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Things To See, Hear And Eat This St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

This week we’ve been seeing a bit of a thaw in temperatures, and that always makes us want to go out and explore the city. This milder weather has impeccable timing, since this Sunday is also St. Patrick’s Day.

So if you’re looking for ways to take advantage of the March weather and want to go beyond just watching the river get dyed green, we’ve got a round-up of things you can do in the city.

Joining the Morning Shift is Jill Hopkins, host of the Morning AMP on our sister station Vocalo.

What to see


Watch the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race with other superfans! You’ll find watch parties this weekend at Roscoe’s Tavern and The Burlington in Logan Square. Drag encouraged, but not required.

The 8th annual Jeezy’s Juke Joint is this Thursday at the Promontory in Hyde Park. This all-black “Burly Q Revue” has just about everything: drag, comedy, burlesque, music, dancing, and more!

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, but if you’re not exactly the pub-crawl type, the Gman Tavern in Wrigleyville is hosting St. Patrick Swayze Day this Sunday, starting at noon. This Swayze movie marathon also features a raffle to benefit the Lakeview Pantry.

And if you’re bit by the theatre bug, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf” by playwright Ntozake Shange premieres at the Court Theatre this Thursday. A sisterhood of eight women tell their stories in verse, song, and movement.

What to hear

Inspired by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones Elvis, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and polka, among other things, Phil Angotti is a walking encyclopedia of music. He performs this Thursday, March 14th, at the Montrose Saloon.

If you’re ready to dance, here are some hoppin’ late-night parties: Planet Earth at Late Bar, hosted by DJ Dave Roberts, is where you’ll find all those well-dressed sad kids from the ‘80s and ‘90s. And Soul Summit welcomes DJ Easy Mo Bee, legendary producer for artists like 2pac and Miles Davis.

What to eat

The Twisted Hippo taproom and eatery serves great food and beer. Plus their all-inclusive service model means staff are paid a living wage, even without tips.


Pi Day is coming up Thursday, March 14th. 3/14. 3.14. Get it? Nerdy, we know. But P-I day inspires you to eat some P-I-E, why not try Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits in Logan Square? If you insist on cake, Brown Sugar Bakery in Chatham is also a great choice.

This interview was adapted for the web by Char Daston. Click play to hear the full conversation.

GUEST:  Jill Hopkins, host, the Morning AMP on Vocalo

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