring Rose Blouin and over 30 images from her summer at Washington Park in 1987. This event will be held at Washington Park Arts and Incubator, located at 301 E. Garfield Blvd, on Saturday, March 19 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Spots are free, but limited. RSVP now.


  1. Urban Fêtes: Silent “Juke Jam” Chicago

Urban Fêtes is back at The Promontory throwing their signature Silent Party! This event will feature three live DJ’s spinning the best new and old R&B, dance and trap tunes. Join the party on Friday, March 19 at The Promontory in Hyde Park, located at 5311 S. Lake Park Ave W. from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Tickets are still available, starting at $20.

  1. South Loop St. Patrick’s Day Crawl

Although the venues for this crawl haven’t been announced by publishing time, it’s sure to be an event you’ll want to attend. It’s being hosted by WGCI’s Kyle Santillion, along with the Movemakers, Pyramid, Sigma Chris and Kid Clay. Simply put, they don’t miss. Make sure to wear green, and come party to the sounds of DJ Mile High, Dj Sean Mac and more! It begins at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 in the South Loop. It’ll go until 10:00 p.m.

  1. Can Chicago Kick It? (St. Paddy’s Edition)

Back For St. Paddy’s Day Weekend, this is a dope 90s, 2000s day party. Come out and celebrate this weekend at Rizzo’s Bar & Inn in WrigleyVille, located at 3658 N. Clark St. Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. and go until 8:00 p.m. General admission tickets are still available at $20.

  1. K. Michelle & Jeezy

It’s going down with K. Michelle and Jeezy, a.k.a. the Snowman, on Saturday at the Chicago Theater, located at 175 N. State St., right in the heart of downtown. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday March 19. TIckets are still available, starting at $85. Secure your spot while tickets last.

  1. Reggae Sunday

Come out to what some are calling the #1 Caribbean destination. This is an amazing experience featuring reggae, dancehall, soca, and Afrobeats. Featuring music from DJ Ringo, DJ Boom and special guest DJ Half Crazy, the event is on Sunday from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at Bassline, located at 2239 S. Michigan Ave. You can still RSVP for free entry before 10:30 p.m. General admission will be $20.

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is a culture correspondent with The TRiiBE.