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2023 St. Patrick's Day festivities in the Loop

Posted  14 days ago

3 MIN READ – Classic St. Patrick’s Day activities in the Loop are back in full bloom! From the Chicago River dyeing to the best bars and restaurants, we’ve rounded up the best ways to get your green on for St. Paddy’s day.

Chicago river dyeing and St. Patrick's day parade

The river dyeing kicks off 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11, turning the water green between Columbus Drive and Orleans Street. The local tradition dyes the Chicago River a festive green in celebration of one of Chicago's favorite holidays. After the dyeing, the 2022 Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade will step off at Columbus and Balbo at 12:30 p.m.

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

Continue your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with the return of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle! The streets of Chicago will turn green again with a weekend full of events for everyone. Kick off the fun and test your speed at The Mile in Grant Park on March 25. Add some distance to your weekend on March 26 at the 8K Run or the 2-Mile Walk. Learn more and sign up today at shamrockshuffle.com.

ShamROCK Chicago

St. Patrick’s Day is just days away and ShamROCK Chicago cannot be more excited to celebrate! ShamROCK Chicago will officially light up Chicago green from Friday, March 10 to Saturday, March 18. See all the events here

First Lady Cruises

Join Chicago's First Lady Cruises on Saturday, March 11 for their St. Patrick's Day Clover Cruise! Don your best green attire and get ready to shake your shamrocks for a whale of a good time as you eat, drink and be merry from the comfort of their luxurious vessels. Departing at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. The two hour cruise includes, live bagpipe performance at boarding before cruise departure; specialty Irish cocktails, Guinness, green beer and more (includes 2 drink tickets + cash bar; corned beef sandwich box from the Corned Beef Factory; festive photo booth with themed props; and climate-controlled interior salon and open-air upper deck for spectacular green river views. Learn more.


Join Acebounce for a full day of magic & mischief at AceBounce’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 11! Let them be your one-stop-shop for Chicago’s favorite holiday as you enjoy a magical array of treats, cocktails, a live DJ & plenty of photo ops that’ll surely leave you feeling lucky! There is no cover charge, and beers will be going for $5. Learn more about the festivities here.


Gather up your friends and good luck charms and celebrate one of Chicago’s favorite holidays at Flight Club on Saturday, March 11! You’ll be striking gold by indulging in their carefully crafted St. Patrick’s Day food and drink menu. Don’t miss out on your chance to win big this St. Patrick’s Day! Learn more.

ROOF on theWit

Indulge in Irish fare, themed cocktails, giveaways, DJs, and bottle service at ROOF on theWIT on Saturday, March 11. Enjoy Irish Drink Specials sponsored by Jameson, St. Patrick's Day food specials, and groovy DJ sets. General Admission tickets and tables are available for purchase. Green festive attire is welcomed for St. Patrick’s Day. Learn more about the event here.

The Dearborn Tavern

This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate at the Irish-owned hotspot in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood, The Dearborn! Featuring a variety of specials and offerings throughout March 9-11 and on March 17. Diners can indulge in an all day Irish breakfast, Shepards Pie,  and house made Corned Beef Reuben. Guests can also enjoy personalized Guinness pint engravings on March 9 and 10 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Learn more
The truth of the matter is, where ever you wind up for St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the Chicago Loop, you are bound to have a good time!