St. Patrick’s Day is more than just your casual holiday in Chicago; it is a city-wide event.
Chicago is a cultural center for the Irish community, and at one point was the fourth largest Irish city in the country. With roots dating back centuries, it’s no wonder that the city has become such an epicenter for the holiday, honoring the patron saint of Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Chicago River
One of the most celebrated traditions is Chicago is the dying the river green. Patrons flock to the river every year to see those blue waters turn a stunning hue of green (head to the waters around 9), and of course the ensuing St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starting in downtown around noon, you’ll be able to see the parade in all its glory from the corner of Columbus and Balbo down through the city.
St. Patrick’s Day food and drink
Of course St. Patrick’s Day is nothing without a great corned beef and cabbage, and a pint of Guinness to go with. Perhaps you’ve checked out the parade, maybe ventured over to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center, or even gone to the bar crawl in Wrigleyville, and now it’s time for some treats. The Chicago Tribune has a complete list of places that are serving green beer, and we can’t help loving the eats at local favorites Fado and Mrs. Murphy & Sons.
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