Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, shares his picks of events for the upcoming week, including some fun events to celebrate Chicago's 175th birthday and many more.
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Chicago's 175th Birthday Party, Mar. 3 at 8pm, Rockit Bar and Grill, $20
Details: Chicago's 175th Birthday and the 3rd anniversary of the company's popular entertainment, arts & culture blog, aChicagoThing.com, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting The Greater Chicago Food Depository ? a not for profit food distribution and training center providing meals for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.
Chicago Live!, Mar. 1 at 6:30pm, Up Comedy Club, $18
Details: The hour-long stage series hosted by Chicago Tribune reporter Rick Kogan features a different lineup of local guests each month; this week Rick Bayless and his Lookingglass partners promote Cascabel, plus an awesome tribute to Chicago's 175th birthday.
Bring House Back Home, Mar. 2 at 10pm, Vision Nightclub Lair Room, $10
Details: International DJs come together and show off their individual styles and techniques that were influenced by the original Chicago House music scene.
One Inspired Evening, Mar. 2 at 6pm, Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall, $100
Details: Over 600 Chicago-area professionals, art lovers and friends of Inspiration Corporation attend for an exciting evening of cocktails, heavy cocktail buffet by our very own Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park, and live and silent auctions.
March Mayhem- The Crawl to Madness, Mar. 3 at 12pm, Schubas, $10-$15
Details: An annual event for crazed crawlers rooting for their college hoop hopefuls in preparation of the tourney to the Big Dance.
Future of Chicago Fashion Show, Mar. 7 at 6pm, Chicago Cultural Center, $35
Details: "Street Style: Chicago Fashion thought Chicago Communities" features 10 local fashion students. Peach Carr, local "Project Runway" contestant, also shares a collection.
Brides Bubbles and Bliss. Mar. 7 at 6pm, Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft, $27.50
Details: Cindy Chiang, the most recent winner of CBS-TV's "The Amazing Race", hosts the third annual bridal soiree with wine, food, wedding vendors and a fashion show featuring gowns from Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and other designers.
Gglassquerade 2012, Mar. 3 at 5:30pm, W Chicago City Center, $2,500 per couple
Details: Chicago's cultural, corporate, and social elite come together to support The Lookingglass Theatre.
Plot Your Escape, Mar. 1 at 8pm, Chicago Union Station, FREE
Details: This event is one of the other "party across America" hot spots. This free concert will be emceed by Giuliana Rancic and will have live performances by Maroon 5 and Sara Bareilles.
14th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray, Mar. 1 at 4pm, Harry Caray's Navy Pier
Details: Join "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks, Dutchie Caray and other celebrities in a toast to the legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster on what would have been his 98th birthday.
Chicago Bike Swap, Mar. 3 at 10am, Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, $5-$10
Details: More than 50 bike shops, merchants, non-profit organizations and individuals offer deals on bikes and gear. Also, learn about winter commuting, family biking and more. Includes lunch, coffee and games.
Website: http://chicagobikeswap.org/ Chicago Dance Marathon, Mar. 3 at 7am, Renaissance Chicago Hotel, $35
Details: Dance for 13.1 hours to show your support and raise money for Children's Memorial Hospital.
Body Mind Spirit Expo, Mar. 3 at 10am, Midwest Conference Center, $12
Details: Body Mind Spirit Expo strides into its 24th year with the theme "Shift Yourself & Transform the World."
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday!, Mar. 3 at 12pm, Open Books, FREE
Details: Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with your family at Open Books. There will be tons of fun activities and book discounts.
One Step Programs 2012 Charity Poker Tournament, Mar. 1 at 6pm, River East Art Center, $75-$275
Details: Compete against others for over $20,000 in prizes. Prizes include a $10,000 seat in the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas.
No-Sting Dodgeball Open Gym, Mar. 1 at 6:30pm, Wicker Park Fieldhouse, FREE
Details: Meet members of the World Dodgeball Society for two hours of open play with no-sting balls that are meant to leave your skin -- and ego -- bruise-free. Open to ages 18+.
Gods, Myths and Mortals, Mar. 3 at 10am, National Hellenic Museum, $8-$10
Details: Learn about ancient Greek life through exhibits and interactive elements.
Gallery D'Estee, Mar. 2 at 6pm & Mar. 3 at 2pm, The Parkway Ballroom, FREE
Details: In celebration on 10 years, be a part of artistic expression and see our nation's most illustrious African American artists, sculptors, and photographers.
O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Show, Mar. 2-4 10am, Donald E Stevens Convention Center, $16
Details: See hundreds of souped-up street machines, race cars, hot rods and signature motorcycles as the 50th annual show, which also features celebrity appearances from WWE champion Rey Mysterio and Zendaya ("Shake It Up"), among others, and the reappearance of the monster truck Bigfoot.
Opening Reception of the 13th Chicago Irish Film Festival, Mar. 2 at 7pm, $25-$30
Details: Over the last 12 years the festival has presented more than 200 short films, including eight that have received Oscar nominations, including this year's opening night short The Shore by Terry George.
Obscura Society: Weird Chicago Tour, Mar. 3 at 5:45pm, 600 N. Clark Street, $30
Details: A three-hour bus tour boasts access to Chicago's seedy underbelly with staffers from the long-running Weird Chicago tour.
Chiditarod, Mar. 3 at 12pm, Walcott Ave & Hubbard St., $45-$55
Details: The annual Chicago-based phenomenon that combines elements of the Alaskan Iditarod with Chicago's finest brand of debaucherous social activism. One part food drive, one part pub-crawl, one part costumed race, all parts radtacular.
St. Practice Day Pub Crawl, Mar. 3 at 6:30pm, Timothy O'Toole's, No Cover
Details: Practice and get in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day early with the fourth annual pub crawl to four Streeterville locations.
CHICAGO'S DEMISEMISEPTCENTENNIAL EXPOSITION 2012, Feb 20-April 20, City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower, Free
Details: Celebrate Chicago's rich history through artifacts, historical prints, and rare photographs that show the monumental moments and cultural trends that have shaped the city over the past 175 years
Death and Harry Houdini, Mar. 3 at 3pm, Chopin Theatre, $25-$45
Details: Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the theatre will perform its original drama about the life and work of the famous magician.
Stars on Southport, Mar. 3 at 6pm, Various Bars on N. Southport Avenue, $25
Details: Support the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation with attending a pub crawl on N. Southport Avenue! Proceeds benefit the families of the fallen Chicago Police officers.
DuSable Day, Mar 4 at 12pm, DuSable Museum, Free
Details: Marking Chicago's 175th birthday, and in honor of "The Father of Chicago" Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, Chciago's first settler an business man. This day long celebration featuring Haitian, African, and Native American Drumming Ceremonies, The Lira Ensemble's African American/Polish American Concert, Multi-Cultural Dance and Musical Performances,Arts Workshops, Distinguished Speakers, and Interactions with Historical Characters
Hiking Meditation, Mar. 4 at 6am, Inner Metamorphosis University, $65
Details: A guided meditative hike, along with awareness exercises in and with nature, allows you to be with yourself and to come in touch with your inner silence. All day workshop.
Powerful: African Americans in Energy, Mar. 5 at 9:30am, Museum of Science and Industry, $14-$15
Details: Play mini-golf at the museum while learning about different forms of energy and the achievements of African Americans in the field as part of the annual Black Creativity exhibition.
Drinking Spelling Bee, Mar. 5 at 8pm, The Ace Bar, $5
Details: Join in on this adult spelling bee competition where you can win some great prizes.
Chicago Sounds in the 80's: Underground Incubator, Mar. 6 at 6pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, $10-$15
Details: WBEZ-FM 91.5 "Sound Opinions" hosts and music writers Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss 1980s Chicago music and politics with Chris Connelly of punk bands Ministry and the Revolting Cocks and house music legend DJ Frankie Knuckles.
Doodleganza: The Drawing Extravaganza, Mar. 6 at 6pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, FREE
Details: Every month a different Chicago artists leads an informal hands on art class.
RUI: Reading Under the Influence, Mar. 7 at 7:30pm, Sheffield's, $3
Details: Local writers share readings of both published and original selections. There will also we drink specials, trivia, and giveaways.