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St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
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St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Best things to do in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day

Nothing bests St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. Whether or not you know it – everyone is Irish over this time in the city. From parades to food and drink there’s a green themed celebration at every corner.

Engineering Drawing

photo credit: @itsryan

Chicago River Dyeing

The most iconic celebration in the city is the dyeing of the Chicago River which takes place the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. Watch as the waters turn green with 45 pounds of vegetable dye between Columbus Drive and Mihigan Avenue. Spectators line the Chicago Riverwalk bright and early to catch a glimpse and snap a photo. If crowds aren’t your thing, book a room at Loews Chicago Hotel. With a handful of King Corner rooms you can see the action right from your guest room window! The hotel is also conveniently located with easy access to the Chicago Riverwalk if you’re looking for a place to retreat after a long day of festivities.

If you really want an up close view of the emerald green river, hop on a Chicago river cruise for a one of a kind experience with Chicago’s First Lady, Wendella, Chicago Fireboat Tours or Shoreline Sightseeing.

A Boat On A River In A City

photo credit: @filoricanadventures

St. Patrick’s Parades

There is no shortage of parades in the Windy City for St. Patrick’s Day. From the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown to the South Side Irish Parade and the Northside Irish Parade there’s a celebration to attend in every corner of the city.


A St. Patrick’s Day celebration wouldn’t be complete without a green toast with your favorite beverage. Stop by ETA Restaurant and Bar for your favorite Irish libations. From green mimosas to Irish car bombs, there's something on the menu that will get you into the spirit.