St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Chicago

When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago is unrivaled. With a variety of festivities taking place throughout the city, this lively holiday offers something for everyone. Check out our roundup of St. Patrick’s Day happenings and get ready to break out your green gear in preparation for a fun-filled weekend.

Dyeing of the Chicago River – Saturday, March 11th

It doesn’t get any more traditional than this. Before the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Journeyman Plumber’s Local Union 130 will dye the Chicago River green. Don’t fret; the dye is fish-friendly and the river returns to its usual shade by nightfall.

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 11th

If you made it downtown to see the river dyed green, chances are you’ll want to stay for the annual parade which features plenty of bagpipes, drum corps, Irish dancers, and all things you associate with the holiday. Not much beats celebrating the holiday in the heart of downtown. If you need more info on the parade and its route you can head here.

Leprechaun Leap 5K/8K Run – Saturday, March 11th  

If you’re hoping to get some exercise in before you partake in the usual festivities of the holiday, you’re in luck! The Leprechaun Leap is taking place in the morning before the parade. Participants are encouraged to don all their green attire and truly get into the spirit of the holiday. For more info about the event, head here.

St. Patrick’s Festival – Saturday, March 11th

Celebrate all things Irish at the annual St. Patrick’s Festival hosted by the Irish American Heritage Center. The festivities last from noon to midnight so you’ll have the opportunity to head over after the parade. The family-oriented celebration features traditional and contemporary Irish music with dance, food & drink for purchase, and children’s activities. For more info on the festival, head here.

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon Cruises – Saturday, March 11th

If you’re looking to cruise the green river on St. Pat’s weekend, Shoreline Sightseeing has you covered. On March 11th they are offering three St. Patrick’s Day themed cruises, each featuring a traditional Irish buffet, cash bar, and 75-minute tour of all three branches of the Chicago River. For more information on tour times and tickets, you can head here.

Chicago Social’s St. Patrick’s Day Party – Saturday, March 11th

Looking to start your celebration early? Chicago Social and SPiN Chicago will be offering a $30 pregame package that includes a gourmet breakfast buffet for four hours, three drink tickets, and all the ping-pong you can handle! Head here for more information on the party.

South Side Irish Parade – Sunday, March 12th

For those who prefer a more traditional and family-friendly parade experience, look no further than the South Side Irish Parade. This parade will also feature plenty of bagpipes, drum corps, and all things associated with Irish tradition. For more information on the parade and its route, head here.

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