Dyeing of the Chicago River

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The Chicago River gets dyed green before the downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The Journeymen Plumber’s Local Union 130 has the honor of dyeing the Chicago River before the downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade. The dye is fish-friendly, and the river returns to its usual murky shade by nightfall. Arrive early to get a good view of the urban recreation of the Emerald Isle. Find the best views along the Michigan Avenue bridge's east side, the Columbus Drive bridge's west side or Wacker Drive (upper or lower) between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

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The dyeing of the river is an essential Chicago experience and a great tradition. It turns a shockingly bright green. Plus, they call the dye "leprechaun dust"... which is fun!

Everyone should experience the green river at least once. It doesn't last long so make sure to be there a few minutes early from a prime viewing spot. It's also close enough to walk to Columbus Avenue St. Patrick's day parade at noon.