Guide to St. Patrick’s Day Chicago 2017
A 2017 guide to the annual St. Patrick’s Celebration in Chicago
We all know how much Chicago loves to celebrate St. Patrick’s day! The city celebrates on Saturday, March 11, 2017, which is the Saturday before the actual holiday. The main action starts at the Chicago River and there’s plenty to explore as the day progresses, so let’s list the possibilities.
1. River Dyeing & Parade
Every year since 1962, the green dyeing process of the river takes place at 9 AM and lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. Great places to watch the transformation is on the Michigan Avenue Bridge, along the new Riverwalk, or at the rooftop bar in the London House Chicago Hotel (85 E. Wacker Dr.) which overlooks the river and opens at 7 a.m. Following the event is the parade which begins at noon, at the Balbo and Columbus intersection in the South Loop and travels north. Public transportation for this weekend is recommended!
Chicago is known for some exquisite food, and St. Patrick’s weekend is a great time to scope out some pubs for the holiday. If you’re in with the brunch crowd, The Kerryman in River North offers Irish staples, and The Grafton Irish Pub and Grill in Ravenswood has an Irish Breakfast. If you’re looking for a spot after the parade festivities have ended, you can head to the Emerald Loop, an Irish Pub with an outdoor patio just off Wacker Drive which opens as early as 8 a.m.
3. Rent Your Own Trolley
Yes, you can rent your own trolley at any point throughout the year, but what better way to see the city on St. Patrick’s Day than crusin’ around in a private trolley with your favorite people. Some friends and I did this one year and had a blast! It’s great because you can take part in the festivities while having your own space, and without waiting in any long lines to get into crowded bars. Second City Trolly offers rates if this is something that interests you.
You can expect a sea of green and plenty of “kiss me I am Irish” t-shirts, but I like to buy something green that I’ll get plenty of use out throughout the season. This green Field Mechanic Jacket from J.Crew will keep you warm enough for the mid-March weather which can usually warm up to 60 degrees, and a simple long sleeve underneath will suffice. You can pair the look with maroon Wisdom Skinny Cargo Pants from Nordstrom and some cute closed-toe wedges. Finally, add some WILDFOX shades to complete the outfit!
Have a blast whatever you do for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Chicago, and take it easy on the green beers! 🙂
Photographer: Lisa Ancilleri
Contributors: Lizzy Fay & Lisa Ancilleri