UPDATE: The Chicago St. Patrick's Day parades, river-dyeing ceremony and many related events have been cancelled due to coronavirus. If you're unsure if an event is still happening, please call ahead.
St. Patrick's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, but rest assured that Chicago will still pull out all the stops when Irish-themed celebrations commence the weekend before. You're probably already familiar with the annual dyeing of the Chicago River and the gigantic St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago, but there's plenty of other green-tinted fun to be had throughout the city. Celebrate with a pint of Guinness in one of the best Irish pubs in Chicago, boogie to some Celtic music or get your blood pumping at a St. Paddy's Day race—all this and more is possible at the best St. Patrick's Day events in Chicago.
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The best St. Patrick's Day events
Enter a glitzy leprechaun fever dream at Charm'd, Wrigleyville's annual Irish pop-up bar, which runs through the end of March. The multi-level, multi-room pub is decked out in full green decor and, of course, stocked with a veritable pot of alcoholic gold—standouts include a supersized Irish coffee and a boozy green shamrock shake sprinkled with Thin Mints and chocolate shavings. Feeling peckish? In between drinks, be sure to nab Irish classics like a Reuben sandwich or the not-so-classic Irish nachos topped with cheddar and Guinness fondue.