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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 at festive runs, virtual parties and more of the best St. Patrick's Day events

By Zach Long and Emma Krupp

Unfortunately, St. Patrick's Day parades and the river dyeing won't be happening this year, but that doesn't mean you should give up on celebrating the beloved Irish holiday. While bars and restaurants will be offering patio seating and indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, many of the usual events that define the weekend before St. Pat's Day will look a bit different this year. Aside from having a pint at one of the best Irish pubs in Chicago, you can also take part in some virtual races, themed pop-ups and an online cocktail class. Your options may be a bit slim this year, but you can still find some amazing St. Patrick's Day events in Chicago.

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The best St. Patrick's Day events

Pot of Gold pop-up at PB&J

Restaurants American West Loop

West Loop bar and restaurant Pizza, Beer & Jukebox is hosting a pop-up St. Pat's celebration on it's patio on March 13, complete with green beerm Guinness, Red Bull cocktails and more seasonal specials. If you participated in the St. Paddy's Day 5K, you can show up and snag a free Dogfish Head beer.

Recess shake
Photograph: Courtesy Recess

Sugar Rush pop-up at Recess

Restaurants American River West/West Town

Expansive West Loop patio Recess is extending its Sugar Rush pop-up through St. Patrick's Day weekend, offering a boozy shamrock shake alongside an Irish burger made with a Guinness glaze.


St. Patrick's Day at Lottie's Pub

Bars Sports Bars Bucktown

Bucktown bar Lottie's Pub takes St. Patrick's Day celebrations seriously, with a variety of events taking place from March 12 through 17. Compete in a Guinness Glass Giveaway on Friday, March 12; play Pot of Gold Trivia on Monday, March 15; or stop by on St. Patrick's Day to win a Guinness jersey. You'll need to make a reservation at Lottie's Pub or Camp Lottie's to secure your spot.


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