5 ways to celebrate St. Pat in (or near) Chicago

Parade, run, walk, hunt or perform. This is Chicago, don’t stay home on St. Patrick’s Day!

Parade, run, walk, hunt or perform. This is Chicago, don’t stay home on St. Patrick’s Day!

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s without the official parade – andthe dyeing of the Chicago River. 10:45 is the dyeing of the ChicagoRiver. The dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of theMichigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridgeor upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue andColumbus Drive.The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. Theparade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewingstand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain. Remember toget there early!


Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This parade features more than 200 floats and marching bands. Parade kicks off at noon; at 9 a.m. is the dyeing of the Chicago River. The dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade units will proceed north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain.


After the parade head to the Irish American Heritage Center forits St. Patrick’s Festival, which runs from 1 p.m. to midnight. Thefest will feature great Irish food, and dance and musicalperformances that range from Tim O’Shea to the Wiggleworms (which,apparently, were not driven out of Ireland with the snakes).


St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Celebration

Saturday includes traditional and contemporary Irish music, dance, food and children’s activities and Monday features music, dance and face painting.


One of the most famous Irish athletes in history is EamonCoghlan, and amateur runners can invoke his legacy with the annuallRunning with the Irish 5K at Indiana Dunes State Park. Runcompetitively or walk the course after the runnners have taken off.All proceeds benefit St. Patrick’s School. To register visit stpatsparish.org.

Annual Running with the Irish 5K

Competitive run and noncompetitive walk takes place throughoutthe park. All proceeds benefit St. Patrick’s School. To registervisit stpatsparish.org.


We hear there’s gold in them thar (Indiana) Dunes. Help anaturalist use his GPS to find the capricious creatures – and thatelusic pot of gold. The hunt last 45 minutes.

Leprechaun Hunt

Help a naturalist use his GPS unit to find leprechauns and theirgold. Meet at the Nature Center for a 45 minute hunt.


Salute St. Patrick with a little improv at ComedySportz. Weargreen and you might even get chosen to compete. Wear a funny greenhat and we bet your prospects will be even better.


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