We hear a lot about “going green” these days. But Chicago takes this idea to the next level. On Saint Patrick’s Day—and all throughout the month of March, Chicago celebrates Irish culture and tradition through several outlets. There are pub crawls, parades, an Irish Film Festival, and more!
But, the biggest event would have to be the Dyeing of the Chicago River. At 10:45 am, 45 pounds of eco-friendly vegetable dye are poured into the river, transforming it into a gorgeous emerald green color. This grand tradition has been taking place for more than 50 years, and it is a perfect kick-off for the rest of the day’s festivities. The river will only stay green for about five hours, so be sure to check it out before heading to the parade!
Downtown Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is one of the largest in the country! It begins at Columbus Drive, goes north through Grant Park, and ends are Monroe Drive. The parade includes vibrant floats, Irish step dancers, marching bands, and bagpipes.
In case you aren’t ready for the St. Patrick’s Day fun to end, don’t worry; the fun isn’t over yet! On Sunday, March 16, the South Side Irish Parade will take place at 12 noon at Western Ave between 103rd and 115th street. Also on Sunday is the Northwest Side Irish parade, starting at 12 noon and located at Onahan School at 6634 W. Raven Street.
Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and don’t forget to wear green!