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St. Patrick's Day festivities in Chicago can only mean two things: a parade and a green river. Every March, hundreds of thousands head downtown to welcome the Irish holiday with full green-hued gusto. Kick off the day by finding a spot on the Michigan Avenue bridge, where you can watch gallons of dye being poured into the river (here's how they dye the river green). Then, make your way over to Grant Park, where bagpipers, dancers and politicians make their way north on Columbus Avenue for the parade procession.
Once the festivities have wrapped up, feel free to hang around in the Loop to tour Chicago attractions like Millennium Park and the Art Institute, or make your way to one of the best Irish pubs in Chicago for a pint and a platter of fish and chips. Dig out your green clothes and prepare to party, because we've assembled everything you need to know about the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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When is the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade?
The St. Patrick's Day Parade will step off at 12:30pm on Saturday, March 11, and is preceded by the dyeing of the Chicago River at 10am. For optimal views of the fluorescent green water, head to the east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the west side of the Columbus Drive bridge or find a spot on the Riverwalk between State Street and Columbus Drive.
Where is the Chicago St Patrick's Day parade route?
This year's parade starts at the intersection of Columbus and Balbo Drives, continuing north on Columbus until concluding at Monroe Street. Barricades are set up along Columbus, and attendees typically arrive early to set up seats. The main viewing stand is located in front of Buckingham Fountain, where dancers and bands pause to wave to the crowd. You can purchase tickets for VIP grandstand seating here.
How do I get to the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade?
Take the Blue or Red Line and get off in the Loop. Then, walk to Columbus Avenue in Grant Park. You can also access the area via Orange, Pink, Green and Brown lines. Simply get off at Wabash and walk to Columbus Avenue from there.