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As usual, Chicagoans are gearing up for “going green” this weekend as St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday this year!  Here’s your line-up of “going green” celebrations.

A tradition since 1962, the Dyeing of the Chicago River is a local ritual taking place at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday at the Chicago River at Columbus Drive (399 N. Columbus Drive) in the Streeterville neighborhood.  The east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge or the west side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper or lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Michigan Avenue are the best viewing areas as the river goes green!

Next there’s the annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Columbus Drive and Balbo Avenue (300 E. Balbo Drive) in the Grant Park Museums neighborhood.  Gear up for a festive time as the parade goes green celebrating 57 years on the actual holiday, rain or shine!

Then, perhaps it’s on to the St. Patrick’s Festival held at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Avenue) in the Irving Park/Avondale neighborhood.  This annual party features traditional and contemporary Irish music, food, dance and kids’ activities on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. as it goes green!

Or perhaps, you would prefer going green by attending Bill Whelan’s tribute to Irish music and dance known as Riverdance being performed at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph Street) in the Loop this Saturday and Sunday as it makes a stop in Chicago as part of its farewell tour!

For those who really want to get in the true spirit of going green, we have --

the St. Patty’s Crawl Chicago self-titled the “granddaddy” of St. Patrick’s Day crawls, starting off at Excalibur (632 N. Dearborn Street) in the River North neighborhood on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with an open bar and DJ before crawling on to three additional spots throughout the day with drink specials at each stop.  Don’t over-do-it, otherwise, you’re able to go green yourself!!  Note:  You have until 11:00 p.m. on March 16th to purchase a ticket.

or, St. Patrick’s Day at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro this Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. and located in the North Center neighborhood (3905 N. Lincoln Avenue).  Dancers, pipers and plates of corned beef are just some of the festivities throughout the day.  And, don’t miss a special Irish Stouts vs. American Stouts tasting ($10) at 7:00 p.m.!

And finally, on Sunday, after a long day and night of going green, it’s time for the St. Paddy’s 5K and 8K Run/Walk kicking off at 10:00 a.m. at Diversey Harbor (2800 N. Lake Shore Drive) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Your registration includes a special Leprechaun Leap kids dash for ages 10 and under, a T-shirt for all adult participants, and a post-race party at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum featuring awards, prizes, live music and beer.  Don’t forget to don your most festive green running gear for a chance to win a prize as “best outfit!”

So, Will You Be Joining Us As We “Go Green?”


Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 4:55 AM by Dean's Team


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