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Sue Moss

This weekend in Chicago is sure to bring out the Irish in you, if only for a few days.  The City, as usual, will be hosting a variety of traditional events in honor of St. Patrick's Day, which happens to officially fall on Tuesday, March 17th.

One of Chicago's long-time traditions will be kicking-off at 10:45 a.m. this Saturday -- the Dyeing of the Chicago River.  Green of course!  So head on over to the Chicago River at Columbus Drive (399 N. Columbus Drive) and watch the river turn to emerald green right before your eyes.  Click here for more information on this tradition.

And, of course, another great City tradition is the 54th Annual Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday from Columbus and Balbo Drives (300 E. Balbo Drive) heading north on Columbus to Monroe.  Click here for more details on this event.

And if that weren't enough, the 31st Annual South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at 104th Street and Western Avenue in the Beverly/Mt. Greenwood neighborhood.  Click here for more information on this parade.

Since the South Side parade is known to be the more boisterous of the two, several area bars and clubs will be hosting their own pre-parade festivities, which will include transportation to and from the parade.  And, of course, in true Irish fashion will continue their post-parade festivities back at their respective establishment.  A few of these are -

Calling all early birds, or those who just never went to sleep from the night before, McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon located on the Near North Side at 1206 N. State Parkway will serve up a breakfast buffet from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. with buses leaving between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., returning at 2:00 p.m.  Reservations are required.  Click here for prices and reservations.

Or, for those of you who need your Z's, O'Donovan's located at 2100 W. Irving Park Road will have their buses departing at 10:15 a.m. and return 30 minutes after the South Side parade ends.  Post-parade Irish drink and food specials will also be served at the bar.  Reservations are recommended.  Click here for prices and if you wish to make a reservation.

If you're like me, however, and prefer something a little more leisurely, but still fun, the Eighth Annual St. Paddy's 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Leprechaun Leap will take place at Diversey Harbor at the Lake in Lincoln Park (2800 N. Lake Shore Drive) this Sunday at 9:00 a.m.  You have a chance to win a prize for the best green costume, so get your inspirational thoughts flowing and start creating!  Afterward, enjoy a cocktail at The Trinity Bar as the post-race party continues.  Click here for prices and more details on this event.

This last item has nothing to do with green or St. Patrick's Day, but I promised my two little four-legged kids, Buddy Holly and Gracie, that I would mention the Pet Bowl event.  This is a benefit hosted by Alive Rescue for homeless animals.  The cost is $35 which includes bowling, shoe rental, pizza and dessert at the Lincoln Square Lanes this Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  So, get out there for a great cause, and have some fun.  Just don't let your pets bowl better than you!!

Have a very Happy and Safe St. Patrick's Day whatever it is you choose to do.  Just remember not to turn "green" from overeating or overdrinking!  As they say in Ireland, "Erin go bra less!"


Posted: Friday, March 13, 2009 11:41 AM by Dean's Team


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