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Abby Shanley 8 LaGrange watches St. Patrick's Day Parade Columbus Dr. Saturday March 17 2012 Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

Abby Shanley, 8, of LaGrange watches the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Columbus Dr. Saturday, March 17, 2012, in Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: March 14, 2013 1:53PM


The City of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities kick off at 10 a.m. March 16 with the green dyeing of the Chicago River. At noon parade queen Bridget McMahon Fitzgerald and her court lead the 58th annual parade, stepping off at Balbo and Columbus, traveling north up Columbus to Monroe. Visit .

Two-time Grammy Award-winning band They Might Be Giants, touring in support of their 2013 release “Nanobots,” perform at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield. Tickets are $27.50. Moon Hooch opens. Visit or .


A host of fun awaits at the ten Irish establishments along the Dublin on Division route opening at 11 a.m March 17. For a complete list, which includes She-nannigans, The Original Mother’s and Mother’s Too, the Hangge-Uppe, visit .


The 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, runs through March 17. Actvities include seminars, floral arranging classes, how-to-gardens, kid’s actvities and a garden gourmet stage featuring demos by local chefs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 15-16; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17. Tickets are $15-$17; $5 for ages 4-12. Visit .


Legendary Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd headline the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee, at 8 p.m. March 15.
Tickets, $35-$100, are available at For information, visit


Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd performs at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $29-$49. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Chicago native Mitzi Gaynor, star of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1958 musical “South Pacific,” returns home for a meet and greet during a screening of the movie 7:30 p.m. March 19 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. The movie, hosted by Leonard Maltin, is part of Turner Classic Movies’ Road to Hollywood Series includes tunes such as Gaynor’s whimsical “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.” Admission is free. Visit .


River North Dance Chicago debuts four new works artistic director’s Frank Chevez’ “The Good Goodbyes,” “Al Sur Del Sure (featuring six tangos by Argentinean couple Sabrina and Ruben Veliz),” “I Close My Eyes Until the End (featuring a score by Icelandic electronica musician Olafur Arnalds)” and Nejla Yatkin’s “Renatus,” at 8 p.m. March 16 at North Shore Center, 9501 N. Skokie, Skokie. Tickets are $36-$46. Call (847) 673-6300; .

Four decades, and a list of band members nearly as long as an album play list later, England’s iconic rock band Yes, still fronted by co-founder Chris Squire, performs “The Yes Album,” “Close to the Edge” and “Going for the One” in their entirety at 8 p.m. March 16 at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino, Hammond, Ind. Tickets are $29-$59. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Wrigleyville and River North bars hosts the 16th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Chicago Pub Crawl March 15-17. Register at Dugout Sports Bar, 950 W. Addison, beginning at 5 p.m. March 15; noon March 16-17. Register at Sound Bar, 226 W. Ontario, beginning 11 a.m. March 16-17. Ages 21+over. A valid state ID is required. A list of participating bars will be handed out during registration. Single or three-day all-access tickets are available, $10-$30. Other fees might apply. Visit .


Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon, whose last album “The Galaway Girl” went platinum four times in Ireland and who as the recipient of the 2013 Meteor Irish Music Lifetime Achievement Award was the youngest winner ever, tickles the ivory during a St. Patrick’s Day concert at 8 p.m. March 17 at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. Tickets are $35-$50. Visit .


Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd performs at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $29-$49. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Rouge! An Electroswing Cabaret featuring DJs Vourteque, Mr. Automatic, the Ford Theatre Reunion and Chicago’s own Environmental Encroachment at 9 p.m. March 15 at ThreeOneOne, 311 N. Sangamon. Live slideshow by the Squidling Brothers and Oslo, Norway’s Pain Solution along with burlesque numbers provided by Adela Arson and Lady Lenux complete the action. Visit .


Female rap artist-turned-author Sapphire makes two appearances at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State. At 2 p.m. the author holds a discussion and Q&A followed by a book signing. Sapphire returns at 6 p.m. with guest Donna Seaman, senior editor at Booklist, for a reading and discussion of her new book The Kid. Both events are part of Columbia College Chicago Story Week Festival of Writers, March 17-22. Visit .


The George Jones “The Grand Tour,” billed as the singers “last Chicagoland appearance,” plays to the crowd at 8 p.m. March 15 at the Rialto Square, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. Visit .

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