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St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago with the annual dyeing of the Chicago river, parades, events and a trip to an Irish pub

Photograph: Max Herman
Chicago's downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 14, 2015.

St. Patrick's Day in Chicago is a party. We've got two huge marches through the city—both the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade and the South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade—the ritual dyeing of the Chicago River and the Irish Film Festival. Though the most popular St. Paddy's Day festivities happen in the Chicago Loop, the city's South Side and North Side neighborhoods have their fair share of goings-on at Irish pubs, Chicago restaurants and other institutions.

When is Saint Patrick's Day?

This year, Saint Patrick's Day falls on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

What and when 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?

Chicago's 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

Things to do

The best St. Patrick's Day events in Chicago

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Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade guide

Our guide to the river dyeing and the downtown parade

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Art

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Check out 18th century Irish art at this new exhibition

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Restaurants

Restaurant and bar specials

Celebrate with St. Pat's Day specials like green beer, Irish whiskey shots and bar food

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Restaurants

The best pub grub

Find fish and chips, pints and more

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Bars

The best Irish pubs

Head to these bars for a Guinness or whiskey fix

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Restaurants

5 best Irish food shops

Stock up on Irish food, from brown bread to blood sausage to Irish butter

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Shopping

St. Patrick’s Day shirts

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St. Patrick's Day photos

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2015 South Side Irish Parade

Warm spring weather greeted 200,000 revelers on the city's South Side

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2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade

The river flowed green as crowds gathered for a festive procession

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2013 South Side Irish Parade

The South Side does right by St. Patrick

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2012 South Side Irish Parade

Watch the kelly-green revelry ensue

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St. Patrick's Day articles

Music

The best Irish drinking songs

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Not an Irish pub

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Chicago sobers up St. Patrick’s Day

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The 50 best drinking songs

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Travel to Ireland

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Get away to Ireland

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Dublin

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Cork

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Galway

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