St. Patrick’s Day events Chicago.***Bar info updated 3/9/17***
It’s that time of year again for green rivers and green beer. Day drinking and morning drinking. Here are the main St. Patrick’s Day events in Chicago:
Thursday, March 16, 12noon, Daley Plaza: Trinity Irish Dancers Enjoy the traditional Irish jig with Trinity Irish Dancers just in time for St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
Friday, March 17,, 12noon, , Daley Plaza: Foy School of Traditional and Modern Irish Dance. Enjoy a selection of Irish dances performed by the Foy School of Traditional and Modern Irish Dance.
Dyeing the Chicago River Saturday, March 11 9:00 am Chicago River at Michigan Avenue. The dyeing can be best viewed from the East side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the West side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 noon Columbus Avenue starting at Balbo north to Monroe. March with 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly or the Irish American Heritage Center. More info here. The Parade will be broadcast live this year by ABC-Channel 7.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 noon Raven from Neola to Northwest Highway to Harlem.You can march with the Irish American Heritage Center even if you are not a member. The IAHC float will be staged near Onahan School at 6634 W Raven Street, at the back of the school. Seating on the float is limited and for children only and IAHC members receive first preference. They ask all adults to walk alongside the float. Marchers should gather no later than 11:30am at the back of the school.If you or your friends and family plan to join either of the parades, call 773-282-7035, ext. 13 with your family name, which parade (Downtown or Northwest Side Parade) and how many people are marching.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 11AM Western Avenue south from 103rd to 115th Street.
Transportation from Metra Stations to Chicago River or Parade:
Chicago Water Taxi will be running on Saturday March 11th for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and River Dyeing festival in downtown Chicago.
Water Taxis will begin departing Ogilvie/Union (West Loop) at 8:00am heading towards Michigan Avenue for the river dyeing which will take place at 9:00am. ST PATS SCHEDULE HERE
Water Taxis will continue to operate on a 15 minute loop until 6:30pm
Docks that will be served will include:
– Michigan Avenue
– Riverwalk Clark Street
– Ogilvie/Union (West Loop)
Weekend Pricing will be in affect:
$6.00 One way ticket ($2.50 seniors/ADA)
$10.00 All day Access Pass Not available
Metra is offering extra service on six of rail lines. On Saturday you can take advantage of Metra’s $8 Weekend Pass. Offering unlimited rides, the pass can be purchased on the train or via the Ventra app that you can download at the App Store or Google Play. Family Fares include up to three kids 11 and under can ride free with each adult.
Click here for complete fare and schedule information.
- Buses serving Union Station: 151 get off at Dearborn and Adams for Parade or get off at Washington and Wabash Loop Link stop and walk east to Columbus, 60 (get off at Washington and Wabash Loop Link stop and walk north on Michigan to River or south to Balbo and then east to Columbus). 126 to Michigan Avenue and walk east to Columbus.
- Buses serving Ogilvie Transportation Center: 20, 56 or 60 (get off at Washington and Wabash Loop Link stop and walk north on Michigan to River or south to Balbo and then east to Columbus)
- Uber and Lyft have preferred pick-up locations from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station.
- Take the Water Taxi. Info above.
Ogilvie Transportation Center Rideshare location on Madison Street between Canal Street and Clinton Street.
Union Station Rideshare location on Jackson Boulevard east.
Bars for 2017
I can’t possibly review every bar so here’s a selection that I would consider going to (and have been to) if I weren’t going to be locked inside on the day of the parade. Slainte!
- Abbey Pub, 3240 W. Grace, (773) 478-4408 Still closed until April or May 2017.
- Beacon Tavern, 405 North Wabash Ave., (312) 955-4226. Closed for party until 2PM March 11 Opening March 17 11AM.
- Brehon Pub, 731 N Wells St, (312) 642-1071, Open March 11 9:00AM and March 17 10:30AM.
- City Winery, 11 West Riverwalk South (btw State and Dearborn), (312) 229-5593. Opens 9AM March 11
- D4 Irish Pub & Cafe, 345 E Ohio St, (312) 624-8385, Open March 11 9AM (limited food until 4PM) and March 17 9AM (limited food until 4PM).
- Emerald Loop, 216 N. Wabash, (312) 263-0200. March 1-17 green Miller lite and corned beef and cabbage everyday. Opens 8:00AM March 11 and 10AM March 17. Across the street from the river. Arrive early.
Fado Irish Pub Chicago, 100 W Grand Ave, (312) 836-0066March 11 open 7:30AM $10 cover; get $10 gift card to use another day. Irish food, Irish bands all day, beer, etc. March 17 open 9AM.
- Harry Caray’s, 33 W. Kinzie, (312) 828-0966. Opens March 11 9AM, March 17 11AM.
- Howells and Hood, 435 N. Michigan, (312) 262-5310. March 11 opens 8:30AM, March 17 11AM.
- Kasey’s Tavern, 701 S Dearborn St, (312) 427-7992. March 11 open 10AM. Located within staggering distance of the parade. $4 Miller drafts.
- Kerryman, 661 N Clark St, (312) 335-8121, Open March 11 8AM and March 17 10AM.
- Kitty O’Sheas, Hilton Chicago, 720 S Michigan Ave, (312) 922-4400. Located within staggering distance of the parade. Opens March 11 9:30AM and March 17 10AM.
- Lizzie McNeill’s, 400 N McClurg Ct, (312) 467-1992, Open March 11 7AM and March 17 11AM. River adjacent arrive early.
- Morton’s, 65 E. Wacker Place (312) 201-0410, Open March 11 10:00AM $14.99 corned beef buffet (10:00AM-3PM), live entertainment. Specially priced $8-9 Bar Bites, $4 pints of Green Miller Lite, $5 pints of Guinness, $10 Bloody Marys, $7 Jameson.
- O’Callaghan’s, 29 W Hubbard St, (312) 527-1180, Open March 11 9AM and March 17 11AM.
- Sweetwater Tavern, 225 N Michigan Ave., (312) 698-7111, Open March 11 9AM DJ outside on stage in tent.
- Corcorans Grill & Pub, 1615 N. Wells St, (312) 440-0885 March 11 open at 10:00am. Irish music throughout the day, Irish dancers, bagpipers, green beer, Corned Beef & Cabbage.
- Declan’s Irish Pub, 1240 N Wells St, (312) 642-5522, Open March 11 8AM and March 17 11AM.
- Old Town Pour House, 1419 N. Wells St., (312) 477-2800. Open March 11 8AM Kegs and Eggs until 11AM. March 17 opens ? Regular open 4PM. Call to confirm. No one answered the phone.
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 773.282.7035.
Tickets for the fest are $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The day-long celebration in the Fifth Province features live music, dance, food and drink for purchase and face painting for children. March 17 12PM-12am
- 1pm Larry Nugent and Bill O’Donoghue
- 3pm Shannon Rovers
- 3:30pm Dooley Brothers
- 6pm Fonn Mor
- 9pm Chancey Brothers
- 2pm Wiggleworms
- 3:15pm Wiggleworms
- 5pm Mulligan Stew
- 7:30pm In Spite of Ourselves
- 9:45pm The Sean Cleland Band
- 3pm Academy of Irish Music
- 5pm Patrick and Karen Cannady and Friends
- 7pm Devin Shepherd School of Irish Music
1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm Trinity Academy of Irish Dance Lessons
- 12:15pm O’Hara School of Irish Dance
- 1:30pm Irish Heritage Singers
- 2:30pm O’Hare School of Irish Dance
- 3:30pm Rebecca McCarthy School of Irish Dance
- 4:30pm Mullane Healy Godley School of Irish Dance
- 5:30pm Trinity Irish Dancers
Visit our Museum, Library and Art Gallery from 1pm-5pm. The Gallery hosts an art exhibit featuring paintings and drawings by Michael Carroll, Laura Coyle, Kathy Cunningham, Jim Kingston, Kathy Kelly and Monica Dougherty.