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This Week in CHI: March 7-13

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St. Patrick’s Day may officially be March 17, but Chicagoans love to celebrate so the festivities begin a week early. This week we have everything you need for a fun and delicious St. Patrick’s Day, as well as some relaxing activities for the days before and after the city’s wild celebration.

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Monday
Mondays are better when you have something to look forward to after work. After a long day in the office, unwind with a glass of wine and a paintbrush. Wine and painting studios have popped up all over Chicago, which means you won’t have to go far to find one. Bottle & Bottega has locations in Lakeview and South Loop, and they both have painting parties on Monday nights. Click here to sign up and learn more.

Tuesday
Happy International Women’s Day, Bitches! While this holiday isn’t as celebrated in the U.S. as it is abroad, we are on a mission to make it big at home. International Women’s Day is for celebrating how far women have come in the fight for gender equality. Learn how to take action for gender parity here. In the wise words of Queen Bey, who run the world? Girls!

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Wednesday
Chicago may be known as the city in a garden, but our gardens are difficult to enjoy in the cold. Fortunately, Chicago has some great indoor gardens. The Garfield Park Conservatory is open until 8 on Wednesdays, which is perfect for checking out the incredible light installation entitled “solarise: a sea of all colors.” The Chicago art duo known as Luftwerk created the five light installations that can be seen throughout the observatory. Click here for more details about the insta-worthy exhibition.

Thursday
Shakespeare 400 is a year-long, city-wide festival celebrating the work of the Bard 400 years after his death. If you liked “She’s The Man” (Amanda Bynes in her heyday), you’ll enjoy Filter Theatre’s rock ‘n’ roll take on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” If you’re unfamiliar with the story, get ready for hilarious love triangles and cross-dressing. Click here for tickets to tonight’s show.

Friday
According to the food micro-holiday gods, today is National Oatmeal Nut Waffle Day. You probably won’t find these in Jewel’s freezer aisle, so we suggest making them yourself to celebrate the “holiday.” This recipe is simple and uses ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Tweet at us with your results. Happy cooking, Bitches!

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Saturday
From the green river to the annual parade, no other city celebrates St. Patrick’s Day quite like Chicago. Put on all of the green in your closet and head downtown for the St. Patty’s Day parade. Click here to learn more.  After you’ve snapped pics with the green river and worked up an appetite, head to Rush Bar, located by the parade route at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. They’re serving a special Irish-themed menu including hot corned beef sandwiches and Guiness drafts. Click here for all of the information.

Sunday
After a raucous St. Patty’s Day celebration, today is perfect for a relaxing activity. For great brunch ideas, check out our St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Guide from last year. For a post-brunch activity, head to Navy Pier for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The show features life-sized garden displays, a marketplace, demonstrations, and seminars. You don’t have to have a green thumb or outdoor space to appreciate the beauty of the flower show. It’s a wonderful reminder that spring is just around the corner! Click here to purchase tickets.

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