Finding Your Pot of Gold in the Windy City
Chicago, host to one of the nation’s most popular St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, is getting set to paint the town green—or at least the river. This year, the Windy City will host the events and festivals that have made it a travel destination for Irish people (even if only in spirit) from all over the world. This year’s festivals take place on March 14th and 17th.
Here are a few notable attractions for the weekend:
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade and promises to bring all of the traditions that have made Chi Town a destination for travelers near and far. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m., but you’ll need to get there early if you want a prime viewing spot.
River Dyeing – A tradition for over 40 years, parade-goers in the city dump orange dye into the water of the Chicago River – magically turning it Emerald Isle green. The road from Chicago to Ireland is painted – or dyed – green.
St. Patrick’s Festival – The Irish-American Heritage Center has expanded its St. Patrick’s Day Festival to two days this year – March 14th and March 17th from 1pm to midnight. It’s a great time for all ages and features original and contemporary Irish music, dance, food and an arts & crafts fair. With over 10,000 people expected to attend, you shouldn’t miss out on this one!
Irish Pubs – Chicago features a ton of Irish pubs and restaurants, including Atlantic Bar & Grill, Chief O’Neill’s Pub, Cork & Kerry, Cullen’s Bar & Grill, Harrigan’s Pub and many more to help you celebrate with an Irish-inspired drink. Remember to never drink and drive – having a designated driver or taxi could save your life (and thousands on car insurance).
St. Patty’s Day 5K & 8K Run/Walk – Now in its 15th year, those looking to get some fresh air and put on their green running shoes can take part in the 5K & 8K runs, which benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The event takes place on Saturday March 14 at 9:30 a.m. in Lincoln Park.
Of course, if you can’t make it to Chicago for the dyeing of the river, there are many great things to do across the country, proving that you don’t have to be Irish to find a pot of gold in your city. A few notable events from coast-to-coast include:
- Los Angeles, CA – Shamrock’ N Roll aboard the Queen Mary
- Las Vegas, NV – 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Events and Parties
- Phoenix, AZ – St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire
- Austin, TX – Patrick’s Day Austin 2015
- Oklahoma City, OK – Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party & Parade
- Detroit, MI – The 57th Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- Savannah, GA – Patrick’s Day Parade
- Hollywood, FL – Hollywood St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
- Roanoke, VA – McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival
- Philadelphia, PA – Patrick’s Day Parade
- Hudson County, NJ – Patrick’s Day Celebrations and Festivities
- Rockaway Beach, NY – Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Remember to have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day and don’t get pinched – be sure to wear green and get a taxi or a designated driver if you’re going to try a pint or two of your favorite Irish drinks.