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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.

Written by
Zach Long
Emma Krupp
Jeffy Mai

Get ready to break out any green costumes that have been gathering dust in your closet since last year: St. Patrick's Day parades and events are right around the corner. The Irish holiday brings multiple weekends of revelry to Chicago, from shamrock-themed parties and classic fish fries to Irish pubs that offer beer and whiskey specials fit for the Emerald Isle. As is tradition, the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade downtown and the South Side Irish Parade in Beverly, as well as the iconic river dyeing ceremony, will be the biggest spectacles and attract the largest crowds. So embrace the luck of the Irish and prepare for a party with our guide to celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Chicago.

When is St. Patrick’s Day 2023?

St. Patrick's Day is always on March 17, which falls on a Friday 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.

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

The Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade and dyeing of the Chicago River take place on Saturday, March 11. The South Side Irish Parade and the Northwest Side Irish Parade kick off on Sunday, March 12.

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

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