If you’ve ever wanted to see what a green river looks like, Chicago on St. Patty’s Day is the place to be. In fact, Chicago was ranked the number one city overall in the country to celebrate the luck of the Irish, according to a March 7 article published by WalletHub.
To make its determinations, the study outlined in the article took factors like cost, traditions, and weather into account. While most visitors to Chicago around the middle of March know it could either be snowing, raining buckets or a balmy 70 degrees given the year, the overall rank came in above the competitors.
What sealed the deal? Tradition.
There are parades and events and celebrations throughout the city starting as much as a week prior to the holiday itself. The South Side Irish Parade, which is considered by many to be one of the area’s largest celebrations, is on the docket for Sunday, March 11.
A March 8 article by USA Patch details all of the events, but here are a couple of our favorites:
Lincoln Park St. Pat’s Crawl
Love Faregrounds, Happy’s Bamboo Bar & Lounge, and Mad River? These are among the local favorites that are participating in the Lincoln Park St. Pat’s Crawl on Friday, March 16. Beginning at 3 p.m., patrons can enjoy the magic of St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago Tickets start at $30 and include admission, three $5 gift cards to use on the crawl, and entry into several giveaways.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, River Dyeing, and Festival
The parade kicks off at noon on Saturday, March 17 from Columbus Drive and Balbo Street, heading north down Columbus to Monroe Street.
This year marks the 63rd anniversary of the parade, which is considered one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades nationwide.
In collaboration with the parade is an event that has reported drawn as many as 400,000 people to the riverfront. The dyeing of the river lasts about five hours, and the best viewing spots include the east side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge or the west side of the Columbus Drive Bridge.
Many parade-goers continue the fun at the St. Patrick’s Festival, which runs from 1 p.m. to midnight at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.
Tickets for the family-friendly festival start at $12, and children 12 years and under are free.
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