Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, shares his picks of events for the upcoming week, including ways to enjoy St. Patrick's Day, Chicago's Top Singles party and many more.
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Family Cooking Class, Mar. 10 at 2pm, Alliance Francaise de Chicago, $35-$50
Details: Kids ages 7-10 learn how to make a classic French Tart with their families; the best part is you get samples to take home!
Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament, Mar. 8 at 7:30pm, Gordon Tech College Prep, $10
Details: 400 amateur boxers compete to represent Chicago at a national tournament in Nevada.
Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Mar. 10-18 at 10am, $5-$19
Details: See what's in with flowers, textures, and more this Spring. This year, Fashion & horticulture combine with vibrant colors.
Skinny Socials' Launch Party, Mar. 8 at 6:30pm, Chicago Illuminating Company, $35-$95
Details: Cocktails and hors d'voevuers, DJ, Gift bags with proceeds benefiting Colon Cancer Alliance for Research & Education for Lynch Syndrome.
Wicker Park Bucktown Mixologist Mash-Up, Mar. 8 at 6pm, Jackson Junge Gallery, $25-$35
Details: Bartenders compete to create a cocktail that best represents their neighborhood; sample their entries and you can vote for your favorite!
Chicago's Top Singles Party, Mar. 9 at 7pm, Enclave, $80
Details: Today's Chicago Woman put on the Top Singles Party 2012. There will be late night treats, music, dancing, and more!
Dancing with Chicago Celebrities, Mar. 9 at 6pm, Hyatt Regency, $175
Details: Watch Chicago Celebrities showing off their "Dancing with the Stars" skills while helping to end breast cancer as proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
King of the River, Mar. 9 at 6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, $80-$325
Details: Help benefit Meal on Wheels Chciago with the 6th annual no-limit Texas hold 'em event and casino night!
Wine Tasting Benefit for the Puppy Rescue Mission, Mar. 10 at 7pm, D'vine Wine and Gifts, $25
Details: Taste some delicious wine and benefit The Puppy Rescue Mission- an organization that rescues dogs that have been adopted by our military men and women in Afghanistan.
Irish Pub Crawl + St. Pat's Party, Mar 10. at 1pm, Lincoln Park, $10
Details: Kick off St. Pattie's day celebrations with a Lincoln Park pub crawl and costume contest with exclusive drink and food specials at each participating locations.
South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade, Mar. 11, Beverly/Mt. Greenwood, FREE
Details: The South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade returns for everyone to enjoy!
11th Annual International Women's Day Fair and Luncheon, Mar. 8 at 10:30am, Union League Club, $65
Details: Sarah Robb O'Hagan, Gatorade's President, is the Keynote speaker and other speakers include Allison Cuddy, Avirama Golan, and Roxane Assef.
5k Running Tour: Grant Park, Mar. 8 at 8am, The Bean, $25
Details: City Running Tours - Chicago allows visitors and locals alike to get their miles in while they learn about the financial, business and cultural capital of the Midwest.
Rock, Roll and Bowl, Mar. 8 at 6pm, 10pin Bowling Lounge, $45-$65
Details: The bowling benefit features bowling and casino games, raffle tickets, and chair massages.
Good Vibes: Tribute to Greats of the Jazz Vibraphone, Mar. 9 at 7pm, Sherman Park, FREE
Details: Jim Cooper and 16-year-old marvel Joel Ross explores the music of Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Milt Jackson, Gary Burton and Cal Tjader.
Forever Green 37, Mar. 9 at 6:30pm, Park West, $50-$70
Details: Benefiting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and Dignity Diner, Forever Green 37 is hosted by the Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago and is one of Chicago's largest and longest running St. Patrick's celebrations.
Chicago Zine Fest, Mar. 9-10 at 12:30am, Various Locations, FREE
Details: Celebrate this third annual literature fest that will have readings, discussion, workshops, a Do It Yourself film fest, art show, and more!
Chicago's 2012 "Breaking the Cycle" HIV/AIDS awareness day of workshops, Mar. 10 at 8:30am, Ford City Shopping Center, FREE
Details: Health professionals and organizations participate in presentations and provide speakers to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS.
College Improv Tournament, Mar. 10 at 11am, The Mercury Theater, $10-$20
Details: College improv teams have been competing since November to hold the title of the funniest team in the country.
Bubble Ball, Mar. 10 at 7pm, River East Art Center, $150-$175
Details: Enjoy cocktails, buffet of small plates, live music, and a silent auction while helping to raise money for Between friends, a nonprofit that helps eradicate domestic violence by educating and offering resources to individuals and the community.
Chai Town, Mar. 11 at 1pm, Multilingual Chicago, FREE
Details: Celebrating chai and Indian culture at Chai-town, A family-friendly event includes that includes Chai drinks and treats, Chai making demo, Bollywood Groove lessons, Hindi sample classes for adults and kids, and more.
Prot?g? Philharmonic, Mar. 11 at 3pm, Chicago Cultural Center, FREE
Details: The Prot?g? Philharmonic performs Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Tchaikvsky's Symphony.
Legally Blonde The Musical, Mar. 12-Apr.1, The Marriot Theatre, Prices Vary
Details: The hilarious MGM film is now a smash hit musical! When college sweetheart and sorority queen, Elle Woods, gets dumped by her boyfriend she is determined to get him back.
"The Bachelor" Finale Party, Mar. 12 at 7pm, Cityscape Bar, No Cover
Details: Watch who gets picked in the final episode of the ABC reality show.
Girls On The Run- Chicago Bracket Bash,Mar. 13 at 6:30pm, Benchmark, $50
Details: Kick off March Madness and show off your school pride with Bracket Bash, an evening of open bar, bottomless appetizers, draft beers, well drinks and wine, bragging rights pool, school pride and rivalries, raffle and auction, March Madness trivia, bracketologists and other big dance fun!
Cinema Slapdown: 'The Lion King'-Film Row Cinema of Columbia College, Mar. 13 at 7pm, FREE
Details: Cinema Slapdown is a unique screening series that includes an entertaining crossbreed of film discussion and debate that showcases the best and the brightest of Columbia College Chicago's faculty as well as total audience engagement.