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March Brings Marché du Printemps, the Easter Hop Bunny Train and New Entertainment
The Chicago French Market has a month-long agenda full of family friendly events. Visit the newest vendor, Bebe's Eatery, shop a variety of local artisans during Marché du Printemps, March 4 to March 29, or catch a ride on the Bunny Train, March 23.
Monday, March 4 to Friday March 29- Marche du Printemps
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Chicago French Market continues to support local artisans with its spring feature Marche du Printemps. Rotating visiting artisans will sell their unique jewelry, accessories and more; daily from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from March 4 through March 29.
Modeled after the French Christmas market, Marche de Noel, Marche du Printemps provides a fantastic atmosphere and unique shopping options, with plenty of opportunities to find something new to spruce up your home or wardrobe.
Artists will sell all types of jewelry, accessories, kid's items and many more gift options. A variety of new items will be featured at the Chicago French Market during this time as well.
Thursday, March 7- Lunchtime Music with Lee Barrie
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary
Lee Alec Barrie is a contemporary jazz guitarist whose style has been compared to Larry Carlton, Chuck Loeb and other popular contemporary jazz guitarists. Barrie was professional by age 14, starting out with a teenage rock band, playing Beatles, Beach Boys and Chuck Berry tunes plus some classic R&B.
These early musical relationships lasted well into his twenties and he had the privilege of recording with Lipps Inc., a Minneapolis-
Barrie's idea for a "virtual band project"-whereby he plays solo over his pre-recorded jazz backing tracks-evolved naturally. Having taken a break from professional performances for a number of years, he became a self-taught jazz pianist, which gave him the technical and musical skills to arrange and record his own instrumental backing tracks at his home recording studio. A lunch hour featuring the live music of Lee Alec Barrie, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 is sure to be an energizing and memorable experience.
Friday March 8- International Woman's Day
Celebrate International Woman's Day, March 8, by picking up something special for the lady in your life at the Chicago French Market. The holiday has been observed since the early 1900s, a point in history when population and the industrial sector were booming and women began to seek the equal rights they hold firmly to this day. Woman's Day is celebrated widely throughout Europe by gifting a bouquet of flowers to the women in one's life. Les Fleurs is in its third year honoring this holiday, and has a beautiful array of arrangements to light up anyone's day.
Thursday, March 7- Cabrini Green Legal Aid Wine Tasting Event
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ticket Price: $50
The Cabrini Green Legal Aid Young Professionals Board will host a special wine tasting at the Chicago French Market, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 7. The city's first and only year-round market place teamed up with the Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) to bring you a fun-filled evening of food, wine, craft beers and entertainment.
The CGLA provides high-impact, no-cost legal services to low-income Chicagoans in four areas of law including: family, housing, criminal records and criminal defense. They integrate legal and social services in order to improve legal outcomes and extend its impact beyond crisis support. Tickets are available online for $50 each until 5 p.m. on March 6 at cgla.net or at the door.
Wednesday, March 13- Lunchtime Music with Sipos and Young Band
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary
Chris Sipos and Rachel Young play acoustic music for the discerning listener. They delve into a multitude of genres ranging from upscale, in-vogue intonations to folk songs as haunting as the most ancient mountain hollow. A smoky jazz ballad sits beside a driving Johnny Cash-June Carter cover, while superb originals by Sipos are regularly stirred into the mix. The duo's appeal is enjoyable on a number of levels, soothing the audience with eclectic covers, and then slowly drawing it into deeper poetic waters.
The virtuoso guitar capabilities of Chris Sipos provide a superb tempo and temperament for every intricately arranged offering in the pair's songbook. While classically trained Rachel's celestial singing style offers the perfect vehicle for the duo's penchant toward music that shines a light on life's ever-changing spectrum of emotions.
Together Sipos and Young are proof positive that musical entertainment can communicate spirit and essence in a single wallop. Catch them for a complimentary Chicago French Market Lunch hour music special 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13.
Thursday, March 14- City Fresh Cooking Demo with Greek Islands Restaurant
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Complimentary
Did you know it's smelt season? Every spring hundreds of fishermen hit the shores of Lake Michigan for their spring catch of smelt. Learn to pan-fry smelt and create great fresh recipes with Chef Peter Kappos of Greek Islands Restaurant. Chef Kappos will team up with City Fresh Market for a cooking demo from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14. All the ingredients to create the meal will be available for purchase at the market after the demonstration.
You also can tune in early for a sneak peak of the cooking demo on WGN-TV's Lunch Break segment on Tuesday, March 11 where City Fresh Market and the Greek Islands Restaurant also will be paired up.
Thursday, March 21- Rush Hour Music with Steve Justman
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Complimentary
Folk musician Steve Justman joins the rush hour crowd from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 21. Justman is a Chicago area musician who specializes in performing Americana music. He has performed in many of the best acoustic venues in the Chicagoland area and is excited to return to the Chicago French Market.
Saturday, March 23- Hop the Bunny Train and Easter Egg Hunt
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Complimentary
The Metra isn't the only train at the Ogilvie Transportation Center. Bring the kids and Hop the Bunny Train 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 23. The fun-filled ride will be followed by an Easter Egg Hunt at 1:30 p.m. Additionally, get a chance to meet the market's special guest, the Easter Bunny. Be sure to also stop by a variety of vendors to sample some of their finest dishes.
Wednesday, March 27- Lunchtime Music by Annalee Hooson Annalee Hooson
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary
A Chicago French Market favorite Annalee Hooson is back to perform her original and easy listening cover songs. Experiencing a live performance by Hooson, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 is a perfect way to unwind during your lunch hour.