The Calendar: Coming up in Chicago

‘It Happened’ exhibit, BaconFest and more.

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< March 21-26: ‘Circus 1903’
Celebrate “The Golden Age of Circus!” at this five-day show, featuring acrobats, tightrope walkers, giant puppetry elephants and more spectacular sights. The show, set at the turn of the 20th century, features extravagant scenery by Todd Ivins.
Place: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph
Cost: $16-$80. For tickets, visit

March 26-April 9: Macy’s Flower Show
Spring has sprung at the famous department store, which celebrates its annual flower show with a whimsical carnival theme. Enjoy two weeks of gorgeous flowers from around the world and a variety of in-store events.
Place: Macy’s, 111 N. State
Cost: Free. For more information, visit

March 31-April 1: Baconfest
This delicious two-day event features 150 restaurants and top Chicago chefs creating unique takes on bacon, like a bacon focaccia grilled cheese (Aaron McKay, Filini), bacon gnocchi (Ashlee Aubin, Salero), peanut-butter bacon Krispie treats (Eddie Lakin, Edzo’s Burger Shop) and much more.
Place: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt
Cost: $60, $200 VIP. For tickets, visit

> March 31: Bernadette Peters at Auditorium Theatre
Lend your ear to a score of Broadway hits and American classics at the Tony Award winner’s first Chicago appearance in over a decade. Plus, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra debuts a reconstruction of “An American in Paris” as a tribute to George Gershwin.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress
Cost: $35 and up. For tickets, visit

March 31: Night in the Stacks
Forget the rules: Be loud in the library as you enjoy food stations and garden-inspired cocktails and dance the night away to support programs at Chicago Public Libraries. Partygoers can snap photos in the interactive photo booth and buy raffle tickets to raise money for the cause.
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Place: Harold Washington Library Winter Garden, 400 S. State
Cost: $125. For tickets visit

March 31: Chicago History Museum’s Evening of Intrigue
Celebrating the museum’s exhibition “Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America,” which opens April 8, this spy-themed benefit features an interview with former CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Place: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark
Cost: $250-$500. For tickets, visit

April 2-3: Chicago Cocktail Summit
Bringing cocktail professionals and enthusiasts together, this two-day event is all about the art of the beverage. Enjoy tastings, seminars and networking opportunities hosted by industry experts.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Place: The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee
Cost: $15, $50 for full day. For tickets, visit

April 6: Culture Club
Author Victoria Lautman of The Vanishing Stepwells of India takes guests on a trip through traditions and intricate architecture at this book-signing event. Enjoy refreshments while shopping Golden Triangle’s worldly wares.
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: The Golden Triangle, 330 N. Clark
Cost: Free. To RSVP, visit

April 6: Laugh Your Face Off
Satisfy your funny bone at an evening with Chicago comedians Leon Rogers from WGCI-FM, Pat McGann from “The Late Show with David Letterman” and more. The third annual event supports the search for a cure for trigeminal neuralgia, a nerve disorder that causes facial pain; WGN-TV’s Pat Tomasulo founded and hosts the event along with his wife Amy, who suffers from the disesase.
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway
Cost: $85. For tickets, visit

April 8-9: It Happened
Relive the Cubs’ history-making victory through art. Opie Otterstad, who has painted the last 15 World Series wins, will be at this public exhibit to discuss his masterpiece depicting the 2016 champions (pictured above).
Time: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday
Place: Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan
Cost: Free. To RSVP, email

Through April 29: ‘Six Stories Tall’
There are drums, DJs, monsters and mysteries at Adventure Stage Chicago’s presentation of this 2012 touring performance. The audience-engaging play is influenced by comic books, hip-hop and Latino folklore.
Place: Northwestern Settlement’s Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble
Cost: $17, $12 kids. For tickets, visit