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The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsMarch 2016

Best of the Rest

St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Trinity Irish Dancers performing in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Photo: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune

COMEDY

TOM PAPA

3/19 at 7:30 Discovered by Jerry Seinfeld, this late-night-TV regular tackles everything from his greedy children to grown men wearing shorts. $26–$36. City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. citywinery.com

KATT WILLIAMS

3/19 at 8 Williams’s Conspiracy Theory tour finds him riffing on hot-button issues, including Bill Cosby, creationism, and Ferguson, Missouri. $52–$125. UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine. ticketmaster.com

FESTIVALS AND PARADES

CHICAGO COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO

3/18–20 This Midwest comic con is a haven for media geeks and comic fans, with visits from Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy), John Ratzenberger (Toy Story), and Greg Capullo (Batman). $30–$65. McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore. c2e2.com

POLAR PLUNGE

3/6 at 10 Brave Lake Michigan’s icy temps for Special Olympics Chicago’s 16th annual winter swim. You could even freeze alongside celebrities: Vince Vaughn and Lady Gaga turned up last year. North Avenue Beach, 1660 N. Lake Shore. chicagopolarplunge.org

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

3/12 at noon Drum corps, dancers, bagpipers, and a throng of green-sporting die-hards strut down Columbus Drive for the city’s yearly parade. Balbo and Columbus. chicagostpatsparade.com

INTERVIEWS, LECTURES, READINGS

LOUDER THAN A BOMB

Through 3/19 Billed as the largest youth poetry slam in the world, this event pits high school poetry teams against one another. Various prices and locations. youngchicagoauthors.org

POETRY FOUNDATION

3/9 at 7 Jim Dine. The celebrated purveyor of pop art reads from his dozen-plus poem collections.
3/15 at 7 Open Door Readings. This monthly series hosts the best young voices from Chicago’s college writing programs.
3/29 at 7 Poetry off the Shelf: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Conor O’Callaghan, and Caitríona O’Reilly. Three Irish bards bring their poetry across the pond.
61 W. Superior. poetryfoundation.org

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