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The best St. Patrick’s Day events in Chicago

Channel the spirit of the Irish at festive parades, parties and more of the best St. Patrick's Day events
Photograph: Courtesy Charm'd

When it comes to St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, there's far more to look forward to than the arrival of green beer at your neighborhood bar. When March 17th rolls around, the city hosts a series of memorable events and even dyes the river green. You can celebrate the Irish holiday at parades, parties at Irish pubs or by running an 8K road race through the Loop. Not sure where to join in on the fun? We've gathered some of the best St. Patrick's Day events in Chicago, where you can celebrate the holiday dressed in your finest green outfit.

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The best St. Patrick's Day events

Photograph: Courtesy Charm'd
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It's not easy being green, but Charm'd, the St. Patrick's Day pop-up bar at Deuce's and The Diamond Club, pulls it off in style. The shamrock-covered concept was produced by Smartmouth Designs, the same team that brought the Santa Baby pop-up to Wrigleyville during the holiday season. Similar to Santa Baby, Charm'd has several different themed areas for guests to enjoy.

Photograph: Max Herman
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Shamrock Shuffle

icon-location-pin Grant Park | Chicago, IL, Millennium Park

Shake off the winter cobwebs by going for an 8K run or a 2-mile walk through the Loop at this St. Patrick's Day-themed race. Thousands of participants dress up in green and begin their journey in Grant Park, winding through the Loop before crossing the finish line in the downtown park. If you're willing to brave the chilly temperatures, you'll get a T-shirt, a medal and access to the post-race party, featuring live music and refreshments.

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