St. Patrick’s Day: How Do You Celebrate?

Chicago offers one of the nation’s biggest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day gatherings. From a green river to green beer, you’ll find the luck of the Irish all across the Windy City during the leprechaun season. Here are some top ways to pass the time, St. Paddy’s style:

Dyeing the Chicago River—Join throngs of merrymakers at Michigan and Wacker for the most iconic of celebrations. Chicago reversed the flow of its river once, so why not alter its color? Pro tip: the fish-friendly dye magically turns orange before pivoting to its famous emerald green. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade—This 63-year-old annual spectacle unites bagpipes, drums, step dancers, and raucous revelers. This year, the theme is “The Irish Bond of Community and Service.” The three-hour parade begins, rain or shine, at Columbus and Balbo.

Wendella Boats’ St. Patrick’s Day Cruise—Why watch the dyeing of the river from land when you can watch it… from the river itself? Wendella brings its boats out on a special ride from 9-11AM for an up-close viewing of the action. Instead of traditional educational narration, St. Patrick’s Day cruises play event-appropriate Irish tunes. You’ll be completely immersed in the spirit of the season. 

St. Patrick’s Day Festival—At the Irish American Heritage Center in Irving Park, continue the fun with family-friendly programming. You’ll find dancing, Irish fare, face painting, and entertainers including the Chancey Brothers, the Dirty Wellies, and the Trinity Irish Dancers. 

Shamrock Shuffle—Sure, you could do the Leprechaun Leap or the Get Lucky Half Marathon, but why run 21K when you could run… less? The Shamrock Shuffle offers an 8K run and a spirited 2K walk. Expect to see athletes in full-green body paint. Expect to see smiles. 

Gaelic Storm—Hit the House of Blues on Saturday, March 17th for a concert from these Celtic superstars. The high-energy, spirited group has played over 3,000 shows in their two decades together. The band members pride themselves on touring about 200 days a year, and as a result, Gaelic Storm is one of the few that's continued to improve with time. If you can't make the show, catch Gaelic Storm in the movie, "Titanic." 

The agents at CONLON/Christie’s International would love to help you find Chicago’s best properties for celebrating our famous St. Paddy’s, including the landmark penthouse at 310 S. Michigan Ave, right in the heart of the action. With its 360-degree views from Navy Pier to Willis Tower, you won’t miss a beat. 

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