How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

St. Patrick's Day in ChicagoChicago residents are a lucky bunch of folks. The metro area offers loads of exciting opportunities for both family-friendly and adults-only fun and festivity for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day.
Get your celebration started bright and early (and in your favorite green gear, of course) with an energizing run starting at Lincoln Park and along Chicago’s lakefront in the St. Paddy’s 5K/8K Run & Leprechaun Leap. Benefitting the Irish American Heritage Center, the race starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 and includes a post-race party with live music and costume contest.
Next, watch the Chicago River get dyed green in the annual Chicago river dyeing ceremony, which starts at 10:00 a.m. The best viewing spot will be between Columbus and Wabash. Stick around for the 58th annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which starts at noon at Balbo and Columbus and ends at Monroe and Columbus. About 400,000 people are expected to attend the parade, which will include floats, bagpipers, musicians and dancers and the Irish Queen and her court. If crowds aren’t your thing, you can watch the parade from the comfort of your home on WLS/ABC7.
The Irish American Heritage Center continues its tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a day-long family-oriented festival that includes traditional and contemporary Irish music, dance, food, children’s activities and an Arts and Craft Fair, with vendors selling Irish gifts.
Take the kiddos or your sweetheart to catch fireworks at 7 p.m. at Navy Pier and then get your celebration on with beer and a plate of corned beef and cabbage in one of these authentic Irish corner pubs:

  • Butch McGuires Tavern, 20 W. Division, Gold Coast
  • Celtic Crossings, 751 N. Clark, River North
  • Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston, Avondale
  • Fado Irish Pub, 100 W. Grand, River North
  • Halsted Harp, 2138 N. Halsted, Lincoln Park
  • Keegan’s Pub, 10618 S. Western, Beverly
  • Lizzie McNeill’s, 400 N. McClurg, Streeterville