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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

Zach Long
Emma Krupp
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Zach Long
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Emma Krupp
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Get ready to break out any green costumes that have been gathering dust in your closet: After two years off, some of the biggest St. Patrick's Day parades and events are set to return to Chicago in 2022. The Irish holiday brings multiple weekends of revelry to Chicago, from shamrock-covered pop-up bars and classic fish fries to all the local breweries that offer beer specials fit for the Emerald Isle. This year we're especially excited to welcome back traditions like Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade downtown and South Side Irish Parade in Beverly, as well as the iconic river dyeing ceremony (which you'll actually get to watch this year, unlike the surprise dyeing of 2021). 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 2022?

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

Yes! Following last year's surprise dyeing of the Chicago River, the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade and river dyeing as well as the South Side Irish Parade will return on March 12 and 13, respectively.

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago