Billed as “perpetually six months clean and sober,” comedian Andy Dick headlines iO on Thursday as part of the “Del Close 75th Birthday” weeklong celebration in honor of the 10th anniversary of the passing of Close (the founder of longform improv). Tickets are $10. Show time is 10:30 p.m. at the theater, 3541 N. Clark. Call (773) 880-0199. The Lindbergh Babies 2.0 open.
MARSALIS & CO.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra brings together fine, often famous, jazz musicians, many based in New York, under the leadership of perhaps the best-known trumpeter of our time, Wynton Marsalis, its music director. The group is making its annual stop at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, at 8 tonight. Tickets are $39-$77. Call (312) 294-3000; www.cso.org.
Ne-Yo, R&B singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, comes to the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State, for a concert at 8 tonight. Musiq Soulchild and Jazmine Sullivan will open the show. Tickets are $49.50-$88. Call (312) 462-6300; www.thechicagotheatre.com.
It’s almost spring — time to get wacky! Take part in the 18th annual Wacky 5K Run benefit for the Blind Service Association starting at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Journeymen Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington. Runners will get the scenic tour of the area between Halsted and Ashland, Randolph and Van Buren. The event (which got its name from a previous route on Lower Wacker), celebrates the end of National Snack Food Month and ends with a snack-food buffet. Runners who dress in snack food-inspired costumes will compete for prizes. The registration fee is $30-$35. Call (773) 868-3010; www.chicagoevents.com.
Head down to North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore, at
10 a.m. Sunday for the ninth annual Polar Plunge. More than 1,000 intrepid souls are expected to race out into the icy waters of Lake Michigan as part of this fund-raiser for the Special Olympics. Participants each pledge at least $100. Top fund-raisers, the largest group and the person with the best costume all will get prizes. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. A post-plunge party in a heated tent features refreshments and a cash bar. Visit www.chicagopolarplunge.org.
Chicago singer-songwriter Michael McDermott headlines a concert at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, at 8 tonight. Also on the bill are singer-songwriter Anna Fermin and alt-country soul rockers Divebar. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call (773) 549-0203; www.metrochicago.com.