March begins with a dose of Emerald Isle pride at the Irish Film Festival, but the the big green really takes over mid-month with the wave of St. Patrick's Day Chicago parades and events. Though the ritual dyeing of the Chicago River and many of the other most popular St. Paddy's festivities happen in the Loop, South Side and North Side neighborhoods have their fair share of goings-on at Irish pubs, restaurants and institutions.
When is Saint Patrick's Day?
This year, Saint Patrick's Day falls on Thursday, March 17, 2016.
What is Saint Patrick's Day?
Saint Patrick's Day occurs annually on March 17, the date marked by the death of Saint Patrick, Ireland's most celebrated patron saint. The festivities surrounding this date specifically commemorate Saint Patrick, and the subsequent arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
Where is the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade?
The downtown parade occurs on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, beginning with the dyeing of the Chicago River at 9am and continuing in Grant Park with a parade at noon—starting from Balbo and Columbus. The South Side Irish Parade occurs the following day, stepping off from 103rd and Western at noon.
St. Patrick's Day in Chicago
Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade guide
Our guide to the river dyeing and the downtown parade
Restaurant and bar specials
Celebrate with St. Pat's Day specials like green beer, Irish whiskey shots and bar food
The best pub grub
Find fish and chips, pints and more
The best Irish pubs
Head to these bars for a Guinness or whiskey fix
5 best Irish food shops
Stock up on Irish food, from brown bread to blood sausage to Irish butter
St. Patrick’s Day shirts
Going to the parade? Clearly you need to wear green
St. Patrick's Day photos
2015 South Side Irish Parade
Warm spring weather greeted 200,000 revelers on the city's South Side
2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade
The river flowed green as crowds gathered for a festive procession
2013 South Side Irish Parade
The South Side does right by St. Patrick
2012 South Side Irish Parade
Watch the kelly-green revelry ensue