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5 things to do for $5 (or less) this week in the suburbs

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  • The St. Charles St. Patrick's Parade is on Saturday, March 10.

    The St. Charles St. Patrick's Parade is on Saturday, March 10.
    Courtesy of Oscar Pallares Photography

 
 

Suburban shamrock celebrations

Get out your green gear to celebrate all things Irish a week ahead of St. Patrick's Day next Saturday.

• The 2018 Thom McNamee Memorial St. Patrick's Day Parade is on Saturday, with the grandstand for entertainment centered at the East Dundee Depot, 319 N. River St., East Dundee. Free. (847) 551-3800 or dundeestpats.com. 9:30 a.m. pet parade; 10 a.m. shows; 11 a.m. parade kick off Saturday, March 10

• More than 80 floats, marching bands, Irish dancers and more are featured in the Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day Parade. The route heads north along Spring Road from the intersection of Wilson Street in Elmhurst. Free. (630) 834-0300 or elmhurststpatsparade.com. Noon Saturday, March 10

• Cheer on marching bands, community floats and more for the St. Charles St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday. The parade runs along Main Street between 6th Street and 4th Avenue, St. Charles. Free. (630) 443-3969 or downtownstcharles.org. 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10

• The West Suburban Irish organize the annual Naperville St. Patrick's Day parade, which begins near Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St., then travels south on Mill Street, east on Jefferson Avenue, then south on Main Street ending at Water Street. Free. wsirish.org/st-patricks-parade. 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10

The interactive exhibit "Prismatica" continues at Navy Pier through Sunday, April 15.
The interactive exhibit "Prismatica" continues at Navy Pier through Sunday, April 15. - Courtesy of Navy Pier
Interactive prisms

The interactive art installation "Prismatica," featuring 25 six-foot pivoting prisms, takes place in the evening at Navy Pier's Polk Bros. Park, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Free. (312) 595-7437 or navypier.org. Ongoing daily from dusk to closing time through Sunday, April 15

Constellations central

Join up with other amateur stargazers when the Skokie Valley Astronomers meet up at The Ryerson Woods Welcome Center, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield. Free. (847) 968-3320 or skokievalleyastronomers.org. 8 p.m. Friday, March 9 (weather permitting)

Jane Goodall and infant chimpanzee Flint reach out to touch each other's hands. The acclaimed documentary "Jane" is screened in River Forest on Saturday, March 10.
Jane Goodall and infant chimpanzee Flint reach out to touch each other's hands. The acclaimed documentary "Jane" is screened in River Forest on Saturday, March 10. - Courtesy of Hugo van Lawick/National Geographic Creative
Champion for chimps

The ongoing One Earth Festival continues with a screening of the documentary "Jane," which focuses on the famed primatologist Jane Goodall, at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest. Free. (773) 792-0149 or oneearthfilmfest.org. 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10

Raw talent

Cheer on emerging comedians and improvisers at the Open Mic Standup and Open Improv sessions Monday at the Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora. $5, with a two-drink minimum. Free for improv performers. (630) 585-0300 or comedyshrine.com. 8 p.m. Monday, March 12

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