Chicago is the best place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day…literally. WalletHub ranked Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations first among 200 U.S. cities. Between the bar crawls, multiple parades to choose from and dyeing the Chicago River green, no other city does St. Patrick’s Day better than Chicago.
So if you’re lucky enough to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago this weekend, here are some fun ways to celebrate!
Saturday, March 16th
The Dyeing of the River and Loop Parade
St. Patrick’s day kicks off downtown on Saturday with the dyeing of the Chicago River at 9 a.m. After the dyeing, people can head over to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Grant Park. The parade will pass along Columbus Avenue from Balbo Drive to Monroe Street. Entry to the parade is at Jackson and Ida B. Wells Drives. Security will be checking all bags and purses.
The Chicago Riverwalk opens at 11 a.m., with entrances at Franklin Street, LaSalle Street, Dearborn Street, and State Street. You may only bring up to 8 ounces in beverages. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
St Patrick’s Day Trolley Pub Crawl
A ticket will get you access onto the trolleys and Express VIP entry into bars. Alcohol will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring on your own to the trolleys. You may also bring your own food to the trolleys or purchase food at one of the bars.
Shamrock Crawl in Wrigleyville
Tickets to the Shamrock Crawl in Wrigleyville include admission, a t-Shirt, breakfast buffet, a gift card to use on the crawl, and giveaways. The crawl starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 17th
South Side Irish Parade
The famous South Side Irish parade began in 1979 and has grown in popularity since then. The 2019 South Side Irish Parade starts off at 12 p.m. and will travel down Western Avenue from 103rd Street to 115th Street. Street closures begin at 9 a.m. so make sure to get there early to get good parking.
Northwest Side Irish Parade
The Northwest Side Irish Parade will begin at 12 a.m. at 6634 W. Raven Street. The parade is free but you may buy a ticket for the after-party dinner.
Have fun but please drink responsibly! Do NOT drink and drive. If you need transportation, use a designated driver, rideshare service or cab.
Erin go bragh! Happy St. Patrick’s day weekend, Chicago!