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Your Weekly Guide for What to Do, See, Eat, and Drink in Chicago: March 9–15

Acrylic painting by Ben Pease, contributor to “Apsáalooke Women and Warriors” at the Field Museum.

This week in Chicago, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with “lucky” nachos and a tater tot buffet, witness a new rendition of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, and visit the Field Museum to see a new Native American exhibition and attend a rare beer festival.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Santino/Facebook

March 9: The Butcher & the Bartender: A Pitmaster Class Featuring Woodford Reserve  
Any class is made better by the addition of barbecue and bourbon, which is why you’ll want to enroll in this special lesson hosted at Bub City. Learn all about why the two are a match made in heaven from chef Christian Eckmann and Woodford Reserve’s Johnny Costello. The chef will demo signature barbecue techniques, while Costello will host a whiskey tasting incorporating spices from the Rib Rub. Afterward, guests get to enjoy a family-style meal of charcuterie, ribs, and tableside s’mores, paired with double-oaked bourbon. Details: $80
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage

March 13: “Suffra-Jetting” at Woman Made Gallery 
To mark Women’s History Month, check out this large group show of more than 40 works by female-identifying artists from around the world. Together they explore the experience of being a woman, centering on topics from motherhood to violence.
—Claire Voon, Art

March 13: Andrew Santino at Thalia Hall 
Comedian and host of the podcast Whiskey Ginger, Santino returns to his native Chicago, his last appearance being at the Vic in 2017 for his Showtime taping of ​Home Field Advantage.​ He is also known for his roles in the ABC TV series ​Mixology​ and NBC’s This Is Us​, as well as Showtime’s ​I’m Dying Up Here​. Later this year he’ll be starring in an FX show alongside Lil’ Dicky. Details: 6:30 p.m.; $35–$45
—Matty Ryan, Comedy

March 13: “Apsáalooke Women and Warriors” at Field Museum 
Learn about the roles women and warriors played in the Apsáalooke Nation in this exhibition, which displays their carefully crafted objects. This is the Field Museum’s first major show curated by a Native American scholar, and it places these traditional works in conversation with art by contemporary makers, including photographers, painters, and fashion designers.
—Claire Voon, Art

Photo by Mistey Nguyen/Courtesy of Arbella

March 14: St. Patrick’s Day Specials at Arbella 
You can always count on whimsical mixology at Arbella, and for St. Patrick’s Day that means mezcal and Green Chartreuse cocktails served in honey bear glassware with lime and Maraschino. Plus: lime leaf Palomas with kaffir-infused tequila; Guinness galore; pulled pork sliders; Korean fried chicken sliders; and “lucky” nachos heaped with corned beef, cabbage, and jalapeños. DJ Nick McCord hits the tables between noon and 5 p.m. Details: Doors open at 11 a.m.; drink specials available all day and food specials,11 a.m.–3 p.m.
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage

March 14: 2020 Chicago Beer Festival  
The Field Museum is about to be overtaken by hundreds of living animals known as the Bearded Beer Drinkers of Chicago. The BBDCs expect there to be least 60 breweries pouring 150 different beers, and will most likely be in search of the rarest and most specialty beers from each brewery. Details: 7–11 p.m. or 8–11 p.m.; $65 for early admission or $50 for general admission
—Jim Morris, Beer

Photo by Austin D. Oie/Courtesy of Haven Theatre/Titus Andronicus

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

March 14: St. Patrick’s Day Buffet at Benchmark 
Three words: tater tot buffet. Four more words: corned beef sandwich station. If you’re not sold yet, you might be dead inside. This Old Town mainstay is going hard for the holiday with its brunch buffet, which also includes four drink tickets. Details: 9 a.m.–noon; $25
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage

Through March 15: Sheepdog 
People have been losing their minds over this show, and I can’t wait to catch it! Set in Cleveland, this play tells the story of two police officers trying to be “the good guys” in a corrupt system. Amina and Ryan are in love and yet destined to be at odds when Amina must make a decision between truth and love. If election season hasn’t annihilated your heart yet, this play might do the job. Enjoy! Details: At Shattered Globe Theatre
—Tanuja Jagernauth, Theater

Photo by Lowell Thomas/Courtesy of Sheepdog

March 15: Mikerphone’s 5-Year Anniversary 
It’s been a big year for Mikerphone Brewing—with the expansion of its brewery came the addition of the Blue Room and a patio. Plus, it is putting out more beer than ever before, in cans for distribution and an expanded barrel-aging program. Now it’s turning five and ready to party with a whole slew of beer releases! Details: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
—Jim Morris, Beer