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Chicago celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by dyeing the Chicago River green in one of the most unique celebrations in the world. The Plumbers Union will be in boats and will pour the dye at 9 am. The color lasts about 5 hours but is at its brightest after it is poured, so get there early and take pictures. This is done on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.
Also held on that Saturday is the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The first parade was held in 1843. This year’s parade will begin at noon. The city’s Shannon Rivers Irish Pipe Band has been leading the procession for the past 60 years. You’ll see colorful floats, Irish step dancing, bagpipers, marching bands, leprechauns and so much more. The crowd is estimated to be over 2 million people.
The popular South Side Irish Parade is a family friendly celebration of Irish history. It is in Beverly, a neighborhood with deep Irish roots. This parade will go down Western Avenue. It is happening on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 12 pm. The crowd is estimated to be at 150,000 people.
If you’d like to learn more about the history of the Irish in Chicago, visit the Chicago History Museum.
Also on Sunday at noon is the Northwest Side Irish Parade. The parade goes through the Norwood Park area, going to Northwest Highway. There will be a huge after party featuring a corned beef and cabbage dinner, cheesecake, beer, wine, soft drinks and live entertainment.
On March 11, 2023, the Irish American Heritage Center is having a St. Patrick’s Fest from 1 pm to 11:30 pm. The Fest will have Irish music and dancing, children’s activities, food and drinks for purchase and an Arts & Crafts Fair.
Shamrock’n the Block
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will be hosting their annual Shamrock’n the Block, a pop-up Irish pub. There will be live music, food and a heated tent beer garden. Events for the kids will include a balloon artist, a magician, and Irish dancing lessons. This is happening on Saturday, March 11, 2023.
Food & Drinks
Do you have a sweet tooth? Stan’s Donuts & Coffee will be serving St. Patrick’s donuts from March 10 through March 17, 2023. These donuts include
- Green river glazed donuts
- Irish cream bismarck donuts
And if you’d like a culinary celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, why not go to an Irish eatery? The following restaurants were chosen as the Top 15 Irish restaurants in Chicago by the users of TripAdvisor.
- Fado Irish Pub
- D4 Irish Pub & Cafe
- The Kerryman
- Emerald Loop
- Kitty O’Sheas
- Lady Gregory’s Bar & Restaurant
- Timothy’s O’Toole’s Pub
- Chief O’Neill’s
- The Galway Arms
- Butch McGuire’s
- Dublin’s Bar & Grill
- The Curragh Irish Pub
- Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
- Wilde Bar & Restaurant
- Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub
If you’d like to visit Chicago to enjoy the celebrations, you should consider the following hotels that are offering discounted rates.
- The Langham Chicago 37% Discount
- Pendry Chicago 29% Discount
- The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop 25% Discount
- Sonesta ES Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile – Medical 20% Discount
- Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown 20% Discount
- Virgin Hotels Chicago 20% Discount
- Hotel Julian 20% Discount
- The Godfrey Hotel Chicago 20% Discount
- Swissotel 20% Discount
- 21c Museum Hotel Chicago 20% Discount
- DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago – North Shore Conference Center 20% Discount
- Sonesta Simply Suites Chicago O’Hare Airport 20% Discount
- Sonesta Chicago O’Hare Airport Rosemont 20% Discount
- CitizenM Chicago Downtown 15% Discount
- The Royal Sonesta Chicago River North 15% Discount
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago 15% Discount
- Wyndham Chicago O’Hare 15% Discount
- Congress Plaza Hotel 14% Discount
- Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park 14% Discount
- Staypineapple, An Iconic Hotel, The Loop 14% Discount
- Claridge House 13% Discount
- Hotel Chicago West Loop 12% Discount
- Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown Riverwalk 12% Discount
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile 10% Discount
- Viceroy Chicago 10% Discount
- Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park Gold Experience 10% Discount
- Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago – Burr Ridge 10% Discount
- LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton 6% Discount