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The City of Chicago is definitely home to a wide variety of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and it just so happens that this weekend Chicago will be celebrating all things Green!”


Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks-off this Saturday at Noon from Columbus Drive and Balbo Avenue (250 E. Balbo Ave.) in the South Loop with the viewing stand located in front of Buckingham Fountain. Packed with all things Irish, this year’s parade will last about three hours with troops of Irish step dancers, booming marching bands and bagpipers, tons of colorful floats waving green, white and orange flags, and, of course, anything Green! And don’t forget, the Dyeing of the Chicago River (“Green”) is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. prior to the Parade!!

An old favorite returns to the South Side of Chicago focusing on family and Irish heritage with the South Side Irish Parade kicking-off this Sunday at Noon from Western Avenue and 103rd Street in the Beverly neighborhood. Spend time with family and friends as you watch the bands, dance troupes, floats and even catch a glimpse of the parade queen as they head down Western Avenue at this family-friendly event (zero-tolerance policy for alcohol along the parade route)! And, many of the Western Avenue restaurants and pubs support the parade and offer specials for spectators as well!!

Now in its 13th year, celebrating faith, family and Irish heritage, the Northwest Side Irish Parade kicks-off this Sunday at Noon from the William J. Onahan School (6634 W. Raven St.) in the Norwood Park neighborhood. After the parade, head on over to the official after party held at the Immaculate Conception Recreation Center (7211 W. Talcott Ave.) for a Danny Boy Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner, Eli’s Cheesecake, beer, wine, soda and live entertainment!


Here’s a link to some of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawls & Events taking place this Saturday, which include the following two –

Wicker Park St. Patrick’s Day Crawl begins at the Standard Bar and Grill (1332 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in the Wicker Park neighborhood at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m. Besides entry to the 7 participating venues, guests will receive 5 $5 gift cards to be used at those venues which will feature live music, bagpipers, stilt walkers and leprechauns!

Chicago Shamrock Crawl (8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) includes several of Wrigleyville’s Best Bars such as the Old Crow Smokehouse (3506 N. Clark St.), breakfast buffets from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at several of the participating bars, a gift card to use on the crawl, a t-shirt and more! Those wishing to celebrate under one roof where they can come early and stay late, the St. Patrick’s Festival is for you! Located at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave.) in the Mayfair neighborhood, this annual family-friendly event features traditional and contemporary Irish music and dancing, food and drinks, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of kids’ activities this Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. as all things Irish and Green are celebrated!

Finally, for those who only wish to have a “Green” Thumb, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is being held at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) through March 20th and is celebrating its 100th Anniversary!

It Doesn’t Get Any “Greener” Than This! Or Does It?

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 12:01 PM by Dean's Team


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