With the temperatures starting to rise it's time to get out and experience holidays like St. Patrick's Day, extreme events like the Chicago Polar Plunge, some of concierges' favorite theaters, and more.

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As you scan through the list of Concierge Favorites you’ll realize that the concierges love the theater and for good reason, so it is kismet that Chicago Theatre Week is taking place. For $15, $30, or sometimes less you can catch Chicago’s award-winning companies put on gripping productions. You can experience “2666” at the Goodman Theatre, the always entertaining Blue Man Group, the classic “Cabaret” from Broadway in Chicago, “The Flick” from the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and many more.


If you need a break between plays then don’t miss out on the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. With one million square feet of vehicles on display this is the largest auto show in the country. The size of it comes with the perks of having some great debuts and otherworldly concept vehicles along with keynote presentations from auto industry leaders. If seeing the vehicles aren’t enough for you then make sure to check out the countless interactive exhibits that highlight some of the technology living in many of the automobiles.


Chicago Polar Plunge

Chicago Polar Plunge

When you spend the majority of your year indoors to stay away from negative temperatures you tend to get loopy, and there’s no crazier thing to do in the city than the Chicago Polar Plunge. This icy event allows you to splash your way into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan to support Special Olympics Chicago. Last year 4,500 people registered to take the plunge in 22-degree weather and they raised $1.1 million. Years past has seen celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kinney, and Lady Gaga take the plunge.


Catch the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration outside of Dublin in Chicago. The party always starts at the dyeing of the Chicago River where at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers pour orange dye into the river that gives it the emerald green color that lasts about five hours. The best places to catch the dyeing is on the east side of the Columbus Drive bridge or anywhere on Upper or Lower Wacker Drive. After, head to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and then the countless Irish pubs in the city for a memorable time.

stpatty credit via Flickr by Max Talbot-Minkin

Dyeing of the Chicago River for St. Patrick’s Day. Photo by Max Talbot-Minkin via Flickr

Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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