Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Events to Check Out

Chicago is just full of Chicago St. Patrick’s Day events for you to enjoy! Whether you’re enjoying the annual Shamrock Bar Crawl or a festive parade, your Chicago St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be one to remember. The Windy City gets painted green, literally, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Throw on your best green outfits and check out where to celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago this year!

2018 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Events


Chicago St. Patrick’s Day River Dyeing

Chicago St Patrick's Day events - Chicago River Dyeing

This annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day event has been taking place for over 40 years now. Every year, The Journeymen Plumber’s Local Union 130 dyes the Chicago River a bright and beautiful emerald green. When the dye hits it the river it’s actually orange and then magically transforms into its green hue. There’s a belief that the road to Ireland is marked green from the Chicago River being dyed. The dye is believed to travel through the Chicago River to the Illinois River, then to the Mississippi, up the Gulf Stream and across the Atlantic where the green then enters the Irish Sea! Check out the river dyeing and then head out to the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade afterward.


Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Once you’ve witnessed the spectacular river dyeing, check out the city’s noisy and fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade boasts a fun-filled family-friendly celebration. Pay homage to the Irish and watch the parade make its way through Grant Park on Columbus Drive. Plenty of bagpipes, the drum corps, Irish dancers and other excited parade-goers will be around to spread the luck of the Irish. The parade will be taking place on Saturday, March 17th at 12 p.m.


Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Festivals & Runs

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is kicking off more than just parades. Catch the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day festival and enjoy the weekend in a traditional way. Irish food, dances, and live traditional and contemporary music will be available for you to enjoy. This event follows the downtown Chicago celebrations and is perfect for celebrating with the family. Enjoy Irish gift vendors, arts and crafts, and activities for the children. Tickets are available for $15 in advance, $12 for kids, and kids 12 and under being free. The festival takes place at the Irish American Heritage Center.

Check out the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Get Lucky Half Marathon and run a 7K, 14K, or even a 21K along the South Side lakefront trail. Each course has its own various start point on the trail, but they all end at Solider Field. Runners are encouraged to wear green and keep the luck of the Irish going. The Get Lucky Half Marathon takes place on Saturday, March 17th at 11 a.m. Ticket prices for the run cost $55-70.


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