Learn about St. Patrick's Day events & celebrations in Chicago, Illinois & how to save money on hotels

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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 13, 2022 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 12, 2022, 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.

St. Patrick’s Festival

Chicago’s Chief O’Neill’s 2022 St. Patrick’s Festival kicks off with a live concert on March 4, 2022. This is allowed by more concerts and a Fish Fry. On Saturday, March 12, 2022, they will have a full day of live entertainment starting at 9 am and going through 10 pm. Performers include

  • The Shepherd School of Irish Music
  • Kathleen Keane & Nick Morgan
  • Jim Willians & Guests
  • Trinity Irish Dancers
  • The Academy of Irish Music
  • Baal Time
  • Emerald Society Piper Band
  • Chicago Reel

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 12, 2022.

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, 2022. These donuts include

  • Chocolate emerald dipped chocolate donuts
  • Chocolate green mint dipped donuts
  • Green river glazed donuts
  • Irish cream bismarck donuts

If you’d like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in some of Chicago’s top bars and clubs, you could go on the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl or the St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charms Bar Crawl on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

Cruise

Another way to celebrate would be going on a St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Cruise.

Hotel Deals

If you’d like to visit Chicago to enjoy the celebrations, you should consider the following hotels that are offering discounted rates.

  • Hotel Felix River North/Magnificent Mile 29% Discount
  • The St. Clair Hotel Magnificent Mile 24% Discount
  • The Whitehall Hotel 21% Discount
  • Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown 21% Discount
  • Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Magnificent Mile 21% Discount
  • Aloft Chicago Downtown River North 21% Discount
  • Sheraton Grand Chicago 20% Discount
  • Hotel Versey Days Inn by Hyatt Chicago 20% Discount
  • The Hotel Emily 20% Discount
  • Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park 20% DiscountTh
  • The Godfrey Hotel Chicago 20% Discount
  • Hotel Julian 20% Discount
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Downtown/River North 18% Discount
  • Springhill Suites by Marriott Chicago Downtown/River North 17% Discount
  • Congress Plaza Hotel 15% Discount
  • Hotel Regency 15% Discount
  • Omni Chicago Hotel 15% Discount
  • Ambassador Chicago, part of JdV by Hyatt 15% Discount
  • Virgin Hotels Chicago 15% Discount
  • Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown 15% Discount
  • Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown 15% Discount
  • The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop 15% Discount
  • Staypineapple, an iconic Hotel, The Loop 15% Discount
  • Sonesta ES Suites Chicago Downtown 15% Discount
  • Selina Chicago 15% Discount
  • Claridge House 15% Discount
  • Ohio House Motel 15% Discount
  • Royal Sonesta Chicago River North 15% Discount
  • Hotel Chicago West Loop 14% Discount
  • Viceroy Chicago 14% Discount
  • Sonder at Grant Park 14% Discount
  • Sonder Jewelers Row 14% Discount
  • Moxy Chicago Downtown 12% Discount
  • LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton 10% Discount
  • Swissotel Chicago 10% Discount
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North 10% Discount
  • Kasa Chicago River North 10% Discount
  • Chicago South Loop Hotel 10% Discount
  • The Willows Hotel 10% Discount
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago North Shore 10% Discount
  • Nobu Hotel Chicago 10% Discount