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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Chicago

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long. ~Irish Proverb

Saint Patrick’s Day weekend is right around the corner! This holiday is one that Chicagoans celebrate really well. Don’t miss out on any of the fun events happening around town in celebration of St. Patty’s Day! Watch the Chicago River get dyed green, experience the city’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, eat at an Irish Pub, and more to celebrate this fun holiday!

A Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day always falls on March 17. This year that’s a Friday. March 17 marks the date that Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most celebrated patron saint, died. The festivities and celebrations around this holiday originally were meant to commemorate St. Patrick and his part in bringing Christianity to Ireland. As the saying goes, on this day “everybody is Irish!” so grab a friend and hit the town to celebrate St. Patrick!


May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you roam… ~Irish Proverb

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Events

Dyeing The River Green

Saturday March 11th at 9 a.m.

The Journeymen Plumber’s Local Union 130 is dyeing the Chicago River before the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The green dye is fish-friendly, and the river returns will return to its usual color by sundown. Be sure to get there early to get a good view! The best views can be found along the Michigan Avenue bridge’s east side, the Columbus Drive bridge’s west side or Wacker Drive (upper or lower) between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

Saturday, March 11th at 12 p.m.

The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade makes its way through Grant Park on Columbus Drive. It will have plenty of bagpipes, Irish dancers, drums, and other entertainment! Who knows, you might even see a leprechaun with a pot of gold!

Leprechaun Leap 5K/8K Run 

Saturday, March 11th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Race along the lakefront in Lincoln Park and benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository – register here. Don’t forget to wear your green! There’s even an annual prize for the best St. Patrick’s Day costume — time to get creative.

Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Cruise

Saturday, March 11th. 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Tickets here.

Hop on board the river boat either before or after the big parade and enjoy Shoreline Sightseeing’s St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise. This cruise goes along all three Chicago River branches, has an Irish themed lunch buffet, a full-service cash bar, and a tour that highlights the role of the Irish in Chicago’s development. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

Get Lucky Half Marathon, 21k, 14K and 7K 

Saturday, March 11th at 9 a.m.

Starting at Soldier Field, this race takes place along the lakefront on the South Side – register here. Dress in green and enjoy your complimentary sweatshirt as you run! May the luck of the Irish be with you.

St. Patrick’s Festival

Saturday, March 11 at 12 p.m. at the Irish American Heritage Center

This family friendly event features Irish vendors, arts and crafts fairs, and plenty of activities for the kids. It also has great food, dances, and live music!


A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. ~Irish Proverb

With all of these fun events, it’s important to remember to eat! Chicago boasts some of the greatest restaurants in the world. Here’s our list of amazing Chicago area Irish Pubs to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve included their addresses and phone numbers so you can work these great restaurants into your other St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Be sure to check out their amazing specials celebrating St. Patrick, and remember to consume responsibly!

Chicago Area Irish Pubs to Visit This St. Patrick’s Day

1. Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant

  • 3471 N Elston Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
  • (773) 473-5263

2. Cork and Kerry

  • 10614 S Western Ave
    Chicago, IL 60643
  • (773) 445-2675

3. Emmit’s Irish Pub

  • 495 N Milwaukee Ave
    Chicago, IL, 60654
  • (312) 563-9631

4. Galway Arms

  • 2442 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL 60614
  • (773) 472-5555

5. Lady Gregory’s

  • 5254 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL 60640
  • (773) 271-5050

6. Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

  • 3905 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL, 60613
  • (773) 248-3905

7. O’Shaughnessy’s Public House

  • 4557 N Ravenswood Ave
    Chicago, IL 60640
  • (773) 944-9896

8. Paddy Long’s

  • 1028 W Diversey Pkwy
    Chicago, IL, 60614
  • (773) 290-6988

9. Shinnick’s Pub

  • 3758 S. Union
    Chicago, IL 60609
  • (773) 376-3525

10. The Atlantic Bar & Grill

  • 5062 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625
  • (773) 506-7790

11. The Curragh

  • 6705 N Northwest Hwy
    Chicago, IL 60631
  • (773) 774-6170

12. The Fifth Province

  • 4626 N. Knox Ave
    Chicago, IL, 60630
  • (773) 282-7035

13. The Grafton Irish Pub & Grill

  • 4530 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625
  • (773) 271-9000

14. The Irish Oak

  • 3511 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL 60657
  • (773) 935-6669

15. The Kerryman

  • 661 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL, 60654
  • (312) 335-8121

No matter what your hobbies or interests, St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago has something for everyone! Use this holiday as an excuse to get out on the town with your friends, families, and loved ones. Our great city has so much to offer, and St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to get outdoors and enjoy Chicago!

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May you always be blessed with walls for the wind. A roof for the rain. A warm cup of tea by the fire. Laughter to cheer you. Those you love near you. And all that your heart might desire. ~Irish Proverb