Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Guide to the Festivities

Chicago is one of the best cities in the U.S. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  We really go all out!  From dyeing the Chicago River green to an annual parade that takes place downtown.   Almost every Chicagoan pretends they’re Irish for the weekend.  Here’s a guide to help you join in the festivities and paint the town green (pun intended).

St. Patrick’s Day is officially on March 17th, 2020.  However, Chicago begins its celebration the weekend prior. The first major event is the dyeing of the Chicago River.  This annual tradition has been going on for over 60 years.  It starts Saturday, March 14th at 9 a.m.  The green river is so bright that it almost looks neon, it’s a magical sight to see. The dyeing of the river takes place between Columbus and East Wacker Drive. It’s less than a 10 minute walk away from our furnished apartments at Columbus Plaza and EnV Chicago.

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Next, you must  watch the 65th Annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The parade starts at 12 noon at Columbus Drive and Balbo Street.  It’s only a mile away from our furnished apartments at 73 East Lake and MILA. It’s filmed live and will broadcast on ABC 7 Chicago.   The parade will feature colorful floats, Irish bag pipes, Irish step dancers and more.

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Last, but certainly not least, you must visit one of Chicago’s Irish Pubs. Fadó Irish Pub is in the heart of the river north area, and steps away from our furnished apartments at Hubbard Place. It’s #1 on Yelp’s Best 10 Irish Pubs in Chicago. Fadó has an authentic reclaimed bar from the Purty Kitchen in Dublin which help makes it unique.  Their menu consists of popular traditional dishes like corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, and fish & chips. Of course, your day wouldn’t be complete without a tall glass of Guinness beer or a shot of Jameson Irish Whisky.

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