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Runners clad in green trotted through Grant Park during the annual Shamrock Shuffle, March 29, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

The best St. Patrick’s Day events in Chicago

Channel the spirit of the Irish with river dyeing viewings, parades and more of the best St. Patrick's Day events

Zach Long
Emma Krupp
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Zach Long
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Emma Krupp
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Chalk it up to the luck of the Irish: St. Patrick's Day is officially back in Chicago! After two years of canceled events (and surprise river dyeing in 2021), some of the city's most beloved St. Patty's traditions are returning in full force for 2022. Head to the Loop to see the Chicago Plumbers Union Local 130 dye the river green—we've got some ideas on where to watch, if you're hoping to snag a prime seat—before making your way to Grant Park for the parade. Keep the festivities going later in the day at some of the best Irish pubs in Chicago, but be sure to save your strength for the South Side Irish Parade and Northwest Side Irish Parade the following day. Plus, you'll find tons of pop-up bars, shamrock-themed races and other holiday events to keep the Irish spirit going for the whole month of March. Get ready to party like a Leprechaun with our roundup of the best St. Patrick's Day events in Chicago.

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