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What to Do in Chicago This Week: March 4-10

From Mardi Gras to Rock Theater

Photo by Tuan Huyhn/Courtesy of Heaven on Seven

This week in Chicago, check out a new iteration of the wndr Museum, celebrate Mardi Gras in style, pair beer with donuts and celebrate the color yellow. All that and more with these essential activities and events.

Photo courtesy of wndr Museum

Sensory Day at wndr Museum
Chicago’s hottest pop-up museum just became a permanent fixture, with rotating exhibits soon to start. As they wrap their first chapter, they’re holding a sensory friendly day for those kids that want to experience the museum but are over-stimulated in its current format. The museum will be less crowded and they’ll provide two “calm” areas throughout the museum, with special resources to prep the families for their visit. Details: March 6, 2-5:30 p.m.; tickets: $25
– Samantha Lande

Mardi Gras at Heaven on Seven
One of the most iconic restaurants in Chicago, Heaven on Seven is easily the most quintessential New Orleans-style restaurant in town. One could argue the decades-old Loop institution is among the most influential restaurants of its kind outside of New Orleans in the entire nation. Suffice to say, this is the spot to celebrate Mardi Gras. Look for live music from the Big Brass Band, along with a bevy of food and drink specials. Details: March 5
– Matt Kirouac

12th Annual Empty Bowls Benefit at Lilistreet Art Center
Make some new friends, enjoy some soup and leave with a handmade ceramic bowl of your choice at this event—for just $25. All proceeds go towards a charity to feed the homeless, organized by the community-first eatery First Slice Pie Cafe. Details: March 8
– Claire Voon

Photo courtesy of Roberta’s/Facebook

Roberta’s Pop-up at Dusek’s Board & Beer
One of the most famed pizza restaurants in the nation, Brooklyn’s endlessly buzzy Roberta’s, is back for round two at Dusek’s Board & Beer. After an expectedly successful pop-up in 2017, the pizzeria is bringing the goods for another weekend-long event from March 8-10. Roberta’s exec chef/co-owner Carlo Mirarchi will be in town, working alongside Dusek’s own Michael Galen to cook up signature pizzas in the wood-burning oven. Details: March 8-10
– Matt Kirouac

P.S. My Favorite Color is Green at Slow
Artist Roni Packer has a thing for yellow—bright, sunny, rubber duck yellow, which she spreads across rooms with canvas, paint and mini croutons (yes). Get acquainted with this luminous hue in a whole new context at her solo show, where paintings that peel, collapse and repose explore memory and color. Details: March 9
– Claire Voon

Chicago Artisan Market
Looking for goods from Chicago’s finest makers? Look no further. This market is full of independent creators in the world of food, fashion, home goods and art. Usually we wouldn’t schlep the kiddos, but this market has a great kid zone with face painting, arts and crafts, snacks and more. Plus kids under 12 get into the market for free. Details: March 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
– Samantha Lande

Photo courtesy of Roni Packer, Slow Gallery

Flesk Brewing and Spunky Dunkers: A Beer + Donut Pairing at Flesk Brewing
Make your own pastry stouts at this donut and beer pairing in the northwest suburbs. Flesk Brewing is pairing four 8-oz. pours with four full-sized donuts from local fave Spunky Dunkers. Tickets must be purchased in advance, but show up anytime to enjoy your pairings. Details: March 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $20
– Jim Morris

The Total Bent 
Jeff Award-winning director, Lili-Anne Brown, is at the helm of this rock show produced by Haven Theatre in association with About Face Theatre. Marty Roy is a young black musical prodigy and the force behind his father’s gospel stardom. When Marty is discovered by a British record produer, Marty will have to choose between family loyalty and making his own mark on America. This is definitely a must-see. Details: Through March 10 at Haven Theatre
– Tanuja Jagernauth

Adam Ruins Everything Presents: Mind Parasite Live With Adam Conover at Park West
In addition to being a veteran of stand-up and sketch comedy (he’s a founding member of the sketch group Olde English), Conover is the creator and host of the show ​Adam Ruins Everything​ on truTV, which just began its third season. The show, as well as his comedy, aims to dispel common misconceptions, as well as challenge audiences to think critically about the world around them. Details: March 10, 8 p.m.; $37.50
– Matty Ryan

Courtesy of Adam Ruins Everything/Facebook

Don’t miss this site-specific opportunity to enjoy micro theater by one of the most exciting playwrights in Chicago, Erin Austen. The Livingroom Playmakers have put together a show they call “part audio tour, part live theatre and is a one-of-a-kind, site-inspired event that will lead you deep into a labyrinthine urban artifacts store.” I’m so there! Details: February 23-March 17 at Salvage One
– Tanuja Jagernauth