To many, St. Patrick’s Day is a time to wear green, and day drink without consequence. However, in Chicago it is much more than that. There are countless family activities to participate in, bars to drink at, even a whole river dyed green to celebrate the day. One of the most participated in activities is the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade that displays Irish and Chicago Heritage through performers, floats, and Irish dancers. This year the parade had 122 different entries from schools, and other facilities that support the community, meaning there will be a little something for everyone to enjoy. WGN Chicago news announced that the fun begins on the intersection of Columbus Ave and Balbo Drive, and will end north at Monroe Drive. The parade will start about noon on Saturday March 16th and will last about two hours.
Another famous Chicago tradition is the infamous Green River. The dye will be spread out around 9 A.M. on Saturday March, 16th, but it is recommended to get to the river a hour early inorder to get a good viewing spot. The part of the Chicago River that will be dyed stretches from Wacker Drive to State St. The river will be visible from most bridges around that area, and down near the Riverwalk. If you do plan on viewing from a bridge please watch for traffic and bikers while being aware of your surroundings.
Anyone can stop at the Irish American Heritage Center for their St. Patrick Festival on Saturday, March 16th. The IAHC is located on N Knox Ave, and tickets will be available for purchase on the IAHC official website costing $15 for Adults and free for children 12 and under. The festival will go on from 1:30 pm until 9:30 pm. A full itinerary of the activities available will be located on the IAHC official website. (https://irish-american.org/at-the-center/st-patrick-festival/) Activities mostly involve Irish band performances, Irish dance lessons, and bagpipe performances. It is a great family friendly activity to enjoy for the day.
If you are more interested in food we got you covered. If you’re looking for a classic Irish pub, Wilde Bar and Restaurant located in Lakeview is a fan favorite for an authentic Irish feel and great food. Located in the historic Beverly neighborhood, another pub called Cork & Kerry is a great place to stop for some great food.
Overall, there are hundreds of activities to do in Chicago around St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy the day and explore new things. Just a friendly reminder public drinking is prohibited at all outdoor events in the Chicago area. Please keep it in a bar and have a safe enjoyable St. Patties Day weekend.