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 2017
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

St. Patrick's Day draws loads of merrymakers to the Chicago Loop every year to watch as the Chicago River turns green and the St. Patrick's Day Parade marches through Grant Park. Plus, our great city has another celebration with the South Side Irish Parade just south of Hyde Park. Regardless of where you decide to celebrate, Chicago neighborhoods have their fair share of goings-on at Irish pubs, Chicago restaurants and other institutions, too. We've rounded up the best ways to mark the holiday.

When is St. Patrick's Day?

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

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.

Where is the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade?

Chicago's downtown parade occurs on St. Patrick's Day (March 17) this year, beginning with the dyeing of the Chicago River at 9am. The parade itself steps off at noon at the corner of Balbo Avenue and Columbus Drive, then travels north on Columbus Drive. The South Side Irish Parade occurs the Sunday prior (March 11), stepping off from 103rd Street and Western Avenue at noon.

St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade guide
Things to do

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade guide

Our guide to the river dyeing and the downtown parade

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Then and Now: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Check out the parade from way back when

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The best Irish pubs in Chicago
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The best Irish pubs in Chicago

With Irish bars located all over the city, you're never far from a nip of whiskey or a pint of beer

10 places in Chicago for a fish fry
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10 places in Chicago for a fish fry

'Tis is the season for fish and chips

The best pub grub in Chicago
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The best pub grub in Chicago

Find fish and chips, pints and more

The 7 best Irish coffees in Chicago
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The 7 best Irish coffees in Chicago

Get your morning buzz on with hot coffee and whiskey topped with cream

5 best Irish food shops
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5 best Irish food shops

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

St. Patrick's Day photos

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017
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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016
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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016

South Side Irish Parade 2015
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South Side Irish Parade 2015

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015
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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015

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Not an Irish pub

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Travel to Ireland

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Get away to Ireland

Dublin
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Dublin

Cork
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Cork

Galway
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Galway

Comments

5 comments
David B

Shore n' Begorrah, that Leprechaun ☘️ is a spittin image of Meself!!! I Love that picture from last year, Thanks for using it! As Me Wife (Sunnie) below mentioned, this will be my 28th Year and I certainly don't plan on stopping anytime soon. See ya tomorrow! 🇮🇪🌈😉

Sunnie B

That's my husband, Chicago's very own Rollerblading leprechaun!

This is his 28th year!!

Christina B

Last Year was my first time ever going to the Parade. I enjoyed it and I am lucky enough to go this year for the fact that I am a st. Patty's day baby. So my Bday is the best ever.

Sonya I

I LOVE ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN CHICAGO!!! ALL OVER THE CITY IS A CELEBRATION!!! ITS LIKE NO OTHER ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!😘😘😇💖👼💞🇮🇹 HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!💕