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Your Weekly Guide for What to Do, See, Eat, and Drink in Chicago: March 2–8

Photo by Madison Olszewski/Courtesy of Onward

This week in Chicago, raise a pint glass to Pulaski Day, take the kids to a dinosaur showcase, travel to Florida (by way of Rogers Park), and taste Latin American food like you have never tasted before.

Photo courtesy of Jurassic Quest

March 2: 3rd Annual Pulaski Day Party 
Maplewood is spicing up its Pulaski Pilsner with a dry hop addition of Michigan-grown Cashmere hops to create Cashmere Pulaski. Pick up one of this year’s rad specialty steins and raise it to General Casimir Pulaski; enjoy not only the beer in his honor, but also two Morbidly Obese Pug variants and the complimentary Polish meat cart. Details: 10 a.m.–midnight
—Jim Morris, Beer

March 2: “Citizen Animalia” at Glass Curtain Gallery 
Here’s a compelling look at the complex relationships between humans and animals. Utilizing a wide range of media, this show features more than a dozen artists whose practices have long engaged with the fast-changing natural world, from Mark Dion to Alexis Rockman. Seen together, they call for greater self-reflection using both humor and despair.
—Claire Voon, Art

March 6–8: Jurassic Quest 
It’s the return of the dinosaurs, this time to Navy Pier, which they’ll call home for the weekend. There is a ton to look at and do, like bounce houses, science stations, Jurassic jeeps, face painting, and more. Details: At Navy Pier
—Samantha Lande, Family Fun

Kathleen Waterloo, Taking Flight. Encaustic on panel, 42″ x 42″. Courtesy of the gallery.

March 6: Kathleen Waterloo at Addington Gallery 
The painter describes her art as architectural fantasies—attempts to document the daily sights she sees that seem quotidian but provoke her imagination. This solo show displays encaustic works, which mix paint with molten beeswax, each one a pageant of geometry and colors that recasts space in absorbing form.
—Claire Voon, Art

March 6 and 7: Bobcat Goldthwait at the Den Theatre 
Perhaps one of the most recognizable comedians working today, Goldthwait’s career has spanned more than 30 years in show business and has found him wearing a number of different hats, including director, actor, voice actor, and screenwriter. His current live show and stage presence is a far cry from what he was known for in the ’80s (the guy with the zany voice), and his act now centers around his personal life, politics, and hilarious stories from the road. Local comic Matty Ryan is opening. Details: 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; $22
—Matty Ryan, Comedy

March 7: 2020 Day & Night of the Living Ales  
Real ales, or cask-conditioned ales, are not force carbonated, but rather left in casks, or barrels, with living yeast cells that create carbonation by eating sugars in the beer. Chicago Beer Society is keeping this serving tradition alive with a fascinating annual event at the Bottom Lounge featuring more than 30 Chicago-area breweries and curated cheese pairings. Details: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; $45
Jim Morris, Beer

March 7: Once Upon a Symphony 
This is a great way to expose young kids to the beauty of the symphony, and family days are more than just a show! Forty-five minutes prior to showtime, kids can participate in preconcert activities, and after the show they get to meet the musicians and storytellers. Details: March 7, April 25, May 16; $17
—Samantha Lande, Family Fun

Photo by Isabelle Langheim/Courtesy of Blackbird

March 8: Michelin Star Sandwich Shop  
You haven’t tasted sandwiches like these before. On March 8, the one-and-only Blackbird features a lineup of guest chefs slinging the most delicious, gourmet-sounding sandwiches, including offerings from John Shields of Smyth & The Loyalist, Noah Sandoval of Oriole, David Posey of Elske, and Blackbird’s own Ryan Pfeiffer. They all have Michelin stars—get it? Each chef will prepare a different sandwich, from a New Orleans–inspired muffuletta to Pfeiffer’s riff on a “crunch wrap.” Details: $28 includes choice of sandwich with coleslaw or chips and a beer
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage

Through March 8: Travel to Florida by Way of Rogers Park 
Winter in Chicago can be a challenge, which is why Onward is channeling its inner Floridian for a special Florida Keys culinary takeover and fundraiser. The Rogers Park restaurant is serving sunny vibes with an all-Keys menu of specials like conch chowder, lobster lasagnette, yellowtail snapper with coconut rice, tiki cocktails, and, of course, Key lime pie. Decor will also provide tropical vibes with pastel colors, pink flamingos, palm trees, and pineapple lights, and a portion of proceeds from the specials will go to the Keys’ Dolphin Research Center and the Turtle Hospital. Details: Food and drink specials priced à la carte
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage

Through March 14: Titus Andronicus 
Haven Theatre artistic director Ian Diamont Martin helms this production of what is known as one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays. Centering the narrative around marginalized communities, Martin asks: Is revenge ever justifiable? What if there is no justice? Details: At Haven Theatre
—Tanuja Jagernauth, Theater

Restaurant Opening of the Week: Mundano 
A chef who formerly cooked at dearly departed Quiote is once again manning the stoves, this time at a modern Latin American restaurant in Lincoln Park. Ross Henke dazzles with exciting dishes like maitake mushrooms with caramelized cotija vinaigrette and truffle-infused maple syrup; savory churros with Manchego; and tortellini with hominy soubise and French onion broth.
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage