Your Guide to St. Patrick’s Day 2014 in Chicago

green-chicago-riverSt. Patty’s day is coming Chicago!  Here are some Chicago events guaranteed to get you in an Irish mood.

Watch the River Turn Green:  A modern miracle.  For the past 43 years the Chicago river has been dyed green in March.  This year, the river will turn green at 10am on Saturday, March 15th.  The best viewing will be between Columbus and Wabash. FREE

2014 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade: This annual parade steps off at 12 noon at Columbus and Balbo in Grant Park.  The viewing stand will be located by Buckingham Fountain.  FREE

St. Patrick’s Day Cruises: See the green river up close and personal on a boat cruise with an Irish buffet, festive music, and plenty of Guinness and Irish coffee.  Choose from Shoreline Cruises at 10am & 2pm or Spirit of Chicago Cruise Lines at 3pm.  $49-$49.90/person for adults.

South Side Irish Parade: A Chicago tradition since 1979, this parade is known by locals to get a bit rowdy, if that’s your sort of thing.  This year’s South Side Irish Parade will begin at noon on Sunday, March 16th at 103rd and Western Ave.  FREE

St. Patrick’s Day 5k & 8k: Formerly known as the Leprechaun Leap, this annual race touts the catch phrase “Everyone is CHIrish on St. Patrick’s Day”.  The race starts at 9:30am on Saturday, March 15th and continues with an after party at John Barleycorn.  Free entry with your race bib and there’s also a costume contest.  $47-$52.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: There are plenty of Irish pubs in Chicago that are perfect to make your home base for St. Patrick’s Day Revelry.  Here are our recommendations:

  • Fado’s Irish Pub:  Doors open at 7am on Saturday, March 15th with live music and Irish specials all day.
  • The Kerryman:  Irish is always on the menu in this River North Pub.
  • Celtic Crossing:  Come be transported back to that magical land of green grass, Irish Lads & Lasses, and fantastic Guiness & conversation.

Unfortunately the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is already sold out for those looking for a downtown hotel for St. Patrick’s Day, but be sure to check out our list of upcoming downtown events and discounted rates.  Rates start from just $85/night.

Already staying at the sold out Hyatt Regency McCormick Place during St. Patrick’s Day?  In town for the International Home & Housewares Show and need a place to celebrate your Irish heritage or spirit?

  • M/X Lounge will be serving up mini reuben sandwiches, Irish soda bread with Dublin cheese fondue, and potatoes skins with cheese, sour cream, and green onions.
  • Shor Chicago Grill will have Shepard’s Pie on special with lamb, peas, carrots, and potato puree.

Shor is still accepting reservations at this time for reservations on St. Patrick’s Day. Dial 312.528.4140.


You’re more than welcome at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616; +1 312 567 1234



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