Where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

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

st. patrick's day parade 2018
Photograph: Grace DuVal

St. Patrick's Day is traditionally a proper institution in Chicago. In fact, it's such an institution that the shamrock-themed festivities stretch into multiple weekends, spawning clover-studded pop-up bars, corned beef specials and plenty of beer (both green-hued and otherwise). Unfortunately, this year's celebrations will be a bit more subdued, as the annual parades and many of the surrounding events have been canceled. You may still be able to put on a green outfit and nurse a pint of Guinness in a cozy pub, you'll just need to keep social distancing in mind. Channel the luck of the Irish with our guide to celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Chicago.

When is St. Patrick’s Day 2021?

St. Patrick's Day is always on March 17, which falls on a Wednesday this year.

What is St. Patrick’s Day?

St. 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.

Is the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade happening this year?

Nope, the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade, the dyeing of the Chicago River and the South Side Irish Parade have been called off for the second year in a row, in light of concerns surrounding large gatherings.

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

The Chicago River was dyed green after all!
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The Chicago River was dyed green after all!

The city quietly carried on this annual tradition, minus the crowds.

There’ll be no St. Patrick’s Day parades in 2021
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There’ll be no St. Patrick’s Day parades in 2021

The city has put the kibosh on large public celebrations.

St. Patrick’s Day events in Chicago
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St. Patrick’s Day events in Chicago

Find something to do the weekend before St. Pat's Day.

The inside scoop on the Chicago River dyeing
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The inside scoop on the Chicago River dyeing

We talked to one of the plumbers responsible for the emerald miracle.

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Then and Now: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Check out the parade from way back when.

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10 fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

The river dye isn't actually green at all.

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The best Irish pubs in Chicago

You're never far from a nip of whiskey or a pint of beer.

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'Tis is the season for fish and chips.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016

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South Side Irish Parade 2015

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