What to do in Chicago this weekend – NBC Chicago

Chicago rings in the first weekend of March with warm weather and activities to match.

From bathing in the polar dip to feasting on food in Greektown, there are plenty of ways Chicagoans can enjoy the start of the spring season.

Illinois and Chicago also made changes to their COVID-19 policies on Feb. 28, making it the first weekend with mask and vaccination requirements lifted.

Here are some activities to do in the city:

Pedal to promote equality in the 50K cycle

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, kick off the celebrations with a 50km bike ride on March 5.

Trek Bicycle Store in Highland Park calls on cyclists of all ages and skill levels to foster unity and raise awareness of gender bias with its “Together We Ride” event.

A PDF copy of the route will be available after registration, but riders can join the ride—which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.—from anywhere.

Sip drinks while touring the Museum of Science and Industry

Sample dozens of local craft brews and cider houses at the Brewsology Beer Fest held at the Museum of Science and Industry on March 5.

Attendees can browse museum exhibits and drink from vendors from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with general admission tickets, which start at $50.

Participating breweries include Dovetail, Maplewood, Ravinia and Goose Island.

Celebrate International Carnival at Navy Pier

Experience carnival traditions with music, dance, art and food from around the world at this free public event at Navy Pier on March 6.

The Aon Grand Ballroom will host performances from Chicago Samba, Plena Project, DJ Afroqbano and Four Star Brass Band throughout the day.

Dive into North Avenue Beach for a cause

Join the thousands who will wade into freezing Lake Michigan for the Chicago Polar Plunge on March 6 to raise money for Special Olympics Chicago athletes.

Those who can’t make it to North Avenue Beach can still support the fundraiser by virtually diving into the cold in their own creative way.

Registration information can be found here.

Taste Greektown Restaurant Week

Savor Greek food and save on meals while doing it with Greektown Restaurants Week 2 Discounted Specials.

The Greektown Chicago event runs from March 1-7 and features exclusive dishes at rare rates at neighborhood restaurants including Artopolis Bakery and Cafe, Athena Restaurant and Mr. Greek Gyros.

Diners can view the full list of participating restaurants here.

Visit the immersive Frida Kahlo exhibition or other similar

“Immersive Frida Kahlo” opened Feb. 24 in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood and illustrates several stages in the Mexican-born artist’s life on a larger scale with animated projections of her works.

Visitors can also book a 35-minute yoga session with a certified instructor in the multi-sensory Kahlo exhibit. After class, guests can browse the exhibition for 25 minutes.

Visit the National Museum of Mexican Art as it launches “Surrounding Kahlo,” a collection of works inspired by Frida Kahlo from March 5 through January 15, 2023.

The exhibit features works by “Los Fridos”, students who learned from Kahlo, Mesoamerican artifacts as well as traditional Mexican clothing.

Walk around the Adler Planetarium

The planetarium reached full capacity on March 4 and is planning a number of events to celebrate its first official reopening in two years.

Beneath the dome theater, sky shows exploring the moon, stars, and planets are in full swing.

“Chicago’s Night Sky” event illuminates unseen stars while shedding light on pollution issues.

To limit in-person contact, tickets must be purchased online prior to visit.

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