Chicago Polar Plunge
For the 20th year, cold-weather warriors plunge into frigid Lake Michigan for an amazing cause: SCC/Special Olympics Chicago. The money plungers raise (past participants have included Mayor Rahm Emanuel and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon) helps fund year-round activities and events enjoyed by more than 7,500 disabled athletes throughout the city.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Place: North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore
Cost: Minimal fundraising of $200 required to participate; register at chicagopolarplunge.org
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The legendary company presents four different programs across four days. All conclude with company founder Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece “Revelations,” which premiered in 1960 and has been the company’s signature work for six decades. Also expect Midwest premieres of Donald Byrd’s “Greenwood” and Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Ounce of Faith”; and new productions of Judith Jamison’s “Divining” and Lar Lubovitch’s “Fandango.”
Time: Performance times vary.
Place: The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells
Cost: Starting at $35; tickets at auditoriumtheatre.org
It’s a masquerade of the most spirit-lifting sort. The Lyon Family Foundation’s signature fundraiser invites you to dress up in disguise and enjoy an evening of dancing, cocktails, food, casino-themed games, and live entertainment from DJ Matt Roan. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, supporting its important mission to find a cure for blood cancer.
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Ritz Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson
Cost: Starting at $250; tickets at hoosierball.com
“The Bachelor Live on Stage”
In what promises to be Chicago’s most dramatic night ever, this interactive show hosted by fan favorites Becca Kufrin and Ben Higgins fits an entire season of “The Bachelor” onstage. Audience members have the opportunity to find love with previous “Bachelorette” cast member and Chicagoan Diggy Moreland, complete with rose ceremonies. Through a series of games, challenges, dates, and more, Moreland will ultimately hand out a final rose.
Time: 3 & 8 p.m.
Place: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph
Cost: Starting at $25; tickets at broadwayinchicago.com
BIDE Spring Market
This curated market by makers for makers is vegan, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and zero waste. Pick up sustainability guidance, clothing, accessories, beauty products, kids’ items, and home decor. There’s even more feel-good appeal: 20 percent of ticket proceeds is donated to the Australian Red Cross and WIRES, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Place: Exchange312, 1714 W. Division
Cost: $10 for admission; tickets at bidemarket.com