Chicago, you feeling lucky? If not, then you may want to pin your hopes on the ol’ luck of the Irish this week.
As a city with a proud, Irish heritage, we tend to go all out for St. Patrick’s Day. So, there’s no shortage of fun ways to celebrate the holiday. But don’t worry – if you’re not into green beer and parades, we’ve got a couple of other fun events just for you.
March 16 at 9am at the Michigan Avenue Bridge
No doubt you’ve seen the result of this unique Chicago tradition many times. But if you’ve never witnessed the process of dyeing an entire river green, you’re missing out. The special dye (which is actually bright orange) gets dumped out by boats in a truly fascinating spectacle that all ages can enjoy. And rest assured, the dye is vegetable-based and environmentally friendly, so it fades away in just a few days.
March 16 at noon at Columbus Dr and Balbo Ave
The theme of this year’s parade is “The Music of Ireland” and will feature plenty of bagpipes, drum corps and Irish dancers. As one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country, it’s something you should experience at least once in your life. Just be sure to plan your transportation or parking as the area does get pretty packed before, during and after the parade.
March 17 at Western Ave from 103rd St to 115th St in Beverly
For those who’d like to celebrate on the actual day, the classic South Side parade is the place to be. This area of Chicago has a large Irish-American population and was the original location of what is now the downtown parade. Twenty years after it was moved, a couple of neighborhood guys decided to bring it back on a very small scale. But over the years, it’s grown into the huge celebration that it is today.
St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawls
If you prefer to celebrate St. Patty’s day on a bar stool (or several), then a holiday pub crawl might be more your style. Register ASAP though as some are selling out quickly.
March 16, 11am-6pm
March 16, various times
March 16, 8am to 2pm
March 20-24 at Navy Pier
Growing impatient waiting for spring in Chicago? Then this celebration of all things green and floral should wet your whistle. In addition to being able to just admire (and smell) all the natural beauty, attendees can check out life-sized gardens, workshops and seminars to help you make your own thumb a little greener.
March 22-24 at McCormick Place
If you consider yourself anything close to a movie, TV or comic nerd, you need to be here. With tons of unique vendors, celebrity guests and panels, there’s truly something for everyone. And this is a family-friendly event as well, so feel free to bring the kiddos along.
March 15-17 at Arlington International Racecourse
March 16-17 at the Schaumburg Convention Center
March 16 at Second Unitarian Church