If you think that March in Chicago is all about college basketball and dying things green, think again. March is coming in strong with plenty of big concerts, charity events and more to keep you entertained between all the basketball games and day drinking. Here are 25 ways to stay occupied over the next 31 days.
March 9: Shut Up and Dance
The Mid, 306 N. Halsted St.
Some of Chicago's favorite DJs hit the stage, including Team Bayside High, Phenom, Orville Kline, Red Mob and more with specials including $4 PBR tall boys. 10 p.m., $10.
March 11: Selection Sunday
March Madness has officially begun. Not sure where to cheer on your favorite team as it seeks NCAA glory? Head to chicago.metromix.com to find a sports bar near you.
March 17: St. Patrick's Day
Kick off one of the city's favorite days by seeing the Chicago River dyed green at 10 a.m. near Columbus Drive. After that, head to Columbus Drive and Balbo Avenue at noon to see the 57th annual Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade.
March 23: Fleurotica
Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph St.
Talk about recycling your clothes: The outfits and accessories at this fashion show are made entirely of plants, flowers and leaves. Ticket prices include cocktails and bites before and after the show along with valet parking and an auction. 6:30 p.m., $175-$225.
March 23-25: Indie Horror Film Fest
Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Jump, gasp and scream at this annual horror movie festival featuring more than 25 independent selections. Times vary, $10-$15 per day or $25-$35 weekend pass.
March 30: Childish Gambino
Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave.
If you've ever caught an episode of "Community," then you know Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover. The actor/rapper/comic is on tour supporting his first studio album, "Camp." Rapper Danny Brown opens. 7:30 p.m., Sold Out
March 31: Chicago Beer Festival
Union Station, 210 S. Canal St.
This inaugural fest will feature a mix of local, domestic and international brews to sample, including selections from Abita, North Coast, Southern Tier, Ommegang, Goose Island and more. Tickets include beer samples, food sold separately. 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m., $40
More ways to survive:
March 1: No-Sting Dodgeball Open Gym at Wicker Park Fieldhouse
March 3: St. Practice Day Pub Crawl at Timothy O'Toole's
March 7: Future of Chicago Fashion Show at Chicago Cultural Center
March 8: Wicker Park Bucktown Mixologist Mash-Up at Jackson Junge Gallery
March 10: Handmade Market at Empty bottle
March 11: Dose Market at River East Arts Center
March 11: South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade at 104th Street and Western Ave.
March 15: Tyga at Metro
March 16: The Malt Shop: Motown Night at Beauty Bar
March 18: St. Paddy's Day Run/Walk at Diversey Harbor
March 22: "Stimulus" art showcase at Double Door
March 23: The Tempter Trap at Lincoln Hall
March 23: Chicago Creative Expo 2012 at Chicago Cultural Center
March 23: Delta Spirit at Metro
March 27: Fela! opens at Ford Center
March 27: "The Birds" screening at The Music Box Theatre