St. Paddy’s Day In Chicago

Ready to don your wearing o’ the green?

Is green your favorite color?

Are you Irish or pretend to be Irish?

Have you been thinking of what your plans may be for St. Paddy’s Day?

Read on to plan your whole St. Patrick’s Day activities that fill your day and night.

Dyeing The Chicago River

Will take place at 9am at the Chicago River (Columbus Dr. and Wacker Dr.) You can watch one of the most popular and famous rituals take place. The Chicago will turn an emerald green and will stay that color for 5 hours. The dye is eco-friendly and will appear orange at first, eventually turning to green. This is an event you do not want to miss. It is free and a great way to start your day.

Downtown Parade

Will kick off at 1pm, starting on Columbus Dr. What better way to celebrate a holiday like attending one of the biggest St. Paddy’s Day parades in the country? Don your green or throw on a kilt and hit the streets. Some of the sights include floats and flags, dancers and bagpipes.

St. Patrick’s Festival

Is a fun time where you can enjoy traditional food, dances, and contemporary music. This will take place at the Irish American Heritage Center and there will be all sorts of events and Irish vendors. If you have children, this is the perfect place to spend time with your children as they take part in family friendly activities. It is $15 at the door, $12 in advance, and kids 12 and under are free.

Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Cruise

Is where you can go on a 75-minute cruise on the green Chicago river. You can enjoy a lunch buffet while enjoying the cruise. There is also a full cash bar so you can enjoy drinks while receiving a tour of the economic development of Chicago.

Chicago Shamrock Crawl

Is a bar crawl that starts at 8am! There is green beer and whiskey a-flowin’ at a variety of bars in Wrigleyville. Be sure to pace yourself so you can enjoy a wee bit of the Irish cheer at each establishment! When you purchase tickets you get a breakfast buffet, t-shirt, and a gift card that can be used at the crawl. Tickets are $15. Make sure to checkout our latest blog on Winter Is Ending, Spring Is Starting!

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