Chicago’s Ultimate St. Patrick’s Day Guide

Everyone knows that Chicago does St. Patrick’s Day BIG, each and every year. So why waste any time?

We’ve created a list of the best St. Patricks Day festivals, parades, bar crawls, and activities in Chicago that include beer, music, and fun.

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Dyeing of the River

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It’s a decades-long Chicago tradition to dye our iconic Chicago river a brilliant shade of green, and it’s a tradition that we’re recognized for around the nation.

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The Chicago River will be dyed green at 9 am on Saturday, March 14.

*BREAKING: River dyeing has been canceled this year due to coronavirus COVID-19 concerns. Learn how to stay safe.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Chicago

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  • Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade — The St. Patrick’s Day Chicago Parade downtown is one of the largest in America, and it kicks off this year on Saturday, March 14 at noon. It starts on Balbo and proceeds down Columbus. If you can’t make it, it’ll be broadcasted on ABC7.
  • Northwest Side Irish Parade — This 15-year tradition takes place on Sunday, March 15, beginning at noon at 6634 West Raven Street and ending around 1:30 pm on Harlem Avenue.
  • South Side Irish Parade — This neighborhood parade also takes place on Sunday, March 15 at noon, kicking off on 103rd Street as it proceeds down Western Avenue to 115th Street.

*BREAKING: All parades have been canceled this year due to coronavirus COVID-19 concerns. Learn how to stay safe.

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Bar Crawls

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  • St. Paddy’s Day River Crawl – Perhaps the most popular St. Patricks Day bar crawl in Chicago, this event takes place in celebration of the parade, hitting up River North bars like Old Crow, Moe’s Cantina, Tunnel, Dance Studio, and more from 8 am – 12 pm on March 14.
  • Chicago Shamrock Crawl – Don’t miss your chance to roam the bars of Wrigleyville in green! Visit Old Crow, Moe’s, Deuce’s/Charm’d Bar, Country Club, and more from 8 am – 2 pm on March 14. There’s even a breakfast buffet!
  • Irish Stroll Bar Crawl – One of the largest St. Pat’s bar crawls in the city gets you cover-free admission to some of the best bars in town, taking place on Saturday, March 14 and lasting from 1 – 10 pm.

There are plenty of other St. Paddy’s Bar Crawls going on for St. Patrick’s Day Chicago, from St. Patrick’s Day River North Morning Bar Crawl and Afternoon Bar Crawl, to the Official St. Patrick’s Bar Crawl by Bar Crawl Live and The Lucky Charms Bar Crawl, plus so many more. Check out the extensive list of bar crawls on Eventbrite.

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Dinner, Drinks, & Parties

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  • Green High Tea at Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook — Make your way to Mon Ami Gabi Oak Brook for Green High Tea, a St. Patrick’s Day-inspired event, that will bring you a decadent presentation of the finest French offerings in our cozy bistro on March 10, from 3 – 5 pm. Take your pick from a wide range of hand-selected brews, tea sandwiches, and holiday-appropriate pastries made by our talented chef team.
  • Public House Presents: TAP O’ THE MORN 2020 — Saturday, March 14, at 8 – 11:30 am, morning private party for all ticketholders. Tickets start at $35+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Party by Chicago Sport and Social Club —Saturday, March 15, from 10 am – 1 pm, enjoy a drink package, passed appetizers, free ping pong, and DJ entertainment at SPIN Chicago. Tickets start at $30+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Party at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 12 pm, at The Godfrey Hotel. Tickets include bottomless beer, mimosas, and Bloody Marys, as well as a breakfast buffet!
    River Dyeing Party at LondonHouse Chicago 2020 — Nothing beats the view of the Chicago River from the LondonHouse rooftop. Tickets start at $100+.
  • Joy District St Patty’s Party — Feeling a Breakfast Buffet and Open Bar Package? Joy District in Chicago will be offering tickets starting at $40+ for St. Patricks Day.
  • 5th Annual Kegs & Eggs at Rock Bottom Chicago — Saturday, March 14, from 9 – 11 am, enjoy two hours of beer, mimosas, and a delicious breakfast buffet.
  • St Patty’s Morning Madness — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 1 pm, enjoy a Breakfast Buffet and Open Bar Package at the Hubbard Inn in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in the city of Chicago. Tickets start at $40+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day at Clover — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 11:30 am. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink Package, Party Antics and More. Tickets are $30-35.
  • St. Patrick’s Day at Trophy Room — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 12 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics and More. Tickets start at $25+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Utopian Tailgate — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 11:30 am. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics and More. Tickets are $55+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Parlor (Wicker Park) — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 12 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Meal Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets are $30+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at LiqrBox — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 12 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets start at $25+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Clutch Bar — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 11:30 am. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets start at $35+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at The Vig — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 12 pm. 6 Top-Shelf Drink Vouchers, Entry with No Line until 11am, Passed Appetizers with Brunch and Irish Favorites, Party Antics and More. Tickets start at $35+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Concrete Cowboy — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 11:30 am. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets start at $50+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Hopsmith — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 12 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets start at $45+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Bounce Sporting Club — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 11:30 am. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, Music, and More. Tickets start at $40+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Merchant — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 1 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets start at $25+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Whiskey Business — Saturday, March 14, 8 am – 1 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Meal Package, Party Antics and More. Tickets start at $30+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Broken Barrel Bar — Saturday, March 14, 9 am – 1 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics and More. Tickets starting at $30+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at The Whale — Saturday, March 14, 9 am – 1 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics and More. Tickets start at $25+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Fatpour Wicker Park — Saturday, March 14, 9 am – 1 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets start at $30+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Fatpour McCormick — Saturday, March 14, 9 am – 1 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets are $25+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Woodie’s Flat — Saturday, March 14, 9 am – 1 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets start at $30+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Irish Oak — Saturday, March 14, 9 am – 1 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets are $35+.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Chicago at Houndstooth — Saturday, March 14, 9 am – 1 pm. General Admission to one of Chicago’s Wildest St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Irish Drink & Appetizer Package, Party Antics, and More. Tickets start at $30+.

St. Patricks Day Concerts & Performances in Chicago

  • Steve Aoki — Celebrate St. Patricks day in Chicago by watching this popular American DJ perform at the Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom on Friday, March 13 starting at 9 pm.
  • Gaelic Storm at the House of Blues – The traditional Celtic band plays for two nights on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 pm.
  • SHAMROCK 2020! Pints, Partying, and Music! — Enjoy the likes of Wedding Banned, Hello Weekend, Ultrabeat, New Element, The Great Whiskey Project, and The Celtniks on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Chicago, starting at 8 am on Saturday, March 14, at the House of Blues.
  • The Bachelor Live on Stage — Though almost sold out, check out this live rendition of the popular reality show at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on March 14 at 8 pm.
  • Little Big Town — Taking the stage at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, March 14, Little Big Town is set to perform at 8 pm.

St. Patrick’s Day Runs & Walks

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  • Leprechaun Leap 5k/8k – A festive run in Lincoln Park on Wednesday, March 11 starting at noon.
  • Shamrock 5k Beer Run – Head to Arlington Heights on Saturday, March 7 at 2 pm for a celebratory run that ends with a pint.
  • Get Lucky Half Marathon, 14k and 7k – This run at Soldier Field encourages costumes, but dates are TBD.
  • Emerald Isle Mile – In conjunction with the South Side Irish Parade, this run takes place down Western Avenue to celebrate St. Patricks Day in the city of Chicago. Dates are still TBD.
  • 2020 St. Paddy’s Day 5K & 8K Run/Walk — On Saturday, March 14, starting at 9:30 am, take this 5k or 8k run/walk by Special Events Management.

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