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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Loop

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St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. Get ready to paint the city green. From dyeing the Chicago River to drinking your way through the Loop’s bars and rooftops, we have rounded up the most festive ways to celebrate this beloved Irish holiday.


Dyeing of the Chicago River

The dyeing of the Chicago River is a beloved tradition for many generations of Chicagoans that dates back over 50 years – and it’s free. Thousands of spectators will line the bridges and scenic Riverwalk to catch a glimpse of the bright green waters. Get there early to grab a spot between State and Columbus; the water starts turning green at 9 a.m. and only keeps its color for about five hours.

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Chicago River Dyeing Photo Courtesy of Ingles en Aviles

River Dyeing Party at LondonHouse Chicago

Picture yourself sipping a green beer while getting an aerial view of the Chicago River dyeing. No worries of big crowds or searching for a spot to view. Hang out at LH on 21, an indoor lounge, and on LH Rooftop, the outdoor rooftop, with an open bar from 8 a.m. to noon. Complimentary St. Patty's Day swag and bottomless green beer awaits!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Loop’s parade is the centerpiece of Chicago's unforgettable St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The procession begins on the corner of Columbus Drive and Balbo, then continues north to Monroe Street. Don your best green outfit — or a kilt if you dare — and grab a good spot before the parade starts at noon. Prepare to see plenty of colorful floats waving their green, white, and orange flags high, troops of Irish step dancers, marching bands, bagpipers, and more during the three-hour celebration.

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St Patricks Day Parade Photo courtest of Choose Chicago

Shoreline Sightseeing Cruise

Shoreline Sightseeing will run its award-winning Architecture River Tours for St. Patrick’s Day weekend on Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17. The pre-season, 60-minute tours will depart from Shoreline’s docks at Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier and the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Led by Shoreline's expert, entertaining guides, Architecture River Tours highlight more than 40 of Chicago's world-famous landmark buildings.

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St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans at Virgin Hotels Chicago

Celebrate the dyeing of the Chicago River and St. Patrick’s Day in a first-ever Virgin Hotels Chicago St. Patrick's Day takeover in Miss Ricky's and Commons Club. Boozy drinks and a breakfast buffet combined with live music and a DJ will get you in the green spirit. You will stand a chance to win prizes including a one-night stay, dinner for two in Commons Club, and more. Doors open at 8 a.m.

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St. Patrick’s Day Cruise with Wendella

View the annual dyeing of the Chicago River from one of Wendella’s vessels and experience a Chicago tradition. Listen to Irish music and enjoy the festivities with friends while sipping on a green beer. The river dyeing begins promptly at 9 a.m. so please arrive early as boarding begins at 8:30 a.m. The boat will depart the dock immediately following the river dyeing and will return to the dock around 11 a.m.

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The Dearborn Owners Clodagh and Amy Lawless

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities at The Dearborn

Owned by the sister team of Clodagh and Amy Lawless (true Ireland natives!), The Dearborn will spread its St. Patrick’s Day festivities over four days. On Wednesday, March 13 from 5-7 p.m., the Loop restaurant will bring back a popular feature from past years, a Guinness pint glass engraving station. Guests can have their glass engraved (complimentary, while supplies last) and enjoy samples of Guinness and Smithwick’s Premium Irish Ale.

On Saturday, March 16, The Dearborn welcomes Celtic musicians Paddy Homan & The Noble Call for a live performance from noon to 8 p.m. Specials on Saturday and Sunday offered in addition to the regular menu include Corned Beef Reuben ($16), an All-Day Irish Breakfast of fried eggs, bangers and mash ($19), and for dessert, a boozy Irish Blackout Trifle with Baileys mousse and a Guinness caramel swirl ($12). Learn More

Slainte at Morton’s Steakhouse

Savor the good life at Morton’s Steakhouse on March 16 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Bear and Jake Acoustics will set the mood with live music as you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day specials featuring corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and more. If you’re looking for something light, you can nibble on special bar bites.

Live Action Brunch at Porter Kitchen & Deck

Join Porter for an all-you-can-eat brunch, mimosa, and Green Beer Package on Saturday, March 16, between 8 a.m. and noon. The buffet includes Waffles, Eggs Benedict, Fondue, and more. Kids 12 and under pay a bill equivalent to their age.

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St. Patty’s at Sidebar

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Sidebar from 9 a.m. to noon. Enjoy a $25 buffet and premium bar package just steps away from the Chicago River. Tickets include entry into the venue, four drink tickets, and, of course, the meal.

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Catch a Show at Goodman Theatre

Not feeling the luck of the Irish? Head over to Goodman Theatre to see Sweat – the acclaimed Broadway hit and Pulitzer Prize-winning collision of race, class, and friendship at a pivotal moment in America. A group of friends in a Rust Belt town has spent their lives sharing secrets and laughs on the factory floor. But when layoffs begin to chip away at their trust, they’re pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight. Sweat runs from March 9 – April 14.

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St. Patrick's Day at ROOF

Soak up St. Patrick’s Day 27 stories above it all on Saturday, March 16. Don your festive green, and indulge in Irish fare, themed cocktails, bottle service, and DJs throughout the day. Doors open to the public at noon. A large crowd is expected, so get your tickets today.

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Sláinte (Cheers) to St. Patrick's Day at State & Lake

Located steps away from the Chicago River dyeing, State & Lake Chicago Tavern is a Loop hotspot for St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Whether you are interested in day drinking or brunch, doors open at 7 a.m. to kick-start your day. For a limited time, savor Chef Nathan Sears' authentic Irish cuisine – Reuben Sandwich and Irish Lamb and Barley Stew – which will be added to all menus on Saturday, March 16, starting at 11 a.m. Reservations are available after 4 p.m.

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St. Patrick's Day Discount at Hotel Julian

If you want to avoid the early commute on St. Patrick's Day, Hotel Julian is offering 15-percent off your entire stay and chocolate gold coins upon checking in on March 16, 2019. Steps away from the St. Patrick's Day festivity, the hotel features a modern design with well-appointed amenities, complimentary WiFi, and high ceilings for a lifestyle experience.

St. Patrick's Day at City Winery

Join City Winery on the Chicago Riverwalk on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. for green river views and St. Patrick's Day festivity. Enjoy Savory Vegetarian Irish Stew ($7) and Pocket O' Gold ($6) with perfectly-crafted cocktail drinks and wine, while grooving to the DJ music on Saturday and live music by Fox Crossing Stringband and Sanctified Grumblers on Sunday. Learn More