Things to do in Chicago in March

March 3, 2012 7:29:55 AM PST
March is a special month for Chicago. In fact, March 4, 2012, is a special day for the Windy City, as it celebrates its 175th birthday.

You're invited to the party and so many more events. Cindy Gatziolis of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events stopped by our ABC7 studio to tell us about the exciting things going on around town this month.

1. Chicago's 175th Birthday - City of Chicago's official birthday party, March 4, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, FREE - "175 Days to Love Chicago" campaign, March 4 through August 26, FREE - Chicago's Demisemiseptcentennial Exposition 2012, open through April 30, City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower, 806 N. Michigan Avenue, FREE

2. Chicago Flower & Garden Show: "Hort Couture" - Featured gardens, culinary demonstrations, seminars and workshops, a Kid's Activity Garden and more, March 10-18, Navy Pier

3. St. Patrick's Day in Chicago - Parades: Northwest Side Irish Parade, March 11, Raven Street and Northwest Highway, FREE; - Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 17, Columbus Drive, FREE - Dyeing of the Chicago River, March 17, Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, FREE - Festivals & Special Events: Chicago Irish Film Festival, March 2-7, Beverly Arts Center; St. Patrick's Festival, March 17, Irish-American Heritage Center; St. Patrick's Day Celebration, March 17, Navy Pier, FREE